25 Days of Holiday Shopping!

This was originally part of our Shoelabs page, but we thought it made more sense to be here on the blog. This was part of our holiday shopping promotion stuff we did at the end of last year.

Remember those Advent calendars you had has a kid? Each day in December you opened a new door on the calendar and found a rich, creamy (or perhaps stale) piece of chocolate. Well here is Shoeboxed’s version of an Advent calendar… forget the chocolate, here are some rich, creamy (never stale) places to shop!

December 20: Smell Your Best for the Rest FragranceNet.com

You can make even the black sheep of the family smell nice with some perfume or cologne from FragranceNet.com.

December 19: Cruise the Strip…on a Cooler CruzinCooler.com

Drive around on your gas or electric-powered cooler-on-wheels and always have a cold drink at your convenience!

December 18: Score a Hole-In-One This Holiday Season Golfun.net

No matter what your handicap is, these golf gifts are sure to crack you up.

December 17: Hilarity Ensues With a Busted Tee BustedTees.com

Without me, it is just aweso…and without these shirts, it is just not funny.

December 16: A Few Necessities for the Young Ones BabyCenterStore.com

This site has everything that you will need for the youngest members of your family.

December 15: Capture All Your Holiday Memories Geeks.com

Make sure you get every memory from this holiday season on camera with help from some Geeks!

December 14: We All LOVE Chocolate EatLoveChocolate.com

These custom, handmade truffles, bonbons and caramels from a local boutique chocolatier are Shoboxed team favorites! We met this chocolatier at a local event for small business owners and were able to sample her chocolates. Her training at the French Culinary Institute and desire to create the highest quality product possible make these chocolates even more LOVEable.

December 13: Gifts for Drinkers KegWorks.com

Shoeboxed is not liable for how much fun you will have with these gifts.

December 12: Radio Control Submarines, Helicopters, Cars and More WonderHobby.com

Go ahead and hunt for Red October right in your own fish tank.

December 11: Simple Gift Accessories for Your Notebook and iPod blueLounge.com

Einstein has one of these for his iPod…so should you.

December 10: Costumes Aren’t Just for Kids Anymore BuyCostumes.com

Halloween isn’t the only holiday you can dress up for! Be the life of the party with one of these awesome costumes.

December 9: Miles of Exercise in Your Own Backyard www.EndlessPools.com

The swimmer’s treadmill provides a never-ending lap lane in a fraction of the space.

December 8: For the Directionally Challenged


Wherever you’re going in life, a new dashboard, handheld, or wrist-worn GPS system will help you get there.

December 7: Be Your Own Designer

Customizing your girl may be pretty difficult, but customizing her clothes is easy!

December 6: Hoodies for the Holidays StylinOnline.com

Hook it up with these hoodies for any style, any age, and any occassion.

December 5: Great Gag Gifts Galore FreshTrend.com

These gifts would even make Ebenezer Scrooge crack a smile.

December 4: 7 Irresponsible and Fun Ways to Spend Your Holiday Bonus bargaineering.com

Forget a new water heater, you need a plasma TV!

December 3: Gifts That Women Will Actually Love Shefinds.com

Shefinds.com shops the web (for women) so you don’t have to…no more lame-gift excuses, gentlemen.

December 2: Design Gifts and Home Furniture Ideas Singulier.com

You’ll definitely be the talk of the office after you host the annual holiday party with a few of these handy items around your house.

December 1: 10 Reasons We’re Doomed: SkyMall Edition Gizmodo.com

These little gizmos and gadgets are completely ridiculous and slightly unnecessary…but you’ll love them!


Black Friday Feature: Cool Shopping Sites & Gift Ideas!

We had this article up on one of our static pages, but we thought it made sense to move it here. This was originally from November, during the holiday shopping season, and has been really popular since it was posted. Enjoy!

We sifted through the long list of stores that you all buy from so that we could bring you some of the craziest, most creative and weirdest stores on the web. For this holiday guide, we included mom & pop stores and big, established brands, and some that probably don’t classify as either. Here’s the list:

1. Harry Potter wands: www.alivans.com

We like Alivans for its unique approach and for bringing some magic back into this world. It’s a
fun tangent of all that Harry Potter hype. Wave your wands, muggles!

2. Music stickers: www.musicstickers.com

We probably all agree that this is not one of the prettiest websites alive, but we love it for its great selection and fair prices.

3. Custom-made oil paintings:

Ok, we are biased on this one.
We bought a huge canvassed version of a Mika album cover for our headquarters.
You can take any image, and they’ll put it on a canvas for you. It’s
as classy as Paris.

4. Wild Ties: www.wildties.com

If their popular ties fit as
a gift for one of your family members, he is probably in an interesting
industry. But never fear! They also have the boring ones.

5. Pimp your pet: www.poshpetglamourboutique.com

Look for a gift for pets? Shop
here when you really love them or want to make them look ridiculous.

6. Plain coolness and style on
T-Shirts: www.authenticboricua.com

Nothing funny to say about
those guys. Really cool shirts from Puerto Rico, keep it up.

7. Print your own shirts: www.spreadshirt.net

Design custom shirts for your
friends and foes or feast on the creativity of others. Anyways, a shirt
is always a bold statement.

8. Customize your high-tech toys:

A German company that designs
really nice vinyls for all your gadgets. They gave us some for our laptops with the Shoeboxed-Logo on it, and we just love them.

9. Gift Finder: www.target.com/

This is the mainstream, but
it fits the fashion victim’s purpose. And the Target-Gift-Finder is
actually fun to use.

10. Nifty stuff: www.thinkgeek.com/

The programmers at Shoeboxed
claim this is not a place for “real geeks,” but our marketing team
finds it to be a very entertaining site that provides everything from
USB-coffewarmers to chain-mail-shirts.

11. Tinker-Stuff: www.sciplus.com/

According to the programmers,
THIS is the real geeky side. Pretty boring to the marketing folks, though.

12. Receipt Scanner: The Shoeboxed.com Store

Great gift, of course: Want to organize your receipts? Want to scan your receipts for less than half of the price that other companies charge? Well great, because this
is the same exact scanner that others charge $200 for. We call it the shoescanner, and we offer it through Amazon because we love you.

13. Don’t mug yourself. Mug others:

If you’re friends are spending
their lives in an office, like we do, you can get them very inexpensive
mugs here. Caffeine-dependent people like mugs!

14. Inappropriate T-shirts: www.deathrowtshirts.com

Probably the second-most-inappropriate
T-shirt site on the web. We are not disclosing the first place.

15. Giving your doctor a gift helps
your health: www.smartscrubs.com

Everybody knows a doctor. Here
is his perfect gift. Also good for role-plays. *cough cough*

16. Customized hand bags: www.snaptotes.com/home/

Put any picture on any bag
and carry it around. We like the whole “flaunt it” – thing,

17. Crafty stuff: www.etsy.com

Only handmade, authentic, and
real stuff. No plastic here! Ever got rated “Granola” on Shoeboxed?
Then this is a great place to find “me gifts.”

18. For the sports-fan in your
family: www.replayphotos.com

Represent your college sports
team. Alright, they also happen to be our totally awesome neighbors
in Brightleaf Square in Downtown Durham.

19. Wicked cool stuff: www.wickedcoolstuff.com

It’s corny, geeky, nerdy –
but it’s original. Also great stuff for your comic-loving kid.

20. Unique, rare stuff: www.thingsyouneverknew.com

If you ever thought, you have
seen everything: Here is some stuff that for sure no one else has. Uniqueness-award
on this one!

21. Nice apparel brand: www.uniqlo.com

New brand that comes straight
from Asia to NY. A tip for all you Hipsters and Trendsetters.

22. Sportswallets: www.jfold.com

Look! Animal-skin receipt holders!
Or just very stylish leather wallets. If you give this to your kids,
make sure you include some dead presidents.

23. The Classic: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/

We talked about whether we
want to feature UO, because everybody knows them already. But they are
simply the best large retailer if it comes to cool apparel for kids
between 18 and 30.

24. If you are too lazy to search
all of the stores for yourself: Core77.com Ultimate Gift Guide

Uhm… It’s weird, but it’s
really cool! 77 Design gifts under $77. For you edgy people out there.


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