Today, you should… consciously shop for Christmas gifts


Those looking to spend their money towards a laudable cause and get a head start on their holiday shopping (because, why not save yourself some stress) should check out Conscious Christmas, an annual one-day shopping event that aims to promote fair trade practices while raising consumer awareness of their purchasing power.

Fourteen local vendors—each promoting ethical business practices, fair wages and sustainability—will be selling their one-of-a-kind creations this year including jewelry, ceramics, clothing apparel, skincare products and hand-made accessories, among other goods.

Another great thing: In addition, 10% of all their proceeds will be donated to the Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force, a community-based organization dedicated to combating sex, labor and human trafficking. Last year, they raised $1,000 dollars for the cause.

Giving us a moment’s pause: In practice, it’s also a good idea to be conscious of how much you’re spending this holiday season because, if you’re anything like us, when it comes time to review your credit card statement at the end of the year, you might feel extremely light-headed.

Conscious Christmas runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at Ironfire, located at 4195 N Viking Way. For more information, including the list of vendors, check out their Facebook event page, here.

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Cheantay Jensen is reporter and award-winning videographer who covers music, art, food and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post. And sometimes breaking news, you know, just to keep things interesting.