It's almost Thanksgiving. A time when — after the turkey is devoured, and you awaken from a healthy food coma — you think to yourself "What should I get [INSERT NAME HERE] for Christmas?" Avoid Black Friday altogether, stay home, and shop these great online stores at your own leisure and preferably in pajamas with coffee.
Fab is one of the fastest growing businesses and for good reason. Items are wonderfully curated in a beautiful easy browsing layout and they just know how to make shopping fun. There's a great gift section organized by price ($25 and under, $50 to $100, etc) that'll ensure you find something unique for the person that has everything. They also just launched free quick dispatch shipping for orders over $75. Download the Fab iPad app for a great shopping experience.
Get your friends something useful and responsible. The reusable, smartly-foldable, grocery bags made them famous but they're lineup of totes, pouches, and even macbook cases are made to last and come in an assortment of fun colors and patterns.
West Elm Market
This new brand from West Elm focuses on home utility goods for everything from your kitchen to your garden. Items have that traditional West Elm appeal and provide color and variety to objects as mundane as garden hoses and hammers.
Gilt was one of the original flash sale sites and they get things right by offering real discounts and a simple layout that is gorgeous to look at. Their goods come in at a wide range of price points, and they feature several gift sections (for him , for her, for kids) that'll get you on the right track for the holidays. Their iPad app is also fantastic.
This year was all about celebrating tradition and handmade products. The best resource for hand-crafted goods is still Etsy and they have a great gift ideas section that'll have your shopping cart filled with one-of-a-kind items from artists and makers around the world.
Chris Perez is the Founding Editor of Citygram Austin Magazine.
He is an engineer and freelance writer / photographer based out of Austin, TX. He loves sharing stories about art, culture, food, and technology.
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