Alternatives to Amazon this Holiday Season

Posted: November 23, 2020 | Author: Savannah Byers | Read Time: 2 minutes

Alternatives to shopping at Amazon for the holidaysStuck in an Amazon rut? Don’t have Prime? Want to try something new? You’ve come to the right place. Explore these websites for possible additions or alternatives to Amazon this holiday season and shopping small year-round.


Looking to add something creative to your space or wardrobe? From art prints to jewelry, websites like Society6 and Etsy have a great catalog of products, and both platforms directly support their contributing artists.

Bath, Body, & Beauty

Bath, body, and beauty products are becoming increasingly popular and increasingly sustainable. Treat yourself and/or your loved ones by shopping at companies like Lush and Cosset, who are known for their bath bombs and variety of natural products. Both companies usually have holiday-themed items and gift sets available around this time of year.


During the winter season, there’s nothing better than cozying up with a book. Support independent and used bookstores this holiday season for all your bookish needs. Bookshop is a new online book retailer that directly supports independent bookstores. Websites like Thriftbooks and Book Outlet sell new and used books for bargain prices. All three of these websites have impressive online catalogs.


Shopping for clothing sustainably and ethically is increasingly important. There are several businesses that avoid “fast fashion” and are instead committed to providing clothing that is eco-friendly, ethically made, and fashion forward. Explore the following directories to find your new favorite brand:


If you’re in the market for something general or seemingly random, there are several websites for those items beyond Amazon. A few websites to get started include eBay, Earth Hero, and the Package Free Shop.

The Good Trade Amazon Alternatives Directory is also an excellent resource for further website recommendations.


Interested in finding unique, cost-effective gifts to give this holiday season? Check out Cost Plus World Market and Made Trade. Cost Plus World Market is a San Francisco based retailer that sells unique items from around the world. Made Trade is a Portland-based retailer dedicated to selling ethically made, sustainable products. Both websites have great gift guides to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this holiday season.


Students attending the University of the Parks should have a list of retailers to find all their outdoor gear. Companies like Cotopaxi and Patagonia are always great go-tos for adventurous apparel, accessories, and equipment.


Small businesses and entrepreneurs have taken some of the biggest hits this tumultuous year. If able, it’s important to support these local endeavors, and there’s no time like the holidays. 

Tag us on social media @SUUTbirds with your holiday shopping successes!

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