Gifts

Blurb

With the same appeal as the hugely popular PhotoStamps—those U.S. Postal Service–authorized stamps that you can customize with your own pics—Blurb is due to be the next big trend in personalization: It allows you to make a linen-bound, professional-quality book for next to nothing. Upload the free software, import your images, play with layouts, and create a bespoke volume; the end result is ready in about a week and looks as sleek as anything you'd pull off a Barnes & Noble shelf. Prices start at just $12.95—and there's no minimum per order.
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Curiosity Shoppe Online

A little over a year old, this engaging site is dedicated to offbeat gifts with a retro-rustic charm. Its folksy-looking home page groups together items under an inspired theme; at press time, it focused on the great outdoors. For example: dessert plates featuring classic camping imagery (a pup tent, a roaring fire), a teensy bronze hedgehog necklace, knot-tying and learn-to-whittle kits, and a gouache portrait of a coonskin-capped pioneer.
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Luxe Paperie

The past five years have seen a boom in hip stationery, from whimsical wedding invitations to subversive greeting cards-—but there's a fine line between amusing and contrived. Luxe only carries paper goods that have both personality and broad appeal, including retro Sidepony cards scripted with witty messages, Carrot & Stick leopard-print letterpress notebooks, argyle-pattern boxed note sets, and vibrant Snow & Graham anemone-print wrapping paper.
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Magma Books

Beloved by graphic designers, illustrators, and others employed in the visual arts, this online outpost for the famed London-based bookstore Magma is an insider source for obscure, riveting volumes on everything from international street fashion to photos of Pyongyang. Recently, it has introduced jewelry and home goods, like paint-by-number wallpaper and tablecloths printed with lines that indicate where dishes and silverware go. Shipping starts at $16 for any one item, regardless of weight.
magmabooks.com

Poppytalk Handmade

Last year we wrote about how the highly regarded interiors blog Design Sponge had spawned an online boutique—the first blog we'd seen do so—and we've since watched more venture into retail. One of the most successful is much-loved craft blog Poppytalk's new e-commerce spin-off, which culls an extraordinary spectrum of wares from homespun talents across the country, like scrap-paper mobiles by Oregon's Frazier & Wing and bird-motif pewter measuring spoons by Massachusetts' Beehive Kitchenware.
poppytalkhandmade.com

Remo General Store

Shoppers from all over the world browse this slightly bonkers Australian site—a sort of modern-day five-and-dime—for everything from sleek walkie-talkies and page-a-day Chinese calendars to old-fashioned Italian playing cards and ingenious spider-trapping gadgets. Remo has cultivated such a devoted clientele that it boasts a social-networking component on the site; more than 25,000 customers have signed up to create profiles, compile wish lists, and praise their purchases.
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Spoon Sisters

Run by two siblings—who only refer to themselves as "little" and "big"—this winning gift-goods spot was inspired by their mother, who had a rare talent for picking out perfect presents. Spoon Sisters makes it easy to do the same: Its highly imaginative wares surprise and delight, whether it's a shoe-shaped door stopper, a cup with a nose printed on the side (when you take a sip, it appears as if you've acquired a new proboscis), or a maze-like pan that bakes brownies into a squiggly shape to create a maximum of tasty crispy edges.
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Overstock.com

Get it here before it's gone. Overstock on fashion and home items is turned over fast and you'll be surprised at some of the deals. Think of it as an outlet center, without the crowds.

Products: lingerie, swimwear, women's clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry, beauty, decorative, lighting, furniture, linens, outdoor, tabletop, outlet

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Bigelow Chemists

The site for the long-loved New York City apothecary features products from its own signature line (try the lip products), along with a mix of items that are strictly practical (Badger balm) and ones that are luxurious (Diptyque candles).

Products: beauty, boutique, gifts

Bigelow Chemists

Bliss

Warning! You don't even want to go on this site unless you can spend money—it's that enticing. Luxurious makeup lines like Scott Barnes, Hourglass, and Chantecaille cosmetics, cellulite-fighting sandals, DIY lasers to zap pimples and scars, plus the amazing Bliss skin- and bodycare line, and zillions of other products that you can only find here. Heaven.

Products: beauty, boutique, lingerie, shoes

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