‘Tis the season to keeps local and lekker – yes indeed there’s no better way to do your festive shopping than by supporting local businesses. Not only are you helping small independent companies, but you’re also assisting them to maintain ethical, locally sourced and environmentally-friendly business at competitive pricing, as well as being able to find out more about where your products come from, the materials used and the stories behind them. Deziree Smith, the creator behind Whimsical Collection, a popular African gift company that empowers communities and uses funds to raise awareness for animal conservation, gives us five reasons to keep your Christmas shopping local this festive season:

1. Boost the local economy

Keeping your shopping local not only supports our economy but also helps diversify it too. This happens by encouraging more entrepreneurs and unique businesses to start providing goods and services that larger commercial stores can’t provide.

2. Create and secure jobs

Small businesses provide a substantial amount of employment opportunities to our local economy. By supporting small local businesses, you’re helping to create and retain jobs in your area, as well as creating potential empowerment programs for underprivileged communities.

3. Buy original, one-off gifts

Made with love, handcrafted, local and quality items are sure to get the response you are looking for. Local arts and crafts create amazing once-off pieces for the holiday season.

Whimsical Collection

4. Conserve the environment

Smaller businesses require a lot less fuel, transport and packaging and that equates to a much lower carbon footprint. Buying from these businesses will only help to continue supporting the environment.

5. Support local charities

Local businesses support local organisations and charities. Whimsical Collection has supported The Rhino Orphanage for many years but without consumer support, local businesses can’t give back or provide all of the special things that make for a unique and caring business community.

This festive season, Whimsical Collection has put together a brand new Christmas range comprising African animal themed dinner placemats, cards and envelopes, as well as gift tags. Each of the products features the zebra, lion, leopard, elephant, giraffe, and rhino.

**WIN!**

One lucky WomenStuff reader stands the chance to win a R400 online Whimsical Collection store voucher! To enter simply email your name, and contact details to crystal@menstuff.co.za – don’t forget to include the subject line; “Whimsical Collection Entry” in your email.

Competition closes at 17:00 on Friday 1 December 2017. One email entry per person please. Read our competition terms and conditions here.

For more information visit the Whimsical Collection website

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