Now more than ever, the selection of organic and natural gift shops is quite broad. It's easy to find a variety of retail outlets well stocked with natural foods, clothing, beauty products, and housewares.
Popular Organic and Natural Gift Shops
Some of the more well known organic and natural gift shops can only be found in larger metropolitan areas and in sophisticated urban centers, such as university communities. Fortunately, almost every store recognizes the value of e-commerce, so even if you can't visit the shop around the corner, you can still order many gifts online.
You might be familiar with Aveda products used in your hair salon, but the company's primary purpose is to "care for the world we live in." The company lets the mission drive development, from organic ingredients used in all products, to the biodegradable packaging, to the use of wind power at manufacturing plants. You can choose from a variety of "pure-fumes," candles, personal care products, and makeup.
Because it doesn't carry food items, Gaiam may seem like a non-traditional organic and natural gift shop. However, this company has evolved from a small yoga gear company into a full-fledged center for healthy living products. You'll find an extensive selection of personal and household items, as well as sculptures, bell fountains, and other lovely gifts. Order online, or visit the website to locate retailers that stock Gaiam products.
The Body Shop
Once a trendy U.K. store, The Body Shop quickly blossomed into an international source for natural beauty products manufactured without animal testing and within the guidelines of community trade and eco-awareness. The company's social message is as much its identity as the lotions, shampoos, cosmetics, and fragrances it produces. Use the website's handy store locator to find the shop nearest you, or order online.
Considered to be the largest retailer of natural and organic foods in the U.S. and the U.K., Whole Foods stocks much more than organic food. You'll find many top-name natural body care products, personal care items, candles, flowers, wine, and other great gift ideas, including clothing. The company placed fifth in Fortune's Top 100 Companies to Work For in 2007.
New organic and natural gift shops open frequently. Stay up-to-date by bookmarking the following websites:
Also, don't hesitate to visit your local health food store. While it might not be as comprehensive as some of the larger stores, the employees are a wealth of information, and may have some unique gift ideas to share.