If you are not prone to bouts of art and craft and making presents this Christmas, the next best thing is to support other crafty people in your local by buying their wonderful, whimsical treasures.
Every dollar you spend is an upvote. This December, will you vote for malls, international chains and production-line-made goods?
Shopping locally means that you put your money directly into the pockets of your neighbors and peers to help them have a good Christmas this year. Buying locally can means that money will be spent locally too. Buying out of our own backyards is good for you and your neighbors.
First Thursday is on this Thursday in Auckland all around K Road in the city. So if you want to splurge on some unique gifts that are not mass produced, head along from 6pm for a gander.
As well as the amazing craft market, there will be breakdancing, burlesque, crafts, live music, swing dancing, live painting, kissing booths, art installations, film screenings, workshops, sustainability talks, bike tours, fashion shows and body painting. Seriously guys, 3 hours is not enough.
More information here at their website www.firstthursdays.co.nz