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Buy local for Christmas

Want to make an impact with your Christmas spending this year? Skip the national chains and buy local goods. Whether you’re planning to spend $10 or $10,000, your Christmas dollars can help make next year a better year for your entire community when you put it into the pockets of your neighbors. Here’s 5 buy-local gifts to help you make a real impact on your local community this Christmas – with specific suggestions for fellow Worcesterites.

  1. Support local artisans. Annette Powers at Worcester’s “The Prints and the Potter” is representative of the kind local gallery owner who is enthusiastic about supporting local artisans and crafters. The store features handmade pieces of all sorts from framed art to hand-knit mittens, many of them made by Massachusetts artisans. For budget shoppers, Powers suggests a handmade bag, hat or pair of mittens from Rennie and Rose, a textile firm based in the Berkshires who feature 100% American-made goods. Powers also suggests checking out The Futon Company, a Highland St. neighbor that features beautiful furnishings and home accessories.
  2. Buy dinner for a friend. Gift certificates to a locally-owned restaurant help support a job creator in your neighborhood — and the neighbors she employs. Worcester’s got a plethora of dining options, and nearly all of them offer gift certificates.  You can buy a Dining Gift Card good at three of the area’s finest restaurants — The Sole, the One Eleven or VIA.
  3. Give the gift of learning. The Worcester Center for Crafts is enrolling for the winter 2011 session. For as little as $80, you can give your beer-loving hubby the experience of making his own beer stein in the glassblowing workshop or introduce your darling daughter to the art of the potter’s wheel for $45.
  4. Pamper the total package. When you think “luxury spa,” chances are that Worcester is not the first city that springs to mind. Surprise! Worcester features a few full service spas. Hit the gift certificate page at Paul Conzo Day Spa for special spa packages designed for men, moms-to-be and teens. Gift packages at Tu Moda start at $128 for an hour and a half Executive Escape that includes massage, manicure, scalp massage, shampoo and blow dry. St. Cyr Salon on Park Ave is a Worcester mainstay, in business since 1965. Their Famous Makeover includes a designer haircut and style and make up application, and is still only $50. $350 will get your loved one a full day of tip-to-toe luxury.
  5. Say it with flowers. Flowers, centerpieces and plants are always a welcome gift. You can call 1-800-Flowers and they’ll route your order through a local FTD florist, but why not eliminate the middleman and create a relationship with a neighbor? Sprout Flowers is a little local florist with a big local impact. Proprietor Cathy Walsh designs fun, funky, elegant and, most importantly, gorgeous arrangements for any occasion. Call her at 508-757-5300 to place your Christmas or holiday orders.

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