Recently I found out about this great "idea" called the 3/50 Project. The goal of the project is to get more people to spend their money at local businesses. Their tag line is "Pick 3. Spend 50. Save your local economy." The idea is to think of 3 businesses you would miss if they closed and spend $50 at each of them. It's not saying you can't go to the mall or that you shouldn't order on line, but when you spend $100 at a local business it is estimated that $68 stays in your community. If you go to a chain retailer, you only inject $43 in to your local economy. I was happy to find this information and hope you'll click the link to see more information. I have a "feeling" about shopping local; it's nice to have some stats to back up the sentiment.
I love to cook and entertain and most of my friends at least like to eat a lot, if not cook themselves. I found a great array of gifts in many pricepoints- but all affordable- for the home cook or party host.
Tapanades are $11. CODA also has some jellies for $11 and you can try both at their Saturday tastings.
Start with a basket filled with eco-friendly packing materials for $8.50-11, add in whatever fun gift items you would like for a special- and local- present for the foodie on your list.
Cook with a little more personality
And every entertainer needs more wine glasses. These are made out of recycled bottles, green literally and figuratively.
Buy 6 and get a 7th free. 12 fragrances to choose from.
Eco-friendly Paddywax candles
Their "Classic" hand-poured pillars
A sneak peek at what Felix is bringing out for the holidays
Preserved botanicals are a long lasting alternative to fresh flowers ($48)
Everyone likes something cool and innovative. These Chilewich placemats are sold at stores like Sur La Table, but why go to a chain (and try to park on West Gray) when you can buy them right here in The Heights at a local business? Made of vinyl, they are easy care but have the look of something much fancier and harder to care for.
Tucked in the back I saw the thing I would put on my list. These figurines kind of remind me of something from a Tool video and I like that about them. Weird, I know. Still, I think they would also fit a more traditional aesthetic and are really whimsical. I had to include them as my favorite.
Wine Glace, for Moms' Night Out :)
The same company that makes the Glace just came out with these mixes for more wine cocktails. Take a mix at $12.50 and add a cool wine stopper, ranging from $14-25, and you have a great item for a grab bag or gift exchange.
Art glass purse hooks $15
I know we already saw some great candles. However, candles aren't appropriate for everyone and Bliss has a cool alternative for anyone with a compelling reason to stay away from an open flame (can you say 2 year old?). These decorative "scent vessels" fragrance the air like a candle without burning. Dan says they last about a year and you can actually extend their scent life by rubbing them! Quirky, fun, unique. Like The Heights itself.
Scent vessels come in a bowl or sphere style, last at least a year and range from $18-25