Shop smarter for Christmas

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14 Dec 2018 by Selectus

Think of online shopping and you probably think eBay and Amazon, where it’s easy to get overwhelmed by multiple sellers offering the same product. But many sites – including Australian ones – offer a curated selection of products that make buying online a breeze. And you’ll likely save a bit of money in the process. Here are some sites to try across five key gift categories.  

BOOKS 

If you’re buying a gift for somebody who still savours the feel of a printed page, visit Booktopia. The site is Australian owned and operated, with a Sydney-based call centre, super-fast dispatch times and an express delivery option. From Liane Moriarty’s newest novel to Shane Warne’s latest memoir, there are hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from. That includes a great range of children’s titles, categorised into age brackets to make choosing easy.  
booktopia.com.au

CLOTHING 

Buying clothes for a loved one can be a risky move – the key is making sure that whatever you buy is easily refundable if they don’t like it. This is where The Iconic is a winner, with free delivery (for orders over $50) and free return postage (usually within 30 days but extended over the Christmas period). The Iconic stocks men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories from local and international brands such as Adidas, Wrangler, Seafolly, Nine West, Le Specs and Nimble Activewear. The website’s filtering system makes it easy to find what you’re looking for among thousands of products.  
theiconic.com.au 

HOMEWARES 

For an excellent range of good-quality and unique homewares and gifts, you can’t look past Hard to Find. The brainchild of Sydney mum Eri Stewart, Hard to Find works with both local and international sellers; you’ll find everything from Melbourne-born Frank Green keep cups to personalised chopping boards and coasters from the UK. Products are curated into personalities to make gift-finding even easier. 
hardtofind.com.au 

TOWELS AND LINEN 

Sheets might not be the most appropriate gift for your boss, but towels, linen and cushions make a thoughtful and practical gift for parents, siblings, friends and children. Linen House is a family-owned business based in Melbourne, and offers high-quality locally designed textiles in a range of colours and styles. There are vases, dinnerware and other gift ideas, too. Orders over $150 ship free and returns are free within 14 days.    
linenhouse.com 

EXPERIENCES 

Long before she starred on Shark Tank, Naomi Simpson founded Red Balloon, and the online retailer has grown to become Australia’s largest site for experiential gifts. There are more than 5,000 products and vouchers; everything from spa packages and cooking classes to skydiving and hot-air balloon rides. There are options for kids, too – a ziplining adventure is sure to be a gift that won’t warrant an eye-roll. Experiences are available across all states and territories.   
redballoon.com.au