Shoppers are being urged to support their local shops this Christmas.
Braintree Council has launched a campaign to get residents back into Halstead town centre during the festive period.
It has produced a Christmas gift guide and is advertising on bin trucks and bus stops.
Chris Siddall, cabinet member for prosperity, said: “There really is no reason to shop elsewhere.
“Our local towns have everything you could need for your Christmas gift ideas and the gift guide will give you a flavour of what’s available in your town.
"By supporting your local shops you can really help to keep your towns buzzing and support the local economy.”