Lexington Park, MD – Alas, the holiday season is in full swing; the stockings have been hung, the halls have been decked, and those first batches of cookies have been baked. However, if you are like an increasing number of Americans, you may still need to find a number of gifts to wrap up under your tree. In fact, according to the Consumer Technology Association’s study of Holiday Purchase Patterns, procrastination has been plaguing shoppers worse year-after-year since 2010 (See Report Here).

The bad news about waiting to get your shopping done is you may struggle to find what you are looking for, what you are looking for may be out of stock, and worst of all you may end up paying more. But there is still a shining light overhead! The upside is that it isn’t too late to support your community by shopping locally.

Shopping locally is a stimulant for the Southern Maryland economy. The stimulating effects of keeping a resident’s hard earned dollars in the system is helping to grow businesses and helping provide additional employment opportunities. Additionally, many local stores have extended holiday hours and offer special promotions just around this time of year.

One of the small businesses that someone might consider supporting is the Shepherds Old Field Market located near the heart of Downtown Leonardtown. Not only do they have a wide variety of products to offer the community, but they are the definition of a thriving small business collaboration. Their extended holiday hours can be found here.

Other community staples, such as Annmarie Sculpture Gardens, will be having various holiday vendors set up across all of Southern Maryland, making it easy to cross off those final gifts you still need. With Christmas right around the corner, you will not have to look far past the big box stores to find high-quality presents in the coming days. Even if you are just looking for something fun to help put you in the holiday spirit, small businesses offer plenty of activities over the next three days to make you feel extra jolly.

Give the gift that keeps on giving and shop local this season. Don’t be a Scrooge. Support local businesses!

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