BRADENTON -- It turns out that the Friendly City is also a giving city.
Bradenton's metro area was ranked No. 9 as one of the Most Generous Cities for gift giving by Craftsy, an online learning site for arts and crafts. Craftsy surveyed 10,000 craftmakers from more than 700 cities and rated the generosity of each city based on the frequency of and propensity for gift giving.
"Over the past year, we've seen more and more makers across the country want to learn how to create meaningful gifts for their loved ones," said Emily Lawrence, vice president of production at Craftsy. "We often underestimate the time it takes to create a gift from the heart, but this survey emphasizes the value of handmade gifts this holiday season and all year long."