Indie Christmas Challenge 2017

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Hello everyone!
Christmas is just around the corner! Yes, I said it! 
Now, I don't know about you but I love thinking of presents for people WAY in advance. I guess I'm a big present giver. I just love thinking of and finding the perfect presents for people, something that they may not have seen or thought of before and seeing their face light up when they open it. 

I always try to shop small where I can as I think the gifts are more unique and personal than those you find in high street stores. So this year, I am making it my goal to shop ENTIRELY from small independent businesses. Whether they are from the business' own websites or sites like NOTHS or Etsy, I am aiming to source everything from presents to wrapping paper to cards and decorative extras from them.

This will be the first time I have done something like this and to this extent before and I am quite excited. I am confident that I will be able to source wonderful and unique gifts that will help to fund small independent businesses and their owners. Being a small business owner myself, I now understand the importance of valuing a person's work and how much those sales actually mean to them. This is why I am encouraging as many people as possible to do the same as I am and shop small this Christmas. After Christmas, I will make a follow up blog post showing you everything I bought, where I bought it from, pricing and the reactions and comments from the recipients of the gifts. I will also be sharing my own put together gift guides for the prompts which I am about to share! In order to encourage other people to shop small this Christmas, I have created a social media photo prompt challenge to spread festive cheer and inspiration.

The Challenge:
Every Friday from the 17th November to the 15th December will be prompt day!
On each Friday, write a blog post or share an Instagram, Facebook or Twitter post or story, that highlights your #FestiveFridayFinds for that day's prompt.

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Friday 17th November: Personalised Gifts
Friday 24th November: Wrapping and Cards
Friday 1st December: Gifts for the Home
Friday 8th December: Unusual Gifts
Friday 15th December: Last Minute Stocking Fillers

You can either share your own products that fit the prompt or choose to share other indie business owners and their products, or both! It's entirely up to you. Don't just post for these prompts, it's important to go through the hashtag and find new businesses and get your own inspo for Christmas shopping. Like posts, leave comments on new found gifts you love and even get tagging friends and family members in the comments for not so subtle present hints!

I am hoping that this challenge will encourage people who don't think that they'll be able to find good handmade gifts for their friends and family or that it'll be more expensive to shop small, to actually explore the depths of handmade websites and shop small this Christmas. I hope that it will also allow small businesses to see what other small businesses have to offer and to bring their products to a wider range of people this Christmas.

If you want to join the challenge too, use the hashtags #FestiveFridayFinds and #IndieChristmas2017 share about it on social media and see how much variety there is available to freshen up and personalise your gifts this festive season. If you want to tag me, please do as I would love to see what treasures you all find and how the challenge goes for you all! I am @dotsandinkpots on all social media.

Elle x