It's been my aim this Christmas to do all of my shopping at small, independent stores, and I'm pleased to say that I am doing pretty well so far and haven't once resorted to the big stores or Amazon. I live in a region with lots of excellent food producers so we are giving lots of local foodie gifts. I also found lots of handmade gifts at Magnolia Square, and have managed to do quite a few freebie swaps with other makers.
Lark has always been a fan of local shops. I was delighted to read this article in the Daily Telegraph about how small shops are surviving in the UK despite the recession, while the big stores are floundering and resorting to heavy discounting. Thank you Miss Hope for sending me this cheery news!