Isn't This What It's All About?
As the holidays approach giant foreign factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods. Perhaps this year should be different. Maybe this year we should give the gift of genuine concern for each other.
It's time to think outside the box. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in foreign-produced wrapping paper?
Nearly everyone gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local hair salon or barber? Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement. How about a few massages?
Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, locally-owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.
Perhaps your dad would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.
There are thousands of owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip.
Give tickets to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre. Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by your neighbor?
My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.
Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.Continued on the next page