Searching for gifts while supporting local businesses and vendors.
When we were kids, it was as if magic was in the air when the holidays rolled around. Twinkling lights, red reindeer noses, and the giddiness of what was under the tree were too much for us to get any sleep. As we get older, the holidays still hold a whimsical sense, but for different reasons: the comfort of a warm mug of spiced cider, the excitement of a little mistletoe, and the gratification of gifting the perfect presents.
Of course, showering our loved ones with gifts has become a big part of our holiday traditions, but with online shopping, the whole experience has become a little less enchanting. This year, instead of cramming in all your shopping the day before and praying for reliable overnight shipping, spread out the holiday cheer and start your gift hunting early at marketplaces and mom and pop shops.
Last year, we brought you 25 of the best cities for holiday shopping, based on our social media analysis, and this year, the results are in again! We scoured over three million social media posts, the majority of which occurred over Twitter, and homed in on conversations relating to local shops and holiday markets. From there, we extracted the most buzz-worthy places to determine the it spots for holiday shopping in 2017—one lucky city even made the list twice! Read more>