10 Ideas: Stress-Free Online Gift Shopping

10 Ideas: Stress-Free Online Gift Shopping

Sean Rioux
Nov 23, 2012

Shopping during the holiday season can be incredibly stressful. Even if you're well organized, running around hectic malls to pick out the right gifts for everyone on your list can be time consuming and frustrating. Make things easier on yourself this year and pick from this selection of online services that let you cozy up with a hot cocoa and do all your holiday shopping from the comfort of your couch… no wrapping required.

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Social Gift
If you've got a great idea for a big gift for someone, but can't fork out all of the dough on your own, Social Gift lets you crowd fund the perfect gift.

Netflix Gift Subscription
A perfect gift for college students. Give the gift of thousands of hours of entertainment with a gift subscription from 1 month to a year.

Give the gift of music with an unlimited streaming package from Spotify. With Apps on iOS, Android and beyond, it's a great way to treat a music fan to thousands of tracks.

Tattly is a creative service offering uniquely designed temporary tattoos for kids (or kids at heart). Run by design blog/studio swissmiss, the selection is wonderfully eclectic.

Kiwi Crate
A perfect gift for those creative youngsters, Kiwi offers a subscription service which delivers monthly craft kits.

Our crates are filled with materials and inspiration to encourage creativity and curiosity. Projects cover a number of developmental areas through art, science, imaginative play. For kids ages 3-7. Simply sign up and an engaging new crate will be delivered to your door each month.

Know someone whose lucky enough to be getting the new iPad mini or an iPhone for Christmas or Hanukah this year? Hook them up with an iTunes gift card so they can get started with some quality apps, music, movies or books. Gift cards can be sent as an email, making for a great last minute gift.

Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription
For the caffeine addict in your life, New York's own Blue Bottle Coffee offers scheduled coffee subscriptions. Check them out on Apartment Therapy's marketplace.

Wantful is an online service which helps you create a gift book, a selection of gifts for the person you love based on things you know about them. This lets them them make the final call on the gift they love the most before anything is shipped. From their website:

We've partnered with hundreds of the best designers and producers in the world to bring you products you won't find anywhere else. We've built some smart and playful tools to help you discover them. And we've created a head-turning gift experience that adds style, surprise, personalization and choice to the gift you're giving. And we've only just begun.

For the man who just can't shop for himself, Manpacks sends out a custom care package of man goods, everything from boxers and socks to shaving goods.

Facebook has begun to roll out a new feature which allows you to purchase gifts for the friends on your Facebook list from select retailers inside Facebook. Gifts can be customized with specific options to help avoid getting someone a gift that doesn't fit (check availability in your area here).

Bacon of the month
The bacon of the month club offers a subscription service which delivers artisan bacon… need I say more? From their website:

Members of The Pig's Traditional Bacon Club receive a different artisan bacon delivered to their door once a month. Both half-year and full-year memberships are available, and you can choose to receive either one or two packages of bacon per shipment. Each package contains between 12 and 16 ounces of delicious artisan bacon.

Quarterly Co.
Quarterly offers a very eclectic subscription service, where you pick influential thinkers or designers whose work inspires you, to get a quarterly care package filled with items hand picked by them. From their website:

Quarterly is a new way to connect with the people you follow and find interesting. We spend so much of our lives connecting with people online that we forget the value of tangible interactions that happen in the real world. Quarterly wants to bridge that gap by allowing anyone to subscribe to influential contributors and receive physical items in the mail from them. It's like a magazine, but instead of receiving words on a page, our subscribers receive actual items that tell a compelling story crafted by the contributor.

With a full range of fitting and unique options for everyone on your list available online, there's really no reason to stress yourself with a trip to the mall. If you do happen to brave the Black Friday sales, remember: if you can't manage to find a great deal on the gifts you're looking for, there are plenty of really creative and eclectic gift options online.

(Images: as linked above)

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