If you plan to do the bulk of your holiday shopping in front of the cool light of a computer screen, you're not alone. Over half of holiday shoppers are opting for a virtual shopping cart over the real-life equivalent at some point in the season.
Everyone knows the old standbys, which we almost think of as the anchor stores in the online shopping realm: Amazon, Etsy, eBay, Overstock and the websites of brick-and-mortar retailers, such as Target, Sephora and Best Buy. But if you're looking for a few new sources, we found the following sites that could add a little variety to your shopping list.
Cost Plus World Market
Though there are a number of store locations, World Market's online selection is extensive. Think Target meets Anthropologie. Lots of home stuff, lots of on-trend items and gift options for a wide range of budgets.
We love: Owl Bottle Opener ($5), Mason Jar Measuring Cups ($13) and Gold Winter Soiree Ice Bucket ($30).
This online store focuses on "undiscovered" products, often made by independent artisans. We're a fan of the "Just In Case" gift department, which features quirky gifts that are great for the hard-to-shop types.
We love: Rocki Wifi Speaker Adapter ($50), Smartphone Video Projector ($27) and Film Festival In A Box.
Smitten For The Wee Generation
If you have any little ones on your list, the toys and accessories at Smitten For The Wee Generation offer a well-designed answer to the typical plastic stuff you usually find in a kids department. New Aunts and Uncles take note: There's a helpful age guide that takes the guesswork out of shopping.
We love: La Maison Doll House Kit ($38), Flowery Doe Creative Kit ($22) and Nutty Ball Track ($44).