Our Favorite Web Boutiques – How to Take Your Holiday Shopping Online

By Erin Donnelly

We know, we know. You’re such a technophobe that you’re still not quite sure what the difference between a Mac and a PC is (wait, the PC wears glasses, right?). On the other hand, in this dismal period of layoffs, do you really want to be the employee cutting out early to tackle your shopping list? Instead, save time and headaches by taking your holiday gift shopping online. A few simple clicks will bring you closer to holiday bliss. Below, our 20 top picks for online boutiques you’ll love.
picIdeeli: Love designer labels? Get them for less at Ideeli, which send members instant alerts to its big-name online sample sales. Membership is by invitation only, but SMW readers can join now with the code: single. Sign up now and score!
ShopStyle: This genius shopping hub churns out items found at a slew of other online shops. Just plug in your keyword (necktie? bedspread? baby sweaters? knee-high boots?) and watch as suitable matches spill out. You can also narrow your results according to price, brand, or store.
ShopBop: THE place for street-smart fashions from Elizabeth and James, Les Prairies des Paris, L.A.M.B., and more.
A+R: Baby hand-shaped soaps, wall-mounted wine racks—this lifestyle shop has a host of goodies that are just plain cool.
Etsy: You never know what you’ll unearth on this site devoted to handmade crafts and emerging designers—but it’s always fun to look.
StarsandInfiniteDarkness: Support indie designers and score one-of-a-kind treasures at this site, which carries everything from Moth Love’s feather headbands to Simply Sublime’s delicate gold filigree jewelry.
Oak: This hip NYC-based boutique gets tons of traffic from in-the-know stylephiles on the hunt for the unique and the fashion-forward. Snag jewelry from Alex & Chloe and Pamela Love, boots from F Troupe, and his-and-her fashions from labels like Alexander Wang, Chronicles of Never, Rick Owens, United Bamboo and more.
FredFlare: Put a smile on somebody’s face with a quirky gift from this Brooklyn-based shop, which stocks apparel for him and her, accessories, home, and jokey items with plenty of personality.
GiveSimple: This site carries Pine Cone Hill jammies, cute melamine plates, jewelry, handbags and more fab gift ideas.
MaxandChloe: Kenneth Jay Lane, Gerard Yosca, Jessica Kagan Cushman…you’ll find the trendiest jewelry styles area. All budgets and tastes welcome.
WishingFish: This lifestyle site stocks fun and out-the-box gift ideas, from iPod Mini Lego Speakers to denture-shaped ice cube trays and more.
ErieBasin: When average just won’t do, check out the extraordinary jewelry—some antique, some from edgy designers like Natalia Brilli—from this Brooklyn-based boutique.
RedEnvelope: This site specializes in tasteful gifts—picture frames, jewelry boxes—sure to wow everyone on your list.
MossOnline: Stumped on what to get the person who has everything? Shop at this NYC-based design store, which specializes in rare and gallery-worthy pieces for the home.
Sephora: Welcome to beauty Mecca. In addition to their countless beauty products, Sephora has helpfully arranged a comprehensive gift guide to meet your budget. Special bonus: Gift packaging is free, and you can score up to three samples with your order. Hello, stocking stuffers!
Elsewares: Handcrafted jewelry, unique handbags, mirrored cuckoo clocks…this site for independent designers has it all.
FengJunk: Junk? Hardly. This site carries stylish bags, shoes, and jewelry that you won’t find anywhere else.
MoMAStore: Yes, THAT MoMA. Modern design is translated for the home via sleek watches, funky laptop sleeves, and, of course, coffee table-worthy art books and prints.
AudioCubes: Treat your beloved gadget geeks with a little something from this funky and futuristic supply of Japanese electronics. Rhinestone-studded ear buds, anyone?
FarFetch: Take your shopping global with this smart site, which culls top designers from all over the world. Just select your currency and fashions from the hottest boutiques in Paris, Milan, and Copenhagen will come right to your door.
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