My stomach, my brain, and my inbox are all pretty full. So let's keep it short.
I could not agree with you more about the gift giving behaviors and shopping locally as much as possible. I've been echoing the same message to anyone who will listen about "keeping the money in our communities" and not shopping online. We have so much more power & influence then we know, and a lot of it starts with how and where we spend our money. Thank you for highlighting this major issue with general shopping behavior that so many people have become complacent with. Buy less stuff, buy higher quality things made locally that last way longer, and be mindful of how our spending habits effect other people in foreign lands. Hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend!