Local Gifts For the Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time for giving, but it’s also a time for spending money. And when it comes to buying gifts, there are many reasons why you should choose to shop local.

Support your community

When you shop at small businesses, you’re not just supporting the individual business owner. You’re also supporting your community as a whole. Small businesses are major contributors to the local economy, and they provide jobs and opportunities for residents. When you shop local, you’re helping to keep your community strong and vibrant

Plus, 2% of all sales go to our #CraftChange initiative, where we donate to community non-profits in Ottawa and across Canada. If you’re placing a large order, we can also specify an organization of your choosing! Just let us know and we’ll take care of the rest.

Get unique local gifts

Big-box stores may have a wider selection of products, but small businesses often offer more unique and one-of-a-kind gifts. You’re more likely to find something truly special when you shop local, and each and every gift box that we put together is a unique and thoughtfully crafted local gift.

Get better customer service

Small businesses are known for their personal touch and excellent customer service. When you shop local, you’re more likely to get help from a knowledgeable staff member who is passionate about their products. When you shop for your group gifts at Maker House, you get a dedicated gift guru who helps craft a unique and memorable Canadian-made gift.

The Maker House Team, featuring Jenn, our local gifts guru. She's here to help you every step of the way.
Maker House From outside. The front window reads soak up the sun, as people shop a sidewalk sale.

Make a difference

Shopping local is a great way to make a difference in your community. When you shop at small businesses, you’re helping to support local economies and create jobs. You’re also helping to build a stronger sense of community. With funds traveling directly to individuals in the community, you’re helping to support local Makers and their families, who then funnel that money right back into their local communities.

Here are some more specific benefits of shopping local for holiday gifts:

  • You can find gifts that are made in your community, which supports local artisans and businesses.
  • You can get gifts that are customized to the recipient’s interests, which shows that you put thought into their gift.
  • You can support businesses that are committed to giving back to the community, which makes your gift even more meaningful.

If you’re looking for a way to make the holidays special for your loved ones, while also supporting your community, then shopping local is the way to go. Here are a few tips for finding great local gifts:

  • Do your research. Before you start shopping, take some time to research local businesses in your area. This will help you to narrow down your choices and find businesses that offer the types of gifts you’re looking for.
  • Visit local shops in person. The best way to find unique and special gifts is to visit local shops in person. This will give you a chance to see the products in person and talk to the store owners about their recommendations.
  • Support online businesses. If you can’t get to local shops in person, there are also a number of great online businesses that offer local gifts. Just be sure to do your research to make sure that you’re supporting a legitimate business.

This holiday season, make the choice to shop local. You’ll be supporting your community, getting unique gifts, and making a difference.