Keep the Cheer Here

Spreading Holiday Cheer with Every Purchase

While racing to fulfill holiday lists and purchase last minute stocking fillers, we often overlook the bounty of products available at small, independent, locally-owned businesses. It seems so much easier and more convenient to hit up a big-box store and do all of the Christmas shopping at once. You may save time that way, but you also miss out on an opportunity for so much more.

For me, no discount can match the experience of meeting a local artisan or shopkeeper, to see the face behind a product, and watch eyes light-up with passion as they describe their product. That genuine, friendly customer service is all too often lacking at the end of the conveyor belt. Because your business means so much, they will often go the extra mile to make you feel welcome. When they thank you for your purchase and wish you a happy holiday, you that know they mean every word. For me, it is absolutely worth a few extra trips through the ice and snow.

These types of transactions, no matter how small, connect us to one another and allow our neighbors to survive. Choosing to purchase local products strengthens our communities. According to the American Independent Business Alliance & The 3/50 Project  money spent at smaller, more independent businesses will recirculate more times in the local economy than that spent at national chains. On average, this money will change hands seven times before leaving the community. As a result, each dollar spent locally is actually worth more.

Keep the Cheer Here

Keep the Cheer Here

When you narrow your search to small, independently owned businesses you will find that your choices become more meaningful. Narrow really isn’t the right word. I am constantly surprised by the wide array of handmade products I never knew existed. When I shop locally, I find that the gifts I purchase are more thoughtful and are met with greater appreciation from the receiver. It’s funny how looking closer can actually broaden your horizon.

Lulu’s Garden is committed to sourcing as many local ingredients as possible, not just at Christmas time, but year-round. It is better for the environment, and for integrity of our products. Similar products might be found at a lower price from overseas merchants or national mega-stores, but the quality is never as good.

By purchasing directly from a small producer, we know exactly where an ingredient is coming from, who has touched it, and what processes it has undergone. Knowing the source of our ingredients is the key to honoring Lulu’s Garden’s commitment to using only 100% real, natural, pure ingredients. The only way to truly know that our beeswax does not contain added chemicals is to purchase as close to the source as possible.

Spread some holiday cheer by keeping your dollars close to home. Lulu’s products are all handmade in Maine. American made products like our Lulu’s Tubes and lip balms are the key to a solid economy and a successful, joyful community.

Why not make a commitment to purchase your holiday gifts locally this year?

Happy Holiday’s from your friend,

Lulu

Winter in Maine

Winter in Maine

It is getting cold again, here in Maine. While the pine trees cling to their needles, the rest of the forest is bare, each trunk anchored in the frozen ground. The calendar may not declare winter for a few more weeks, but here in Maine it is clear that fall has peaked and passed on. An early winter has sauntered in, leaving surplus pumpkins rotting in the fields. The table has been set for the deer to feast.

winter in maine

winter in maine

A major snowstorm has already come and gone. A multitude of glistening snowflakes gathered on the grounds. Wind and ice brought down trees and power lines, forcing travelers to stand still. While most of that snow has since melted, more is gradually taking its place. The coves are newly skimmed with ice. Freezing conditions mean slowing down is no longer luxury, but a necessity.

Early winter is an opportunity to appreciate blessings and evaluate mistakes. It means time to take in enchanting views while leisurely sipping herbal tea. It is a well-deserved break from the busyness of summer and fall. We are still moving forward, but the race-walking pace is slowed to a stroll.

Now there is time to bake pies, catch up with friends, and respond to previously neglected emails. The freezing of time also provides an opportunity to thank our neighbors, near and far, for the bounty they have shared through the harvest season.

With the busywork done, the mind shift to new ideas. There is planning what comes next and brainstorming unique combinations of essential oils and other natural ingredients.

This is a popular time for knitters to break out the needles and begin crafting scarves, hats, mittens, and wool socks. These treasured gifts, though made with love, aren’t always easy on the hands. Did you know that Lulu’s Garden sells Knitter’s Balm? Our blend of cocoa butter, almond oil, lavender, comfrey and rosemary revives and moisturizes overworked hands.

It is also time to start making Christmas lists again, embracing the fun and whimsy of the holiday season. With plenty of time left to plan, there is no need to rush, stress, or hurry. There is even time to stock up on Lulu’s limited edition Stressaholic Lip Balm. With premium ingredients like grapeseed oil, cocoa butter, and vitamin e, this blend soothes and protects your lips while delivering a calming jolt of aromatherapy. It is the ideal antidote for holiday madness.

Stress has no place here in the midst calm before the next snowstorm. This is the time slow down and enjoy family members, attend to the alpacas, and reflect on all that is right in our early winter wonderland.

What do you do to relish the winter months?