This season, give the gift of Prince Edward Island

Looking for the perfect gift for someone on your list? Take a local approach to gift buying this holiday season and you'll be giving twice.

Buying products and experiences that originate right here in Prince Edward Island is the gift that keeps on giving -- to our local economy, that is. When you spend your shopping dollars at an independent, local producer, most of your purchase dollars stay in the province. The more local the purchase, the higher the percentage. Think local craft fairs and farmer's markets, along with independent shops and businesses. There is nearly a 100 per cent return to our Island economy.

Ready to take the pledge to buy local?

Here are four great reasons why you should:

  1. Buying local creates local jobs and keeps our communities strong – especially our rural communities.
  2. Small business owners and producers represent the best of our Island spirit – dreamers and doers who combine an instinct for innovation with hard work. They are our farmers, fishers, entrepreneurs, artists, innovators and job creators. They are the same people who support our local sports teams, community groups and charities. Buy from them, and everyone wins.
  3. It’s good for the environment, since choosing local reduces packaging and processing as well as transportation emissions.
  4. Great customer service – think about the small business owner that sponsors the team jerseys, the artist who makes that one-of-a-kind item, or the toy shop keeper who remembers your child's name when you walk in.

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