Christmas is a mere nine days away and shipping deadlines are looming. So before I take off for the weekend, where I will giddily shop Paula Abdul’s estate sale in order to get ready for a Dynasty-themed holiday party (so LA), I wanted to share a few of my favorite online shopping sites for finding really great gifts. These are the ones I use time and time again. And I’ve included some coupon codes and a few tips, too. Happy shopping and shoulder pads xx!


Uncommon Goods – I love their quirky, playful gifts and always find a ton of fun entertaining and hostess gifts.

Kate Spade – Playful bags, jewelry, housewares, frocks and socks, plus everything comes in a pretty green box! Enjoy free ground shipping on all orders.

Anthropologie – I adore their home decor and gift section! Plus, get free shipping on $100+ orders through 12/31. And, save 30% on full-priced holiday decor and gift wrap. Plus, take 30% off all sale items. Select standard shipping by 10am EST on 12/22 and your packaged will arrive by Friday, 12/23!

Moma Store – The spot for design-y and artsy gifts for adults and kids. Today’s the last day for free shipping over $75 with code 4FREE.

ASOS – The perfect spot to find gifts for the fashionista on your list (they have the cutest dresses!). Plus, they have free shipping both ways, so you don’t have to be paranoid about fit (pre-paid label included so it’s easy-peasy). Free standard shipping ends today! Or, order by 12/19 for $12 flat-rate express shipping. Plus, save 30% on the ASOS Collection through 12/18.

Amazon – Find everything under the sun, like pretty coffee-table books (at prices lower than anywhere else), Kindles, cameras and electronics. Shipping is usually free for orders over $25 with free super saver shipping (last day to order is 12/19), but here’s a tip: Get an Amazon Prime membership and you’ll get free two-day shipping year-round with no minimum order size. We use it way more than our Costco membership. Total life-saver for procrastinators (that’s me!).

Hammacher Schlemmer –  I always find some cool gadget or gizmo for my parents here, and we both love their lifetime guarantee, which means if something ever breaks, they’ll replace it or give you a refund, no questions asked. Peace of mind is priceless. Last day for standard shipping is 12/19. Get free shipping with code FSRETAIL through 12/31/11  (that saved me over $20 yesterday!).

Banana Republic – I often pick up classic-cool sweaters, scarves and belts for my husband and mother-in-law here. Today only, get 30% off with code BRGET30 at checkout, plus get free shipping on orders over $50. Order by 12/20 for 12/23 delivery.

J.Crew – See above. Plus, they have cute seasonal items like iPhone cases that make great gifts. Today only get 30% off plus free shipping on all orders with code CHEER at checkout. (My wishlist just did cartwheels!)

MadewellJ.Crew’s hipper younger sister, Madewell has cool plaid shirts, the best boots and fun bags and accessories. For women and men. Get 30% off winter favorites today only, plus free shipping on all orders through 12/20.

Melissa and Doug – I love to pick up fun, educational toys for my sweet niece here. Get 15% off with code NSAVE15 or 25% off puzzles with code NPUZZLES25 or free shipping with code FREESHIPZERO (no minimum required).

Charm and Chain – My fave site for glammy baubles and jewels! Did somebody say cocktail rings, shimmering earrings and bib necklaces?

iconSephoraFree shipping with any $25 purchase today only with code SHIP25 at checkout. I don’t know any girl who wouldn’t want to find glitter nail polish or NARS lipstick and blush in her stocking!

Red Envelope – Thoughtful gifts for guys, grandparents and more, often with a sentimental twist. Plus, who doesn’t love their signature red gift box! Get 20% off with code SGIFTS20 at checkout.

American Express Gift Cards – Sometimes a gift card is the way to go (perfect for teens…and I like to give them when I want to give an experience gift for a getaway or show but don’t want to bungle the dates). Save 33% on 2-day express shipping – now only $5.95. Order by 11AM on 12/21 to receive by Christmas.


Hope that’s helpful! I highly recommend curling up with a cuppa hot chocolate and enjoying the process — and the fact that you can avoid lines at the stores and the post office, crowds, road (and parking) rage, and fighting (and being pepper-sprayed) over what’s left.

Oh, and one last tip: Do take some breaks as to prevent an online shopping injury (yes, it’s possible — yours truly needed to take her own advice yesterday.)


If you have any favorite online shops, coupon codes, or tips, please share them in the comments!


p.s. More great gift ideas and deals in our Holiday DEALS Gift Guide. Plus, What to Give the Chic Hostess With the Mostest and Six Peppy Gifts Under $40! And some fun ideas from last year’s gift guides.


[photo by Citrusandorange]



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