Taking the easy way out: It gets a bad rap. But really, when you have holiday parties to plan and travel plans to make, finding an easier way to check off the giant to-do list box of "Christmas shopping" isn't such a bad idea. And with online shopping sites becoming more and more savvy — like the brand new eBay Collective, which essentially acts as your personal shopper — getting holiday shopping done quicker may also mean getting your loved ones more personalized presents.
Read on for ten websites that will make holiday shopping pain-free this year, and forever forego the same lotion-and-bath-gel pack your loved ones have been getting for years.
eBay just announced the launch of , a part of its site that uses in-house curation and artificial intelligence to make sorting through its more than 1 billion listings a little more manageable. The curated collection features everything from contemporary design to furniture antiques in a Pinterest-like format. And as for the artificial intelligence part? View photographs of posh rooms and get suggestions for items that you see and want.
If your goal this season is to get out-of-the-ordinary gifts, sorts them all into one website, so say farewell to scouring giant chain stores for something unique. In the gift section alone, the site sorts products into various categories, such as "By Interest" (music, wine, etc.), "For Couples" and "For Teens 15 And Up" to make finding the perfect gift easy.
This online shopping destination describes itself as "The Brooklyn mecca for all things sparkly and exciting." Although the claim to fame is its vast and unexpected collection of jewelry, the site also offers a smart curation of paper goods, home items and a category specifically named "Perfect Gifts." Still can't decide on a present? Hover your mouse to the right of the Catbird site logo and click "Surprise me" to get a random suggestion... it may just be your sister-in-law's favorite gift this year.
For the friend who will never swap paper cards for e-cards, brings a wide variety of paper goods and accessories into one place to make finding a gift for your stationary-lover a bit easier. Perhaps our favorite offering, however, is the . Buy your loved one a subscription, and they'll receive hand-picked paper and lifestyle goodies delivered to their door each month. It's the Christmas gift that keeps on giving.
If your goal is to only buy eco-friendly gifts this year, you'll find it time-consuming checking the label on every item in a department store. Instead, head to , which offers earth-friendly home and lifestyle goods with an artisan-crafted aesthetic. In the "Gift" section alone, you'll find categories for "Zen Gifts," "For The Gardener" and "For Clients & Colleagues."
This isn't your uncle's wine club. Instead, with , gift a friend with limited-production wines that are delivered in glass-sized vials (so no more worrying about finishing the who bottle if it's not a good match). Each month, three wines are handpicked by sommeliers from boutique wineries across Europe, and sent along with tasting notes and recommend pairings. Even more, there's no commitment — you can cancel or skip a month at any time.
Think of as your interior design BFF who you can shamelessly text for shopping advice whenever you want. Simply send the company a text message about what you're shopping for (such as: "My mom needs a new decorative throw pillow! Any ideas? She loves mid-century modern and has a gray sectional.") A personal home stylist will get back to you for free with options to check out from a variety of artisans, brands and wholesalers — and you can even purchase items within the SMS conversation.
If you have a specific budget in mind for Christmas shopping, you can coordinate with the concierge (which is actually a team of interior designers) to send you a personalized list of every item the website has based on the style and prices you're looking for within a day. The online home store showcases products from a wide variety of designers and manufacturers, so you can expect your shopping list to be as varied as it is personalized.
You've probably found yourself browsing for home goods before, but you may have been missing out on the site's massive section. Search by space (entryway, living room, etc.) or designer to view inspiration photos of beautiful spaces. Then, hover your mouse over each to find similar products of your own.
Wayfair LLC owns AllModern, which may be why also offers an incredibly savvy feature. However, Wayfair takes the function a step further by offering a "closest match" and then a bundle of "similar options" for everything in a photo, from a rug to a range hood. The site also has a robust selection of kids furniture and decor, so you can cross off goodies for the 'lil ones here too.