If you're looking for a unique gift for a health-conscious or nature-loving person in your life, consider shopping for a treat at your local natural grocery store. Filled with everything from healthy food to handmade home goods, natural grocery stores are the ideal places to find one-of-a-kind presents for friends and loved ones of all ages.
Your local natural food market is the perfect place to find a present for almost any special event or occasion, such as birthdays, holidays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, housewarmings, bridal and baby showers, and job promotions. The stores' offerings are typically so varied that you'll have no problem finding an appropriate item to fit any gift-giving budget. You can also ask the store's staff to help you choose the best options.
The following are some gift ideas from your local natural grocery store:
1. Sweets and Treats
If the recipient has a sweet tooth, you can't go wrong with assembling a gift bag filled with all of her favorite sweets and snacks. Since you're purchasing them from a natural food market, they'll likely contain healthier sweeteners, such as honey or even maple syrup. They're also likely to be filled with wholesome-yet-tasty ingredients such as antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, roasted nuts, and whole grains.
Some sweet treat ideas include brownies, cookies, muffins, and even homemade fudge and other gourmet chocolates. If the celebrant is a vegan, you may be able to find a few animal product-free goodies at the natural food market.
2. Body Care Items
Surprise the recipient with all-natural products she can use to recreate a spa experience at home. Many natural food markets also carry healthy body care items, such as handmade bath soaps made with hydrating oils, lotions, and creams featuring essential oils rather than synthetic scents, as well as non-toxic makeup and nail polishes.
Create a personalized gift basket filled with a variety of items if your budget allows, or choose one or two similar products, such as a patchouli-scented body cream and bath gel set. Many natural food markets also offer healthy home care products as well, such as room sprays, candles, and cleaners.
3. Handmade Gifts
If you're looking for a creative gift made by a local artisan, check out a natural food shop. Some markets feature a section of local handmade items, including beaded jewelry, embroidered towels and wall art, and even clothing pieces.
When you're looking for a specific item, such as earrings featuring a certain design, see if you can pre-order it by getting in contact with the artist. Many take special orders, especially during the holiday season.