This year, once again, I’m trying to buy all my gifts from local designers and makers, or at least independent shops – for example, I’ll be getting any books or DVDs from independent shops rather than Amazon where I can, and have already commissioned a few special items.
We also bought a few t-shirts from Threadless, which raised a few questions. Is this buying from the designer, or a corporate? If I’m buying a t-shirt, I’d rather get it from Threadless than Primark, but is it really independent? Then we realised some of the gifts we’d bought from an independent toy shop are actually made in China and bought in.
So once again me trying to do something good has become a massive headache as I try and work out the parameters that no one but myself has set. It can be hard work being so hard on yourself.