Amy's Holiday Shopping Picks!

Sunday, 07 December 2014

I am a HUGE supporter of buying locally made items. If you can't buy local, at least check the label before you buy and please purchase items Made in the USA. These US made items support our communities in such a positive way, as does buying from your Hometown Store versus the big box stores. This heightenis our awareness, allowing us to make better choices that support growth and sustainability.

So... you can shop small, you can shop Made in America, and you can also shop with a purpose! These are the categories I try my hardest to stick to when purchasing gifts for others and when buying for myself. 

Delicate Fortress embodies shopping with a purpose. Their items are carefully chosen. Each organization they purchase from helps to support women and children who have been victims of human trafficking, extreme poverty and slavery. This is a fantastic website that will not only help you check off most of your shopping list, but will inspire you as well.

*For new or expecting mommas, here are some of my favorite selections.

I've got to pitch my Active Prenatal Yoga DVD to you, of course!  It really is a wonderful gift to give an expecting momma you need to shop for.  My DVD is a gift of wellness, inspiration and empowerment.  Filmed and created in Erie, PA

Sarah Brown ~ Upcycled, handmade cuddly stuffed animals for little ones. Made in Erie, PA

Lori Burke ~ "You Are Loved" cd. Beautiful lullabies that you and your kiddos will love listening to together. Made in Erie, PA

Emmas Bemmas ~ Handmade nursing and teething necklaces that are super cute for mom to wear. Made in Erie, PA

Mama's Belly ~ If mom and dad are art aficionados, they will love creating this absolutely priceless work of art together. Bronze belly casts made in Boulder, CO. 

For the breastfeeding mom, or breastfeeding supporter, consider this beautiful calendar created by the La Leche League of Erie.  The proceeds benefit this local chapter. 

*Here are a few of my other favorites that are not kid or pregnancy related

Stinky Yogi offers handmade essential oil blends. Each bottle is lovingly created in Erie, PA and will really brighten your mood. Especially since this hectic season can throw us off balance. SY features concentrated oil blends or spray bottles that can be used as a room spray. You must order the Holiday Blend! It's absolutely perfect!

Broadway Baker If you don't have time to bake for your holiday party, order some "made with love" treats from the Broadway Baker.  Baked from scratch in NYC, these yummies are also a fantastic gift for any time of the year.  I love sending Broadway Baker goodies to families who have just welcomed their newest addition. 

As you check off your holiday list, please keep Shopping Small, buy items made in the USA, and shop with a purpose.  Let's be aware of where our money goes and what it is supporting.  You can make a difference with each purchase you make. 

I'd love to know what favorite shops you'll be supporting this season?

Bring your resusable bags and Happy Shopping!

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