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Shop Local this Holiday Season

Author: Tiffany Trautwein, OneSTL Communications Committee

If you’d like your holidays to be more sustainable, shop local. The St. Louis region has many shopping districts with unique stores offering handmade, repurposed, and artisanal products. Also check out thrift stores and antique shops, great places to find unique gifts ready to be loved again.

Makers’ markets and pop-ups are another option for finding locally made last-minute gifts. Below is a list of upcoming holiday shopping events. 

For something truly minimalist, consider giving memorable experiences instead of things, most of which eventually end up in a landfill. Concert tickets, gift certificates to restaurants or movie theaters, and registrations for crafting, cooking, dance, or music classses are all thoughtful options. You also can purchase memberships at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis Zoo, and many other museums and cultural organizations in the region.

Finally, for an especially meaningful gift that has the added benefit of helping others, donate to a local nonprofit organization your loved one supports.

Happy sustainable gifting!