Holiday shopping can be a challenge. For some people on our list — from those who already have it all to those who say they want nothing — it’s just tough to know what to buy.
In other cases, we may simply struggle to come up with the perfect gift idea for someone special.
Whatever the reason, these off-the-beaten-path retailers offer gifts that anyone on your list is sure to remember.
Brookstone’s products tend to be on the more expensive side, but the retailer often offers sales leading up to the holidays.
Additionally, you can often find discounted gift cards for Brookstone — and some other retailers on this list — at gift card marketplaces like Raise.com and Cardpool.com. The comparison website Gift Card Granny will tell you which marketplace is selling which retailer’s gift card at the best price at any given time.
This online marketplace allows artists, crafters and other creators to sell handmade items — and resell vintage items — directly to e-shoppers.
Chances are good that this online store stocks the candy your gift recipients remember eating as a kid. You’ll find sweets from every decade from the pre-1920s through the 1990s.
4. Out of Print
This online retailer sells great gifts for the bookworms in your family and circle of friends. Its mission is to transform “literary classics into bookish apparel and accessories.”
This company describes its products as “tools that help people become more efficient at home.” Its focus on simplicity and functionality makes Simplehuman a good place to shop for people who are hyper-organized or who recently moved into a new home or will soon do so.
6. The Grommet
This website — a personal favorite — describes itself as a place to find undiscovered products that are “worth buying.”
The Grommet is also unique in that its products are sorted into categories that represent personal values — such as “Made in the USA,” “Sustainable Living” and “Independent Makers,” for example. For more ways to shop this site, check out the gift guides.
This website is a great place to shop for intellectual gift recipients who appreciate philosophy, psychology, politics or puns.
This online store’s unique gifts reflect its focus on creative design, craftsmanship and innovation. Take for example plush internal organs, dachshund-shaped oil and vinegar bottles, and an “F bomb” paperweight.
If you get stumped, the gifts section allows you to narrow options based on details such as the person for whom you are shopping or the amount you want to spend.
“At Vat19, we only have one rule: If we sell a product, it’s got to be curiously awesome.”
From Vat19’s home page, you can shop by category, recipient or price.
For more gift ideas, check out:
- “15 Terrific Gift Ideas for People Who Have Everything“
- “8 Holiday Gifts for Women Under $30“
- “9 Holiday Gifts for Men Under $30“
What’s your favorite place to shop for unique gifts? Let us know by commenting below or on our Facebook page.