A few sites for online holiday shopping

Chicago TribuneDecember 12, 2012 

If you missed the Cyber Monday deals, don’t panic. There are plenty of gift sites that offer perks all year, so look to this list for new ideas and wallet-friendly buys.

Each website was judged on variety of products, special offers, discounts and free shipping options, on-time delivery and customer service.

Soap & Paper Factory


Giftee: Everyone

Offerings: Soap & Paper Factory specializes in universally acceptable gifts like specialty candles, lotions and soaps. The Patch NYC candles and solid fragrances come in offbeat scents like “stag,“ “owl” and “skull.”

Perks: The elves at Soap & Paper Factory offer what they call a “gift factory.” You can group orders based on multiple shipping addresses, corporate gifts or even bridal showers. They will respond to any special request you may have.

New York Mouth


Giftee: Uncles, dads, nephews

Offerings: New York Mouth’s innovative holiday food boxes are the perfect gift solutions for your bloody-mary-loving dad or your uncle with a sweet tooth. The site includes yummy sets full of specialty foods based on themes like “Christmas Morning” and “Small Batch Stocking Stuffer.”

Perks: Free shipping year round on orders over $50.



Giftee: Friends, moms, girlfriends

Offerings: Catbird is a gift haven for those struggling with originality. The site is chock-full of delicate jewelry and candles in scents like “campfire” and “fleurs de nuit,” which includes notes of blooming jasmine and honeysuckle.

Perks: Catbird groups gifts by recipient and even offers ready-to-go gift sets to help you save time. Still puzzled? Take Catbird’s gift-finder quiz for customized results with your giftee in mind. While you’re there, sign up for the newsletter to receive a special offer good for your next birthday.



Giftee: Grandparents, in-laws, parents

Offerings: Terrain is a gardener’s paradise; they specialize in plants, wreaths, terrariums and other outdoorsy finds. Black thumbs fear not, the site also offers a variety of unique home and food accessories like funky copper pendant lamps and organic maple honey caramel spread.

Perks: Add gift wrap for $5 an item and keep an eye out for free shipping options.

Oakleaf & Acorn


Giftee: Dads, brothers, boyfriends

Offerings: Oakleaf & Acorn’s appropriate tagline says “select findings for men.” Look for gifts like snazzy bow ties or spicy jerky and jam selections. They even offer colognes in fun scents like “moonshine.”

Perks: December special: Enter “HOLIDAY20” in the promotional code box for 20 percent off your order.

Fred Flare


Giftee: Grandchildren, teens, cousins

Offerings: Fred Flare offers humorous and whimsical gift ideas perfect for kids and the kid-at-heart. This novelty item hub includes a “How to Speak Zombie” book, bacon soap, macaroni and cheese adhesive bandages and other silly presents sure to garner some giggles.

Perks: Sign up for the newsletter to receive free shipping alerts. They also run discounts and deals around the holidays.

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