Holiday shopping suggestion sites will cut your stress in half
Organized people are great at giving gifts during the holidays. They keep carefully curated lists of what their loved ones like and pick stuff up here and there over the course of the year so that when the holidays come around, theyre all set. Or they are so totally prepared for Black Friday and Cyber Monday that theyre done shopping by the first week of December. But if youre here reading this, chances are youre staring down the end of November with a hint of panic. But dont worry: There are gift finder apps and sites to help.
Weve rounded up the best gift finder apps and suggestion sites that will help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.
Unique gift finders
Amazon (Android, iOS)
The internets go-to one-stop-shop has a nifty little gift guide that promises to cater to every type of wish list imaginable, from electronics and toys to beauty products and home goods. This year, they even have lists curated by the likes of Oprah and Mariah Carey. If youre looking for something quirky, check out Amazons Interesting Finds or the sites suggestion for White Elephant gifts.
As its name implies, Uncommon Goods lets you shop for unique items. It has a gift finder that lets you identify what the gift recipient is into, and even lets you add interests in case it isnt on the list yet. And the site improves the more you use it if you see a gift that you think the recipient might like, click on the star so more relevant items get added to your suggestions.
Gift finders for when money is no object
Giftagram (Android, iOS)
Giftagram is a great resource for all kinds of gift boxes, in case you wanted to get your loved one a little something more than a tiny trinket. And if you happen to be a business owner, you can use the sites corporate gifting tool to shop for your clients so they receive something impressive and elegant. Giftagram also has an app for both Android and iOS devices to make holiday shopping even more convenient.
Or when money is an object
Zappos (Android, iOS)
Shopping on a budget? Zappos has a great gift guide geared towards thriftier online shoppers, with suggestions organized $50 and under or $100 and underif youre feeling more generous. The site also has interesting gift ideas organized by collections, with titles like Self-Care Musts and Brands With A Cause.
Quiz-generated gift guides
If youre a fan of online personality quizzes, the gift finder by Gifts.com is right up your alley. The site has a personality type finder to help you shop for gifts, fine-tuning suggestions based on who and what occasion youre shopping for. They also have great suggestions for stocking stuffers and gifts for the office.
Shopping specifically for fashion? Shopstyle has a pretty fun holiday gift guide that lets you curate suggestions, Mad Libs style. Pick a person, an article of clothing, and an adjective from the choices provided and generate ideas.
Shopping for kids can be a daunting task. Wicked Uncle is geared towards kids of all ages, a site that lets you sort through gift ideas by age and lets you refine it further with choice category options like adventurer, creativity, or even just wicked fun. Even though some items are organized by boys or girls, check out both categories (as well as all) to find something little ones will like.
For Secret Santas, White Elephants, and other gift exchanges
If youre involved in a gift exchange at the office, Conspiracy Santa is a great tool to use. Using purely email threads, it lets you communicate with other members of your team with the exception of the person you are shopping for to share what you know about the recipient. The hope is you eventually decide as a group what would make great gifts for the specific person and have those items be relevant and meaningful.
Giftster (Android, iOS)
Another great Secret Santa tool, Giftster is a wish list registry that lets you add items you would like to receive to a wish list, include preferences like clothing size and color, and most importantly for the upcoming holidays, invite and approve members to participate in a private Secret Santa group. Giftster will draw names and everyone in the group can check out each others wish list and mark things as purchased to avoid duplicate gifts. Giftster also has Android and iOS apps.
Looking for something totally random
Fancy (Android, iOS)
Even though it doesnt have an outright holiday gift finder function, Fancy has a lot of great items that you could spend a lot of time just clicking through its pages for gift ideas and inspiration. They also have a few Collections thatll make it easier for you to browse, in case youre shopping with a specific budget or gift theme in mind.
GeneratorLands Gift Ideas Generator
While it doesnt really let you shop online for the gift itself, the Gifts Idea Generator is at least a good resource for the most random gift ideas. Simply keep clicking Random Gift until you find something that floats your boat.
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