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Experts suggest shopping for locally made gifts to avoid supply chain problems this holiday season – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Shopping for the holidays there’s a greater sense of urgency this year with container ship contingencies continually impacting supply chain, but there are some gift ideas guaranteed to make it under your tree before it’s too late.

Ron Menin is preparing for the holidays. As he stocked the shelves and packed his bottles, the New York-born man who owned Hell’s Kitchen Hot Sauce knew the business was likely to be different this year.

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“There is a problem with, for example, the supply chain,” he said.

But that trouble is bringing Menin and some of the 170 other small retail store owners at Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant . Park an advantage because many of them do not have to depend on products coming from abroad.

That’s one of the reasons experts say shoppers should look to locals.

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Menin told CBS2’s Cory James: “I make everything myself, from 60-80 batches of probiotics in an FDA-approved commercial kitchen in Queens.

Carolyn Butler, located a few stores away, was in a similar situation.

“There is no supply chain problem here,” she said.

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She owns Borobabi, a children’s and women’s clothing store that sells organic, local products.

“We make our own sweaters in New York. So the yarn comes from alpaca wool in the state of New York. We filmed it in Pennsylvania, and then we knit it here in Brooklyn,” she said.

While most parent and retail stores are in a more favorable position in terms of supply than big box retailers, small business expert Jennifer Ortakales Dawkins says shoppers can take advantage of Alternative gifts are sold anywhere.

“You know, try some food products, little things like jelly and honey,” she says. “Candles, such things are locally made.”

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Some items can be found online. For example, Etsy has over 4.7 million listings available in the market that can be shipped from the Tri-State Area, and that’s just one website.

“A lot of sellers are on Instagram and you can message them directly. For example, a lot of vintage sellers are also on Instagram, so yes, there are plenty of other options,” said Maxine Builder, editor of The Strategy. “And it’s also a great way for consumers to make sure the gift they buy gets to them in time for Christmas.”

Experts say that if you haven’t started shopping, you should do it now. This year, many big box retailers are starting Black Friday deals early.

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Don’t forget to check price comparison apps and stay away from third party sites where the costs are usually higher.

https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2021/11/19/holiday-shopping-alternative-gifts-small-businesses/ Experts suggest shopping for locally made gifts to avoid supply chain problems this holiday season – CBS New York

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