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Five Reasons to Shop Local this Christmas

Give back to your local community this Christmas by shopping local!

We’re so fortunate to have such a diverse retail sector in Albany. You can truly find a gift for anyone – so there’s no need to jump online to tick off your Christmas gift list.

Here are our top five reasons to do your Christmas shopping in Albany, although there are countless more!

The Festive Cheer

Given we all lead busy lives, online stores may seem convenient, but I guarantee you can’t get those same holiday vibes on the web!

We have the Christmas themed store fronts, the beautiful festive lights in the CBD and exciting events to bolster that good ol’ Xmas spirit!

Why not take advantage of the Christmas cheer and make a day of it? Break-up your shopping by stopping for coffee with friends, or perhaps reward yourself with a drink once you’ve ticked of that last item on your list!

Unique Gifting Options

We have so many talented makers and creator’s in Albany, so you are bound to be able to find a truly one-of-a-kind gift for your loved one.

Why not head to a Christmas gift fair, market or pop-up shop?

As a proud sponsor of the Southern Art & Craft Trail Exhibition, we highly recommend looking for great Christmas gifts there!

28 November - 6 December 2020

10am - 4pm

Vancouver Arts Centre

Or why not go hunting for Christmas gifts at the Green Skills Twilight Markets!

Friday, 4 December - 4pm - late

Saturday, 5 December - 12noon - 7pm

Town Square

Quality Customer Service

You’re sure to get better customer service shopping locally. To your local business owner or shop assistant, you’re not just a username and order number on a screen. You’ll be getting a personalised shopping experience, so it’s likely they’ll genuinely care about your satisfaction in-store and not just about making a sale. This means they’re invested in helping you find the perfect presents for your loved ones.

It's Better for the Environment

At the City of Albany, we're committed to being green, clean and sustainable.

By buying local this Christmas you can help to reduce your environmental footprint & carbon emissions. Many consumer products have travelled thousands of kilometers in their journey from raw materials through to finished product. These product journeys and their associated carbon footprints are compounded when consumers shop online.

Can you imagine how much paper and plastic packaging is flying around the world at Christmas time due to the purchase of products from online retailers? Not to mention the carbon offsets from the fuel used to transport these products such great distances?

By shopping locally, you are reducing your carbon footprint and creating habits that are sustainable to your local environment.

Last minute shopping is OKAY!

Christmas has a habit of creeping up on you - trust us, we get it. But there is no need to panic! Albany has an abundance of local retailers who can help you find the perfect gift, and that means saying goodbye to express post shipping fees and not having to stress over whether your package will arrive in time.

Our vibrant retail sector gives Albany it's character and soul - Let's all vow to shop local this Christmas.

Want to help share the message? Download a Instagram/Facebook tile below and add to your social media accounts. Why not also tag a local retailer who you think is worthy of recognition? Don't forget to use the #Albanyinthistogether hashtag!


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