One of my favourite posts to work on is my annual holiday gift guide (you can see past ones here and here). What makes my holiday gift guides a bit different from those on the web is that I place a focus on shopping local. As someone who has dabbled in their own businesses, I know how hard it can be to have a small business and to get your name out there. There are so many people in our own cities pouring their hearts and souls into their businesses and churning out some pretty amazing and unique products. This year I am highlighting six local businesses to help you get a jump start on holiday shopping.