That festive time of year is nearly upon us and we can’t wait! With so many opportunities to shop from the comfort of your own community, here is a reminder of some of the great gift ideas that can be found right on your doorstep, and allow you to support local businesses and make it a Merry Christmas for all in Mission.
From classic long-standing businesses like Rex Cox Menswear and Lanka Jewels, to the new kids on the block Pressland General, and those unique to Mission like The Happy Homesteader, Silk Degrees, Goodie Too Shoes and Tea Time Décor, there is certainly no shortage of awesome gifts to be found. When you also add in our thriving artisan community, make sure to check out the Mission Arts Council and Spark Art Collective and the many Christmas markets highlighted in the November-December edition of What’s On Magazine.
Gift experiences are also on the rise, with many appreciating the chance to create new memories, so why not buy loved ones a trip on the Fraser River Safari, a pass for Sasquatch Mountain, a golf or fishing afternoon or an evening at Decode Escape Rooms. Alternatively, a pampering session at a local hair, nail or massage salon, afternoon tea at the English Tarts or a dinner at a local restaurant – you get the idea!
Make sure to drop into the Mission Visitor Centre for our Christmas Guide that includes events, craft markets and local light displays, plus we have created a “Made in Mission” retail section that offers a variety of local gifts. Featured are images from local photographer Bob Friesen, children’s books, and our very own Mission mugs.
Small businesses struggle to compete with the box stores at this time of year, but the unique products on offer and the service they provide make for a great shopping experience.
Benefits of shopping local:
- These businesses create and build the character of our community
- Give local employment opportunities
- Are more likely to support charities and community groups
- Offer a more personalized customer service and have greater product knowledge
- Reduce your carbon footprint
- You are more likely to bump into friends and neighbours and build stronger relationships and improved wellbeing.
- Small businesses keep the money in our economy – for every $100 spent in Mission $46 recirculates, compared to $18 in a chain store.
Let’s make an early New Year’s resolution to keep it local this Christmas and “Shop Local – Love Local”.