After eating your weight in turkey and sweet potatoes and maybe getting a little loopy on red wine, waking up early for Black Friday doesn't sound so hot, does it?
All you miss from skipping this shopping outing are hourlong lines at the mall, aggressive deal-seekers with no sense of personal space, and gridlocked traffic all over town. But you don't have to miss out on deals.
This weekend, sit back and relax—pull up your web browser and let your fingers do the shopping. Click. Head to Thrive Market and participate in our version of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, a shopping holiday totally dedicated to amazing mom-and-pop businesses!
Though not every brand we carry is made by small businesses, we have a special place in our hearts (and our carts) for those companies whose original founders still run the show. Check out these 10 brands—each has an incredible story and amazing products created with lots of love.
1. Dena's Fuel For Fitness
These raw and vegan snacks are great any time of day—as a quick breakfast, afternoon snack, or late night treat!
This line of pillows and throw blankets uses recycled cotton fibers, and their designs are pretty incredible.
3. Hnina Gourmet
These artisan chocolates just so happen to be vegan—a perfect gift for any health-conscious foodie.
Manuka honey enhanced with superfoods? Count us in.
5. Blissful Eats
This gluten-free granola is free of refined sugars and packed with flavor.
Love dark chocolate? Then you won't be able to resist Pure7 chocolate bars—they even offer a 100-percent cacao option.
7. Sea of Change
These seaweed snacks are a staple around Thrive HQ. The maple variety even tastes a bit like vegan bacon!
8. The Dirt
This line of mineral toothpastes and personal care products might be called The Dirt, but your mouth has never felt cleaner.
9. Tin Star
Shelf-stable ghee is our new favorite cooking fat, and Tin Star's grass-fed variety can't be beat.
This grass-fed bone broth really tastes homemade and delivers all the nutritional benefits you'd expect from this warming winter food.
Photo credit: Alicia Cho