If you are like me, shopping is more of a chore than anything and it can be especially cumbersome around winter holidays.
I am, however, 100% in advocacy of artisans, especially those with conscientious product offerings.
You may have read (or selectively skimmed) my holiday guides for 2016 & 2015. The truth is, I build these over the course of the year through findings from travels, festivals, personal introductions, or other various outings. Otherwise, I would have several solid hours of blog time in one sitting!
This year, I have been extremely fortunate to have a holiday pop up shop for Chicago Fair Trade open right down the block from me. I am also seeing a trend of festivals, such as the Renegade Craft Fair series.
For those of you who may not have this sort of thing in your areas, I was also recently introduced to Homemade Gifts on Amazon (note, as an affiliate). This is the first I had seen that Amazon was even doing this sort of thing. I assume this is a bit of market competition with Etsy and I plan to research into the back end of things to see if I can learn a little more about which one actually is better for artisan sellers.
However, in the meantime, I thought it was worth a suggestion and certainly better than a lot of the “muck” out there in holiday retail world. It is also great that they organize into “her” and “him” and/or filter by state.
As the days of this year’s holiday season count down, I hope this helps in some way!
Ashley L Arnold, MBA, MPH is a lifestyle health educator and coach who supports clients to channel authority over their health, well-being, and overall vitality. Offering health education approaches and 1-on-1 coaching modules, she gets them out of excess weeds of information and inconsistent practices that don’t get desired results. Through helping people focus on the right applications paired with appropriate consideration for bio-individual facets, they become stronger, more confident self-advocates for their health. Bottom line, they will surpass challenges, embrace healthful living with ease, and, best of all, feel a greater sense of empowerment and more energy!