It's the most wonderful time of the year! Families get together, friends exchange gifts, and neighbours show goodwill towards one another. In the midst of all this holiday cheer, don't forget to show some love to small businesses.

Small businesses are the heartbeat of the economy, and this holiday season is the perfect time to support them. Here are three reasons why you should shop small this Christmas. 

1. You'll be supporting a dream

When you shop at small businesses, more often than not they are a family run business.   By supporting a small business you are helping that family fulfil their dream of supporting themselves and their family, rather than helping a CEO of a big-box company to buy their second holiday home!  Small businesses are more likely to use local suppliers. This means that you are not only supporting the small business but their local community as well, doesn't that feel good?

2. You'll get unique gifts.

Fighting the crowds at big box stores is enough to make anyone want to pull their hair out. When you shop small, you can avoid the madness and find unique gifts that you won't find anywhere else. Small businesses offer items that are not only one-of-a-kind but also personalisable, so you can give a gift that is truly special. 

3. You'll get better service .

When was the last time a store clerk at a big chain went out of their way to help you? Probably never. But good customer service is a hallmark of small businesses- after all, these business owners have a vested interest in making sure that their customers are happy since their livelihoods depend on it! When you shop small, you can expect top­ notch service and attention that will make your shopping experience much more enjoyable .

Smaller companies tend to have a more personal connection with their customers because they don't have hundreds of employees like big-box stores do; this makes it easier for them to provide better service when something goes wrong. You'll be able to ask questions, get what's right for you and have a far more positive shopping experience when you are not treated as just another number.   

This holiday season, remember to shop small!  You'll be supporting a family, getting unique gifts, and enjoying better customer service when you do.

Merry Christmas!