Buy This Present, Not That!


Enough about the supply chain ruining the big day. It’s the Holiday season again. Never has it been more important to rally behind small businesses than now. Rather than buying the latest and greatest things on everyone’s list this season, support a small business by purchasing an awesome alternative to this year’s hot ticket items.

Here are 6 of the most-requested gifts this holiday season and equally excellent items to substitute when you shop with a small business.

Buy This Present: A Family-Friendly Board Game - Not That: A PS5

Several independently owned small businesses specialize in gaming of ole: board games. A family-friendly board game could be the ticket to your kids focusing on the fam, not their phone.

exploding kittens game

The entire family will love playing the Exploding Kittens card game. The Strategist recently named it the Best-Rated Family Board Game, and in their words, “It’s safe to say you’ve never played a game like this before.” Buy it here.

Buy This Present: A Gift Card to a Local Book Store - Not That: An Audible Membership

The local bookstore is too quickly becoming a thing of the past. There’s nothing like the smell of the old paper. The feel of a book in your hand. It’s somehow like an old friend. Do your part in preserving this national treasure by buying your book lover the gift of an actual book.

lots of books in a bookstore

There are so many great independent book stores in every city throughout the US. Check out these 18 Best Independent Bookstores to Visit Across the United States.

Buy This Present: A Watch from a Boutique Shop - Not That: The Apple Watch Series 7

A watch boutique is the place to find the perfect timepiece for that lucky man or woman on your list. This route ensures you’re able to get the exact watch right for that person. From classic to sporty, affordable to luxury, this is not a one-size-fits-all gift.

If you’re looking for something sporty yet classic, check out the U1 Classic by Unimatic. This boutique brand watch is made in Italy and comes in matte black. Each model is individually numbered.

Buy This Present: CAT Tractor - Not That: Tonka Truck

The classic Tonka Truck is likely to be difficult to find in stock this Holiday Season due to supply shortages. But don’t worry! There are plenty of alternatives. CAT has their own line of sturdy construction vehicle toys to choose from.

Buy This Present: Hand-Crafted Lotions from a Boutique - Not That: L’Occitane Holiday Hand Cream from a Chain

Support a local or online independent Boutique by purchasing some fantastic hand-crafted lotion just for your loved one. You’ll be glad you did. And so will they.

Yes, Oprah swares by L’Occitane. But maybe that’s because she didn’t think to support a local or online small business and hasn’t discovered their offerings. Check out these handmade body lotions from real people.

Buy This Present: Vintage Clothing from a Local Thrift Store - Not That: Vintage-Inspired Clothing from a Department Store

For the vintage lover on your list, pick them up some cool threads from a local thrift store. The store will love your support and many of them benefit local charities, so it’s a way to do good twice.

While vintage-inspired clothes are en vogue, they’re not unique. Go authentic. Here are the Best Cities for Thrifting in the US.

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2 responses to “Buy This Present, Not That!”


    I love this app and all the tips. So us to use and everything at your finger tips.

    Thank you Buyvia

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