Today is Black Friday, which means there are bargains galore in the shops (where you can actually visit them – thanks, Lockdown) and online. I don’t disagree with Black Friday, but it’s something that many small businesses simply can’t compete with (this one included!)
This year has been tough for everyone, so those bargains are going to look extra appealing this time around, but please do spare a thought to the small businesses that really need your help this year too. The shops that have had to close their doors, the pubs and restaurants that have been unable to welcome customers at their busiest time of year.
So if you’re partaking of the bargains this year, if you can spare even a little bit of the money you’ve saved on a steal of a deal, please consider making a purchase – no matter how little – from a small business as well as we prepare for the festive season, because when you shop small this Christmas, somewhere a real person will be doing a grateful happy dance.
Below are some of my favourite small businesses who are offering some fabulous gift ideas this year – the perfect present for the writer in your life.
A Wine&Crime Evening with The Crime Lab
Perfect for crime writers who need a head start on their research.
Motivational pencils for scribbling ideas
Keep handy for when inspiration strikes!
A notebook to start that writing journey.
You have got to start somewhere…