Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wonderful Gifting Ideas

Visit Paper and Present from Colorado for fabulous gift wrap!

Thanksgiving is around the corner ( I can smell that turkey roasting), and the holiday shopping is in full swing! My fabulous friend Stephanie just sent me this in my inbox, and I had to share it...
The only way to go, right? Let's support ourselves and our neighbors this holiday season!

Have a wonderful week,


Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.

year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Oh.... Yes there is! It is time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

-- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

membership? It's appropriate for
all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamins on a Chinese-made flat-screen TV? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

are a gazillion owner-run
restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint.

folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

about a heartfelt gift for mom?
Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves.
They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip.

how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre. Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community.

you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city.
Christmas is now about caring about US (We the People), encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we could not imagine.

is the new American Christmas tradition!! 

pass this around. We can make a difference. Can't we? 


  1. Oh I love Paper & Present's wonderful gift wrap too. Thank you Nathalie for sharing Stepanie's wise words for us all to remember before we start shopping for our holiday gifts. We need to revert back to those days when we gave less but what we gave had meaning; and yes, handcrafted and or from your community. Bravo to both you ladies!! Now, you have me thinking about turkey! Happy almost Thursday xx

  2. GREAT post!! I heartily endorse supporting your local Mom-and-Pop businesses instead of spending your dollars on mass produced foreign goods.

  3. Amen to that, dear Nathalie....
    Sending you a hug!
    - Irina

  4. What a great idea! Might have to share. Thanks for that.

  5. I love this. I am all about local and handmade and practical.

    Diana :)


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