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Have a local, ethical and gourmet Christmas

Actu - Geste Noël gourmand, local et équitable

To counter the runaway spending and unbridled consumption of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Équiterre’s action of the month is to buy less, spend more wisely and support local artisans and producers.

Reuse

First of all, before buying something, ask yourself, “Do I really need to buy?” The neighbour’s dollhouse that’s gathering dust, books your children enjoyed but have outgrown and your sweater your friend liked so much that no longer fits could make perfect gifts! Friends and family may also have all sorts of gems—much more unique than some cheap plastic stuff imported from the other side of the world. You could host a swap!

If you have no luck with friends and family, check out some classified-ad sites or local online bazaars.

Shop in the comfort of your home

Why not browse online shops for gifts made locally with love? You don’t have to leave the house, so you won’t even contribute to greenhouse gas emissions!

Some good websites:
Etsy – several Quebec designers and artisans sell online here
Achetons Québec [Buy in Quebec]
Achetons québécois [Buy in Quebec]
Terroirs Québec online gourmet food store
How about doing your own research? The Web is full of great sites and many creators and designers have their onw online shop!

Markets and fairs galore!

If you like seeing, touching and asking questions before buying something, or just enjoy the shopping experience, how about visiting a fair or market that sells handmade gifts from local artisans and producers? You’ll find various fairs and markets in all regions of Quebec. Here are a few suggestions:

Montreal and surrounding areas

Salon des métiers d'art de Montréal – Montreal Craft Show
Salon des artistes récupérateurs [Recycling-artists eco fair] at Équiterre’s Centre for Sustainable Development!
Festival Noël dans le parc [Christmas park festival] – Christmas trees for sale and activities
Marché de Noël des designers de la Grover [Grover’s Designers Christmas market]
Marché de Noël Angus [Angus Christmas market]
La Foire Puces pop [Holiday Puces Pop Fair]
Le grand marché de Nöel de Montréal [Great Montreal Christmas market]
http://www.laval.ca/Pages/Fr/Nouvelles/marche-de-noel-de-laval.aspx " target="_blank">Marché de Noël de Laval [Laval Christmas market]
Marché de Noël et des traditions de Longueuil [Longueuil traditional Christmas market]

Quebec City

Marché du Vieux Port [Old Port market]

Sherbrooke

Marché de la Gare in Sherbrooke

Lanaudière

Several artisans markets in Lanaudière

Laurentians

Val-David Christmas market
Sainte-Adèle Christmas market
Saint-Sauveur Expo-sale Magie de Nöel
Le Nöel des métiers d’art de Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts [Christmas arts and crafts]

Outaouais

Traditional Christmas Market

Gaspésie

Christmas markets in Gaspésie

You can make responsible choices and still eat gourmet food by opting for regional solidarity markets and enjoying fabulous local products:

Estrie regional solidarity market (AmiEs de la Terre)
Outaouais regional solidarity market
Quebec's market of proximity

And why not subscribing to an organic basket or order local and organic meat or other products from one of our family farmers for your Christmas meal? Or choose to shop in a local store close to you?


A bit more

Why not give fair-trade gifts? Everyone will love them and some recipients might even switch to fair trade products. Tea, coffee, chocolate and spices are guaranteed to please and can be found in most major grocery store chains and natural food stores. Aside from these favourites, there’s a wide range of fair trade products to choose from. Have a look at our directory Où trouver équitable for inspiration!

Handicrafts: Ten Thousand Villages will take you around the world, while respecting fair trade practices.

How about an Équiterre membership as a gift? It’s tax deductible, and the recipient gets to join a huge movement to build a more just, fair and united society, and receive these benefits (French only), too.

At Équiterre, we even reuse publications, so you should check out this excellent article written last year by Annick Girard, our eco-friendly blogger, about a personal challenge and good ideas for a spend-free Christmas (French only)!