I'm one of those people that gets weary when shopping- I get cranky, like a small child and begin to lose patience. Even with myself. So I generally try and avoid actual in-real-life shopping, prefering the comfort of my own home, my laptop and a big old mug of tea (chocolate biscuits may also feature quite strongly). These are my favourite online sites for shopping, most of these are particularly great in the run-up to Christmas by the way, in case anyone out there has, like me, already started their Christmas present-buying. I know, I'm a weirdo but I like to be organised!
Not On The High Street.com
As a side note, I have bought all of the above items, except for the red print, top left (and that's on my wish list). The ones I have bought were excellent quality and all rather lovely.
Not on The High Street.com is one of the best places to go for quirky presents- something a little bit different for the person who has everything. It's comprised of many different sellers so you're getting a great variety and you can find everything from wedding, birthday, Christmas, christening, engagement and anniversary presents to homeware and garden items. The only downside is that you can get badly stung on p & p as it's a UK based site and for some reason that means that you end up paying an extortionate amount. I've avoided that issue by signing up with Parcel motel, however.
Cloud 10 Beauty
Cloud 10 Beauty is my go-to for beauty products such as Sleek, Seche vite, Real Techniques, Nuxe and OPI, amongst others. What I love about Cloud 10 is the excellent service- any time I visit the site, someone pops up to ask if you need any help and if you'd like to hear about the special offers for that day. Then even when I get standard delivery I usually have my order by the next day or the day after! Also, you can review your products on the site to get bonus points, which you can add up and use to get money off your next order. Overall it shows that you, as a customer are important to them and I really appreciate that.
The Book Depository
All great reads and selling on the site for really decent prices.
The Book Depository is great because of the free delivery mainly. I used to buy my books from play.com back in the day but then they were taken over or whatever and only seemed to be selling nonsense that I didn't want. Now I probably prefer the likes of Amazon as the selection tends to be very good but you can't argue with the old free delivery on The Book Depository.
I'm a recent convert to Etsy. One day I went looking for statement necklaces on there and got sucked into a vortex of clothing, art work, greetings cards and home decor. It really is its own little wonderland. You can find plenty of reasonably priced and unique items on there if you give it a good rummage.
Other than that, I like all the usual- Topshop, Oasis, Warehouse, Asos.
What about you? Any of those tickle your fancy or do you have any better recommendations for me?