• Liz Logan

#GOSupportGaston Mini-Blitz: Christmas in April

Updated: Apr 17

Note: This article is part of our #GOSupportGaston campaign. The campaign features 7 mini-blitzes to support local businesses impacted by COVID-19. Check Gaston Outside for updates on our efforts with supportgaston.com.

Call to Action: Start your Holiday shopping early by checking out these Gaston County retailers and makers. Tag shop owners, @GastonOutside and #GOSupportGaston to support.


We are a few weeks into the stay-at-home orders and life has become a bit different for all of us. Some may be missing their favorite restaurants and others may be finally tackling those home improvement projects. But once all these are done, what else can we do?


It’s no secret our small and locally-owned businesses are struggling through this unprecedented time. While there are loans and resources for businesses, nothing quite helps like good old fashioned patronage.


In an effort with SupportGaston.com, we invite you to join us for Christmas in April. With the help of local retailers, you can even get a jump-start on Christmas in July. Just a few short months ago we were sharing our list of online and brick-and-mortar retailers for (actual) Christmas. And now, with the help of our community, we are getting creative to bring our shopping up a few months and support these businesses when they need it most.


Which retailers will you shop with? Make sure to tag them, follow them and leave a review because together we can make a difference.


Brick-and-mortar

Photo Courtesy of Our State Magazine

If you’re out and about (of course, in your face mask), some retailers are offering curbside pick up (you can find our full list of creative shopping here). Many retailers, like Catalyst Merchantile and GiGi’s Boutique, are offering free shipping.


Not only is Hive Design offering shopping exclusively online, they are a great option for getting ahead on Christmas stationery and decor.


Handmade

Photo Courtesy of Handmade Gastonia

Another band of local businesses that could use a boost are artisans and makers. You can follow this Facebook group for postings by merchants. Locally handmade items make great, thoughtful gifts and you can rest assured knowing you’re bringing joy to both the maker and receiver of the gift.


Online retailers

Shops that operate exclusively online are getting creative with some, like The Necessities Company, offering local delivery. AschKat is offering free local pick-up for items purchased on Etsy (bonus: they specialize in Belmont and other North Carolina Christmas ornaments).


If you’re planning your decor, Wreath That Door N More has a selection of Christmas wreaths up and ready, as well as plenty of options for gifts available.


DIY

Planning for Christmas doesn’t just mean giftsit can also mean those holiday DIY projects you’re planning for. Spots like AR Workshop and Just Sew Lovely have materials for your holiday projects. Retailers like Nest + Canvas have painting kits that would make a great gift for budding artists of any age.


Gift Cards

Don’t quite have a direction for Christmas gifts? Try a gift card! The good thing about gift cards is that they aren’t just limited to retail. You can grab gift cards to restaurants, bottle shops and breweries.


Gift cards for future services are always appreciated. Looking for a family photo shoot for your yearly Holiday card? Plan ahead with a local photographer. Got a golfer (or even a mini-golfer) in the family? Grab a gift card for future golfing.

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