Re: “Hard to find U.S. made products” (letter, 11-8).
I couldn’t agree more. However, although American-made products are hard to find, we can still support local small businesses. Almost everyone sells gift certificates. How about a gift card to your local coffee shop, restaurant or pub? For your friends or family who like the outdoors, maybe a round of golf, a gift card to the local marina, lift tickets at one of our local ski resorts or a summer pass to Enchanted Village. Contact a local farrier and have someone’s special horses shod.
For the homebodies: a gift card to the local nursery, yard care, mower tuneup at a local small engine shop, house-cleaning, child care services or carpet cleaning. Other ideas: a subscription to your local newspaper, computer classes or repair, tickets to a movie or local arts groups, or have someone’s car detailed.
How about a gift of having someone’s pet groomed or a gift certificate at the local feed store? Maybe something more personal, like a massage, hair or nail salon, or gym membership? Maybe Mom and Dad could use their house painted or some other work around the house.
There are many things we can give to our family and friends at Christmas while still supporting our neighbors and small businesses.
If my family is reading this, I could use my piano tuned!