Why Should You Shop Small?

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Were you one of the people who crowded stores and malls on “Black Friday?”

I certainly wasn’t! Back in the day, I didn’t mind getting up before the crack of dawn and standing in huge lines to get more stuff I probably didn’t need. Since I’ve gotten older and learned to appreciate the finer things in life, I must say the need to participate in Black Friday has severely dissipated. I’ve also decided this year that in addition to skipping Black Friday, I am also only going to buy gifts for people from small businesses, whether online or local.

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The Saturday after Thanksgiving was “Small Business Saturday” and I’m proud to say I was able to take part in this special day. I bought some beautiful gifts for my coworkers from a lady who makes her own handcrafted body products.

 

Even though “Small Business Saturday” is over, you can still help support indie businesses by purchasing your holiday gifts from the people who would really benefit from it, instead of adding to the wealth of huge corporations.

 

Here are a few ideas on where to shop the best small businesses:

 

  • Like I did, you can shop at your local farmer’s market. Handmade items make wonderful gifts which people actually appreciate much more than store bought gifts. Somehow, a gift such as this just feels more heartfelt. Look for handmade beauty products or food items.

 

If the online thing is more your style, there are some fabulous Cyber Monday sales going on right now. Here’s a few for you to check out:

 

Save big at Bubble and Bee’s Cyber Monday Overstock Sale (ends at Midnight tonight)

 

Save 25% on thousands of items at Abe’s Market + free shipping

 

Great savings on the Greater Good site (very unique and affordable gifts not just for pets + your purchase helps feed recused animals!)

 

Sugared Beauty 10% off Sale (I tried their foaming face scrub in last month’s Goodebox and loved it! Handmade skincare and body products make great gifts!)

 

Lucky Vitamin Cyber Monday Sale (Save big bucks on 1000s of health, beauty, food, and gifts- they’re already low priced, so this is even better!)

 

$5 off any product at My Pure Radiance w/ code 525Nov

 

Pure Citizen- up to 60% off and free shipping

 

More Than Alive- the best health spot online is offering 20% off all orders through tonight only- great place to stock up on superfoods

 

Earlthy Body- Buy one item get one free with free shipping (never tried this line but they do look heavenly)

 

These sites are just a few ideas for places you can shop, save money, and help support small businesses. Not only can they make great gifts for others, but a sweet gift for yourself too!

I must admit that although I bought a lot of unique and fun gifts for others, I also splurged and got myself a few things! Nothing wrong with that, right?

 

Now it’s your turn!

 

If you shop any of the sales, please come back and leave a comment and tell us where (and what) you bought!

Do you shop small businesses for holiday gifts? Which ones are your favorites?

Let’s dish in the Facebook comments section below!

 

Stay natural…stay beautiful…go green!

P.S. Some of the links above are my affiliate links, so if you click on them and decide to make a purchase, a small percentage will go to my Toxic Beauty fund, which helps me keep this site going. So thank you in advance! :-)

 

Robin started her career as an educator of children and has now become an educator for adults everywhere who want to know the truth about what they put into their bodies through the skin. She is passionate about educating people to make better health and beauty choices.
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