Buying Gifts? Shop Local!

By Laura Schmidt, Office of Sustainability

While buying gifts this holiday season, consider purchasing products from local artisans and shops. If you keep your purchases local, not only are you keeping the money within the local economy, but you’re also reducing your carbon footprint since the products don’t have to travel as far. The following list is not intended to be exhaustive, but it does illuminate the variety of choices we have right here in Salt Lake City. For more information on local options, check out Local First Utah and SLC Green’s feature, “Shift Your Spending This Holiday Season.”

Earth Goods General Store. Photo taken from http://bit.ly/1falcJP

Earth Goods General Store. Photo taken from http://bit.ly/1falcJP

Earth Goods General Store
327 East Broadway, SLC, Utah 84111
801-746-4410
http://www.earthgoods.net/products/

Between clothing, bed, bath and kitchen items, and home and office supplies, there are a plethora of options for seasonal gifts. Stop by their relatively new location and support this small business.

Pib’s Exchange. Photo courtesy of  jotor: http://bit.ly/1da7hSA

Pib’s Exchange. Photo courtesy of jotor: http://bit.ly/1da7hSA

Pib’s Exchange
1147 Ashton Ave, SLC, UT 84106
801-939-3226
http://pibsexchangeut.com/

This local business is your go-to if you’re looking for a holiday costume or new/used clothing. They buy/sell/trade clothing and costumes; this is important for the person who insists on dressing up as Santa or an elf. It’s also a sustainable way to buy clothing for the ones you love.

Uptown Cheapskate. Photo from FB: http://on.fb.me/1bASWzb

Uptown Cheapskate. Photo from FB: http://on.fb.me/1bASWzb

Uptown Cheapskate Salt Lake
353 West 200 South, SLC, UT 84101
801-931-3388
http://uptowncheapskate.com/saltlake

As a high end consignment shop, Uptown Cheapskate of Salt Lake specializes in selling name brand clothing at affordable prices. Sell your clothes and buy some new/used clothing at prices that won’t break your wallet. (Plus, your loved one will still look cool.)

Real Food Market. Photo courtesy of http://bit.ly/1bz7A6R.

Real Food Market. Photo courtesy of http://bit.ly/1bz7A6R.

Real Foods Market
2209 S. Highland Drive, SLC, UT 84106
385-351-2664
http://www.realfoodsmarket.com/realfoodsdifference/

If you’re looking to purchase food items as a gift or for an upcoming holiday party, I suggest the Sugarhouse location of Real Foods Market. As the website says, “We do the work to make sure the food is high quality so you don’t have to.” The foodie in your life will appreciate being gifted some REAL FOOD. This market also carries beauty products that are free of toxins, providing safer gift options for loved ones.

Harmons Grocery
Various Locations around Utah
http://www.harmonsgrocery.com/

Harmons Grocery. Photo thanks to paulkimo90. http://bit.ly/1kDbVLD

Harmons Grocery. Photo thanks to paulkimo90. http://bit.ly/1kDbVLD

Harmons, a Utah grocer, sells local foods like Beehive Cheese and Salt Lake salt. These items are great for a local food gift basket!

Liberty Heights Fresh. Photo courtesy of http://bit.ly/18GGyO1.

Liberty Heights Fresh. Photo courtesy of http://bit.ly/18GGyO1.

Liberty Heights Fresh
1290 South 1100 East, SLC, UT 84105
801-583-7374
http://libertyheightsfresh.com/

Another wonderful option for the foodie in your life is Liberty Heights Fresh. This market makes it their mission to offer only the highest quality food to their customers. Stop by today and buy some delicious, healthy, sustainably-farmed food!

Purring Buddha. Photo courtesy of http://etsy.me/1bIyu0r.

Purring Buddha. Photo courtesy of http://etsy.me/1bIyu0r.

Purring Buddha
801-577-3742
http://www.etsy.com/shop/PurringBuddha
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Purring-Buddha/315604445245626

Purring Buddha, formerly known as GingerMade Soaps, is a good place to shop for those mindful, smelly people you want to buy for. As the website describes, they specialize in “handcrafted artisan body products with a higher conscience.” These soaps are made locally, smell wonderfully, and leave your body feeling silky smooth.

SLCHemp. Photo courtesy of http://on.fb.me/1kDSWAH

SLCHemp. Photo courtesy of http://on.fb.me/1kDSWAH

SLC Hemp
1117 East 2100 South, SLC, UT 84106
385-229-4197
http://www.slchemp.com/

SLC Hemp specializes in clothing, accessories, body care, and food. These items are long-lasting, sustainable products. Hemp is one of the strongest natural fibers and the seeds are uber nutritious. Hemp is proving to be a gateway product to a more sustainable world!

King's English Bookstore. Photo thanks to Bookchen. http://bit.ly/18X1eE1

King’s English Bookstore. Photo thanks to Bookchen. http://bit.ly/18X1eE1

The King’s English Bookshop
1511 South 1500 East, SLC, UT 84105
801-484-9100
http://www.kingsenglish.com/

BOOKS! Everyone loves books, especially when they are purchased from a local bookstore. The King’s English Bookshop has been “matching books to readers since 1977,” and it is time for your loved one to be matched with a book, too.

I hope this helps you shop locally and sustainably for those you love this holiday season!

Laura Schmidt is a graduate student in Environmental Humanities. She is a graduate assistant in the Office of Sustainability.

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