2018 Local Holiday Shopping

2018 Local Holiday Shopping

  • Posted November 19, 2018
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The season for giving is here. Find unique gifts for family and friends and spread the local by supporting local businesses across Rhode Island.

Why #BuyLocalRI this holiday season? 5 GOOD reasons.

  1. Support good jobs. Small local businesses are Rhode Island’s largest employer. Local small business is the greatest source of job creation.
  2. Keep your money in the Rhode Island economy longer. Local businesses keep your money her longer, investing in local supplies, wages, services, and community donations. This strengthens Rhode Island’s economic and tax base. A study found that $100 spent at a local store produced $57 worth of local economic activity, while $100 at a national chain keeps only $13 local. (Source: Civic Economic)
  3. Shape the character of our community. Where we shop, where we eat and have fun – all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses make up Rhode Island’s distinctive character. Spend local and embrace our unique identity.
  4. Feel good about your purchases. Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community and are invested in the community’s future. By getting to know them, you build trust and a connection to your neighbors. Plus, local businesses often take more time to get to know customers, meaning better service for you.
  5. Reduce environmental impact. Locally owned businesses make more local purchases – meaning less transportation, lower energy and fuel costs, and less excessive packaging.

And here are a few places to start!

For gift ideas across the entire state of Rhode Island, visit Rhode Island Monthly’s Online Holiday Gift Guide.

Providence Flea Sixth Annual Holiday Markets

A one-stop holiday shopping experience that is unique in all the city on December 2, 9 , 15 & 16 from 10 am - 4 pm at Hope High School in Providence, RI! Grab a campfire cocoa with an Angus burger and fries, and shop local with a different lineup of 65+ vendors of handmade art and design, craft and clothing, jewelry, accessories, vintage wares and small-batch gift and food items (150+ vendors in all participating throughout the month).


CRAFTLAND champions artists, craftspeople and makers of all kinds — particularly those in our home state of Rhode Island! Craftland started as a group holiday pop-up show in 2002 before becoming a year-round retail destination in 2007. As a tribute to their roots they created a list of where you can purchase handcrafted gifts in Rhode Island with a handy map.

Discover Newport’s Guide to Holiday Shopping in Newport includes all the local holiday shopping events, markets, and eclectic shops to visit this year. Don’t miss your chance to shop for the holidays by the sea.

Small Business Saturday in Bristol, Saturday, November 24th

Show your favorite Bristol, RI small businesses how much you appreciate them. Stores will be open from 10am - 6pm and will be offering special deals to customers to #shopsmall this holiday season! Look for the balloons for participating businesses!

Celebrate Downcity returns to Providence with shopping activities for all on Saturday, December 1. Visit the shops, Santa and don’t miss the Winter Lights Market in Burnside Park and Tree lighting later that evening at the skating rink.

Wakefield Winter Wonderland is happening again this year on Saturday, December 8 starting at 5:30 p.m. with a Holiday Parade. Celebrate Wakefield and support local shops with your neighbors and friends.

The 30th Annual Warren Holiday Festival kicks off Friday, November 23 into Saturday with tons of family activities to get you in the holiday spirit! Also in Warren is Hope & Main’s Maker Market on December 16 and 21.

On Small Business Saturday visit the Crown Plaza to Shop RI - celebrate 100 RI small businesses, all in one convenient location!

The Wickford Art Association is presenting its annual Small Works Show and Sale from Sunday, November 18 to Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 36 Beach Street, North Kingstown, RI.

Join the Newport County Chamber for indoor shopping at the Crowne Plaza featuring local crafters and vendors with their unique holiday creations on December 2, 2018.

The Art Providence Holiday Show at the Convention Center December 8 - 9, features artists from all backgrounds, including but not limited to RISD alumni.