Holiday shopping can be fun, but it can also be stressful when you don’t know where to begin. From bargain ‘finds’ and artisan-made goodies to special splurges, we’ve got some great ideas for everyone on your list!
Bargain Finds on a Budget
Let’s face it, our budgets are not endless! But that doesn’t mean you don’t want to find the perfect gift for your mentor, professor, boss, or friend. Check out these cool sites for some great budget-friendly presents.
Who doesn’t love a photo of a special moment? Mixtiles will help you make ‘art’ out of a photograph or two.
Etsy is another site that gives you access to unique gifts that support individual artisans, but also won’t break the bank. You can design your own jewelry or clothing and find just the right item to wow everyone on your list. And you’ll be supporting an artisan at the same time!
If you don’t find what you are looking for on Mixtiles or Etsy, this Good Housekeeping list will get the wheels turning and help you find the perfect inexpensive, but still very personal, gift.
Unique Artisan-made Gifts
It always feels good to give a gift and it feels especially great when you know it was hand-made and supporting an artisan or small company. We’ve got some great ideas for unique gifts that will wow your friends and family members.
Uncommon Goods – You can shop by Interest, by Occasion, or by Category, and they’ve even got a Gift Finder to help you narrow down just the right conversation piece.
The Grommet shares that they’ve got Amazing Gifts your friends and family have never seen. With free shipping over $50, you can find the perfect snow globe or ice cube maker for all of the unique people in your life.
And for more ideas, click HERE to see what the Dodo Burd has to offer. They’ve even got gifts by age!
Splurge-worthy Special Gifts
Every once in a while, when the budget allows, it’s fun to splurge on an extraordinary gift for your significant other or a family member you want to celebrate. We found some really cool sites with gifts that you’ll be excited to give.
For the cook in your life, check out Williams Sonoma. They’ve got everything a burgeoning chef needs to stock a kitchen and cook a gourmet meal.
For the jewelry lover, how about Ross Simons? With stocking stuffers, beautiful birthstone jewelry, and even ornaments, this site has personal gifts for a special someone.
For the friend who loves beauty and fashion (we all have that beauty-blogger friend, right?), click HERE to see a list of sites where you can find just the right luxury beauty and fashion splurge.
Last Minute Shoppers
We all have times when we procrastinate or we’re just too busy to think about shopping. Finals, right?! Luckily, there are amazing websites for last-minute online shopping at any budget.
The most popular and well-known is Amazon. If you’ve got an Amazon Prime membership, two-day shipping is free, next-day shipping is only $3.99 per item, and some items even offer same-day shipping.
But Amazon.com is not the only game in town. Click HERE to see a list of sites where you can shop at the last minute and still ensure your gifts arrive on time.
Experiences Instead of Gifts
Sometimes a gift doesn’t need to be in a special package. An experience or homemade item may be just the thing. How about an IOU for a date-night picnic or a coupon for house cleaning for the overworked friend on your list? Or a jar full of love notes or inspirational quotes?
And there are so many fun, free things to do like a winter hike, or wandering around the city to see the holiday lights and festive store windows. We all need to get outside, even in the winter, and the twinkling lights help to brighten up even the coldest evening.
Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays!