Shop Small and Give Back

"Small Business Saturday" is one of my favorite ideas, but I feel pretty strongly that it should last more than just one day.  Last year, I did almost all of my holiday shopping at small independent shops, and managed to assemble gift baskets that not only were sold locally, but also produced exclusively in Putnam and Dutchess Counties. If you're not sure where to start, I've listed a handful of my favorite shops and producers below.

There's also one very important thing to keep in mind while you're preparing for Cyber Monday - Amazon offers a program called "Amazon Smile" - just go to, select your favorite charity, and every time you shop Amazon will make a donation. No extra cost and all of the same products as regular Amazon.

Happy Gifting!