Friends of Hogan Made, I am happy to announce that you need look no further for holiday shopping advice, as I have done all the hard work for you. Welcome to Hogan Made’s SHOP LOCAL, TAMPA! This is your go-to shopping guide for the holidays (and I mean every holiday). You could say this is a SHOPPING GUIDE FOR YOUR COMMUNITY!
I’ll be doing a series of short blog-like entries to help you make sure you are buying all the right gifts for all the right people at all the right places in plenty of time for the holidays! I’ll include links, gift ideas, and all the information you’ll need to get your shopping job done.
Why such a list? Because I see similar lists every year with the same ol’ same ol’, many of which are, um, not so local, and wildly overpriced for the number of people you need to buy for. My list is going to include authentic local makers, artists, food vendors, things to do and local businesses. I want it to compel people to shop local and support businesses while suggesting reasonably priced gift suggestions.
So, let’s get started. First, let’s look at your list. You’ve probably got the family first, then bff’s and close friends, then you start talking about acquaintances and co-workers, and then there are those people who get you something and you’re like, ‘DAMN! Now I have to get a gift for Stan because he got me something!’ You could potentially be looking at 20-30 gifts on your list. Even at $10 a pop, you’re already into the hundreds of dollars! We’ll need to organize your list into a tier system. Sounds complicated, huh? Well, it’s not, so calm down. You basically think about your list from closest people to you to the farthest from you (Stan). (See Image 1)
Obviously, you can put your own budget into the circle of gifts, but you get the picture. You could even figure out what your total holiday shopping budget is and work from there. Say you're on a very small budget this year. What to do?! No worries, we'll be sharing plenty of ideas to get you on your way and on your budget. I think for now, though, let's focus on the center of our circle - FAMILY. We'll be posting our very first entry in the next few days, so make sure and check back to see what we've got in store!