Not Sure What Gifts to Give This Year? These Are the Best Online Gift Shops to Spark Some Inspiration

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Even if the next gifting occasion is months away, we always feel like it sneaks up on us way too fast, and we're left scrambling for a last-minute present.

Perhaps you have a marathon gifting month ahead with birthday, anniversary, and holiday presents to get for everyone from your girlfriend to your grandparents. We've experienced buying burnout before, and we always vow never again. This guide to the best online gift shops is the answer to your present predicament.

While we highly recommend peeping the many thoughtfully curated gift guides here at Best Products, we get that sometimes you just want to take the present-picking into your own hands. This guide to the best online gift shops is a great starting point if you're looking to find a special little something during an off-season time, or you'd like to check a bunch of recipients off your gift list at once by shopping on just one site.

So what are you waiting for? These 10 online gift shops will provide all the inspiration you need to start your browsing sesh. You can take it from here!

Nordstrom

The One-Stop Shop

If you've never thought to start your gifting search at Nordstrom, we highly suggest clicking over to this online gift shop right now. Their inventory goes well beyond fashion and beauty finds to encompass the buzziest home, kitchen, and tech products, too. Also, standard shipping is free on almost every item they carry! That's reason enough to start adding to cart in our book.

Food52

Essentials for the Good Life

We’re longtime fans of Food52's endless recipe repertoire and their online gift shop, but we especially appreciate that the goods they carry go well beyond the kitchen. Pick up design-y candle holders, a pop-up tent, or windowsill planters alongside some seriously beautiful glassware to satisfy any magpie on your list.

Minted

Pretty Prints and Personalized Presents

The only thing more delightful than receiving a beautiful holiday card or save-the-date from Minted in your mailbox is getting one of their customized gifts that’s created with just as much detailed care. Minted has an extensive online gift shop that includes not just their well-known photo gifts like wall art, calendars, and puzzles but also personalized bags and artist-crafted soft goods like tea towels and oven mitts. We’re consistently impressed with the quality of their products, and you really can’t go wrong with whatever you choose.

Huckberry

Gear for the Everyman

For some reason, it’s said that guys are tough to buy for, but seeing that Huckberry has both “whiskey” and “wellness” shopping categories, we think your needs are more than covered here. This is the online gift shop for when you want to get something a little special, unexpected, and splurge-y for the person whose tastes veer toward outdoor-aspirational.

Coming Soon

Party-Ready Picks

Home to the vibe-iest decor on the internet, Coming Soon's site is basically like shopping your Instagram feed. This online gift shop is our go-to for housewarming gifts, stocking stuffers, and fun knick-knacks for those with an, ahem, cheeky sense of humor.

Package Free

For the Eco-Conscious

Package Free is a marketplace with a zero-waste ethos. Everything they carry is reusable, recyclable, compostable, and, of course, plastic-free. (And that includes their packaging, natch.) For the person who is trying to be eco-friendlier and cut down on the excess waste in their life, this is the online gift shop to check out. We think that any of their Zero-Waste Kits make for pretty sweet gifting bundles.

Etsy

For the One in a Million

If you can dream a gift up, there's probably an Etsy store that sells it. From the most elaborate care package to the most perfectly specific enamel pin, we've used this online gift shop for finding presents big and small for every occasion. Yes, there's an overwhelming amount of choice, and if you need a place to start, we suggest their Birthday Gift, Earth-Conscious, or Black-Owned sections.

Mouth

Snacker's Delight

There are two types of people in this world: Those who Like What They Like and those who are always up for trying new things. Mouth is an online gift shop that's perfect for the latter. Their curated gift boxes and subscriptions, comprised of snacks and sips from small-batch makers, suit a range of eclectic tastes and are great when you want to really wow someone (without having to do a lot of work!). From Brooklyn-based bites to boozy sweets ... the temptation is real.

Bespoke Post

Tech, Tools, and So Much More

In case you haven’t noticed from this guide so far, we love shopping small and enjoy supporting online gift shops like Bespoke Post that provide a range of great options from indie brands that may not be on everybody’s radar yet. This men’s-focused marketplace is ideal for any lifestyle: Grooming essentials, kitchen- and barware, style upgrades, and even 420-friendly accessories are available and yours for the gifting.

Uncommon Goods

Grab-Bag Goodies for All Ages

It's no exaggeration to say that Uncommon Goods has something for everybody. From quirky tabletop games to foodie kits to personalized homey touches, your lucky recipient is in for a wonderful surprise when they unwrap your present. This is also the site to shop if you're looking for a gift that gives back — with every purchase you make on Uncommon Goods, they'll donate $1 to an organization of your choice through their Better to Give program.

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