First published on 22 Nov 2011. Updated on 26 Nov 2012.
Best for: Your cute-as-a-button friend
This is the go for handmade, vintage, arty and crafty goods. You’ll find very limited-run furniture designs, quirky jewellery and great vintage dresses. For more obscure handmade products – and big laughs – head straight to Regretsy. We’ve produced some of Time Out’s best issues on the typewriter cocktail machine we bought from there.
Best for: The discerning gift-giver
Specialising in the unique and beautifully designed, hardtofind. makes it easy to browse a database of over 4,000 products ranging from home and garden goods to clothing and accessories (and everything in between). And these aren't your average cookie-cutter items. Practicality and design go hand-in-hand to give mundane everyday items like clocks quirky makeovers. With most items on the website delivered for free in 1 to 2 days and free gift-6wrapping offered, lazy last-minute gift-buyers can rejoice.
Best for: Your sartorial boyfriend
A mecca for the fashion-conscious men among us, Oki-ni offers everything from Acne to Gareth Pugh to Maison Martin Margiela. As well as free shipping, Oki-ni collaborates with brands such as Adidas and Levi’s, and serves as a showcase of collaborative talent with creative individuals.
Best for: Your girlfriend with expensive taste
Brought to the internet by the team behind Net-a-porter.com, the Outnet stocks discounted designer womenswear and accessories. The site has a range of stock that makes both the closet and the wallet happy, and also hosts pop-up sales via their newsletter.
Best for: Your denim-loving dad
Need Supply Co.
This Victorian website stocks the best denim labels about – Levi’s Raleigh Denim, Rag and Bone and Nudie to name a few – and shipping is totally free. They’ve also got a great selection of shoes and accessories, and the website is beautiful and very easy to use.
Best for: Your fashionista sister
The Grand Social
This website is our pick for the best of Australian and New Zealand design. They stock the likes of Emma Mulholland, Jenny Kee, Miss Unkon, Romance Was Born and We Are Handsome, they ship daily, and postage is free.
Best for: Your geeky brother
If they like to be first in line at the Apple store when a new product is released and connected 24/7, then this site will have a gift for them. Think Geek satisfies all tech-related needs, no matter how geeky or obscure they may be.
Best for: Your literature-loving mum
Worldwide shipping is free, they’ve got a huge range of titles and the books are often half the price of what you’d find in Sydney bookstores. And if you can’t find what you are looking for, the site will link you directly to AbeBooks, which specialises in out-of-print works.
Oh, and if you’re looking to kick this year’s Christmas party up a notch, head to Pingwarrah. One thousand glow sticks will only set you back a cool $75. But yes, you’ll need to leave minimising your carbon footprint for the New Year.