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Monday, November 7th, 2011

New Gift Giving Tradition?

I got an email from my mother. She sent it because she thought it was right up my alley. It was. :) I am definately going to rethink how I give gifts. Here's to all of you who are "American made" supporters!

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamins on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.

THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

Don't be fooled all of the gifts for the US that will be in your local stores from Asia is either sitting on the water or being processed through US Customs because the goods will be in your friendly neighborhood Wal-Mart or Target by November 24th, 2011, in other words two weeks from this coming Friday. The reason Asia makes so much of the US consumer goods is the availability of cheap labor as far as costs plus the lack of benefits that employers have to pay on employees and finally, the high costs of unnecessary regulations placed on the manufacturer by the various forms of government, EPA,OSHA,FDA, and EEO.
BeanCounter37   Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Bean, I'm aware of the export, import and cost of labor...I worked for a manufacturing company and am familiar with the company costs vs. what we charged Wal-Mart vs. what WM sold our prodcuts for. It's all a very sick process.

I have friends who own small businesses. If I can get a gift cert for those services I'm helping everyone out. :)
Richie & Ashley   Tuesday, November 8, 2011
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