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Twelve Hot Sites For Cool Gifts
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1. Give back while looking good “
Buy your socially conscious roommate a version of design21sdn.com‘s sleek Allumonde ring in Stainless Steel, Titanium, Sterling Silver or Gold ” whatever fits your budget. Then choose which charity you”d like 19% of the proceeds to go to. Another 2% of the proceeds will go to UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). While you”re there, scope out this fascinating website, check out the design competitions and join the conversations about smart design solutions.
2. For your celebrity-worshipping friends or sisters “
If she (or he!) loves watching the entertainment gossip shows and always wants to know what her favorite celebs are wearing, you”ll LOVE like.com. Scroll through the pics of celebs, zero in on Gwyneth”s boots or Jessica”s handbag, click, and presto! Up pops a window showing a multitude of options that look like that item. Further refine your search by deciding what components you like the most, then get more options based on that input. You”ll love shopping with this visual search engine.
3. If bright colors are your thing “
Pylones-usa.com offers everything in bright colors and fun designs. Computer mice painted like ladybugs, bangle watches in bright stripes or funky retro squares, a baby spoon with an attached plastic plane ” open wide!
4. For somebody with a brand new pad “
Try Chiasso.com. Save for one store (in Chicago’s Lincoln Park), they”re now strictly catalog and on-line. Find super-cool furniture pieces, accents and doo-dads at great prices. Very European and contemporary style. Very affordable pricing.
5. For a graphic artist “
BlendCreations.com combines a husband-and-wife team”s artistic skills to make gorgeous, simple jewelry designs and graphic stationery. Great for all your style-conscious friends.
6. Just adorable “
Your little sis would love something cute from SmittenKitten.ca. From fabric brooches to wallpaper postcards. While you”re there, snatch up a one-of-a-kind vintage silk scarf clutch for yourself!
7. More mod fun and funky “
Go to cb2.com ” the less expensive, funkier little sister shop from Crate & Barrel. Find your friends some great funky ornaments, a so-soho messenger bag, a great new shower curtain, fun barware, the list goes on!
8. For the rebel in your family “
Impress your teenage brother with your hipness by grabbing some vintage-look tees or goth candles from UrbanOutfitters.com. This site has tons of gift ideas ” many with an 80s-retro edge. Um, yeah.