A review of this season’s hottest gift guides
With Christmas fast approaching, online stores have prepared their gift guides for the 2013 festive season. If you are dreading the last-minute rush to sort out all your presents, then a gift guide might be exactly what you need for a stress-free Christmas. It’s been done before, but 2013 has seen the rise of some very handy new features. Here are some that we think have got it right:
Harrods have gone for the classic approach. In keeping with the brand, this one combines luxury with ease of use. The straight-forward navigation means it couldn’t be simpler to browse and buy anything for anyone. And if you’re feeling particularly lavish this year, check out the ‘ultimate gifts’ section – find anything from a box of tea to a £1 million selection of whiskeys. Go on… treat yourself! Click here to view the Harrods gift guide.
The kings of online shopping have stayed true to their mantra, and this year they have done it differently. Customers can shop from slightly obscure categories, including ‘Most wanted’, ‘couch potatoes’ and ‘things that didn’t exist last year’. What’s more, the Argos gift guide is so planned out that you barely have to do anything; gifts can be sent to different addresses using their convenient recipient-list function. The guide offers an impressive assortment of products for a vast range of prices. If you want to do all your shopping in one place, then this is where you should be looking. Check it out here
Mr Porter and Net-A-Porter
The fashion world’s power couple have also joined this year’s gift guide whim. If you’re really lost for ideas, this is the perfect place for inspiration. The products are filtered more by price than anything else, which makes it easy to browse some predictably deluxe products within your budget. Each guide also has a link to the other site, so whoever you’re shopping for, the Porters have got you covered.
Effortlessly cool and easy to use, the OB gift guide should be any fashionista’s first stop this Christmas. In keeping with their brand, Orlebar Brown have gone for a sharp and laconic approach with their gift guide, whilst still making sure you have everything you need for a perfect Christmas. A nice little feature giving recommended shipping dates makes this a pretty comprehensive guide. Have a look for yourself here