I hate the mall. I like shopping but I don’t enjoy fighting people for parking spots or listening to screaming kids present at the mall. I would also like to avoid elbowing strangers in the face so that I can buy everyone I know the same $15 sweater as sometimes you must when you do your holiday shopping at a mall. What I am saying is that I prefer a less headache inducing experience. Time is getting short for shopping and the malls are only getting crazier so I am happy to present Gift Local. Various Seattle business including one of my personal favorites Cupcake Royale ( I may have mentioned them once or twice. Did I mention I had their cupcakes at my wedding?) have gathered together to ask their fellow Seattlites to support local businesses with their holiday shopping.
This initiative centers on asking people to take the “Gift Local Pledge.” This doesn’t mean that you have to swear off malls for all of eternity and wear only locally handmade everything. I wouldn’t ask you to do that. They only ask that in the course of your holiday shopping you shop at at least three local, independent businesses this holiday season. That’s just one book from Elliot Bay Books or University Book Store, one fish from Pike Place Market, and one cupcake from Cupcake Royale and you will have fulfilled your duty. It’s totally free to take the pledge and they will also send you a packet of great deals to aid in your shopping. Also, you’ll be stimulating the local economy and helping to keep Seattle awesome and that’s just a bonus.
I have already taken the pledge as I have already been to more than three local stores mostly because I really like shopping and but too many gifts. Sadly I still had to go to the mall. So, if you hate malls, go on, take the pledge and discover some new stores and maybe a get a few more unique gifts this year. If you need some help finding places to check out you can search by category or neighborhood
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!