Editorial: Shop locally this Christmas, it’s part of what community is all about

There are a plethora of awesome gift ideas from local businesses in the Comox Valley.

Just starting your Christmas shopping? Or maybe you at least have a few things still to pick up. Christmas is still a week away… if you are like most of us, there are still a few presents to be bought.

Think about buying your gifts locally this year. There are a whole bunch of reasons why it makes sense.

The B.C. government’s Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology came out with some statistics during BC Buy Local Week, which ran Dec. 3-9. Among them: for every $100 spent at a local business, an average of $46 goes back into the local economy.

The small business sector employs more than one million people in B.C., accounting for 54 per cent of total private-sector employment and small businesses are the source of 35 per cent of provincial gross domestic product and almost one-third of all wages paid to B.C. workers.

That’s a lot of growth and prosperity for your friends, family and community.

Many local businesses count on the Christmas season to help them make it through the traditionally slower period at the beginning of the new year. If we want to keep our communities vibrant and thriving, we need to support our local businesspeople.

And let’s face it, it’s not a hardship. There are a plethora of awesome gift ideas from local businesses in the Comox Valley. You can get everything from food items to experiences, clothing to art to furniture. Whether it’s stocking stuffers or more extravagant gifts, someone’s got it.

Whether you head to a pre-Christmas craft fair or a mom and pop shop in downtown Courtenay, at the newly renovated mall in Comox, or on Dunsmuir Avenue in Cumberland, you can find both what you’re looking for and things you may never have thought of, but are perfect for someone on your Christmas list.

Consider taking a stroll through the community before scrambling online and buying from a website that’s never even heard of the Comox Valley.

Christmas is a great time to support each other by spending locally. That’s what community is all about.

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