10 Stores You Aren’t Looking at for Your Holiday List — But Should Be
Tired of hunting through the same old gifts at the same old stores that everyone you know shops at? Want to surprise a loved one with something unique and special? Then you need to broaden your shopping scope. It may sound like a scary, impossible-to-start task, but we’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled this list of 10 sites that you probably haven’t thought of or didn’t even know existed. They’ve all got great ideas for home cooks and will result in you having to answer that wonderful question: “Where’d you find this amazing gift?”
Keep reading and you might even end up adding a few things to your own wish list.
It seems like most people we talk to either haven’t heard of this site at all or they had no idea they could find cute home stuff on it. Yes, it’s mostly a clothing site, but you can also find cute mugs and glassware and a bunch of tools and gadgets. Each item is cuter than the last and it all reminds us of stuff you’d find at Urban Outfitters (only even less mainstream and more budget-friendly). We can’t stop thinking about this unicorn-themed, pool-float-inspired tea infuser or this brightly colored cocktail kit.
2. H&M Home
Did you know that H&M Home launched online (as a home textile shop) in 2009? Since then, the brand has been slowly expanding. While it’s unlikely there’s a stand-alone H&M Home store near you (there are only 48!) there are little pop-ups in a bunch of the regular H&M stores — and you can shop all the goodies online. Not surprisingly, the brand really excels with tablecloths, napkins, and tea towels. The site also has some killer glassware, wood cutting boards, and candleholders.
3. Of a Kind
The fun of shopping on this site is that some of the items are limited to a few of a kind. (Hence the name!) So there may be, say, only 60 of something. Or 35. Translation: You’re sure to find a truly unique gift that your loved one hasn’t seen before. The site sells all sorts of stuff (clothing, jewelry, paper goods, and more), but we’re, of course, partial to the kitchen gear. There are 50 of this Sand Speckled Vase and 40 of these mosaic trays. It’s not all limited in stock, either, should that make you too nervous — but everything does come from smaller shops that make super-cute and stylish goods.
What to get the home cook who has everything? Literally anything on this site. It’s full of perfectly curated kitchen gear that’s as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. Take this classic Dutch Oven from the brand Milo: It’s just as much of a looker as a name-brand oven (and works just as well!) but costs only $95. While you’re clicking through the site, consider these gorgeous knives, some of this smart coffee gear, or some modern-yet-retro barware.
The name of this site says it all. There’s nothing common about a single product on here — especially when it comes to the kitchen and bar section. For example, this fruit bowl has a ton of storage space, plus a hook to hang bananas. This tray is made to look like a TV dinner container — only it’s made of stoneware instead of plastic. And this serving platter is great for any artist in your life. Plus, there are plenty of cute food-related gifts beyond the kitchen section, too. Just look at these taco baby booties!
6. Zara Home
Although there are no Zara Home brick-and-mortar stores in the United States just yet, you can shop all the goodies online. (Something your friends might not know is an option, which means you can surprise them with some things they’ve never seen before.) The Kitchen & Dining offerings include lots of textiles, glassware, serving pieces, and more. The look? Picture a more conservative Anthropologie. At even better prices.
Yet another site known mostly for its fashion, ASOS has a whole section called Living & Gifts. Click into that and you’ll find the Kitchen & Bar section. There, you’ll find this terrazzo print water bottle, lots of unexpected Disney stuff, a llama-shaped bottle opener, and more. You really never know what you’re going to find on this site. And that’s what makes it so fun!
Check out this site when it comes time to find something for your SO or your favorite person in the whole wide world. Here, you’ll find Etsy-level ceramics, table linens, and other tableware. The shop curators travel the world to find the best makers, so the offerings are impeccable. This Halston Pitcher, for example, was hand-thrown and glazed in Dublin. And these marble coasters were handmade in Mexico.
Do you have any other fun and surprising sites to suggest? Leave your ideas in the comments below!