Holiday shopping with Bay Bucks

Bay Bucks board member Nancy Belton is away for the holidays, but she left a present under the tree for the Bay Bucks community. Here's her blog post with great ideas on using Bay Bucks to help with holiday gifts:
As the holiday season approaches, Bay Bucks are a great way to keep our money local and to help our friends and neighbors.
What business would you like to have on the Bay Bucks Directory where you could spend your Bay Bucks. If you go in and ask them, and they know you as a loyal customer, they probably will consider accepting them.
That is what I did on Downtown Shopping Day November 12th. I love to read and give books as gifts so I went into Brilliant Books and Peter, the owner, was very happy and willing to accept Bay Bucks. He needed to know where he could spend them so I named a few places and he said, “No problem to spend them.” A circle was created. If we all do this then our local currency will be creating more value.
Bay Bucks can even be a gift instead of money, since it encourages it to be spent in local stores!
The following suggestion came in my e-mail:
Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

    As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes, there is!

    It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

    Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some
health improvement.

    Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

    Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamins on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

    There are bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

    How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

     My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

     OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.


Remember: use Bay Bucks when possible. Let’s make the circles bigger.