Every holiday season, destination organizations do their part in encouraging people to #ShopSmall and boost the local economy. This year is certainly no exception, as small businesses across the country struggle to stay afloat amid the pandemic.
In these difficult times, destinations have stepped up to the plate with new and creative ways to support small businesses within their community, and we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to inspire your holiday shopping this year.
Home for the Holidays in Hamilton
Hamilton County’s "Home for the Holidays” page features a number of COVID-friendly holiday activities, food and dining options from local restaurants, and shopping guides for Hamilton’s small businesses.
Visit Madison Pledges to Shop Small
Visit Madison asked their community to take a pledge to shop small this holiday season, committing themselves to supporting at least 10 local businesses by December 31. So far, more than 100 people have taken the pledge!
Tourism Saskatoon’s Staff Picks
Tourism Saskatoon took a unique approach to a gift guide, asking their staff to identify "Staff Picks" (coming soon) from local businesses for the holiday season. They’ve also highlighted a handful of members that offer giftable experiences, for those looking to give their loved ones the gift of quality time this holiday season.
31 Days of Holiday Happiness From Visit Fairfax
Visit Fairfax’s “31 Days of Holiday Happiness” initiative is a fun twist on holiday advent calendars. Each day throughout the month of December they’ll be unveiling a new local business or holiday activity on their website and social media channels.
Destination Ann Arbor’s Holiday Gift Guides
The marketing team at Destination Ann Arbor has been hard at work compiling holiday gift guides that highlight the destination’s many local businesses. The team made sure to feature businesses located in each of their communities, and stressed the importance of what these places mean to Ann Arbor’s local economy.
Merch Madness in Stevens Point Area
The Stevens Point Area ran a “Merch Madness” campaign, designed to bring awareness to local shops in the region leading up to Shop Small Saturday. Residents were encouraged to nominate a local small business, and then the community voted for their favorites in head-to-head match-ups until one winner was announced.
Visit Pittsburgh’s Personalized Gift Guides
The team at Visit Pittsburgh is making holiday shopping easy this year with personalized gift guides for each type of person in your life. Options include gift guides For the Foodie, For the Family, For the Fashionista, and many more!
One-of-a-Kind Gift Finds from Hendricks County
Visit Hendricks County is in their 8th year of producing their “One-of-a-Kind Finds Gift Guide,” which features gift ideas that you can only find from small businesses in Hendricks County.
12 Blocks of Cheer in Huntington Beach
Visit Huntington Beach's 12 Blocks of Cheer program promotes a collection of Huntington Beach events, attractions, retail and dining discounts, shopping experiences, and photo opportunities during the holiday season. Plus, they’ve added some festive flair to their website with the addition of a falling snow effect on each page of the site.
From all of us here at Simpleview, we’re wishing you a wonderful and safe holiday season!