ShopSmart, the shopping magazine published by Consumer Reports, has come up with its first list of the best shopping sites. The list is divided into five categories: Clothing & Accessories, Foodie Stuff, Home Decor & More, Shoes and Everything Else.
"We've looked at thousands of sites, and these offer great bargains, a fantastic selection or stellar customer service," said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart.
This is the result: ShopSmart's Favorite Shopping Sites of 2010.
>Clothing & accessories
>Home decor & more
Alice.com (everyday household stuff like paper products)
Apple.com (computers and more)
Case-mate.com (cell phone cases)
Etsy.com (handmade items)
Sephora.com (cosmetics and personal-care products)
ShopSmart found sites where you can buy inexpensive presents that will delight everyone.
*For the girly girl. Fun and indulgent gifts for those who deserve a little treat -- and don't we all?
Dogeared.com: Gorgeously Zen jewelry and other goodies, such as bags and bookmarks.
GoodToBeYou.com: Girly essentials including after-pedi booties, lingerie bags and sparkly tees.
Lush.com: Body products and cosmetics handmade from fresh, organic fruits and veggies.
*For the manly man. Whether he's into the art of getting the perfect shave or drinking beer, a gift from one of these sites is sure to please.
FansEdge.com: Gear for every sport, game and team you can think of.
KegWorks.com: Everything beer and beer-related.
OmahaSteaks.com: Meat and more in the mail.
Roundtablegifts.com: Find an elegant surprise for the man who has everything -- we're talking engraved Zippo lighters, flasks and pocket watches.
*For the techie. Not sure what to get the geek in your life who has every gadget? Click here!
ComputerGear.com: T-shirts with scrolling LED messages and kinetic motion clocks are among the gifts for the computer whiz in your life.
Jinx.com: If you have a gamer on your gift list, this is the go-to place for video-game-inspired clothing.
ThinkGeek.com: Gifts for the tech geek, including solar-cell lamps, video watches, and Wi-Fi-detecting shirts.
*For the foodie. Whether it's yummy food or something that's used to make yummy food, your epicure friends will gobble up gifts you buy from these sites.
Earthy.com: Specialty foods, including fresh wild mushrooms, aged balsamic vinegar and Himalayan salt crystals.
Prepara.com: Find cool tools that blend form and function for serious home chefs.
Shopterrain.com: Great gifts for the foodie who's as comfy in the garden as in the kitchen. Teavana.com: From loose blends to traditional pots, this site offers everything tea.
By the editors of Consumer Reports at www.consumerreports.org.