December 6, 2022

Only Good Gifts

good gift guide castro valley natural grocery store

You may not think of your neighborhood natural grocer as a source for great gifts, but we are!

Aside from great food, we have kitchen tools and housewares, reusables, candles, mittens, undies even, beauty products, and much more. You really could find something for almost anyone on your list.

This is the time of year when many of us put a little extra thought into what we give each other.

We want to give gifts that are wanted, needed, that convey our values, and that show we care.

It can be hard to find the time and resources to capture all of that. It’s helpful to shop places where you know their standards, but it can still be a lot.

To help you out, we’ve combed through our store looking for brands and products that have a little something more behind them that’s worth celebrating.

The categories we opted to shout out range from who owns and runs them, where they are located, and their impact on the environment. While not wholly complete our focus includes but isn’t limited to (in alphabetical order);

B Corp
Carbon Neutral
Climate Positive
Fair Trade

LGTBQ+ Owned
Locally Owned & Made
Low Waste
Zero Waste

So when you shop, look for our Gift tags throughout our entire store to help you get great gift ideas that elevate the underrepresented, are usable, that give back, that are less damaging to the planet, and support our community.

Those are things that show you care.

PS. Still can’t decide? We have gift cards available in any amount. Stop by or give us a call at 510-925-4749 to get one.

Only Good Gifts List

88 AcresWoman Owned, Low Waste
AlaffiaSocial Enterprise, Black And Woman Owned, Fair For Life, Purchase Direct From Women’s Cooperatives
All Good LivingLocal (alameda)
AlterecoLocal, Fair Trade, Fair For Life, Low Waste, B Corp, Climate Neutral
Ang HoneyHyper-local
Artisan OrganicsLocal, Fair Trade, Small Batch
Avo CurlBlack-owned, Woman-owned
BadgerWoman-owned, Family Owned And Operated, B Corp, Low Waste,
Bay Area Bee CompanyLocal, Small Batch, Handmade
Bee Rooted BotanicalsLocal, Woman-owned, All-women Operated, Handmade, Small Batch
Bee’s WrapWoman-owned, Low Waste, B Corp
Beekeeper MikeLocal, Small Batch, Handmade
Big Dipper Wax WorksHandmade, Low Waste, Green America Certified
Blue Lotus ChaiWomen Founded, Woman Co-owned
Bluebird BotanicalsB Corp
Bobo’sWoman-owned, Small Batch
Bonny Doon FarmLocal, Woman-owned, Handmade
Burt’s BeesCarbon Neutral, Low Waste, Woman Co-founded
By NievesLocal, Woman-owned, Small Batch, Cruelty-free
Cacoco Drinking ChocolateLocal, Employee-owned, Climate Neutral, Fairtrade, Handmade
California BabyWoman-owned, Low Waste, Renewable Enegy Powered
Charles ChocolatesLocal, Handmade, Small Batch
ChocoloveRainforest Alliance Certified
Circular LivingWoman-owned, Handmade, Low Waste
Conscious CutleryWoman-founded, Family Owned And Operated, Low Waste
Coracao ChocolateLocal, Employee-owned, Climate Neutral, Fairtrade, Handmade
Cute CoffeeLocal, Black-owned, Direct Trade W/ Woman Growers
Diva CupWomen-owned, Low/no Waste, B Corp
DivineFarmer-owned, B Corp Certified, Fairtrade
Doodles InkLocal, Woman-owned
Dr Bronner’sB Corp, Fair Trade,
Eat The ChangeLow Waste, Upcycle Imperfect Ingredients
Eco Lunch BoxB Corp, California Green Certified Business, Woman Founded, Low Waste
Endangered SpeciesFair Trade
Equal ExchangeWorker Cooperative, Buy From Farmer Cooperatives, Fair Trade
Equator CoffeesLocal, Woman-owned & Led, B Corp
Fix & FoggB Corp, Living Wage Accredited, Woman-co-owned, Low Waste
Four SigmaticClimate Positive
Friends & FamilyLocal, Woman Co-owned
From The FieldsLocal
Gaia Gems And CrystalsLocal, Woman-owned, Family Run, Handmade
Gds Cloth Goods/ebbLocal, Woman-owned, Low Waste
Glad RagsWomen Owned, Women Run, B Corp, Low/no Waste
GoodlightRspo Sustainbale Palm Oil, Carbon Neutral
GuaykiSocial Enterprise, B Corp, Fairforlife, Roa Certified
Gypsy & LoloRecycled & Upcycled, Low & No Waste
Hella TeaLocal, Woman-owned, Black-owned
Highwire CoffeeLocal
Host DefenceClimate Positive
HuFair Trade
HydroflaskClimate Neutral Certified
If You CareLow Waste, Fsc, Green Seal
Imlak’esh OrganicsFair Trade, Caretrade
InesscentsWoman-owned, Woman Led, B Corp Certified, Fair Trade
JelinaHandcrafted, Fair Trade
Jeremiah’s Pick CoffeeLocal, Fair Trade, International Women’s Coffee Alliance Member
Jim’s Organic CoffeeB Corp, Fair Trade, 100% Renewable Energy
Jiminy’sWoman Co-owned, Low Waste
Juniper RidgeLocal, Woman-led, Handmade
Just DateLocal, Woman-owned
Justin’sRainforest Alliance Certified
Kate’s MagikWoman-owned, Handmade
Kicking HorseWoman-owned, Fair Trade
Klean KanteenB Corp, Family And Employee Owned
L’amourette ChocolatLocal, Handmade
Lara BarWoman-owned, Fair Trade
Last ObjectB Corp, Woman-founded
Le BelgeLocal, Handmade, Small Batch
Little SecretsFair Trade
Mad HippieSupports Nonprofits, Gives Back
Maggie’sFair Trade, Woman-owned
Marley’s MonstersWoman-owned, Low Waste
MaromaFair Trade
Marshall Farms HoneyLocal, Handmade, Small Batch
Mate FactorCo-operatively Owned And Operated, Fairtrade
Me Mother EarthLow Waste, Family Owned And Operated
Moo FreeZero Waste, Raimnforest Alliance Certified, Factory 100% Renewable Energy, Family Owned
Moon EssenceLocal, Handmade
Moon Valley OrganicsB Corp Certified, Woman Co-owned
Mountain Rose HerbsWoman-led, Fair Trade, Sustainable Agriculture, Zero Waste
Nectar EssencesBIPOC Woman-owned
New BreadLocal (alameda), Woman-owned,
Nibble ChocolateFamily Owned And Operated, Handcrafted, Small Batch
Nomadic CoffeeLocal
Nourish OrganicWomen-majority Owned
Nubian HeritageBlack-owned
Numi TeaLocal, BIPOC Immigrant Owned, Woman Co-owned, B Corp, Fairtrade, Fairlabor, Climate Neutral, Low Waste
Nuthouse! Granola CompanyLocal, Bipoc-owned, Handmade
NutrawCA Grown, Sourced, Made, Family Owned
Ocho CandyFounded Locally, Fair Trade
Om Mushrooms SuperfoodWoman-founded
One Leaf SoapLocal, Woman-owned
Organic IndiaB Corp, Renerative Organic Alliance Certified
Pacha Soap CompanyDirect Trade, Fair Trade, Low Waste
Pachamama CoffeeBipoc-owned, Farmer-owned Cooperative, Woman Founder & President
Pacific Cookie CompanyLocal, Handmade, Low Waste
Paula Skene DesignsLocal, Woman-owned, Handmade
Pawsitive BonesLocal (Alameda), No Waste (100% Upcycled Ingredients), Handmade
Pinky UpWoman-owned
Portland Pet Food CompanyHandmade, Family Owned
PreserveB Corp Certified, Low/no Waste, 100% Recycled And Recycable Plastic
Pukka HerbsFairforlife, Carbon Neutral, Low Waste
Queer Wave CoffeeLocal, Queer, Indigenous Two Spirit Trans Woman, Direct Trade W/ Coffee Collective In Honduras
Rare Essence AromatherapyHandmade, Small Batch, Green America Certified
Red Bay CoffeeBipoc-owned, Local
Remarkable Redwood RemediesLocal
River Soap ComapnyLocal
Riverview Organics By Alison OrganicsWoman Run
Rubicon BakeryLocal, Social Enterprise, B Corp, Handmade
Rustic BakeryLocal
Seattle Chocolate CompanyWoman-owned, Low Waste, Carbon Neutral
Seaweed Bath CoWoman Founded
Serenity CbdHandmade, Small Batch
Sightglass CoffeeLocal
Signal Coffee RoastersLocal, Woman-owned
Silk Road TeasWoman Co-owned
Sjaak’sBipoc-owned, Woman-owned, Fair Trade, Climate Positive, Rainforest Alliance Certified
So YoungWoman-owned
Spinster Sisters CoB Corp Certified, Woman Co-owned, Low Waste
SumbodyLocal, Woman-owned, Handmade, Small Batch
Summer SolaceLocal, Woman-owned, BIPOC/AAIP
Sunbeam CandlesLow Waste, Hand Crafted, Carbon Neutral Shipping, Made With 100% Renewable,certified Living Wage Employer
Sunfood SuperfoodsFair Trade
Sweet Sydney’sLocal, Handmade
Taza ChocolateFair Trade, Direct Trade With Farmers, Woman Co-owned
TchoLocal, B Corp Certified, Fair Trade, 100% Traceable Cacao
The Food MillLocal
The GfbB Corp, Small Batch, Zero Waste
The Granola GuruLocal, Woman-owned, Handmade
The Honyepot CompanyWoman-owned
The Right To ShowerSocial Enterprise
TheoFair Trade, Fair For Life
Timeless CoffeeLocal
Tom’s Of MaineB Corp
Tony’s ChocolonelyFair Trade, B Corp, Direct Trade With Farmer Co-ops, Caretrade
Traditonal MedicinalsB Corp, Fair Trade, Fair Wild
Uncle Eddie’s Vegan CookiesBlack-owned, Family Owned And Operated
Unreal SnacksFairtrade
Urban MoonshineWoman-founded
Valkyrie CandlesWoman Owned And Operated, Handmade, Small Batch
Verve CoffeeLocal
Vital LeafFair Trade, Direct Trade
Way To LifeLocal, Black Woman-owned, Family Run
Wholesome BakeryWoman Owned And Operated, BIPOC Owned And Operated, Handmade
Wild CarrotWoman-owned
Wild FriendsWomen Owned, B Corp
Witch In The Woods BotanicalsLocal, Woman-owned, Handmade
Wooden Table Baking CoLocal, Immigrant-owned, Women Led, Lbbtq-certified Business, Handmade

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