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5 Sites That Can Help You Find the Right Gift or, How I Got My Holiday Shopping Done Early for the First Time Ever

Updated on December 17, 2018

The holidays are almost here and, if you are anything like me, you’re probably having a hard time finding great gift ideas. In the past, I’ve spent countless hours looking through, what seemed to be, an endless stream of online and B&M stores hoping that the perfect gift would jump out at me … it’s exhausting.

This year, I decided to take a different approach and look for sites that suggest and curate products and ask others to point me in the right direction.

Here are a few that I found most helpful and do just that, offer gift and product advice. Some are “experts” and do significant testing of the products they review while other’s are curated selections or communities of helpful individuals. I found value in each for different people on my list.

The Wirecutter

The Wirecutter does detailed reviews and product comparison to determine the best products. It is essentially a free version of Consumer Reports in that they do actually testing on all of the products they review and grade them bast on the results.

The product groups are very specific so it can be very helpful if you know want to buy wireless headphones for example, but don’t know which brand and would like an honest review of what the best options are for the money.


Shopopotamus is a social shopping site where users collect and share gift ideas and product recommendations and can ask each other for help if they are having trouble finding something. You can also create wish lists or registries of the products you are interested in and share them with your friends and family.

I found the site to be very helpful in getting ideas and discover a few things I want for myself along the way. The people there also made some really good suggestions for one person I was having trouble finding something for.

This Is Why I’m Broke

This Is Why I’m Broke showcases cool products that have been recommended by visitors and makers or curated by site staff. Products that “perform better” than the site wide average are left on permanently, others are removed.

The site can be as bad as going to the mall time wise but in a good way, I got sucked in browsing starring at things ranging from the super cool to the ridiculous and expensive. A lot of the products are just wow factor but there are good gift ideas as well.


This site compiles gift lists in a number of categories and interest areas that are further broken down by gender and age. While I found some of the suggestions to be fairly generic, I did get a number of really good ideas as well.


Reddit has a bunch subs that can be pretty helpful if you’re having trouble coming up with an idea. Just let people know what your budget is and what the intended recipients interests are. As I said, there are a number of them but i found /r/gifts, /r/giftideas and /r/santashelpers to be the most active.

A Bonus Site In Case You’re Still Stuck

While Fivestar doesn’t offer suggestions or curated content, I found it helpful to narrow things down when I had an idea what I wanted and wanted to use my free shipping. The site shows only Amazon Products but . If those are the deciding factors for you (and you only want to shop Amazon), this May be the site for you.

Annnnd … my holiday shopping is done!

For the first time in recent memory, I won’t be frantic and clueless at a mall 2 days before Christmas!

I hope this helps some of you and you all have a great holiday season!


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