Gift Ideas from Amazon

Are you all shopped out yet? It seems like all we heard about this weekend was shopping, sales, deals and discounts. I’ll admit that I picked up a few things myself. It can be hard not to take advantage of some of the great prices out there. If you need some ideas for gifts, you can find some ideas for teen boys here (courtesy of my four sons) and ideas for women here.

Today is another one of those hyped up shopping days: Cyber Monday. This was never a thing when I was a kid, but it’s definitely a big deal these days. In the spirit of giving, I thought I’d share some of the great deals I’ve found on Amazon. I’ve ordered every one of these items, have used the majority of them and have nothing but good things to report. If you’re not sure what to get someone, maybe one of the ideas below will be helpful.

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Why We Should Shop Local

Shopping local is something I love to do throughout the year. Buying items in your local non-big box store is just plain good for so many reasons. For starters, by shopping local, you’re helping that business grow and hopefully, become more successful. That way, they can continue to bring you their goods and services. Starting a business is also part of the  quintessential American dream, that a vision coupled with hard work creates an opportunity for success. Why not help move that dream closer to reality?

If you buy local, your money also goes toward the community in which you live. Local governments collect sales tax revenue from businesses. Having worked for a long time for a local government, these revenues are used to make communities a better place for you to live, work and raise a family. Who doesn’t want to improve their community?

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