Do you find that this postal strike is hampering your holiday shopping?

Over the years I admit I have spent more time buying online as I don’t want to get caught up in the madding crowd to shop for my gifts. But this year with the strike, I am a bit nervous to do so, because I don’t want that special gift to get stuck in the sea of parcels hanging out at the Mississauga Depot.

I feel for small businesses that rely on the holiday trade to bolster and keep their businesses alive as I suspect I am not alone in holding back. It seems unfair that they should be the fall guys in all this.

What it has done though is kick-start my creative juices in terms of what I can give to the friends and family on my list. I have long been a proponent of “giving the experience” rather than adding more stuff to an already cluttered home.

When I used to teach Your Child’s Self Esteem, I would ask the mothers to think back to their own childhoods, and what were their fondest memories. Always, without fail, it was individual time spent with one parent. Not the toys, nor the books but the experience of that undivided attention.

Perhaps this year it will be one of “dates” – with my husband, my kids and other fun experiences spent together with girlfriends. Or maybe I will get into homemade. Now I don’t bake, knit or sew, but I make a great soup. Or maybe it is a bottle of wine that I can hand-deliver (and maybe sample).

One year I purchased a membership to the ROM and another a season subscription to the theatre, or tickets for a concert. This you can still do online, without relying on the post office to deliver. Or make a donation to your favourite charity.
And the gifts don’t have to be expensive. For my mother-in-law one year I filled a basket with birthday and thank you cards she could send to people, stamps, and some of her favourite treats. As she said at the time, if I don’t have it by the time I am 85, then I either don’t need it or want it.

Definitely as women entrepreneurs we need to support each other. Shop local. Buy from your sister entrepreneur.

What are you going to do? Let’s get creative. Send your ideas.

Anne Day

Anne Day

Company of Women

I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.