Parents’ Anniversary Or Friend’s Birthday? These 9 Gifting Sites Will Save The Day

Rene posted on 04 July

With every gift gone wrong, hearts have been broken and friendships have hit a low. Think we’re lying? Try gifting a washing machine to your mum or a slimming belt to bae, and you’ll know exactly what we mean. To save you all this embarrassment {and heartbreak, obviously}, we scoured the internet to find gifts that are as apt for that wine-guzzling friend who’s finally moved to her own apartment as they are for your old man’s 50th birthday party.

PropShop

They proudly call themselves the curators of the cool, and we wouldn’t challenge it – they really sort us out when we’re looking for something fun {and outrageous even}. Boss Lady pencils, a foosball table for the desk, unicorn earphones, donut cushions, cat cups and saucers and cookie monster mugs – this isn’t a safe place for impulsive shoppers.

Everytime we’re stuck on that secret Santa gift {or something equally random} for a guy, we hit up their curated gifts for men section that covers every type of boy from the gym nut to the clumsy latecomer, and to the beer and sports’ enthusiast to the overgrown baby.

Gifts under 1k and bar and party starters {move over, shot glasses} are our favourite categories.

Imadeit

This site is special for it celebrates everything homemade. Cookies or necklaces or dog soaps or hand-painted sneakers, they’re full of aww-dorable things, all made by homepreneurs. Besides being a cool place to discover an origami expert or a stationery doodler, it’s nice to scour for gifts.

They have a special section on gifts. Besides, the whole site is full of tiny knick-knacks that make cute for collectibles.

Read more here.

BigSmall

Astronaut phone holders, foot hammocks, beard-catcher, bone pens, poop mugs, cosmetic organisers and shit tonnes of things you don’t need will make you love Bigsmall. Another bonus: They let you find gifts based on personality types including travelers, superhero fans, unicorn lovers, gym nuts and more.

P.S. How adorable is this GOT music box?!

Read more here.

Jaypore

For most part, we avoid looking at Jaypore because we can barely resist their handloom saris {don’t worry if you’re broke, some weaves start at INR 2k} and chunky silver earrings that have a massive variety between ethnic and contemporary designs.

Mum’s birthday or an arty-farty friend’s getting married? Jaypore will sort you out with clothes, accessories and vintage collectibles. Have a housewarming to attend? Their decor section is full of pretty bed linens, lamps and art work that start at INR 590.

To make the search less daunting, their special ‘gifts’ section will let you narrow down options {yes, they have those boring but safe gift cards also}. 

Cooliyo

We saw Coolio’s syringe markers, and the next one hour was spent browsing and buying random stuff {nope, we’re not guilty}. The ‘quirky’ section has our vote with its cactus pillows, mini inflatable palm trees, Panda toothbrush holder and more.

If your friend is into fun shoes, bags {love this rocket sling} or clothes, Cooliyo is full to the brim with those as well.  

See our list of favourites here.

Online Shopping Sites

    Oye Happy

    If you’re one for novel experiences, Oye Happy is your one true friend. From doggie cuddles at a kennel, to an exclusive pottery class – or even a trip to haunted location with ghosts cutting your birthday cake, they’re catering to all kinds of merrymakers.

    Not big on helicopter rides? Get bae a cute LED cards or send them a handwritten letter. Oye’s range of gifts starts at INR 299!

    Read more here.

    The Black Box Co.

    In an attempt to subvert stereotypes, the founders have searched far and wide and hunted down gifts that’ll make a man happy. They promise none of the flowers-chocolates-and-brown-wallets stuff and give you the option of personalised boxes instead.

    With its personalised hip flasks, work accessories, a coffee box and a whole range of travel gear, The Black Box Co. is sorting so many of our gifting dilemmas. The whiskey box and this grooming kit with beard oils and more are pre-made and we love the assortment of products that go in them.

    Read more here.

    CherishX

    From a romantic dinner by the pool to an evening under lit umbrellas or even a night in a forest cabin, we love CherishX for thinking of novel experiences for bae. This is a God-send for folks who struggle to think out of the box and are big on special moments. They can also book a compartment in the Delhi metro to pop the question or even arrange a flying scooter for an adventurous ride.

    Read more here.

    QuirkStop

    A very recent discovery for us, we were charmed by the assortment of things we saw. We love the curation of the site {the layout isn’t the most impressive though}.

    Beer boot glasses, chakhna trolleys and star light curtains are a few things we’re currently crushing on. By the way, forget gifts, we’ve already bought this book lamp for ourselves.  

    Get a more detailed review here.

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