Top 10 Places to Shop Online for the Holidays

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Posted 27 Oct 2008 in Geek Girl

Geek GirlMy favorite holiday is coming in 59 days – Christmas! Time to break out the balsam fir artificial Christmas tree and fruit cake recipes and begin shopping for our loved ones and friends.

I usually do ALL of my holiday shopping online, because frankly, it is easier than going from store to store and mall to mall to find the “perfect” gift – and giving up and getting everyone a coffee maker.

Here is my top 10 list of places to shop online for the holidays. If you have any suggestions, post them in the comments!

  1. Even the most gift-giving challenged of us can find a gift for that special someone via Amazon Gift Central. It’s organized, easy to use, and who doesn’t have an account?
  2. I love making things to give as gifts. Unfortunately, I’ve been swamped this year, but Etsy came to the rescue! Search for whatever items you can dream up, and I betcha somebody has it for sale. Pricing is reasonable, especially for handmade items, and most of the sellers are friendly and helpful when you email with questions.
  3. Almost everyone knows someone living in a dorm or small apartment – so why not check and see what your favorite dorm-dweller’s mid-year needs are, and buy them something they need from, plus something they’d want? With reasonable prices and a great selection, I love Dormbuys!
  4. Need a gift for an aunt or uncle who loves to travel? I found TravelSmith – which has great travel accessories at reasonable prices! If you want to splurge, get a pair of the ultra comfortable travel shoes, or a nice piece of luggage for someone (or yourself!).
  5. always has so many cool things to buy, but not enough time to see them all! So why not give someone a gift certificate to CafePress that is good at ALL of their stores? Gift certificates are never out of style, and you are also helping a small business owner make a few dollars.The Wrapped Candy Box
  6. One of my very good friends has a snarky/weird sense of humor. So, I always get her tee shirts with funny/wierd sayings on them from Just looking through the selection is funny enough, so check it out today.
  7. Have a tech-lover on your list? has all kinds of techie goodies at low, low prices – and you can often find a deal for free shipping – who can beat that?
  8. The Coolest Gifts has a great search aggregator, much like Amazon’s Gift Central, so you can find the coolest gifts for everyone on your list. Just search under gift categories by price, type or the recipient. What’s even better is the site has an RSS feed so you can subscribe and get updates when they post new items.
  9. Do you have a friend who just moved into a new place? Not sure what to get them? A grocery store gift card might be a perfect gift. You can always invite yourself over to dinner after you know they went shopping! LOL
  10. Last, but definitely not least, my favorite place to shop online for gifts is… This site provides the discounts you want to dozens of stores, without the hassle of visiting each site separately. Find the discounts, then purchase at the individual stores – and save!

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  1. I love all your suggestions – some I have used before, others I will definitely keep in mind now! Etsy is a great site and if you like supporting local companies you can search by area to find stuff made by people in your region. Another site I go to a lot is – it’s a lot like FatWallet. I agree, online shopping is so easy and a lot of times companies will have shipping discounts so you aren’t paying that much more than going to a traditional store.

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  2. Hi Ellie,

    I work with the outreach team for Live Search cashback and I just wanted to point to the cashback program as another useful site for holiday shopping.
    If you go to Live Search cashback you can find rebates up to 40% from hundreds of top online retailers.

    You can find details at or on the forums at FatWallet.

    cashback Jason´s last blog post: cashbackdotcom: If you’re heading to Barnes and Noble for a free hot bevvie you might as well get some cashback