Do Christmas without making Amazon even richer

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For many, Christmas shopping is in full swing, albeit online from a sofa or kitchen table while still in lockdown. It might be tempting to click on the obvious, but there are plenty of alternatives to billionaire Jeff Bezos’s Amazon for people who want to put time and thought into their festive spending. Also, though supermarkets are providing a vital service, they don’t need to be a one-stop shop for all we buy over Christmas.  Cash pile: Online behemoth Amazon has made its founder Jeff Bezos, above with partner Lauren Sanchez, a billionaireA GOOD READ…FROM A LOCAL BOOK SHOP An antidote to Amazon could be the recent launch of uk.bookshop.org. It’s an online marketplace that brings together independent bookshops from around the country – and financially supports them – while delivering the books that customers want to their doorstep. You can either buy directly from a local bookseller or order through the general website where a large portion of profit is pooled and distributed back to bookshops. Andy Hunter, chief executive and founder of Bookshop.org, says: ‘Books make wonderful gifts – they carry meaning, pleasure, and personal connection. Bookshops offer those things, too, on high streets and in communities. …

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