A How To Guide to Shopping Small (Local) This Year

This holiday season, why not do things a little different and spend more of your dollars with locally owned businesses? November 29 is Small Business Saturday and it’s the perfect day to stop in at a locally owned shop and pick up gifts for friends or family (and maybe something for you, too!)


Whether you’re visiting Henderson this holiday season or do you call Henderson home? Here’s our guide to shopping small in town this winter.

They Want to Help!
Our downtown businesses have the nicest folks working inside. Questions about what your comfortable shoe size is? Wanting to know which necklace a picky in-law might enjoy? Ask away! Small businesses pride themselves in knowing their inventory well and pleasing their customers.


Look For Special Events That Support the Handmade Community
There’s are tons of events around the holiday season that support handmade artists.

Like this one:

Or this one:



Don’t Think “Shopping Small” Limits Your Gifts

In Henderson’s downtown alone, you can find gifts for all types of people. Know a musician? Stop by Abba’s Music. Want something for your pet? Gabbi’s Pet Boutique has something for you. Decorator guru friend? I’m sure Tip Top has something their home is missing! (See pillow below).



Take Advantage of Special Sales and New Product Displays at Christmas Open Houses
The Downtown Henderson Partnership coordinates Christmas Open Houses each winter with several downtown businesses. This is a great weekend to take advantage of new in-stock items and see what’s trending for 2015.



Shop For Local “Experiences” – Not Just Items
Here’s one we sometimes forget about when making a shopping list. It’s not just the things you can wrap and put under the tree, but the places you can visit. Buying tickets to a show at the Henderson Fine Arts Center is a great idea of an “experience” you can buy for someone this holiday season.


People Like Gifts They Can Eat or Drink
Maybe it’s a gift certificate to Rookies, cupcakes from The Cake Stand or a bottle of wine from Ruby Moon Winery. Local restaurants offers tons of ways to gift “experiences” with time spent around the table together.




Happy shopping this holiday season!