This year has shifted so much for me and my family. While we still depend on Amazon for so much, I wanted to be more intentional this year about my shopping. As a small business owner, I understand the happy dance entrepreneur’s do every time they sell something. So, rather than padding Jeff Bezo’s pockets even more in the middle of a global pandemic, I’m making an effort to purchase elsewhere, particularly from businesses owned by Black, Indigenous, or other people of color, LGBTQ folx, and women.
I enlisted the help of others and wanted to share what I’ve come up with. I haven’t sampled from everything on this list. It’s not perfect by any means, but it’s a start. Supporting small businesses is community care and I invite you to join me this year in shopping small!
A few notes: I’ve included a few lists of Black-owned businesses near the end of this list. I have not included any multi-level marketing businesses in this list in an lift up independently-owned businesses. Please don’t take offense!
I’ve chosen a few small companies that I really value to work with. If you use these links to purchase form these companies, I receive a little percentage of the profits with no added cost to you- which means you’re supporting two small businesses! Here are some of my favorite things:
The New Primal – One of my favorite companies and their sauces are the best! Most of their products are Whole30, so they’re gluten, dairy, and (added) sugar free. They’d make great stocking stuffers.
Rasa – Have you ever tried adaptogens for stress relief? These delicious coffee replacements (or not) have helped me to manage my stress levels this year and are a highlight of my day.
JOI – What’s a Rasa latte without the dairy free milk? JOI is a delicious almond and cashew milk concentrate. You can make as little or as much as you want- which means less waste and less single use plastic!
Primally Pure – These gorgeous products include natural skin care, home, and body products that are so luxurious and fun for the mama who needs some quality alone time.
If you know me, you know I love to read. My shelves are bursting with books. During this strange year, book sales are up, but small bookstores aren’t doing well. Here are some small bookstores that would love your business. Yes, they are more expensive than Amazon. Vote with your wallet!
Tea is my second favorite thing, next to books, of course.
A Sacred Space – candles
Salt and Pine – crystals
Proper – sleep supplements
Conscious Step – socks
Remedies + Richewels – luxury self care
Bottle Rocket Design and Glassware
Joanna Hennigan – gorgeous pottery
Luv That Dog – fun handmade products for doggies
Purple Rampart – handmade masks and other products
Creative Kind – craft shop and local goodies
Thistle Farms – home, body, and other fun things to support women survivors
Yoga Democracy – eco friendly yoga apparel
Prairie in Bloom Marketplace – home design
Morgan Menchini – seasonal mugs, apparel, etc.
Coloring Books – sold on Amazon, profits to owner
Baloo Living – weighted blankets, etc.
Taylor Joelle Designs – children’s clothing
Katelyn and Cookie – children’s bows, toys
Blax Friday – Black owned business directory
Vote with Your Wallet
When we support a small business, we are supporting a dream. Yes, these products usually cost more than something you could buy for cheap on Amazon or at Walmart. But often times, these are handmade, one-of-a-kind creations. There’s a person behind your purchase, which is special for everyone involved in the giving.