If you are shopping for someone other than yourself, you are technically 'gift shopping.' For many consumers, gift-shopping and shopping-shopping will not be radically different. However, online gift shopping can catapult you way ahead of the competition in proving who is the 'best' child, niece, husband, brother etc. When you add the word 'gift' into your search engine query, you will receive slightly different results. Knowing the benefits of savvy on-line 'gift' shopping can definitely make it more attractive to a specific consumer clientele.
- Gift shopping sites often include links like "top ten gift ideas," "romantic gifts for her," "shop by personality" and "hard to buy for" that can be very helpful to stumpified gift givers. http://www.gifts.com/ and http://www.findgift.com/ are excellent examples of tailored gift shopping of this kind.
- Retailers that advertise themselves as "gift shops" often have unique, one-of-a-kind items that are difficult to find in a strictly commercialized venue, or localized area of the country. Websites like http://www.100giftshops.com/ and http://www.redenvelope.com/ bring together multiple small retailers for unique gifts that are guaranteed not to duplicate something already in the recipient's possession.
- Specialty stores often advertise on the internet in the form of gift-shopping, "Gifts from India" "Winnie the Pooh Gifts and more," etc.
- Online gift-shopping makes it easier to find gifts, sets and arrangements that are tailored for a specific event. For example, a flower and fruit arrangement for Easter or 'Scents and Soaps' for Mother's Day.
Wrapping and gift-packaging is almost always included as an optional service at gift shopping sites, which is especially attractive when you do not live in the same area as the intended recipient.