It’s so very early to worry about the gift giving season isn’t it? But I really want to get a jump start on Gift Giving Guides this year and one particular guide that REALLY needs an extra early preview is my Unique Guide to Gift Giving via Etailers.
I love Etailers ummm wait scratch that….I’m addicted to Etailers. What are Etailers? Etailers are basically smaller shops or homegrowns as I refer to them. It’s normally run by a single person sometimes two and products are handmade in most cases from scratch. These products include bath and body goodies, perfumes, perfume oils, and in some cases even cosmetics. I love purchasing gifts from Etailers because it makes the gift giving experience really unique and special because seriously some of these items just can’t be purchased in any store or shop you’d find at the mall.
I’m also starting this guide a little earlier because many of these shops are popular and they sometimes have a lead shipping time which takes anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks (or more) to get your items since they are being freshly made. I’ve personally shopped from these stores myself however I can’t vouch for their shipping time so please if you’re gifting someone do take the shipping time into consideration prior to ordering. Again, this is why this particular gift guide is going up early.
In other news…
I’ll be doing other gift guides over the next month and into December. Hopefully you’ll find each of these guides a helpful way to discover some great presents for friends and family. If you have an idea for a particular guide I’d love to hear it, do comment and share.
Jump ahead for the Muse’s Gift Guide to Unique Gifts From Etailers around the Internet!
Let me start my guide by introducing you to Isle of Eden. I haven’t placed an order from Isle of Eden in a very long time simply because in my experience the shipping time was VERY bad. It takes anywhere from 3-6 weeks to get in order or at least that was the case for me. I don’t mind waiting for the order but when it’s for gifts it was a problem. It has a huge cult following and the products are very, very nice but the shipping does present a problem. I’m telling you about this one a bit early as there may still be time to squeeze an order in and get it in time for Christmas.
The products are pretty much body scrubs, whipped body creams, shampoos, perfumes, etc…all the items are handmade and blended with interesting scents that you won’t find anywhere else. I’ve tried pretty much all that she offers and I’ve always been quite pleased aside from as I mentioned above the very poor shipping times. These are a nice, unique gift idea none the less.
She promises her turn around for shipment is 10 days if it’s true or not I can’t relate back to you.
Visit Isle of Eden at www.isleofeden.com
Now one of absolutely favorite places to shop for the Holidays would be Margarita Bloom. I don’t have a friend alive who won’t turn and ask “but didn’t you buy me some Margarita Bloom for my stocking?” Indeed, it’s a rather addicting little shop. With a wide array of handmade moisturizers, lip treatments, bath and body goodies, and much, much more, you won’t have a shortage for gift ideas here. Plus did I mention the vintage pin up girl style packaging is so me? Shipping is very fast in my experience and the owner is a joy to deal with, a real sweetie.
Visit Margarita Bloom at www.margarita-bloom.com
Some items on my wish list from Margarita Bloom:
I can’t tell you how long I’ve been ordering from Red, White and Blue Bonnet which is an E-bay online Bath Shop run by a lovely little lady named Carol. She makes the cheapest bath bombs and bubble bars around town plus they are tops in my books. She has a slew of scents to choose from plus other very fun and exciting bath goodies but the Muse highly recommends her Bubble Bars, inexpensive and awesome stocking stuffers and gifts!
Visit Red, White, and Blue Bonnet at http://stores.ebay.com/Soft-And-Sudsy-Bath-And-More
If perfume is your deal…hey wait this isn’t for you! It’s supposed to be a gift! If perfume is your friend’s (or family’s) deal you can’t do better than stopping by Starring Fragrances for some foody and deliciously scented perfumes made by Ashley Peldon herself. These fragrances are some of the best I’ve tried with wonderful throw and linger but keep in mine they are sweet and foody with scents like Banana Bread Sundae. Coconut Vanilla Custard Creme, and Pink Marshmallow these are sure to tickle your sweet tooth. For an even more customized gift you can get Ashley to make a perfume for you or a friend, cousin, sister….just tell her notes you like or what scents you love and she’ll create a personalized perfume just for you!
Visit Starring at www.starringfragrances.com
For a deeper review see my Starring Fragrance Review.
Little Shop of Beauty located in Canada has always had me at the front page. I click on and proceed to want to buy almost instantly. So hard saying no to the cute vintage packaging and interesting little products they sell in the bath and body arena. Loves it! Shipping is a tad on the slow side but it’s been a while in between my last order so it could have improved. They have really unique items that would make a super gift.
My fav is the custom beauty bar which allows you to custom scent any number of items from moisturizers to shampoo to body sprays! Love, love personal beauty!
Visit the Little Shop of Beauty at www.littleshopofbeauty.com
Most Doctor’s wouldn’t consider adding sweet next to their name but this Doctor doesn’t mind in the least. Doctor Sweet Tooth is a fav little shop of mine that sells many a fine bath and body treat and even fragrance, scrubs, and more and of course you guessed it…in really SWEET scents!
The Doctor is in at www.doctorsweettooth.com
Well I sure do hope you had fun with this post and maybe located a unique and fabulous gift for a friend (or for yourself). I’ll be bringing you a second part in this series shortly with other unique offerings found around the Internet. Do tell me if you hauling anything!
Disclosure: Please take note links included in this post are NOT affiliate links. They are simply links to online stores I’ve shopped from in the past and enjoyed. I do not make money from these stores, I am not paid to post about them nor do they even know they’ll be featured on my blog, this is a simple and fun gift guide created by me.