We understand the challenge both shoppers and retailers face over the Christmas period. Many consumers can’t find the time or place to shop for unique gifts on the high street, and on the flip side, e-retailers are in a constant battle to deliver the most efficient service to keep our tech-savvy generations happy. Some even allowing you to buy and deliver e-vouchers to loved ones on Christmas Day! A last-minute technique that we certainly wouldn't recommend.
With that in mind, and it being just 10 days until Christmas, some of us laidback types believe we still have all the time in the world to buy and wrap presents for parents, grandparents, sisters, your brother’s girlfriend and maybe even the dog’s cat. But for many of us, it’s a very different story. We start to panic. ‘Is there still time?’, ‘How will I do it?’, ‘Why didn’t I start this earlier?’.
Fear not. To help you overcome this unnecessary Christmas stress, we’ve put together a list of our five favourite online retailers who are bucking the trend to save you the hassle over the festive season. So, whether you’re completely stuck for ideas, or need a few great gifts that aren’t going to break the bank; relax, take a breath, and check out the sites we think are getting it right.
Find all of the quirkiest gadgets and off-the-wall gifts you could possibly imagine, all in one place. Like us, the guys at Prezzy Box understand the pain of Christmas shopping, so they’ve made it super easy for you to find specific presents based on gender, occasion, price and theme. So get comfortable, and get stuck in.
Made by Hand Online
It may be a little on the pricier side, but this collection of high-quality handmade jewellery, home/garden goods and fashion pieces, are perfect for the lady in your life. Created by authentic British makers, they’re full of personality and individuality – the ultimate antidote to buying mass-produced.
You’ve probably heard of NotOntheHighStreet.com, but Bombus are a real hidden gem operating under the online retail giant. Set the bar high with a gift from this tiny independent online store. With made-to-order vintage keepsakes, and your choice of personalised map locations, names or heartfelt words – it’ll be a present they’ll never forget.
Do they love unicorns, rainbows or bad puns? Look no further than Firebox. This London-based online retailer offers some of the coolest things you can buy anywhere. Its vast and inspirational range of weird and unique gifts include an eclectic mix of exclusive tech, food, art, game, lifestyle and pop culture oddities, and more.
Novelty gifts can be great, but they can also be really, really bad (put the ‘alcoholic Santa’ socks down). With I Want One of Those, you and your giftee are guaranteed some laughs on Christmas day. This site is our favourite for the lads, with a collection of things you wish you had, but would never buy yourself. From smartphone projectors to IWOOT mystery boxes, and retro TV games to Golf Ball Finding Glasses, this year Gramps – we got this.