Thanksgiving is here, and with that comes spending time with family and friends, eating too much food, and perhaps taking in a parade or a football game or two. It also means that Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday shopping is nearly upon us.

Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, or Cyber Monday

However, Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren't the end all be all of holiday shopping. Waking up before the crack of dawn to try to beat out throngs of people for a handful of gifts doesn't sound super appealing. And Cyber Monday, while you can participate while in your pajamas from the convenience of your home, doesn't necessarily support the greatest cause. But there is one day that does support an excellent cause, and that's Shop Small Saturday.

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Shop Small Saturday is the perfect opportunity to get some holiday gift shopping done and support locals at the same time. It's definitely a two-birds-one-stone kind of situation; you get gifts for your family and friends, plus you know that your money is staying right here in the community. Some nameless, faceless conglomerate isn't taking your money to pad it's already millions of dollars of income. Instead, you're supporting your neighbors.

Lansing Businesses for Shop Small Saturday

If you want to shop small this holiday season and support your local community members, here's a list of some Lansing area businesses you can shop at. You'll find a vast variety of goods and services. From candy to coffee, art supplies to antiques, and a ton of stuff in between, you're sure to find something for everyone on your list.

Strange Matter Coffee Co.

For the coffee connoisseur in your life, pick up a gift card or a bag of coffee beans from Strange Matter Coffee Co.

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The 517 Coffee Co.

The same can be said for The 517 Coffee Co. The java drinker in your life would love a pick-me-up from here.

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October Moon

October Moon is an eclectic gift shop in Old Town Lansing. There you'll find just about any kind of clothing item, candle, accessory, and more here for the gal, guy, teen, or tween in your life.

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Pablo's Old Town

For the local foodie in your life, treat them to dinner with a Pablo's Old Town gift card. Or better yet, treat them to dinner with some excellent company as well by taking them out for a meal.

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Twiggies

Is there someone in your life who just adores having fresh flowers in the house? Get them a gift from Twiggies.

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Sweet Solutions Cleaning Services

Gift your friend or family member some help and peace of mind by paying for a house-cleaning service.

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Vintage Junkies

Do you have someone who loves vintage clothes and home goods? Vintage Junkies could be the perfect place to shop for them.

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Sweetlees Boutique

If the fashionista in your life could use a new outfit, make a stop at Sweetlees Boutique.

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Michigan Barn Wood & Salvage

Michigan Barnwood & Salvage has a plethora of cute home goods options for the decorator or crafty person in your life.

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Off Skate Vintage

For that special someone who is looking for the perfect piece of vintage furniture to complete their Mid Century Modern look, Off Skate Vintage is where to look.

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Metro Retro

For those that love a retro outfit or knick-knack, Metro Retro is the perfect stop on your shopping list.

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Old Town General Store

For those that love anything that has to do with Michigan (from cute Michigan-shaped knick-knacks to handmade pasties), the Old Town General Store has a little something for everyone.

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Bridge + Main Market

Bridge + Main Market has a little bit of something for everyone. If you're shopping for someone who enjoys a little "me time", they've got bath and body products. For the host with the most in your life, they've got you covered with some kitchen and drinkware options. And let's not forget the little ones in our lives, because they've got baby and kids gifts, too.

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REO Town Marketplace

If you're looking for art, handmade products, and vintage goodies, REO Town Marketplace is the place to shop.

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AdornMint Gift Shop

AdornMint Gift Shop has a wide assortment of gifts, so you're sure to find something unique for anyone in your life.

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Oh Mi Organics

If the person you're shopping for has a sweet tooth, swing by Oh Mi Organics. They make organic and allergen-friendly chocolates and sweet treats.

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