Written by Lotus on Saturday, 27 of November , 2010 at 8:05 pm
I don’t go to malls unless it’s the only way to get to a Chick-fil-a. Other than the grocery store and Target, I really don’t go to any brick-and-mortar stores. As such, I’m a very experienced internet shopper. About 90% of my gifts are purchased online. Over the years I’ve found some pretty cool sites. Here is my annual list of online stores for unique and fun gifts:
Amazon.com — Ok, you probably knew about this one. I like it because they literally have EVERYTHING. It’s really great for dog lovers. Just put in the breed and you’ll get hundreds of fun items with their breed of choice — socks, stationary, PJs, etc. Ditto for anyone else that’s really in to something or someone or some team. It’s also a great way to support smaller retailers since most of the stuff that will come up isn’t directly sold by Amazon.
PerpetualKid.com — This is my favorite site for stocking stuffers and fun gifts. My friends and family will definitely recognize some of the stuff on here. Best category: Robots and Cupcakes. My favorite item: the Stress Wiener.
UncommonGoods.com — Lots of great things for family and friends who entertain. Also, great for finding unique gifts. A few years ago I bought a friend who is a die-hard Yankees fan a pair of cufflinks made from the seats at the old stadium. They also have a helpful gift section that can help you narrow down items by price, recipient, sale items and what’s new. On my Christmas list: Arm Warmers
KuKuRuZa.com — Gourmet popcorn in really yummy flavors. It ships a lot better than cookies. I’ve spent lots of time and dough (hee hee) shipping cookies to people and then finding out they were a crumbly mess when they arrived. Wouldn’t your loved ones rather have Maple Bacon popcorn than crumbly week-old cookies? Or Egg Nog with Brandied Chocolate Popcorn? Or Cashew Caramel Popcorn? Or Rocky Road Popcorn? Or Hawaiian Sea Salt Popcorn? Um, yeah, I recommend the Sample Packs.
Forever21.com — Don’t laugh! They have really cute costume jewelry and hair accessories.
CafePress.com — There are several sites that offer a similar service, but this is the one I use. Take a photo someone has taken or photo of their dog (I obviously know a lot of dog lovers) and make it into cards or a jewelry box or calendar or whatever. Just be sure to think ahead since this isn’t your best bet for a last-minute gift.
Coming soon… My list of books that make good Christmas gifts. Good news: most of them aren’t political!