Ex­panded Hol­i­day Shop­ping

E-com­merce gives more choices, re­mem­ber coupon­ing

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When you’re a kid, Santa (in­sert your giver) brings the sur­prises. As a par­ent/spouse/sib­ling/child (in­sert your com­pan­ion) in modern Amer­ica, hol­i­day gifts are a hunt for some­thing un­usual. And with the gush of e-com­merce, there’re tons of dot­com choices. We’ve de­lib­er­ately left out Ama­zon be­cause, well, you know about it. For ex­am­ple (based on a TOTI Me­dia mi­cro-sur­vey):

MEN GROOMING Dol­lar Shave Club ig­nited ra­zors by mail. Those guys got rich. To­day, there’s Harry’s, Gil­lette (in­sert any brand name), ShaveMOB and a few others such as Birch­box Man, The Body Shop, Wet Shave Club and The Per­sonal Bar­ber. Surf for what suits you best. AT­TIRE/BEV­ER­AGES, ETC. All cloth­ing re­tail­ers have web ser­vices. But some spe­cial­ize. And men to­day get the same perks as women in so-called fash­ion clubs or mem­ber­ships― for a fee, you get a box of stuff, ei­ther to keep or rent. Cool dig­i­tal spots in­clude Five Four Club, Trunk Club (Nord­strom), Bombfell, Stitch Fix, Sprez­za­Box, Paul Smith … and, etc. But there are, of course, a zil­lion places to click for themes such as sun/eye­glasses (Warby Parker), booze/cigars/beach/ cook­outs (be­spoke­post), gourmet/pantry (try­the­world), bik­ing/ run­ning/tri (therun­ner­box), craft beers (mobcraft­beer/tavour/ best­damn­beer­shop/craftc­ity), stronger spir­its and recipes (tastetrunk/mash­box/flaviar). WOMEN COU­TURE CLUBS Re­mem­ber that many sub­scrip­tion sites feed off one another, or are large re­tail­ers work­ing the web craze. But there are a mil­lion club sub­scrip­tion, rent and/or ex­change start-ups to ex­plore, in­clud­ing Rocks­box and Switch ( jew­elry), Bootay­bag and Adore Me (lin­gerie), Love Goodly, Ipsy and Julep (per­sonal care) LeTote, Rent the Run­way, The Ms. Col­lec­tion, Gwyn­nie Bee, Poshare and, etc. Other great sub­scrip­tion plat­forms for dress and ac­ces­sories in­clude Na­dine West, Fablet­ics (work­out), Box of Style, Wantable, Cratejoy, Frock Box, Ha­nee21, Threads Monthly and much, much more!

CHIL­DREN Web stuff for kids is more in­ter­ac­tive, can vary from ed­u­ca­tional sites to puz­zles, sci­ence projects and ac­tiv­i­ties. It’s about need (and care­ful eval­u­a­tion). But some in­trigu­ing sites in­clude PBS Kids, duolingo (lan­guage/learn­ing), edX (higher-ed), ScratchJr (cod­ing lit­er­acy), Hooda Math and, etc. Cloth­ing sites are dicey, as most are pass-throughs such as an Or­b­itz is for book­ing rooms. But a few kid sites pack­age cloth­ing or out­fits based on web sur­veys; sites such as Kid­pik, Zulily, Sense Or­gan­ics, Pulla Bulla and Mia Belle Baby are highly rated.

RE­MEM­BER COUPONS Coupons are es­sen­tial in sav­ing money. Cash back, price match­ing and points or cred­its al­low you to thrift shop; sites such as Ebates, Swag­bucks, FatWal­let, BeFru­gal and Ibotta are among top dig­i­tal-coupon sites.

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