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For some of us, the stress of holiday shopping has already slammed us in full force. The gift-giving season is mostly a joyous time, but it can also be a daunting task to find those perfect gifts for our loved ones. And having to make 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 with these lesser-known online gift shops that have great gift ideas. Just don’t go on an impulsive shopping spree while you’re at it!
1. Prezzybox (International)
Prezzybox claims to be the “complete online gift solution.” That’s a lofty and bold statement to make, especially with all the competition they have on the internet, but they’re good enough that the statement could actually be true. If you’re looking for a gift — for yourself or someone else — then give Prezzybox a shot.
Gifts can be purchased based on Occasion (birthday, holiday, retirement, etc.), Recipient (him, her, kids, etc.), Type (gadgets, accessories, fun, home decor, etc.), or you can mix and match the categories for more specificity (e.g. a musical gift for him on his 18th birthday).
Though it was once limited to the U.K., Prezzybox has since expanded worldwide. Shipping is available around the world and purchases can be made in nearly any currency.
2. Gifts N Ideas (International)
Gifts N Ideas is an online retailer that specializes in gifts. They believe that gift-giving is the best expression of love and friendship, and they do their best to make sure that this love can be expressed without bounds — hence their commitment to shipping gifts worldwide.
The site is easy to navigate and their available products are categorized: 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 on the expertise of their Gift Experts, who hand-pick gifts from locations all over the world. Their products are varied enough that you’ll be able to find a gift for pretty much anyone, anywhere, for any occasion.
3. IWOOT (International)
Formerly known as I Want One Of Those (and not to be confused with Woot.com), IWOOT is all about cool gizmos, devices, tools, toys, entertainment, and experiences. Ever saw one of your friends with a gadget so cool you just had to say “I want one of those”? That’s what 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, Men, Women, Geeks, Parties, Birthdays, Holidays, Unusual Gifts, and more.
IWOOT ships internationally but prices can only be displayed in USD, CAD, EUR, GBP, SEK, DKK, NOK, AUD, and CNY.
4. MoMA Store (International)
The MoMA (Museum of Modern Art in New York for those 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.
So it comes as no surprise that the MoMA Store — an extension of the museum’s philosophy — is all about good design. They serve carefully selected products that promote and highlight the materials, concepts, and production that go into making high-quality, well-designed products.
Though the MoMA is located in New York, the MoMA Store ships internationally for items that aren’t too large or heavy.
5. SERRV (US, Canada)
SERRV International (Sales Exchange for Refugee Rehabilitation and Vocation) is a nonprofit organization that focuses on fair trade products, as told 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.”
The SERRV website is a great place to buy fair trade gifts, most of which are hand-made 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.
More Gift Ideas to Make Shopping Easier
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.
Still need help with gift ideas? Check out our own gift ideas for geeks, for coffee drinkers, for movie lovers, and audiobook fans. We also have digital gift ideas that don’t require shipping. And we recommend reading our Amazon shopping guide, plus tips on getting gifts you want with Amazon wish lists.
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!