Shop Local in Toronto: The Secret to Finding The Most Unique Gift Ideas Ever
When you shop local, you can find the most amazing and unique gift ideas that will really blow your friends and family away.
Toronto is a big city. That means there are tons of different types of stores, from big box retailers to small, independent shops. With a wide range of options, it’s hard to find something that really stands out.
Forget about hitting up those generic retailers or the online sales. Instead, support a small business and give something you know no one else is going to have.
As a local business, we strongly believe in the benefits of shopping local, especially for the holidays.
Here’s why you should skip the mall and shop local this holiday season.
You Support Local Small Businesses
People who run Toronto’s local businesses aren’t your top-of-the-ladder CEOs sitting in a conference room in another city. They are your neighbours- people who have families and work hard to put food on the table.
As a result, there’s a whole personal element that comes from local shopping. You become attached to your local small businesses and often interact with the owners or managers. There’s a connection there you just don’t get when you go to the big box stores.
Christmas can be a make or break time of the year for small businesses. Competition is high between Black Friday sales, holiday campaigns, and bright commercials designed to draw people in by the masses.
If you have a favourite local shop and you don’t want to see it close, make sure you do your holiday shopping there.
Money You Spend Goes Back Into Your Local Economy
When you spend money at a local business, that money goes back into your community and your local economy. You get what’s called the multiplier effect.
The multiplier effect is a breakdown of the way that money goes back into the local economy when you shop local. There are 3 main stages:
- The business puts money back into the local economy by paying employee wages, utility costs, equipment expenses, and other services.
- Those dollars then re-circulate as they go to those other services.
- Employees, business owners, and other staff members spend their own dollars on other businesses in their local economy.
A stronger local economy means a stronger community, and more jobs available to residents.
In a study by the American Independent Business Alliance, research found that an average of 48% of each purchase at a local business was put back into the local economy, while only 14% of purchases at chain stores did the same.
The Products Come From Local Areas, Not Other Countries
Local businesses make their products in your community, not in a country across the ocean.
The workers and employees in these stores are being held to the high Canadian standards of employment. Many big corporations process their items in other countries with no regulations toward worker health and safety, and dabble in issues such as child labour.
If you want to show your support to ending horrible working conditions overseas, buy from your local small businesses.
At OMBITES, our energy balls are handcrafted right here in the heart of Toronto. We use only the best, wholesome ingredients in our products and would never compromise quality for quantity.
In fact, we even customize each of your gift boxes with a personalized tag and ribbon colour of your choice. We take pride in creating the perfect healthy treat for you and your lucky recipients right here, on Canadian soil.
Beat The Shipping Costs, Duty Taxes, and Delivery Risks
A lot of people these days are doing their holiday shopping online. In a busy city like Toronto, there’s not much extra time in the day, and the holidays can be chaotic. Additionally, you can sometimes find some great deals or discounts.
As a result, many people turn to online shopping at big retailers to save time and money.
Sometimes shopping local means spending a bit more money, but when you factor in shipping and handling costs, duty taxes, and other expenses from online shopping, there isn’t much of a price difference.
During the holiday season, online shopping increases, and as a result, so do delivery times. Sometimes you can’t even guarantee you’re going to get that item in time for Christmas Day.
Not only that, but you can’t always guarantee it’s going to look the way you think it will when it arrives, and by then it’s too late to exchange before you have to give it to someone.
When you shop local, you’re getting the product physically in your hands. You can see it, touch it, and bring it home with you that day. This is the safest way to make sure that someone is going to get their gift on time.
It’s Better For The Environment
One of the important benefits of shopping local is the positive impact on the environment.
When items are produced and handcrafted locally, it takes less energy because you’re not having them shipped in from some big factory in another country. That’s a huge decrease in fuel costs and pollution.
In the United States, for example, shipping transportation for packaged goods uses up 11 billion gallons of fuel a year, and produces about 1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide. If the people in the United States shifted just 10% of their spending to local businesses, especially farmers, it can save up to 310,000 gallons of that fuel.
Additionally, local businesses usually set up in city centers and downtowns, where there is already an urban presence. This helps to reduce habitat destruction and pollution.
You’ll Find The Most Unique, Handcrafted Gifts
Forget about generic mall gifts and think outside the box this holiday season. The key to giving an amazing holiday gift is making sure no one else is going to have it.
You’ll never have to worry about someone else giving them the same gift again!
OMBITES make the perfect unique gift idea because they are healthy, delicious treats that provide the perfect alternative to those not-so-healthy candies and chocolates normally given during the holidays. They are made from wholesome, mainly raw ingredients, and are packed with the nutrients you need to power through the day.
Give your friends and family a gift that will help fuel their body. Trust us, they’ll be thanking you!
Your Healthy Treats Are Fresh, Nutritious, and Tasty
Buying someone a box of chocolates is not only unhealthy, but doesn’t guarantee freshness. You don’t know how long that box has been sitting on a store shelf.
When you order healthy treats from a local business like us, you’re guaranteeing that your product will be as fresh as possible.
OMBITES are handcrafted here in Toronto, and delivered right to your door. That means you’re getting a fresh, healthy treat that’s packed with powerful ingredients. OMBITES do not sit on a store shelves or have a long delivery period.
Where to Shop in Toronto This Holiday Season
There are tons of awesome holiday pop-up markets coming to Toronto in November and December. Here, you’ll find tons of local vendors with cool, unique gift ideas for anyone on your list.
Here are some of the pop up markets that will be coming to Toronto this holiday season:
- 16 November to 3 December, 2017 - Oneofakind Show and Sale: Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
- 16 November to 23 December, 2017 - Toronto Christmas Market: The Distillery Historic District
- 1-23 December, 2017 - Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square: Nathan Phillips Square
- 2 December, 2017 - The Nooks Holiday Pop-up Market: The Nooks Toronto, 2005 Danforth Avenue (Come by and visit OMBITES. We will be handing out free samples.)
- 16-17 December, 2017 - 2017 Foodie Holiday Market: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East (Come check out the OMBITES booth and see our holiday gift collection.)
- 8 December, 2017 - City of Craft: The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West
- 12 December, 2017 - 3rd Annual Toronto Etsy Street Team Christmas Marketplace: Kensington Market, 103 Bellevue Avenue at College Street
Shop Local From Home: Order OMBITES For That Special Someone
Want to impress even the pickiest of friends with healthy, indulgent treats? OMBITES are gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and made with wholesome, mainly raw ingredients. It’s the perfect alternative to generic treats that will really help you stand out.
We highly recommend pre-ordering your OMBITES, which you can do right now! Order now and catch our holiday sales before the end of November, then pick your delivery date at checkout.
As a bonus, we’ll deliver your handcrafted gift boxes right to your door. Shopping local for healthy treats couldn’t get easier than this.
Order OMBITES now and give someone the gift of healthy indulgence this year.