The season of shopping frenzy is upon us, and malls and main streets are thick with avid consumers. There is the headache as well of choosing the most appropriate gifts, and at prices that will not leave you financially crippled until your salary comes at the end of January. Let’s admit that Christmas, far from being joyful, can be stress laden, and leave one with buyer’s remorse.
One alternative to the mall-hopping for the shoppers among us are the many markets that open around Christmas and there are three specific benefits that immediately come to mind, given economy and environment.
First, there is the whole ‘buy local’ impetus. Given that FOREX is an issue, and the economy is struggling, why not give our local entrepreneurs support? There is a plethora of local craftsmen, designers and creators some of whom use ingredients that are native to the island and an assortment of products are available from handmade bags and jewellery to organic skincare products, to artwork, and artisan food.