**UPDATED WITH NEW DEALS!**
Tis the season for all the crazy-making Black Friday ads to get you!
In an effort to preserve your sanity (and possibly your skin!) we have come up with a little guidance to shopping small this holiday season.
Not sure why you should keep it local? Here are a few reasons:
- Fewer crowds so your stress level is lower
- More interesting finds from locally-sourced goods to one-of-a-kind creations
- Creative and thoughtful gifts instead of dime-a-dozen items from chains
- Locally-owned businesses have been shown repeatedly to keep money circulating in the local economy up to three times longer than their big-chain competitors.
You are not just limited to buying socks and sweaters, either! Get creative!
- Get a gift certificate for a home or vehicle service for someone who can’t afford it
- Get a gift certificate for a salon pampering session
- Make a donation to a charity in honor of a loved one
- Refresh yourself with a meal or drink at an independent watering hole
- Meet friends and family at unique local activities for one-of-a-kind memories
And three things to remember are
- Buy Local on Black Friday – many retailers have specials going on that day, so skip the stress, enjoy your ENTIRE Thanksgiving, even sleep in (gasp!) and hit the mom and pop shops
- Small Business Saturday – a nationwide movement to remember the “little guy”. Special events, deals and products are available at many independents that day.
- Get indie on Cyber Monday – yes, you can shop online with local businesses! If you have to do it digital, try to find independents to support.
So here in the High Desert (we’re talking to YOU Victorville, Hesperia, Apple Valley, Adelanto, Oak Hills, Phelan, Helendale, Summit Valley and Lucerne Valley!) we have thousands of small businesses eager to make your holiday season special.
Here are a few RelyLocal members with specials to offer:
Fun Photo Shoppe has a great photo booth offer for your holiday party. Perfect for family, friends or company parties! Receive a free flash drive of photos with any package purchased. They also have Christmas card packages starting at just $25! Book online.
Arbonne with Lisa Kennedy has all kinds of different gift sets for everyone on your list. Men, women, and kids alike will enjoy the high quality products for any area of their life. Online only.
Athena Jean Salon and Day Spa is open Black Friday with special deals, including 20% off select products, complimentary hair therapy with any hair service, BOGO bring a friend for a service and BOTH are half off, and a $99 calming package including massage, facial, pedicure, hair therapy and hand treatment. Now THAT is how you recover from all that shopping! Also open on Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals online. 17260 Bear Valley Rd, Victorville, CA
Scentsy with Amy Reyes has TWO great deals! Buy one Scent Buddy, get one free, or buy one Fragrance Foam product and get one free. One for you and one to share, or a sweet deal for two gifts! Online only.
Hi Desert Book Oasis – Come find special gift baskets ready to go, beautiful coffee table and gift books, and rare and first-edition books for the book lover in your life! Open Small Business Saturday (and closed Black Friday.) 12046-A Jacaranda Rd, Hesperia, CA
High Desert Mavericks – Get a treat for your favorite baseball fan from the High Desert Mavericks Team Store. Open Monday through Friday, come in and find a great deal. 12000 Stadium Way, Adelanto, CA
High Desert Miche – Purchase a getting started Miche Bundle in Classic, Demi or Prima and receive Stella for FREE thru November 25th! Sonya will help you find the perfect gift for yourself or a friend. Online only.
All Occasions Cake Pops – Steal the show when you arrive at dinner bearing these tasty gifts! Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, or Santa and His Elves are specials for this season, among others. Check out June’s albums on Facebook for more. Orders need to be in by December 14th. Online only.
Midway Home Solutions – Beat the crowds on Black Friday and join us for a Preferred Customer Sale on Thursday, November 15th from 8 am to 8 pm. We will have great food from our neighbors, El Pescador as well as 25% off regular priced accessories and special vendors Junk Art Gypsyz and Scentsy!!!! 14444 Atstar Dr, Victorville, CA
Premier Designs Jewelry – The first two people to book a party (offer ends December 14th) receive this beautiful “Botanical” necklace free! Irene is also having a turkey trot deal and a special Christmas party with many ways to save on your favorite pieces. Online or party only.
MyLuxury1st Hair Extensions – Friday, November 23rd through Monday, November 26th ONLY! Spend $39.99 or more and receive your choice of 10% off, a free 3 piece single weft 20″ clip in hair extension streaks, a portable mini flat iron, micro beads, fusion iron, or a hair needle and pliers. Customize through email. Online only.
The Brass Pickle Deli – Take a break from your shopping spree and recharge with a tasty lunch! Receive 15% off your order when you mention “RELYLOCAL”. They will be closed Black Friday, but open to serve you on Small Business Saturday! 15617 Roy Rogers Dr, Victorville CA
We will be adding more holiday deals as we find them from our members. In the meantime, consider some Christmas shopping with these other local businesses!