Perfect gifts: Boutique online stores take gift giving stress away

Knock your gift giving out of the park this holiday season with boutique, small business, retailers.


LOS ANGELES, December 1, 2015 – The holiday shopping season is underway! You’re probably browsing the deals, double-checking your naughty or nice list and getting ready for your mad dash to the stores. Before you stand in those ridiculous lines with crazy store hours, consider going online to find unique Boutique (i.e., small business) stores that will steal your heart, and fulfill your gift list.

And you can do it all from the comfort of your home without ever fighting for a parking space.

Following are fun, sometimes practical, ideas to make your holiday gifts special while supporting those economy essential small businesses stores.

When you don’t know what to get that special lady on your list, give a gift that keeps on giving—subscription boxes!

BeautyBeat Box: BeautyBeat Box is a quarterly subscription-based service that ships a highly curated box of full sized beauty products to your door according to the seasons. BeautyBeat Box

GetQuip: Quip, a quarterly combo based toothbrush subscription service, sends new bristles and two tubes of toothpaste, to subscribers. quip_PRESS_collection_1b

The quality tooth brushes vibrate, with the vibrations stopping when it’s time to move on to another section of your mouth.

Do you have a wine connoisseur or novice on your list? A super unique wine club is Tasting Room by Lot18.  This unique concept sends six wine mini bottles, tasting bottles ($9.95), that they user can ‘taste’ before filling out their online profile and rating what they like.

kitOnce the experts at Tasting Room have reviewed your selections, they will send 12 full size bottles for just $149.99 (plus $19.99 shipping).

Then every three months thereafter (a bottle a week!) a new case will be delivered.  Service can be modified of canceled without penalty at any time.

Winestyr” was founded by two Chicago brothers who have created a wine club truly worth joining!! What makes it different from other clubs is the rare combination of winery variety and quality.

The biggest problem with retail wine clubs is that most customers can’t trust the wines. Often times retailers include mass-produced wines, random international wines, and private label wines that seem to be created from thin air.

The problem with small winery clubs is that the customers are stuck with the same wines, from the same winery, and don’t receive much of a variety. They’re bringing the “craft wine” industry to the everyday consumer, much in the way the craft beer industry started.

Over three years in the making, Winestyr’s forthcoming wine clubs have taken the best attributes of retail wine clubs and married them with those of a small winery club. The Winestyr club gives members access high-quality, small-batch wines that can’t be found on store shelves.

Costs are:

  • 3 Bottle Mixed: $75 per shipment
  • 6 Bottle Mixed: $135 per shipment
  • 3 Bottle Red: $99 per shipment
  • 6 Bottle Red: $179 per shipment

Have a little less gluten in your holiday treats with Gratify.  Offering a variety of snacks, from chocolate and peanut butter-covered pretzels to savory crackers, Gratify has got your taste buds, and gluten-free guests, covered.  Gratify

For the man who likes a clean and smoothly shaven face, add One Blade Shave to your list.

One Blade is a unique, meticulously crafted shaving instrument that helps a man transform the dreaded chore of shaving into a coveted routine.

He’ll love the way his face looks and feels after a few strokes from this cutting edge razor. One Blade Razor

Remind a lady in your life just how beautiful she is and help her maintain her glow with the FAB Ultra Repair Cream.  FAB Holiday Limited-Edition Ultra Repair Cream

This product heals and protects her skin against winter’s frigid temps and will get her ready for warmer and sunnier days.

To go with that glow, be sure to include L.A. Girl’s Beauty Brick Eyeshadow Collection that range from super wearable looks like Nudes to bolder looks like Neons. la-girl-beauty-brick-eyeshadow-15

Jewelry is always an amazing gift idea.

The line of watches by Christian Van Sant includes great men’s and women’s choices with multiple finishes, colors and bezels. Christian Van Sant Women's Delicate Model CV4411

Go from an everyday watch to one that wows the crowd. Christian Van Sant offers elegant and sophisticated timepieces with a fashionable flair.

Another great jewelry find is the Panacea Horizontal Eye Integrated Necklace from South Moon Under. Panacea Horizontal Eye Integrated Necklace

Next to jewelry, handbags are high on a woman’s list of favorite things.

Check out Nuciano tote bag which comes in two rich colors and is big enough for her to stylishly tote her essential items and trinkets. Aaliyah-Tote-in-Pebble-Leather-Orange-Angle

Keep your loved ones nice and cozy as they hit the slopes, go caroling or ice-skate with products from South Moon Under.

The Nirvana Nordic Traper faux fur hat, the San Diego Hat Co.’s Owl or Cat knit beanie, Echo Design Braid Stitch Tech Gloves or the faux fur stole scarf are crowd pleasers. Echo Design Braid Stitch Tech Gloves

Pajamas are also wonderful gifts, so try the Splendid Intimates Holiday Fair Isle Pajama Two Piece Set.

Be sure to stay in the loop of sales and promotions available online and in stores all holiday season.

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