One of my favorite things to do is buy unique and home made gifts from our area merchants. Small businesses around the globe, really do make a great impact on our economy and they manufacture and produce unique gifts of all kinds.

In 2010 American Express realized that small businesses needed a leg up and started Small Business Saturday and it has been celebrated ever since.

Whether you're shopping in Downtown Sedalia, Cole Camp, Knob Noster, Warrensburg, Windsor, Tipton, Concordia, Marshall, Clinton or where ever you find yourself at. Take the time to stop in a local store and see what you can find.

If you don't do it on Small Business Saturday, my challenge to you is to do it before Christmas.

If you have a favorite local shop or find, tell us about it.

No matter where you're at, be sure to check out a full look at the businesses in our area that registered for Small Business Saturday with American Express, but I stress they are not the only ones.

Happy Shopping.