Christmas Shopping – Local or Online?

Christmas Shopping – Local or Online?

Earlier this month I chatted a bit about having an eco-conscious Christmas & sustainable gift buying. I wanted to build on that with a bit about my goal for keeping my Christmas shopping as local as possible, and how it has gone this year!

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*I live in a lovely market town with many super-cute independent shops. Not everyone is as fortunate to have so much on their doorstep, so this really is for the people who are able to shop locally! Everyone & their situations are different, and I’d never want to make anyone feel bad for not shopping locally this Christmas. So – as always – if you’re able to implement what I’m chatting about into your life, please do! But if you aren’t able to, then don’t feel like I’m preachin’ (’cause I ain’t!).*

Christmas Shopping Locally – How did it go?

So, y’all know I love shopping locally & using independent companies as much as possible. And with so much literally outside my front door, I thought it’d be a sin to not make the most of it this year!

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I made a pact with myself that I would only shop in my highstreet shops this year (or as much as possible), and do you know what? I’ve done pretty bloomin’ well. All the gifts I’ve bought for my parents & brothers (apart from one little thing for my youngest brother) I bought in Tavistock. My other brother will be especially pleased about that as he’s very eco-conscious. I’ve also bought everything for our friends (and children of friends!) in Tavistock as well – yay!

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Where I fell down was with presents for Euan – why are men so hard to buy for?! The shops we have in Tavistock are wonderful, but they do lack a bit when it comes to Euan’s taste. However, his entire stocking are gifts from shops on my highstreet, and I’d say 40% of his presents. That’s pretty good, right?!

The Importance of Shopping Locally

So why is it actually important to shop locally? There are many reasons, but these are the ones which resonate the most for me.

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Firstly, the environment. In the grand scheme of things, Christmas shopping locally won’t make a huge impact on the crisis. But every little helps! Items in highstreet shops are already there. They have already been shipped, so you’re not adding to your carbon footprint by having things delivered! And if – like me – you live within walking distance of shops, that’s even better! No need to drive to get your Christmas shopping done.

Secondly, supporting local businesses. This is done by both shopping in their stores and shopping along the highstreet, even if that’s a chain. How? Well, a highstreet only thrives if it’s desirable. It’s only desirable if it has a wide range of shops, and shops that people have heard of. If we don’t shop in our highstreets (chains, independents, or otherwise) then shops will close – including the big ones! Highstreet chains are equally as important as independent shops, because without the chains you wouldn’t have the footfall for the independent shops!

In turn, that also means more jobs for the town. The more shops we have, the more employment there is. The more employment, the more people stay living here. The more people living here, the more money gets spent in the town… and so on. You get the picture anyway!

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Lastly… It’s fun! And festive. Nothing gets me in the mood for Christmas more than a stroll down a christmassy highstreet, popping in & out of shops, and eventually stopping for a coffee (or maybe even something stronger…!).

The End

Let me know if you did any local Christmas shopping this year! What is your favourite thing to do to get you in the festive mood?!

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If you’re needing a bit of festive inspo to help get you in the mood, check out some of my previous posts…

Kidney Bean Cake – Gluten Free Christmas Baking

Festive Film Favourites

Eco-Conscious Christmas

Sustainable Christmas Gift Ideas

And don’t forget to keep up to date with daily shenanigans over on my Instagram page!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Christmas Soirée Shenanigans

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Christmas Soirée Shenanigans

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Christmas Soirée Shenanigans

TODAY IS THE DAY! Merry Christmas everyone! Without a doubt the happiest day of the year. Hopefully Father Christmas brought y’all everything you hoped for and your Christmas dinner is in plentiful supply. On this festive day, I thought I’d share a few photos from our Christmas party last week because, well, why not!

Christmas is the perfect excuse for a party with friends. I love having everyone together, getting a little bit (too) merry, and enjoying some festive cheer. It’s become a mini-tradition now that every year we host a Christmas soirée a week or so before Christmas, and it gives me and my girlfriends an excuse to exchange gifts and kick-start the Christmas spirit. This year we went all-out with our outfits (again, why not!) and dressed up in full festive glamour (so much mention of festive!!!). Euan even cracked out his fabulous(?) Christmas shirt and I just had to wear my stripy elf socks…

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merry christmas lila bailey blog post

merry christmas lila bailey blog post

merry christmas lila bailey blog

merry christmas lila bailey blog post

merry christmas lila bailey blog post

merry christmas lila bailey blog post

A very Merry Christmas!

Festive Decorating at Lila Bailey HQ

Festive Decorating at Lila Bailey HQ

FESTIVE DECORATING AT LILA BAILEY HQ

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… (It really really is!). I absolutely love Christmas (just in case you hadn’t noticed). Not just Christmas Day either, I love the whole build up from late November right through to celebrating New Year and all the festivities in between. One of the first things I do to feel christmassy is stick a rocking Christmas playlist on and decorate! Last year was our very first Christmas in our own home which made it was super super special, but this year is even better because we’ve finally got our flat pretty much how we want it (more to come on that later…), so it feels even more like home.

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Festive decorating is an all-day event, starting with purchasing & decorating the Christmas tree (video below), followed by decorating the rest of the house! Because of our living room & kitchen colour schemes, I stick with a simple ‘red & white’ theme for the tree as it ties the whole room together as one.

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I don’t like to go OTT with Christmas decor as there is a fine line between beautifully festive and superbly tacky… I stick with a few go-to additions, including (a lot of) festive bunting, christmas blankets (as sofa accessories, naturally), jars of candy canes, handmade decorative stockings, ornamental hanging things (the technical term…), and lots (and lots) of candles. There is always a place for a small amount of tinsel (on the television, for example) but I don’t like too much as I do think it can really cheapen the look of a room.

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As I work from home, making sure my house is festively decorated is an essential part of my ability to focus during this period… (It is, honest!).

 

The Finishing Touch

To me, it’s just not Christmas without a wreath on the front door! Luckily, one of my very good friends happens to be a florist (handy) and runs Christmas wreath making workshops throughout early December. This year her & I had a one-to-one wreath making (and coffee drinking, gossiping) session and this was the result!

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It brightens up the hallway and brings a bit of festive cheer as soon as you walk through the door!

 

Links

Below is our Christmas tree expedition in video form, and also a link to Kat’s (florist friend) beautiful website…

 

Milli Fleur

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