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!