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Small Shops of Sonoma County 2018

Small Shops of Sonoma County is an annual TRADITION that goes back 16 years. Like all traditions, we like to be consistent - that’s part of what makes it a real tradition. The consistency here is supporting locally-owned businesses who support our local economy by keeping your money right here at home.

Please see our Advertisers index and map to find your way across the county to the small businesses who are on the same mission we are…keeping our local economy strong. They read the Gazette, so they know exactly why we publish this guide to holiday shopping. We don’t just tell you to go buy stuff - we provide inspiration on gifting in ways that support our home and families. Please see our Holiday Craft Fair Guide and our Great Holiday Events Calendar in the December Gazette print version and online at for FUN Holiday events.

Our preference is to inspire you with ideas on how you can contribute to people’s lives, our community, and still celebrate the holidays in traditional ways and find a gift for someone you care about. 

With that in mind, we want to suggest Keeping Living Christmas Trees AliveRather than buying a tree that has been cut down and will be turned into compost, purchase one that can be planted after the holidays. Ask the nursery where you purchase the tree how long they recommend keeping it in a pot, and how long before you need to put it into a larger pot if you plan to use it for several years. Please also see ourLiving Christmas Tree article for instructions.

And we always encourage you to find gifts that are locally made. Sonoma County is home to amazingly creative people, from musicians to fine artists. Our co-op galleries are the best places to find unique gifts you will never find in a chain store. Please look online for the Gazette’s Art Galleries of Sonoma County created by Su McMurtry for our October edition. And while you are on our website, please see our LOCAL GUIDES to Jewelers, Flower Shops, Bike Stores, Garden Businesses and more. 

We want to be your resource for shopping where our community benefits the most. 

Please see links (below) to all our 2018 articles on ideas for giving gifts this year...experiences top the list!

Small Shops of Sonoma County encourages Gazette readers to shop at locally-owned stores, purchase locally-made products, and find gifts that enhance the lives of people and our local economy. Please see our 2018 edition online to inspire your holiday shopping. Each year we publish new ways to support our local economy during the holiday shopping season. Please support our ADVERTISERS (see Ad Index and MAP) who bring you our FREE publication.  

We also have the Small Shops 2018 Holiday Guide in the Flip the Pages version of our print edition:

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