By Lisa Schaefer
Only a mere five shopping days are left until Christmas and like many, I have just decided to start my holiday shopping (quite the ingenious move… not). Despite best-laid plans, holiday shopping has a tendency to fall through the cracks when juggling hectic work schedules, attending holiday soirees and whipping up festive feasts. But have no fear fellow procrastinators; I have devised a list of some great websites that will help fill the space under your bare Christmas tree in no time.
If you’re in a holiday hurry and are on the hunt for last-minute finds, shopping online is a great way to discover unique, eclectic gifts without ever leaving the comforts of your own home. Check out these sites that carry gifts for everyone on your list:
- For the home-body: Chicago-based company Sparkliving.com specializes in one-of-a-kind décor items, from quirky to contemporary, with the unexpected gifts sure to add a pop of personality to any home. Whether you’re a pet lover (Clarise Dog Bed, $59 – $95), new mom (Happy Harlequin Blanket, $81.95) girly girl (Dr. Bird Juicer and Jewelry Holder, $30) or techie (Table Island Natural Cork, $49.95), there’s a gift to check off a few people from your list.
- For the rustic, manly man: Allegory Pens ($75 – $125) creates hand-crafted pens made of repurposed, historical woods, each with their own individual story. For a gift that you’ll carry with you for a lifetime and simply can’t be found at commercialized retailers, this company turns an everyday item into a work of art.
- For the holiday partier: Ugly sweaters are quickly sweeping the holiday party scene and are a must-have buy of the season. Fantasy Costumes offers a wide variety of new Christmas sweaters, now on sale for $24.99. If you have a significant other, consider matching in this Snow Couple sweater.
- For the locals: European housewares shop Dom itp has a great site that carries a wide range of products, from Polish dishware to women’s scarves to jewelry. But the shop is best known for its Chicago-themed ornaments featuring some of the city’s most beloved landmarks, such as Millennium Park to the Chicago Theatre sign. The ornaments are the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit and show city pride.
Worried it won’t ship by December 25? Fantasy Costumes and Dom itp have local store locations, too. Now that my Christmas shopping is finally complete I can do what I do best during the Holiday season –watch a marathon of A Christmas Story and drink mass quantities of eggnog. Happy Holidays!
Post by: Daniel Cornfield