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Opting Out of Black Friday

The allure of Black Friday, of course, is saving some cash and getting a jump on holiday shopping. I totally get that, and I am not saying that you shouldn’t do holiday gifts if that’s something you and your family like to do. Those billions of dollars that we spend as consumers on Black Friday weekend speak volumes, and there are ways to vote against Black Friday and still get your holiday on.

Buy Nothing Day

Want to send a message to stores like Walmart? Skip the shopping on Black Friday weekend. Adbusters is once again organizing Buy Nothing Day to take a stand against the corporate culture of consumerism. Check out this video about the reasoning behind this movement:

I like that the message here isn’t just to buy nothing on Friday but also to consume less this holiday overall. We all have so much stuff – do we really need that much more? What if instead of a mountain of cheap gifts, we chose one or two special things for each person on our list?

Small Business Saturday

Did you know that many small businesses make most of their annual profits over the holidays? That means that many shops like indie bookstores and your local record shop rely on holiday sales to stay afloat for the whole rest of the year. When you’re ready to check off names on that holiday list, hit those indie shops.

Small Business Saturday is the local economy’s answer to Black Friday. Instead of hitting the big box store, find gifts from small, local businesses. You help your local economy thrive, keep a small business afloat, and show those big box stores that you value community over low, low prices.

Yes, sometimes buying from a small business costs more, and that’s because small companies don’t have the powers of scale that big corporations do. What you have to ask yourself is whether it’s worth spending a few extra bucks – maybe buying less, but choosing quality – to support local business and stick it to large corporations.

Handmade Holiday

Whether you make gifts yourself or choose to buy handmade, a handmade holiday sticks it to big box retailers and supports independent artists instead. Imagine if we pumped that $11+ billion dollars into the handmade community instead of spending it at the mall!

You can find handmade gifts online on sites like Etsy and Artfire. Etsy started offering up gift cards earlier this year, too, which is a wonderful way to introduce friends and family to the world of handmade. You might also notice craft markets springing up in your town this time of year, and they are the perfect venue for holiday shopping! Meet the artist who crafted your purchases and support indie crafters!

If you’re feeling crafty, this is the perfect time of year to flex those DIY muscles. You can check out some ideas to launch your handmade holiday crafting here.

Are you guys opting out of Black Friday this year? What are your plans to make those holiday dollars count?

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Bob Jagendorf

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her lifes mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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12:56AM PDT on May 20, 2014

great

12:34AM PDT on May 20, 2014

damn amazing

2:48AM PDT on Apr 12, 2014

stay it future

12:51AM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

I absolutely love your work

12:27AM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

great

4:43AM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

thank for spreading this piece

1:40PM PDT on Aug 1, 2013

Noted.

3:01AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Thanks for posting.

11:14AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

no. after working retail on Black Friday? No thanks. That was enough madness for this gal

5:21AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

We don't have Black Friday in Belgium

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