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Ethical holiday shopping

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Ethical holiday shopping

Gift-giving can make the holiday season feel joyful. But where you choose to spend your money for gifts can have harsh ethical or environmental consequences. Be mindful of what your money is supporting with the following tips.

Shop local. Holiday markets, street vendors and local artisans all sell unique items for gift-giving. Additionally, the money will go to support people, not corporations.

Shop second-hand. You don’t need to hit up Target or Macy’s during the shopping season to purchase meaningful gifts. Antique stores, thrift stores, estate sales and online sites like Craigslist can all make for cheap, special and ethical presents.

Research companies. If you do choose to go through larger companies, take a quick peek at their ethical and environmental practices. You can search the ethical ratings of different brands, stores and more using the Shop Ethical! website.

Avoid Amazon. Amazon is putting smaller companies out of business — and even pays less taxes than mom-and-pop shops pay, according to the Washington Post. However, it is not the only means of purchasing easy gifts. So click around a bit more to purchase your gifts from smaller online stores.

Create your own gifts. Make handmade artwork, cards, letters, poetry, baked goods or jewelry and give those as gifts. It’s more personal, more ethical and less expensive — and it shows effort and care.

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