10 More Websites for Creative Gift-Giving

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Looking for some gift-giving inspiration? Look no further. My original post full of gift-giving tips seemed to go down a treat so I thought I’d follow it up with another. Since that post, I’ve been discovering plenty more websites filled with fun gift ideas that will leave your nearest and dearest in no doubt of your love for them. Old faves like Society6, Red Bubble and Etsy still stand, but allow me to introduce you to some new gems…

1. Living in La La Land (UK based)

This is my current obsession, with free UK shipping and very reasonable prices all around. I hope the collection continues to expand but, so far, their products are so bizarrely diverse in terms of the corners of pop culture to which they choose to venture. One minute you’re looking at a Breaking Bad chopping board, the next you’re like, “Do I need a notebook covered with the sassy emoji?” and eventually you conclude that it is the Jessica Fletcher “Don’t Mess With Jess” notebook that you needed all along. (You know. From Murder, She Wrote.) It’s a wild ride. With their popcult pencils collections, you also have the option to have your own message printed on pencils, should you so wish.

Fandoms encountered thus far during my adventures in La La Land include: Game of Thrones, Twin Peaks, The X Files, The Office, Mean Girls, School of Rock, Harry Potter, Murder She Wrote (still weird), Pitch Perfect, Parks and Recreation, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Ryan Gosling (with pizza), Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Friends and many, many more.

Pros: Free shipping to the UK! (with no minimum spend; arrives nice and fast, too)

Cons: International shipping costs. Certain random items within the clothes section seem disproportionately more pricey, but that doesn’t take anything away from the many, many bargains the site boasts.

2. Eclectic Eccentricity (UK based)

I’m in love. Seriously. This might be The One. It’s like a sea of radiant, glittering beauty that I just want to swim in forever. If you know anybody with a predilection for all things spacey (of the stars and planets variety, not Kevin) – and isn’t everybody just a little bit mystified by the stars? – this is a wonderland for you. And, should you choose not to shoot off into the stars, you can always just float through the sky. I want to gush about all that this site has to offer because some of these pieces are transcendent and magical, with titles like, “Heading in the Right Direction” and “Spread Your Wings” (a feather necklace, because of course). Eclectic Eccentricity is a danger to me because not only is it filled with gems, but the names make me want to buy everything as a supportive gesture to all my friends who are heading in the right direction or spreading their wings. If you visit this site without a particular purpose, you will soon find yourself thinking of all kinds of reasons to buy everything. I warn you of that.

Pros: All things are bright and beautiful. Also, based in Norwich. As so many of the best things are.

Cons: You may hurt your finances due to an inability to restrain yourself. Not cheap, but prices are more than reasonable. Quick dispatch for orders and delivery only minimally more for international orders.

3. Ashley Bridget (US based)

While a little pricier than La La Land, the quality of Ashley Bridget’s collection reflects that (similarly to Eclectic Eccentricity). This is a great site if you’re looking for a special piece of jewellery and, right now, you’re likely to find some bargains thanks to the 50% off summer sale (applies to all items with the discount code: SUMMER). I discovered Ashley Bridget when looking for a gift for my Harry Potter fan of a friend and was very excited to find a wealth of bracelets, necklaces, etc. that would both tap into my friend’s HP love but would also be beautiful accessories. Currently, they have collections and pieces inspired by Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Frozen, Lord of the Rings and tennis, as well as more general interests.

Recs: The Magic Collection, The Expression Collection.

Pros: Ships internationally.

Cons: A little pricier, $50 minimum spend for free shipping (though this also applies internationally). Has recently added a Grey collection. Thank you for respecting my privacy at this difficult time.

4. Adolescent Clothing (UK based)

This site is filled with fun t-shirt, beanie and sweatshirt designs with slogans such as “You’re freaking meowt.”,  “Girls > Boys” and “Bae-con“. The collection is relatively small at the moment, but there are bargains to be found amongst what is currently available. If your bestie has a penchant for pizza or is on her way to crazy cat lady status, you might just be in luck. Definitely worth a browse!

Pros: Free shipping to the UK.

Cons: The sizing is limited to small, medium and large and I canny find a size guide!

5. Emily McDowell Studio (US based)

How to adequately articulate my love for the Emily McDowell designs that so often express my inner most feelings better than I ever can? This card just about does it. The site has a collection of cards, mugs, dish towels, prints, bags, postcards, notepads, gift tags, stickers and temporary tattoos with designs that are all both aesthetically delightful and amusingly frank. I feel like everyone should have a “basically just waiting to go home and take off my pants” work mug, or a “short, encouraging phrase” tote bag. The specialty of Emily McDowell Studio, though, is the card selection. The messages tap into the reality of what it is to be a human in 2015. While the birthday cards, the valentines and the wedding cards are all uniquely special, there are a whole host of designs for the in-betweens: a card for someone who you’ve lost touch with, a card for a friend with cancer, a divorce card, a card for your honourary mother, one for your platonic soulmate, the awkward dating card “for when you’re kind of together but it’s not a big deal”.

Pros: The selection of cards gives you plenty to choose from; really good value price-wise!

Cons: Variety of items like bags and mugs is limited. International shipping might be a bit of a faff and delivery is not free. I recently ordered three cards to the UK and the shipping came out at just under $10, but per card that’s not too bad and the actual items themselves are priced pretty fairly.

6. Sour Cherry (UK based)

This store has basically everything you love on a bracelet. The collections range from a James Bond bracelet to a custard cream necklace. For the girl who has everything except a custard cream necklace, I guess. Sour Cherry seems to specialise in perspex jewellery, though their stock is not exclusively perspex, with a growing variety of rings, necklaces, bracelets, bags, nail art, watches and more. It’s all pretty low-priced, in relative terms. You can throw in a collection of nail decals to finish off a friend’s gift for just £3. (UK shipping is £2.90 for orders under £35)

Pros: Fun, low-costing gifts without any danger of your friend already owning them.

Cons: Shipping is a little more costly for international people at £9.50 a pop for all orders under £80.

7. Not on the High Street (UK based)

For a great starting point for a creative brainwave, this website is itself a gift. Search away and your results will be many, with a lot of the items on offer open to personalisation in some way or other. This might be the most vast collection of gift ideas of any of the sites on this list, with an enormous range of suggestions and very helpful navigation pages to help you narrow down your search.

Pros: The site really is designed to try and help you find what you’re looking for, before you even know what that is.

Cons: Prices can be quite steep on some items, and watch out for personalising upping initial cost shown.

8. Think Geek (US based)

You might think that this site is run by Marvel fanboys who sit around discussing continuity issues in Guardians of the Galaxy and, to be honest, at my time of writing, the site’s homepage does little to alleviate those concerns. However, the site is a well-organised, expansive store that seems to encompass every corner of geekdom. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who has a deep-seated love for any of the comic book and fantasy fandoms, you might just be in luck. For example, if you are stuck on a gift idea for a fan of Guardians of the Galaxy, a simple “Groot” search will offer up a light-up “We Are Groot” (*sob*) t-shirt alongside a Dancing Baby Groot figure and more.

Pros: Much vast, very stuff.

Cons: The prices can be pretty hefty, as can the shipping. It might better serve as inspiration if not your point of transaction. Also, if you don’t want to look through lots of pictures of old dudes posing awkwardly in nerdy t-shirts, you may get a little queasy in the search results. I guess they’ve decided that’s their market and they’re running with it.

9. Cheerz and Snapfish

To keep it simple, a collection of favourite memories with someone is always a winning, thoughtful gift. Cheerz is a site that simply prints an assortment of photographs chosen by you and then sends you a nice little box of them, printed as though polaroid, for £13.95. Snapfish, alternatively, is another site that offers a simple way to get favourite photos printed rather cheaply (as little as 7p per photo, potentially). With those snaps, you can create collages and scrapbooks with minimum spend!

Pros: It’s simple and the least exclusive of all of these suggestions. Anyone who’s made use of their camera, you can give this one a whirl!

Cons: A little more effort might be required with the collage/scrapbooking idea, but the recipient of your efforts will know that you put a lot into the gift so it’ll be worth your time and energy if it’s a good friend.

10. Ohh Deer (UK based)

To go out on a high, I bring you Ohh Deer, the ultimate in making a special gift extra special. The collection on this website is pretty and fun, with a mixture of stationary, t-shirts, phone cases, notebooks, gift wrap and more. It’s of a very nice quality and if you’re gifting someone who loves unique designs on any of the above, I’m sure you’ll have some success on Ohh Deer. Particular favourites of mine on the site include the 140 characters design and the dinosaurs notebook (bang on trend!).

Pros: There’s even a “For the person who has everything” gift page to browse for when you’re really struggling for ideas.

Cons: You have to spend £40 to get free shipping and if you’re just buying smaller items, that might not be practical. This also only applies to UK orders so international orders are variable.


For more suggestions, or more info on the aforementioned Society6, Red Bubble and Etsy, please check out my previous list of gift-giving suggestions. If you have further questions, or suggestions of further helpful details I might be able to provide within these posts, please leave a comment letting me know.

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2 Comments

  1. twenty7zero3

     /  July 15, 2015

    I just had a quick browse through your list and I LOVE the second one! I have just found some of the cutest things on there. Great list!

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  2. The gift ideas in this list are awesome! I’m sending it to some pals and also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thanks for your effort!
    I’m digging thinkgeek.com site. Here’s a few extra i found too that you may have missed.
    https://www.quirky.com/,
    https://www.umbra.com/
    http://justsolutionsproducts.com
    These are brilliant for coming up with personalised and unique gifts which means you can be as creative as you like!

    Reply

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