Gift-giving during the Christmas season can be a b*tch, what with all the long queues, the traffic jams, the hordes of shoppers to compete with, and of course, those crafty pickpockets roaming the malls. Good thing there are now so many reputable stores online to shop from. Check out our seven top picks!

A haven for fashionistas looking to score classic pieces and the latest trends, Zalora houses a wide selection of accessories, clothing, footwear, and beauty items for men, women, and kids. Expect to find the freshest picks with amazing discounts. If you aren’t sure what to get your loved ones, the site has gift cards you can purchase instead. Find top brands like Mango, 7 For All Mankind, Dolce and Gabbana, Mossimo, CLN, and so much more! Delivery of your purchases is also quick and efficient. Major credit cards, PayPal, COD, and even bank transfers are accepted.


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Not all beauty retailers are created equal. Calyxta carries a wide spectrum of beauty products for the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Ran by a crew of the beauty industry’s most renowned names, Calyxta brings beauty deals from well-loved brand names while also offering video tutorials and the latest dish on beauty trends. You don’t even need to log in or sign up to view these vids or read the articles! How cool is that?

Your one-stop shop for everything but the kitchen sink, Lazada is a godsend for those in search of good deals and those who can’t shoulder full purchase payment in one click. Unlike other virtual stores, Lazada offers its customers an installment program for its pricier goods. They accept all major credit cards, PayPal, Hello Pay, and COD.

Chocoholic Galore
There are countless online stores, especially on Instagram, that sell imported goodies, but nothing beats the selection provided by Chocoholic_Galore. Hard to find chocolates, unique treats, and the latest flavored concoctions from brands like Chips Ahoy, Lays, Pringles, and Oreos can be found in this seller’s shop. Pricing is competitive and the owner is prompt to respond to inquiries.

Beautymnl’s magazine, Bloom, is loaded with tons of beauty, lifestyle, health and wellness tidbits for women of all ages. Of course, you can’t have style tips without knowing where to get the latest goodies. Thankfully, you don’t have to go far since the shop section is brimming with many sought-after Asian brand names as well as crowd favorites in the beauty business. What makes Beautymnl stand out is their Salon to Go service, which allows users to book their very own glam squad. Select from their service menu and schedule your appointment to enjoy hair and makeup packages from the comfort of your own home.

SSI Life
Despite being a newbie in the online retailer game, SSI Life brings so much to the table all at once. The shop touts a lineup of local and foreign brands for consumers to choose from. They don't just carry fashion, beauty, lifestyle products, but also provide a scrumptious selection of food items or gift baskets to send out to friends and family. It’s not difficult to go a bit shop crazy in this virtual store.

This newly-hatched online shop/app still has a long way to go. However, it houses many of our favorite Instagram sellers. We can all agree that the downside of shopping via IG is waiting for a reply, but with Shopee, there's no need to wait for a Viber, Whatsapp, or text response. No need to wait for them to reply about pricing inquiry or product availability because these details are already listed on their Shopee account. The app also offers a built-in messaging option, so you can still reach a shop owner in case you have further questions.


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