As we count down the days to the holidays, hopefully we’re picking up great gifts and checking people off our holiday gift list. We’ve just launched a Shop Local Novato Holiday Gift Guide to help with gifting inspiration. It’s got ideas for guys, gals and kids, suggestions for bookworms, gardeners and gadget fans, even present-ideas for your pets. And of course, the Gift Guide shows you where you can buy right here at home, which helps our local business owners and the local economy.
This year downtown Novato gained a quality new bookstore in Copperfield’s Books and our own craft beer destination in BeerCraft. You’ll find both in our gift guide, along with creative gift ideas for kids from 5 Little Monkeys on Grant Avenue. We’ve got gardeners well-covered with ideas from Sloat Garden Center, Armstrong and locally-owned Pini Ace Hardware. We’ve even got gift ideas from Matt & Jeff’s Car Wash, where you can pick up everything from pop-socks to paperback books while your car’s being cleaned. These are just a few examples of the shopping inspiration we discovered when researching our Guide, and we hope you’ll have favorites of your own that you patronize.
We recently read that 112 million consumers reported shopping locally on Small Business Saturday, up 13% from 2015. More people than ever are taking pride in spending with locally-owned businesses, and seeing the benefits that shopping local brings to the community. As the holidays grow closer, we hope you’ll keep the momentum going, and think Novato-first when it comes to gifting.
On behalf of Shop Local Novato and your many Novato businesses, happy holidays, happy gift hunting and happy keeping-it-local!