8 reasons to shop small this Christmas

London Local Team member Dee from Suede & Co explains the importance and difference “shopping small” can make to your community. Each Suede & Co bag is one of a kind and handcrafted using reclaimed, recycled and new suede and leather.

If you’re after the perfect Christmas Gifts, read along to see why shopping small is not only a sure fire way to bag some amazing gifts, but support the local economy and designer-makers along the way!

1. Support your local makers and designers!

By shopping small you aren’t helping a billionaire in a foreign country buy a new yacht, you are helping a local entrepreneur purchase new supplies and materials for their craft, put food on the table and pay for rent.

2. Unique, one of a kind and handmade products!

You won’t find a more diverse range of products anywhere! By shopping small you’re guaranteed to find unique and one of a kind items. Most local designers not only design everything themselves, but also make them by hand! This means you’ll get a special item that will last a lot longer than anything you can buy on the high street.

3. Support your local economy!

By shopping small, you are putting your money right back into your community and helping your local economy grow. Research shows that for every £1 spent shopping small, 60% will stay in the local economy compared to just 40% when shopping at big box stores.

4. Get personalized items!

Most small makers and designers offer personalized service, this means not only will you get one of a kind items, you can get them customized just for you! Get a portrait drawn of your best friend, a monogramed bag for your sister in law or a customized poster for your new born nephew!

Shop these personalized items:

5. Support local charities!

This Christmas you’ll find many small businesses and designers raising funds for local charities including Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre, Kicks Count and Action for Kids.

Shop these local makers to help raise money for these wonderful causes:

6. Be Sustainable!

When you shop small, you’re more likely to find a plethora of makers and designers who take great care to be sustainable! You’ll find designers using organic cloth, recycled or upcycled materials, natural dyes and much more!

Shop these sustainable items:

7. Better Service!

Small businesses are emotionally invested in their products! They really really want you to be happy with the product that you are buying. This means they go out of their way to give great, personalized service, something you won’t find in large shops! Check their reviews on Etsy and you’ll find examples of all of the ways they’ve gone above and beyond for customers!

8. Meet the Maker!

While most small businesses have their products available for purchase online, most of them will also be taking part in local markets throughout London. Take advantage of the opportunity to get out there and see who actually makes these products! It’s a rewarding experience to have a conversation with designers and makers to see how these unique items are made, and this way you’ll be able to pass on the story to the gift recipient at Christmas!

The London Local Market takes place on December 3rd and 4th with over 80 local designers and makers! Find them all here..

Follow Suede & Co on instagram @suede_and_co and stop by her stall at the Christmas Etsy Made Local Market to say hello and have a look at her beautiful suede accessories up close and personal!