Everyone wants to give a unique and memorable gift. A unique gift evokes emotions from the recipient, He/she will measure the gifts Uniqueness on how much thought and care you put in securing the gift, when people notice that their present required some imagination and creativity, automaticaly the gift becomes important, and memorable. The true value of a gift is not on how much it costs.
The internet is a great place to look for unique gifts. You can find unique gifts from all over the world, not just from your local market. Shopping for unique gifts online is also a good idea because it is easy, and you can even order very personalized gifts with ease – like using one of your digital photographs, straight off of your computer, and turning them into a calendar or a deck of cards or whatever else you can find.
It’s quite time-consuming to find unique gifts. Below are some tips for finding unique gift online:
Tip #1: Do not just go to some giant super online stores like amazon.com or ebay.com and decide to buy some gifts there.
You can find many great things on both eBay and amazon, but those are just two of many online stores. If you like one-stop shopping, like going to a giant super store instead of going to cute and classy smaller stores, then those sites might be the best for you. But if you want to find some really great and unique gifts online, it is good to check out many of the other retail sites, as well. Because some small online stores are dedicated to offering unique & personalized gifts; for example, UncommonGoods.com and PersonalizationMall.com; and you can find unusual gifts in those small online stores much easier than in amazon or ebay.
Tip #2: Just type into a search engine what you are looking for.
Search for “unique gift” with Google and you’ll find some good gift stores. Below are some US-based online gift stores show up in Results 1 – 20 for “unique gift” (search time: 2007/12/29):
#2 First Street Online
#3 Red Envelope
#7 Hammacher Schlemmer
#8 Discovery Channel Store
You can also Search for “Personalized gift” with Google and you’ll find those gift shops:
#2 personalization mall
Check those top ranked gift shop for “unique gift” & “Personalized gift”. I’m sure you’ll find some gift in those online shops are really cool and unique.
One more thing, you’d better also search for reviews of those small online gift stores before you decide to buy gifts from them. For examle, I searched for personalcreations.com’s review and found this: “PersonalCreations sells their customers information to companies like UMG. Their Customer Service is horrible…”. I don’t know whether this review is true or not but sometimes buying gifts from small online stores do has risk and you should do more research before you buy.
Tip #3: Use social bookmark website to find good online stores to buy unique gifts
Site like del.icio.us is used to help people bookmark and share their favorite websites. If you have del.icio.us account, you can login and search for “unique gift” & “Personalized gift”, then you’ll find a list of websites which are ranked by times that they have been bookmarked. Doing this you’ll be able to know which online gift shops are most popular among people and you’ll also able check people’s reviews of those online gift sites which will help you find reliable online gift retailer.
Tip #4: Find good online gift retailers by using human edited directory
Open Directory Project and Yahoo directory are both high quality human edited directories. Editors of those directories check all kinds of websites and only accept good quality website to be listed.
You can search (use the keyword “gift”) or browse (go to the branch: Shopping -> Gifts) those two directories to find good online gift retailers.