Gift buying this Christmas has already seen a huge increase in online shopping and we still have four weeks to go. This year, it makes sense for people to order from the comfort of home and ship gifts straight to friends and family if they're not going to travel. It's a big reason the USPS suggests getting your packages mailed as early as you can.

The bad news about all the extra online shopping is that it probably doesn't benefit local businesses much. That's what makes this event with Imagine Nation Brewing such a neat idea. Their Holiday Pop-Up Shops will be spread over 10 days and feature local vendors selling their arts and crafts. A lot of small shops and independent merchants have felt the pinch with the unexpected hardships from the pandemic. This is a great way to showcase their products and show them some extra love. And if you know you won't plan well enough ahead and you'll need a last minute gift - they'll hold the final two days during the week of Christmas.

Of course, any public gatherings right now can be a little worrisome when it comes to staying healthy. Face masks will be required at all times and other precautions will be taken to ensure all COVID-19 restrictions are followed.

Here is your big chance through Christmas to shop and spend local! Every week will feature 4 different unique local Missoula/Lolo area arts and crafts vendors. If you join us every week, you could find gifts for everyone on your list! Strict COVID-19 Safety measures are in place to keep you safe while you shop.


TOP 10: The best holiday TV specials of all time, ranked

More From 94.9 KYSS FM