wisteria.com Bright and simply laid out, this site features new, antique, and artfully weathered imports from across the globe.
2 of 5Wendell T. Webber
Best Cooking and Food Shopping Websites
chefshop.com Picture an online supermarket with the most delectable gourmet items. A highlight: Batch’s Best Cherries, which can be ordered all year but are shipped only in July, at the height of their perfection.
ecookbooks.com A comprehensive depot of cookbooks―more than 14,000 titles―all offered at discount prices.
froghollow.com The California-based fruit purveyor (its gorgeous peaches have reached icon status) sells delicious fruit spreads and pastries as well.
ginnys.com Cookware, appliances, and more on a site with reasonable prices and a friendly vibe.
kingarthurflour.com A wonderful source for bakers of all levels. It’s famous for flour, but you can also find cake and bread mixes, molds, pans, liners, chocolate chips, books, and more on this cheerful site.
wmboundsltd.com Pepper mills (and the peppercorns to put in them) are the specialty here, from a company that has been producing the tools for more than 40 years.
zingermans.com Unusual, old-fashioned, and delicious food finds from all over the country and the world.
3 of 5Bob Hiemstra
Best Clothing and Accessories Shopping Websites
Shop top-drawer labels (like Kate Spade and Prada) by color, designer, or price, with deals galore.
Cute clothing; fresh, friendly-looking models; and clever copy, plus quick and efficient service.
Custom-designed purses, clutches, pillows, and plates on a site that prides itself on excellent customer service.
The name says it all: organic, eco-conscious, stylish clothing (with goods for the home, too).
Offers exclusive (free) access to sample sales of designer brands like Tracy Reese and Alice + Olivia.
Time-tested clothing, an easy-to-navigate site, and sales agents who work overtime to make you happy.
The outdoor-gear giant goes above and beyond in its customer service, and everything―everything―is 100 percent guaranteed.
Calculates your body type from measurements you take, then directs you to the clothing made to flatter your shape. Genius.
Put in the type of pants you’re looking for and your inseam and this especially helpful site searches multiple e-tailers to comparison-shop for you.
Brand-new and just building its inventory. The clothes and the home goods are darling, and there are bargains to be had.
Locate extraordinary boutiques of both the online and brick-and-mortar sort. Browse by city (New York City, Brooklyn, Boston, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., are offered now) or category (“great sales,” “girly vibe,” and “quality customer service,” to name a few).
Shop for bras and jeans by body type and style. Makes your number of options manageable and eliminates the guesswork about which bra has the best push-up action or which jeans add a bit of curve to a flat bum.
This favorite of shoe lovers―which also offers clothing, bags, and accessories―provides free shipping both ways, so you can try out anything and everything at no expense.
4 of 5Lucas Allen
Best Gift Shopping Websites
The kind of wedding presents (Waterford, Lenox) you would buy at department stores but often cheaper and with free shipping, no tax, and personal customer service.
Quiet simplicity is the hallmark of the bed linens, table linens, and children’s gifts you’ll find here. Wonderful for out-of-the-ordinary wedding presents.
The place to buy (and sell) one-of-a-kind gifts and inexpensive handmade arts and crafts.
Based in Britain and quirky, this site features inventive items you may have a hard time giving away.
Gifts for the home, for the jewelry lover, and even for pets and their owners. Fun and extremely affordable.
5 of 5Sang An
Best Miscellaneous and Bargain Shopping Websites
overstock.com Designer clothes and shoes, furniture, sporting goods, electronics, luggage―what doesn’t this site carry? Everything is discounted, and almost all the merchandise qualifies for free shipping.
smartbargains.com A veritable bargain bazaar. Normally pricey goods (like cashmere scarves and Egyptian-cotton sheets) can be picked up at a fraction of their cost elsewhere―up to 70 percent off.
duluthtrading.com Once upon a time, this company was all about tools for construction workers and longshoremen. Now it offers everything from grooming products to toys to toothbrushes for dogs―and tradesmen-tested gear―with a real commitment to customer service.
minimus.biz Thousands of mini-size products―three ounces or less―make travel a breeze. A brilliant idea.
organicbouquet.com Pesticide-free blooms from organic farms, some with an added bonus of proceeds going to nonprofit groups partnered with the site.
seacloth.com Fabrics in poppy tones (and a small collection of home goods) are organized by color, so it’s easy to find what suits your palette.
seejanework.com The most stylish office supplies and organizational tools ever.