We have some favorite websites (most offer catalogs, too) for gift shopping and you’ll notice them being mentioned over and over as we go through the 12 Posts of Christmas. For those of you that are chomping to get a head start on shopping we’re listing them here today.
Sites with Something for Practically Everyone
Etsy. The greatest website for handmade, unique gifts. The main problem with Etsy is there is so much on it and if you see something you’d better buy it! Take advantage of Etsy’s search categories by familiarizing yourself on the homepage before you go diving in. In the left sidebar you’ll find categories (art, clothing, jewelry, pottery, etc.) and below that box you’ll find Ways to Shop where you can see editors picks, find artisans that live in your area, shop by color or see what’s brand new.
Signals and Wireless, offer a tasteful selection of gifts for almost anyone, the majority of them education-based, for the NPR/Public television crowd. Here you’ll find the perfect DVD set on World War II or out-of-the-mainstream television series collections like The Patty Duke Show or Monty Python. These sites are the place to go when trying to find something for that hard to purchase for grandfather, man or teen.
For out-of-the-ordinary, fun, interesting gifts with a modern twist try Uncommon Goods. This is Joan’s #1 favorite catalog. Save yourself time by utilizing the gift guide on this site. You can search by price, personal interests, and several other categories. If you like to give gifts that also support worthy causes check out the Gifts That Give Back section. It features lovely gifts and a portion of the purchase price is donated to a specific cause.
Bas Bleu. Nancy still laments the demise of her favorite book catalog, The Common Reader. Bas Bleu is now her favorite place to find lesser-known books and accessories for bibliophiles. Here you’ll find thoughtful reviews and wonderful ideas for great gifts. Get started by checking out their gift guide page.
Zingerman’s started as a funky little deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan. If you are ever there you must go! If you like to give yummy food gifts here’s the place to shop. Start out on their gift guide page and the world of delicious cheese, breads and baked goods, oils, etc. is yours. Anything from Zingerman’s will make an excellent gift not only for the people you love but the people you don’t know so well.
Shopping Sites That Rule the World
Yes, we’ll say it, Amazon. It’s easy, you can get a ton of stuff in one place and you can read excellent reviews. If you select items with free shipping or purchase Amazon Prime (see Joan’s recent post, Amazon Prime – My New BFF) you’ll get your purchases quickly and for free. Great for shopping procrastinators like Nancy.
Gifts.com is an aggravator site with gazillions of gift ideas. When you need something to galvanize your poor pea brain this site is a godsend. Try out the “Personality” feature. It asks questions about the recipient. Nancy got some great ideas for her college-aged son from this including a giant nose shower dispenser…you squeeze the nose and body wash comes out.
And Don’t Forget
to shop local! The small independent retailers in your community often make it through the year off of seasonal sales. Please support them when you can.
(Hey! One more thing. We are recommending these sites because we LIKE them. We have no financial relationship with them. Enjoy.)