Get inventive with these gifts this COVID Christmas season
By Aldona Bird, The Dominion Post
As with so much else, Christmas shopping changed with COVID-19. Artists and artisans who rely on meeting customers at seasonal fairs and festivals have been hard hit by lockdowns and cancellations, which have also limited shopper flow through small businesses that carry their wares.
Shoppers who wish to add extra meaning to gifts by gifting handmade, local items and patronizing local venues — including restaurants — during holiday activities are facing the same limitations.
Creatives are still creating, and with some alteration of shopping and celebratory habits, shoppers can have a local Christmas this year.
Shoppers can check nice lists twice, don masks and head for indoor, and outdoor store pick-up — or stay comfy at home and browse and buy from local vendors online…