Last-Minute Holiday Shopping: 4 Health-Minded Online Retailers Worth Checking Out

Gift giving can be an opportunity to do more than just check an item off your list. These four online-based retailers offer worthy gift ideas you can feel good about giving this year.

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Thrive Market

“Whole Foods meets Costco” — that’s how the team at Thrive Market describes their online retail service. While visits to the local grocer or co-op are important for stocking up on fresh produce and other healthy fare, Thrive Market is a cost-effective and accessible alternative for staple bulk and pantry items that are convenient to have one hand (think coconut oil, nut butters, even pet food and laundry detergent). Delivered right to your door, Thrive Market’s collection of high-quality products are carefully curated (they only carry a couple of vetted brands in each category) and sold at wholesale prices, which delivers up to 50 percent savings to their customers.

Free shipping, daily deals, and loyalty rewards are some additional perks to this new way of shopping for great healthy, natural, non-GMO, organic, vegan, raw, paleo, gluten-free, and nontoxic items. The best part of all: You can feel good about your purchases because for every membership sold, Thrive Market donates a membership to a low-income American family.

Gift Ideas: A one-year Thrive Market membership, gift cards, fair-trade chocolate bars — there is a wide range of healthy products (and prices) to browse so you can find the perfect gift for all the foodies and friends in your life.

Learn More: www.thrivemarket.com/experiencelife (Experience Life is proud to partner with Thrive Market to offer our readers a free one-month membership, plus 20 percent off your first purchase.)

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MightyNest

After their first child was born, Chris and Kristen Conn became more aware of all of the potentially harmful, and often avoidable, chemicals in household products, and wanted to be better informed about the options available. Since then, the Conns have developed an expertise in safe, healthy products, and have made it their mission to help educate others on nontoxic alternatives. They share their findings at MightyNest.com to ease the frustration for other families who are trying to find high-quality, healthy products.

From safe dishware and wooden games to organic cotton PJs and toys for kids, MightyNest covers all the makings of a healthy home. You can purchase gifts one item at a time, or sign up for MightyFix, where you’ll receive a surprise home solution every month (this makes a great gift, too!). They’ve even rounded up their favorite holiday items on their website’s homepage to make your last-minute shopping even easier.

If you are interested in sharing your healthy way of life with others, you can opt to give back 15 percent of your purchase to your school of choice — yet another worthy benefit of shopping with MightyNest.

Gift Ideas: Shopping by recipient (The Cook, Hostess, Her, Him, Kids, et al.) makes for an easy and enjoyable shopping experience for the holidays — and beyond. Reusable sandwich bags, bamboo utensil sets, and nontoxic nail polish make kid-friendly stocking stuffers, while a $30 MightyFix gift subscription is ideal for families.

Learn More: www.mightynest.com

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AHAlife

A hub for artists all across the world, AHAlife offers “exceptional, quality objects for every aspect of your life.” Home, beauty, dining, technology — their comprehensive offerings make it a great destination for finding unique gifts for all the diverse people in your life. We also like their commitment to preserving creativity in our culture. More than just a hub for online shopping, AHAlife brings this community to life, providing their corner of the Web as a place for designers and innovators to come together around a shared value.

Gift Ideas: An aromatherapy shower set for her, a durable cloth toilet set for him — with thousands of gift possibilities, there are plenty of options for all the adults on your holiday list. Products are curated by person (Him, Her, Teacher, Hostess, Kids, et al.), making it easy to dig in.

Learn More: www.ahalife.com

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The Grommet

Most of the items you’ll find on The Grommet are handcrafted right here in the U.S.A. —  one of the values that inspired the company to get up and running back in 2008, and just one of the reasons we admire this online purveyor.

And if you or someone you know is interested in selling your own product, you can engage in their Citizen Commerce program and transfer 10 percent or more of your purchases to locally owned shops, and to online products that directly support your values. Because at The Grommet, they believe “every purchase amplifies something in the world, good, bad, or indifferent.”

Gift Ideas: From a minimalist key organizer to a wooden lake map, Grommet’s offerings are unique — and sustainably made — and there are plenty of options for everyone on your list. You can browse by price (under $25 and under $50, for instance), by recipient, by occasion, or by hobby.

Learn More: www.thegrommet.com

Brooke Rymer is Experience Life's Community Engagement Specialist.

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