Father’s Day is June 17 – have you found the perfect gift for Dad? If not, there’s still time to find something meaningful, but you have to look in the right place. Whether your dad is funny and adventurous, cool and savvy or all of the above, chances are good that the right gift will come from a local business.
For starters, Dad probably doesn’t need another big-box gift. It’s not that your dad doesn’t appreciate the ties, mugs and ball caps you’ve gifted him in the past, but local businesses provide the opportunity to find something more significant. Instead of a mug for one, try a local coffee roast that the two of you can try together. Instead of a tie for the office, consider a new pair of hiking shoes for the adventures he’ll have on his days off.
On the other hand, local businesses also allow you to give Dad something that can’t be gift-wrapped at all: an experience. Arrange a round of golf at a local course, a camping trip in a nearby state park or happy hour at a local craft brewery. By thinking local, you can give Dad memories that last longer than the “#1 Dad” t-shirt at the big-box store.
Perhaps most important, shopping local shows Dad you’ve learned a thing or two from him. Local businesses reinvest in their communities by creating local jobs, diversifying the local economy and supporting local causes. They make your community stronger and more vibrant. Their owners, managers and employees are experts in their fields who are passionate about sharing their expertise.
Dad always taught you how to be strong, fix what’s broken and take care of business. Now, show him what you’ve learned. When you shop local for Father’s Day, you’ll strengthen your community, fix the broken big-box cycle and take care of small businesses. Throw in the perfect, meaningful gift, and Father’s Day means a little more when you shop local.
To find a local business for your shopping, head to your city’s Main Street or check out Independent We Stand’s local business search.
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