Graphic: Convince Your Relatives to Ditch Amazon and Go Local This Holiday Season

If you close the Amazon app, get off the couch, and shop at independent shops this holiday season, you could be helping rebuild your local economy.

Every Christmas, my grandmother, a retired journalist and voracious reader of murder-mystery novels, used to send my parents money to buy each of my eight siblings and me a gift. The stipulation was: It had to be a book.

It’s worth the extra time and effort to shop at local and independent stores.

Our “grandma book” gift tradition continues and, now, includes my three in-laws, and five nieces and nephews. The task of fulfilling seventeen book requests often falls to my dad.

Normally the great, Grinch-y grumbler this time of year, he brags that, thanks to Amazon, this is one Christmas to-do he can complete without having to leave house.

Well, this year, I’m asking my dad to do things differently, and shop locally. And luckily, the Institute for Local Self Reliance published the handy infographic below to help me explain why it’s worth the extra time and effort to shop at local and independent stores this holiday season.

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