Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and what follows often includes obnoxiously long lines, aggravated employees, ridiculously overpriced socks, and endless headaches. I’m describing, of course, the pain associated with holiday shopping.

Shopping small is the remedy for all of the above! Local artists and small businesses offer customizable products that can meet the needs of any holiday list. You use your wallet to support the local community and the economy. At the same time, you remove the potential hassle that comes with shopping at huge corporate stores.

Shop small and local in the museum gift shop!

How cool is it to know that the jewelry you gifted came from an artist who spent hours making it simply because it is their passion? Originality and quality encompass the mindsets of local artists and small businesses. They want to get to know you and make sure you get the best of the best. So they put their time and effort into making not only something you love, but a product they are proud of. When you shop small, you know you’re buying from hardworking people in your community.

The possibilities for shopping small are endless. They can range from jewelry and prints to local coffee shops and breweries. Many museum gift shops, including the one at the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, feature work from local artists and crafters.

So this year, when you’re faced with the idea of long lines and bigger headaches, consider shopping small. The quality is unsurpassed, and you’ll be supporting your community.