The year is 2020 and the holidays look very different this time around. Instead of battling it out with your friends and neighbors as you rush to get the best Black Friday deals at the big box stores, you may be looking for other ways to check items off your list that won’t increase your risk of contracting COVID-19. Luckily, there are a lot of options available to help you find gifts for your loved ones. And even better, you can stimulate the local economy by taking the extra time to shop for gifts from local vendors and artisans right here in Greenville, SC. So settle into your favorite quarantining couch spot and check out the best ways to shop local this holiday season.

Find Local Businesses That Offer Online Shopping

What’s your gift-giving MO? Do you like to focus on experience gifts? Practical items like clothing or kitchen gadgets? Or maybe you’re inclined to order something custom and sentimental? No matter how you like to plan your gift-giving list, there’s likely a local Greenville business available to suit your needs.

With online shopping, it’s easier than ever to place an order without having to leave your home. Just be sure that you order ahead of time so everything is shipped and delivered in time for the big day. If you’re not sure where to start, Kidding Around Greenville and Shop Black Greenville both have lists available of local business owners.

Check Etsy or Facebook for Local Artisans

For more customized gifts that you won’t be able to find anywhere else, you may want to check Facebook or Etsy for ideas. Ask your Facebook friends for local artisan recommendations who may be able to help you create a special ornament or personalized shirts for those you love. When you log onto Etsy, you can change the “Shop Location” filter so it only shows you crafts and collectibles for shops in your local area.

Pick Up the Phone and Find Out the Best Hours to Shop

If you’re one of those shoppers who just has to set their eyes on something before they make a purchase, then you can always don your mask, grab your extra hand sanitizer, and head over to a local store. Extra cautious shoppers can also call ahead to the shop or check their online hours to get an idea of when the store is more heavily trafficked so they can avoid large crowds.

Spread Joy This Holiday Season by Shopping Locally in Greenville

At EVG, we understand the importance of supporting your community. The holidays are going to be hard on everyone this season, and local business owners have had a rough year with COVID-19 drastically affecting their prospects. Complete your shopping list and ensure an entrepreneur in your area has an extra joyful holiday by supporting their business.

Trina Dunn – Sr. Account Manager

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