‘Tis the season to savor… and simplify.
November 26, 2012, 11:37 am
Filed under: Behavior, Budget, Economy, Minimalism

If you ventured out into the crowds and the chaos to your local Black Friday vendors perhaps you’ve already scooped up your gifts and will pass on today’s Cyber Monday deals and benefits of free shipping.

But if you haven’t, here are some  U.S – promoting Web sites and companies that can help you give with style, ease and conscious if you want the holiday cheers without so many holiday tears and fears.

Today’s Cyber Monday and unlike Black Friday it doesn’t require you to leave your home and stand in long lines or possibly risk being trampled by crazed consumers with credit cards and shopping lists. Ahhh it’s like a minimalist’s shopping dream…. scrolling through online menus and typing in specific requests in search engines, rather than perusing through racks of clothing or dozens of shelves full of products.

Another minimalist dream? Secret Santa gift-giving. One gift to my side of the family. One gift to the husband’s side of the family. Talk about easy shopping! A tradition I highly recommend if you like to keep it simple and save the cash and the stress of holiday shopping.

My favorites for shopping:

For the funky, fun-loving girlfriend, vintage-lover or quirky artist:

For outerwear, shoes, accessories, clothing for him, her or the wee ones

Have got to mention for handmade and vintage gifts you can buy from U.S. artisans and crafters.

For the athlete, out-doorsy type or adventurer try (“Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.” –Patagonia’s Mission Statement)

Pictures are worth a thousand words and make fantastic gifts… create your own personalized gifts at (OUR VISION – Make the world a better place by helping people share life’s joy. OUR MISSION – Build an unrivaled service that enables deeper, more personal relationships between our customers and those who matter most in their lives) or is a great place to add a personal message, quote or pictures to almost any item to make it unique. It’s an Illinois-based company, although I’m not certain all their products are made in the U.S.

I’m sure there are many more great companies to choose from, but there’s my list.

Know any great U.S. companies or businesses that benefit more than their bottom line? Post it in the comments.

Happy holidays!


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