If you are in Georgia, like me, and the weather has been less than fall-like, you might think it’s too early to start your holiday shopping. However, the days are going by so fast it’s hard to keep up.
Christmas trees are already in the stores, and have been for a while now. It’s almost time for Elf on the Shelf to make his appearance and for children to make lists to send to Santa. I have been busy stocking my shop with items that people of all ages would enjoy. The great thing about many of the items I have available, is they can be customized and personalized for each person on your list!
If you are not a fan of Elf on the Shelf fan, check out this cute Santa Cam ornament from my friend over at Love Bug Gifts!
Hooded towels make a great gift! There are a variety of characters and designs available and they can be personalized in many different ways. Add a name to the back or along the side of the towel or add a jersey number on the sports related towels.
Santa / Laundry sacks are perfect for “wrapping” large, oversized gifts and for kids to use after Christmas as a toy sack or laundry sack. Used as a laundry sack, it’s great for your college kids who like to bring their laundry home on the weekends!
Everyone needs a personalized golf towel for their day on the course!
Remember, that when you support a small business you are helping to support a specific person/family and community versus an unknown entity somewhere in a large corner office! So, start your holiday shopping and support small business!
Expressions Hair Studio, 2382 Bolton Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
While spending time with family and getting gifts are both nice, children need to learn how to give back during the holidays. Though it’s a joyous time of the year for many, there are some kids and adults who may be struggling due to lack of family or resources.
The following is four ways your family can give back at Christmas so your children learn valuable lessons!
The great thing about this is that it teaches compassion for others. Your children will begin to understand that not everyone gets every toy they want. Some don’t even have proper clothing for the winter or enough food on their tables. Most children are happy to buy for kids that may not otherwise have a happy holiday. Through a quick search I was able to find a great resource on the United Way of Atlanta‘s site. It provides a list of ways (and places) to donate gifts, clothing and toys to children.
The son of a friend, has been doing a coat drive for the past 4 years with this year being the 5th! He has done a tremendous job, and has been recognized for his generous spirit. Anyone can start something like this to help those in their community!
The shoebox is a powerful thing. Your children will see that some kids in the world don’t get more for Christmas than what you can fit inside the box. It’s a very humbling experience, and one that will make your children want to be creative and give back with gifts that they can put inside the shoebox. My family and I have filled up many shoeboxes over the years. It is fun to find a bunch of little things you can put in each box. Hobby Lobby even has boxes right near their front doors and a means to donate at their stores.
Many wonderful stories have come out of small children connecting with the elderly. Just recently I saw this wonderful story of a little girl who melted the heart of a lonely widower while shopping at their local grocery store. It’s the little things that count!
It’s easy to hop in the car and head to the mall to get your holiday shopping done. However, what about small businesses in your own community? These stores and shops can provide just as much selection as the big box stores, and your town will benefit from your shopping much more than a huge conglomerate.
Read on for a few reasons you need to shop local this holiday season. Plus find out how I can help small businesses owners with their promotions – during the holidays and beyond!
Put money back into the community. By shopping small businesses in your town, you are helping the economy of your area. Because small businesses typically purchase services from other local businesses, this is a win-win for everyone.
Find unique gifts. There are specialty items found in many small businesses that you can’t find at large retailers or even on the Internet. Step outside the box when doing your holiday shopping and you’ll likely give items that others don’t have – or even know existed!
Support families versus Corporate America. Many small businesses are operated by a family who support themselves with the profits earned with their store or service. It is important we help members of our own community rather than continue to line the pockets of large corporations in the country.
Lessen the environmental impact. When you shop local, you are likely reducing the pollution and traffic you will incur by traveling out of town to a big shopping mall. Plus, if there are more thriving small businesses in your area, less people have to commute for their job.
For this holiday season, GeminiRed Creations has set up a physical shop at a local salon in the Atlanta area. Stop by and pick up some great holiday gifts, and also visit the Expressions Boutique! Stop by Expressions Hair Studio, 2382 Bolton Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
I love exposing my readers to new small businesses here at GeminiRed Creations. We can do an interview-style blog post about your business, detailing what you sell or offer as a service. You can also help you host a giveaway on our blog so that you can really reach our readers!
If you are a small business owner or know someone who is, please have them complete the form!
I am also happy to feature small businesses in my Holiday Gift Guide. The guide will be on a single page and feature one of your items, a short description, and link for my readers to buy if they are interested. If you’d like more information, please check out the Holiday Gift Guide Submission page.
In 2013 I set out to do a regular feature on my blog called the Sunday Spotlight. At that time I had sincerely hoped to have enough interest in the series to share a small business with all my readers every Sunday. It’s much harder to get the information out there than I anticipated, so I’ve redesigned it a few times over the years and now I’m settled on posting Small Business Spotlights as frequently as I can based on those forms that I receive.
My passion is small businesses and entrepreneurs. I love to shop at small businesses, network with small business owners, and offer advice and help whenever possible. If I can help anyone avoid the pitfalls of my first try at a full-time small business, I am more than happy to help people learn from my mistakes! I have always been a big supporter of small business, and the people who choose to jump into the deep end of the pool to give it all they have. Owning a business involves a lot of hard work, long days and nights, and time away from family and friends, but the rewards can certainly outweigh the negatives. I’m proud of each person I know that puts in the extra effort to make their dreams come true!
On the Advertising & Sponsorship page of the website, you will find links to 2 different Small Business Spotlight forms depending on whether or not you have a handmade business or service business. Fill out one of the forms and Get Featured in the Small Business Spotlight which will be shared on the blog as well as through all my social media accounts. If you know of other small businesses who might like to participate, please share this post with them. I would love to have a lot of businesses to share with everyone!
Some of the questions on the forms include:
Complete the form that best fits your business, and be sure to include photos that can be shared in the post. If you have a nice picture of you, or you and your family, be sure to include that because people love to meet the person behind the business!
I’m looking forward to sharing your business with everyone, and learning more about it myself! Don’t keep it all to yourself – share it with the world!
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Thank you for stopping by GeminiRed Creations.
GeminiRed Creations is a passion of mine where I can bring handmade items as well as fashion items and supplies together in one place for my customers.
I donate a percentage of my earnings from this business to various charitable organizations because I fully believe in giving back and helping others. Thank you for helping me make a difference, in my life and the lives of others!!