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Top Tips for Shopping Season Hits 2021

The joy of giving is pretty universal, but its precursor - the season of shopping - calls up different reactions from different people.

To help you out we’re sharing Top Tips for Shopping Season Hits and a few wonderful ways to buy, eat and experience local.  Click here for the intro. 

First up is Melissa Wong! This millenial is a fan of fast, safe, fun shopping for gifts that are green.

We're a family of four (two parents and us kids), and our family and friends are a crowd of wonderful gift-givers and holiday decorators so the holiday season is always very merry.

It is tempting to just buy Amazon gift cards this year – online buying is all the rage – but I want to support local businesses.  

As a means of keeping things local and green this Christmas, I am making an attempt to shop locally and ethically at reasonable prices.  I like the idea of giving experiences.

Here are some SHOPPING HITS:

Close Family & Friends

  • Engen Books: publish books for local authors and artists, and for use these books mean a lot. We are able to get e-books at good prices online and send them to our family so they are on time for Christmas. We don’t even have to wrap them!
  • Urban Market 1919: this year we have to be safe and this place has zero-contact pick up options, all together in one location. Urban Market 1919 is your local store for your groceries, gift needs, pre-made dinners, fresh sandwiches & lunch! – best Christmas candles in town!
  • My fiancé and I love theatre. We still like to receive tickets to The Spirit of Newfoundland and Peter MacDonald Productions. We also like to watch videos of the Shakespeare by the Sea Festival NL YouTube videos where you can see him perform for free online.

Cousins & Friends

  • Laser Tag at Frontline Action was a favourite for many people my age and it is the place to go in Newfoundland for Action. They specialize in low Impact and Standard Paintball, Gellyball, Airsoft, iCombat, Nerf, Bouncy Castles, and Laser Tag – that all make great experiences.  And people get to keep the memories forever!
  • And Downtown Comics is always a BIG hit!

And for me, I am asking Santa Claus to put a large external hard drive to store my data in my stocking this Christmas.

If you want to find other great places to look for experiential gifts, check out the experience section on Guide to the Good 


Next up is Kim Todd, Gen Xer and fan of Gift by the Group.

Tune in Monday, November 29, 2021.

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Melissa Wong

Melissa Wong is a videographer, writer, poet and Digital and Sustainability Co-ordinator for Guide to the Good.