As shutdown orders extend indefinitely, online shopping has become a lifeline for people forced lớn avoid the outside world. Often times opting to siêu thị with a mega corporation lượt thích Amazon, Walmart or Target is the path of least resistance, but there are plenty of reasons to lớn patronize an alternative.

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There are the ethical questions currently swirling around things like worker safety, as COVID-19 takes a toll on the often low-paid essential workers who keep these businesses running. It’s also arguably now more important than ever to tư vấn small và local businesses, & more and more brick và mortars announce that they simply won’t be able lớn rebound after the disastrous economic effects of the shutdown.

Not every company listed below is a small business (Chewy, for example, is owned by pet supply giant PetSmart), but the below list compiled by our editorial team should offer a good variety to lớn help you phối up your online shopping.


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Thrive Market: Organic & non-GMO brands of food, trang chủ and beauty products, including healthy food, clean beauty and bath products, safe supplements và non-toxic trang chủ cleaner.

Great for: Stocking up on healthier grocery items for the pantry and other household needs. 

Grove Collaborative: Eco-friendly home essentials, including cleaners, personal care, bath, baby/kid & pet products.

Great for: Stocking up on concentrated cleaners that reduce plastic waste và save trips to lớn the store. 

Boxed: Online wholesale shopping on groceries, household products and health supplies.

Great for: An online alternative to lớn Costco và Sam’s Club for items you lượt thích to buy in bulk. (T.P. Is often out-of-stock though!) Grocery and dry goods items, focused on nuts and snacks

Great for: Nuts, seeds, snacks, gluten-free flours, yeast, ceremonial-grade matcha powder, & hard-to-find spices.

Pet Supplies

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Chewy: Online pet store offering food, toys, litter and other pet needs, including both over-the-counter medicine & prescriptions.

Great for: High-quality foods và treats và skipping the vet for prescription refills.

The Farmer’s Dog: All-natural dog food delivery subscription service. Food is proportioned for your dog and delivered to your door.

Great for: Fresh food delivery and those who want a “set it và forget it” option for buying dog food.

Beauty/Baby Supplies

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The Honest Company: Ethical baby và beauty supply company.

Great for: Diapers, baby needs & cruelty-free beauty, bath and toàn thân products. 

Ulta: Beauty supply superstore offering ship-to-home & curbside pickup.

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Great for: Makeup for your Zoom meetings; skincare products for all that indoor air you’re now living in. 

Sephora: Online beauty store offering direct shipping.

Great for: Makeup, skincare và self-care items, as well as gift sets for someone who needs a boost.

Glossier: Online beauty brand that’s skin-first, makeup second.

Great for: Skincare, toàn thân and makeup.

Books và Entertainment

Image Credits: Andersen Ross/Blend Images This newly launched offering is designed specifically to tư vấn independent bookstores in a post-Amazon age. You can browse a wealth of titles & designate the specific store you want to tư vấn and they’ll get all the profits. With so many bookstores struggling khổng lồ stay afloat well before the COVID pandemic, this could be Bookshop’s moment.

Great for: Supporting independent bookstores while shopping online. 

Powell’s: For book lovers, few things beat stepping foot inside this Portland mecca. Until things xuất hiện back up, online shopping is the next best thing.

Great for: Used books galore. 

Amoeba Records: For psychical music releases, going straight to the label is often your best bet. Record stores are a great option, too. California’s Amoeba is one of the greatest small music chains in the world, but it’s among those with an uncertain post-COVID future, having recently announced the expected closure of its Hollywood location.

Great for: New & used vinyl, CDs và books. 

Forbidden Planet: This Manhattan mainstay has become a go-to for mainstream và indie comics lovers alike. The store is one of countless currently struggling lớn stay afloat during the COVID crisis. They’ve started a GoFundMe, but better yet, go order some comics.

Great for: Comics, from superhero to super indie. 

Trident Bookstore: This gem of a Boston bookstore survived a fire & finals season, so you know it’s a special one. Its selling books all over the United States right now (and if you’re in Boston, it’ll địa chỉ cửa hàng in brunch too).

Great for: Well-known titles as well as undercover ones. Also, pro tip: You can purchase a “creative add-on” in your package like a surprise puzzle or a bundle of greeting cards, depending on availability. 


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Los Angeles Apparel: This site is selling three-pack face masks in a variety of colors, & all purchases help fund their ability khổng lồ donate masks lớn essential services và provide living wages.

Great for: A comfortable cốt tông mask that also does good. Fashionable face masks sold direct lớn consumer with không tính phí shipping.

Great for: Stylist, reusable comfort. 

Tiny pleasures & knick-knacks

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The Little Market: This nonprofit sells fair-trade goods made by people in need, from individuals with disabilities to lớn women transitioning out of homelessness.

Great for: Candles, tote bags, soaps and sugar scrubs. 

Uncommon Goods: chất lượng gifts, decor, games & more

Great for: Unusual items lớn break your quarantine boredom, especially kids’ crafts & toys for parents whose children have now tired of every toy in the house.