Hipster holiday haven
OK, it's not exactly going to help keep your dollars in the local community here, but the Portland, Oregon-based Buy Olympia collective is still a great indie resource. The site, founded in 1999 in Olympia, Washington, sells a vast array of goods from independent merchants including crafters, artists, clothing makers, musicians and more. There are vegan cookbook zines and cute, inexpensive socks imprinted with bicycles, birds or, of course, hipster mustaches. There are bold Nikki McClure prints and wall calendars, vinyl messenger bags, and handcrafted soaps scented with raw honey and cocoa. Best yet, it's all pretty dang affordable, so don't forget the most important person on that holiday shopping list: you. www.buyolympia.com.