I used to pride myself on scouring out-of-the-way little shops to find the perfect gift. And then I had kids. Now I find myself struggling to stay on top of important gift-giving occasions, and apologizing for gifts that arrive a little bit (okay – a lot!) behind schedule! These sites have saved my life many times – both for their unique, extraordinary selections and their fabulous customer service.
1. Cambria Cove: My sister and I are both fans of this stylish catalog and its sister site, which features a flawlessly edited selection of home accessories, fine foods, jewelry, and gifts. There is literally something for every one on your list, including the most impossible-to-shop-for!
BeautyMommy’s Pick: The Lola Necklace from Octavia Bloom, $168, is a stylish addition to the season’s eyelet and lace
2. Uncommon Goods: This site offers an eclectic assortment of, as the name implies, unusual stuff. You’ll find a great mix of items made by artists and artisans, as well as an assortment of useful, thoughtful, stylish gifts.
BeautyMommy’s Pick: Recycled Tin Flowers, $50: An unexpected decorative accent, this little bouquet just makes me smile.
3. Fred Flare: If you’re looking for something truly offbeat for the hipster in your life, Fred Flare has it. Their legendary assortment of funky, fun, and occasionally off-the-wall items is one of a kind. No matter how odd the item is, you’ll find it here. Bacon bandages? Check. Cupcake floss? Check. A gummy bear the size of your head? Check.
BeautyMommy’s Pick: High Tea Wall Hook Set, $66: These sweet teapots attach to the wall to hold everything from kitchen towels to jewelry. Too cute!
4. Red Envelope: Stylish, well-edited and beautifully presented, this is my go-to site for an impressive gift. I especially love their selection of mommy jewelry.
BeautyMommy’s Pick: Embellished purse mirror, $29.95: Every woman should own a beautiful compact, and this personalized one makes a thoughtful gift.
5. Vivre: If you’re looking for a truly luxurious gift, this is the place to find it. Exceptional items from top designers as well as some divine, decadent exclusives.
BeautyMommy’s Pick: Allegra Metallic Tote, $375: Chic, versatile, and timeless, this tote deserves a place in every woman’s closet.