If you’re looking for unique and memorable gifts, you’ll always find them in small businesses, and shopping small is a wonderful way to support the local economy.
It used to be that in order to shop small, you had to visit brick and mortar stores and while you can still do that if you like, many small businesses offer the comfort and convenience of shopping online.
I do all of my holiday gift shopping online now — every single bit of it, and most everything comes from smaller merchants. They carry the hidden treasures that launch holiday gifts from returnable status to ooh aah unforgettable.
One of my favorite new discoveries is Bellocq – a tea atelier with “beautiful custom tea blends, fine full leaf pure teas, charming tea gifts and tea accessories”. I was looking for a holiday gift set to break out on Christmas morning and I found exactly what I wanted at Bellocq.
The beautifully wrapped loose leaf tea set is lovely enough to give on its own, but I couldn’t resist adding The Tea Companion and a glass teapot for the ultimate gift.
Once my online shopping basket was ready, I reached for my wallet and credit card but then spotted PayPal as a payment choice. YES!
Since I use PayPal One Touch, I can pay without having to enter credit card or billing details, and I love knowing that even if a merchant doesn’t offer return shipping, PayPal’s Return Shipping On Us offers up to $30 per order in return shipping refunds and it can be used on 12 orders per calendar year.
In this case, I love everything I ordered from Bellocq, so I won’t be returning a thing!
Shopping small businesses with PayPal makes holiday gift giving practically effortless. You’ll be checking names off your list in no time. Have fun!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.