Buying your gifts locally pays big dividends

Whatever the case may be, put some serious consideration into getting your gifts from shops right here in the Cowichan Valley.

So you’ve been agonizing over what to get a few people on your Christmas list, it’s now just a week before the big day, and you’ve still got some empty spots in your gift lineup.

Or maybe you’re one of those gift buyers who loves to save all of your Christmas shopping until Christmas Eve, when you run around like crazy amidst all of the hustle and bustle and Christmas tunes and trappings, high on adrenaline and seasonal spirit.

Whatever the case may be, put some serious consideration into getting your gifts from shops right here in the Cowichan Valley. It will make your season bright, and it will make the season brighter for the community as a whole.

We’ve really got pretty much anything you could want a few kilometres from your home.

Whether you’re a big spender looking for something like a new car, vacation, or furnishings, or someone looking for the perfect piece of jewelry, scarf or toy, you can get it right here in Cowichan.

Maybe you want a one-of-a-kind art piece, or perhaps you’re just looking for a gift card to someone’s favourite coffee shop.

Why brave the busy highways when you can spend a little or a lot in a shop owned by one of your neighbours? Perhaps one of your family members or friends is employed there.

Christmas is a big season for everyone and for some small businesses it can mean the difference between weathering the leaner months or closing their doors.

We all benefit when we spend our dollars close to home.

It is well known that when you spend money at a local business, that money creates additional wealth for your whole community.

The money is more likely to stay in town, as the local business owner uses it to in turn purchase the things he or she needs, often also close to home.

Local business owners and managers also support other things in the community, such as sports teams, fundraising events and charities.

Their employees are also likely to spend their wages in the community.

So get it here, and reap the benefits all year long.