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METAIRIE, La. -- If being a part of the Black Friday craze isn't for you, then shopping at local stores in Jefferson Parish is the way to go, and it comes will a lot of benefits.

Le Jouet, a family-owned toy store on Airline Drive is a great example, with unique gifts; but, they also offer all the same great toys the big box stores do, the only difference is that it won't be packed with shoppers. They'll also be giving that personalized shopping experience, including complimentary gift wrapping.

Todd Murphy, the President of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, says shopping locally helps generate much needed tax revenue; but, he says the challenge now, is getting people to shop in store, rather than online, 'We have such a great culture in Jefferson Parish and really in this whole region, so why wouldn't we stay here and shop and not spend the money online.'

For a list of local stores with offer great holiday gifts for both kids and adults, visit the WWL-TV Links on Four page by clicking here.

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