For some of us, the stress of holiday shopping is already hitting us in full force. The gift-giving season is a wonderful, joyous time for the most part, but it can be a daunting task trying to find the perfect gifts for our loved ones. Add to that the inconvenience of actually making the purchases in time? More stress. So why not do all of your shopping online this year?
If you’re new to shopping online, have no fear: our online shopping guide will get you started with all you need to know. But if the usual online shops aren’t cutting it, you may fare better by checking out these lesser-known online gift shops that will provide you with some great gift ideas. Just be careful that you don’t go on an impulsive shopping spree while you’re at it!
Gifts N Ideas (International)
Gifts N Ideas is an online retailer that specializes in gifts. They believe that gift-giving is a fantastic way of expressing love and friendship, and they do their best to make sure that this love can be expressed without bounds — hence their commitment to being able to ship gifts worldwide.
The site is easy to navigate and their available products are categorized in different ways: by Occasion (birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc.), by Type (wines, perfumes, baskets, jewelry, etc.), by Recipient (him, her, dad, mom, kids, etc.), and more.
Gifts N Ideas operates based on the expertise of their Gift Experts who hand pick gifts from stores all over the world. Their products are varied enough that you should be able to find a gift for pretty much anyone anywhere for any reason.
MoMA Store (International)
The MoMA, which is the Museum of Modern Art in New York for those of you who aren’t familiar, has been the heart of modern and contemporary art for many years. They are driven by a passion for “good design” and they strive, year by year, to help define and foster the meaning of that phrase.
And so it should come as no surprise that the MoMA Store — an extension of the museum’s philosophy — is all about good design. They serve up a carefully selected offering of products that promote and highlight the materials, concepts, and production that go into making high-quality and well-designed products.
Though the MoMA is located in New York, the MoMA Store does ship internationally as long as the items involved aren’t too large or heavy.
Formerly known as I Want One Of Those and not to be confused with Woot.com, IWOOT is an online retailer that’s all about cool gizmos, gadgets, tools, toys, entertainment, and experiences. Ever saw one of your friends with a contraption so cool that you just had to say “I want one of those”? Those are the kinds of products you’ll find here.
You can browse the site normally like you’d browse any other online retailer site, but they have special pages if you’re in need of gift ideas. These pages are divided into gift ideas for Kids, for Men, for Women, for Birthdays, for Holidays, and for Unusual Gifts.
The only downside is that the prices can only be displayed in British Pounds or Euros, though they do ship internationally.
SERRV International, which stands for Sales Exchange for Refugee Rehabilitation and Vocation, is a nonprofit organization that focuses on fair trade products, which is exemplified in their mission statement: “to promote the social and economic progress of people in developing regions of the world by marketing their products in a just and direct manner.”
In short, they are dedicated to improving conditions in developing countries by making sure that trade conditions are fair, humane, and sustainable.
The SERRV website is a great place to buy these fair trade products, most of which are handmade from around the world. They may not carry the coolest new gadgets or a massive variety of gift ideas, but you can be sure that every purchase made on SERRV is a step towards humanitarian progress.
Prezzybox claims to be the “complete online gift solution.” That’s a lofty and bold statement to make, especially with all of the competition that they have on the Internet, but they’re good enough that the statement could actually be true. If you’re looking for a gift, whether for someone else or yourself, Prezzybox is likely to pull through.
Gifts can be purchased based on Occasion (birthday, holiday, retirement, etc.), on Recipient (him, her, kids, etc.), on Type (gadgets, accessories, fun, home décor, etc.), or you can mix and match the categories for more specificity (e.g., a musical gift for him on his 18th birthday).
As far as I can tell, PrezzyBox is currently UK-only with plans to expand to the rest of Europe sometime in the future.
If you’re looking to buy the perfect gifts for your loved ones and you need a break from the usual sites, the ones listed above are sure to bring a whole new perspective to the endeavor. If you’re still stumped, try these other gift idea services that help generate gift ideas.
Which online retailers do you usually buy your gifts from? Will you be giving the sites above a try? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!