Here are six websites that I recently learned about that everyone interested in design or shopping for gifts should know about.
1. Of a Kind. Each week, they select one designer whose work they love to feature on the site. They also share a series of stories about that designer—inspirations, personal life, taste, training, you name it—along with a limited-edition piece designed exclusively for Of a Kind.
2. I-Ella. Share your closet with other fashion savvy people around the country. You can swap, buy, lend or borrow. This site takes the hassle out of shopping and selling. I-ELLA charges a 10% transaction fee on every item sold on their platform.
3. Cheapism. They find the best cheap products out there and tell you what they are. They scour the internet for news stories and resources that are informative and fun and can help you save money. So, if you are which version of the product is the best to buy, this site is for you.
4. DealRadar. Every day, dozens of sites provide hundreds of opportunities for you to save money on dining, spa services, sporting events and other products, services and experiences. The savings are extraordinary, but the effort of sifting through dozens of daily deal emails or visiting multiple sites is extraordinarily time-consuming. That’s where Dealradar comes in. They summarize local deals on one site.
5. Quirky. Being an “inventor” has been a hard gig to crack. Complexities relating to financing, engineering, distribution, and legalities have stood in the way of brilliant people executing on their great ideas. They bring two new products to the market each week.
6. Decide.com. This site helps you to know when the best time is to purchase electronics.
I am not being paid to advertise for any of these sites. I just thought they were pretty sweet.
Enjoy! Have you tried any of these?