There's a certain segment of the population who, once mid-November hits, refuse to go into stores and malls. It's not that they don't buy gifts for their loved ones for Christmas — they just smartly have discovered the best maneuvers for getting gifts online.

Even if you generally feel uncomfortable shopping online — perhaps you like to try items on right away, or just like to see them in person — buying gifts offers the perfect opportunity to develop your online shopping prowess. After all, you're likely looking for more general options anyway, and where better to be inspired than "at" a store that has its entire stock laid out on the screen in front of you, with a powerful search function to match?

Since there are a plethora of online shopping sites out there, we narrowed down the options to Canadian stores that offer specials on shipping (bonus points if they're fully free), as well as multitude of gift choices to make it more of a one-click shop for you.

Check out the best places to look for gifts online in Canada, and let us know if you've discovered any we may have missed:

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    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <b>The offer</b>: Free shipping over $25 <b>The gift options</b>: They're pretty much endless. Have a gardener on your list? Get his gloves here. A giant giraffe for your kiddo? You betcha. Oh yes, and books. Lots and lots of books.

  • Best Buy

    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <b>The offer</b>: Free shipping over $20 <b>The gift options</b>: Tech is key word here, but Best Buy is always good for a surprise — like say, <a href="" target="_blank">the karaoke machine</a> your best friend has been hinting about.

  • Designhouse

    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Designhouse</a> <b>The offer</b>: Free shipping to most areas in Canada <b>The gift options</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Stunning bowls</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">super fun backpacks</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">stylish speakers</a>

  • Etsy

    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Etsy Canada</a> <b>The offer</b>: This is our one exception to the 'standard shipping' rule — each seller has their own costs listed <b>The gift options</b>: Possibly the best place to buy gifts online in the world (which is why we waived our rule!). Etsy has everything from furniture to personalized stationery, and all else in between. Go get lost in there, just for fun.

  • Chapters/Indigo

    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Chapters/Indigo</a> <b>The offer</b>: Free shipping over $25 <b>The gift options</b>: As you probably know, Chapters/Indigo goes way beyond books these days, so if you're looking for stuffed animals, mugs, even fitness tools, check out this widespread shop

  • Lost Marbles

    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Lost Marbles</a> <b>The offer</b>: Free shipping over $50 in Canada <b>The gift options</b>: The classic gift store, Lost Marbles is perfect for items your loved ones never knew they wanted — like say, these <a href="" target="_blank">toy soldier bookends</a>, or a <a href="" target="_blank">Beatles' Yellow Submarine lunch pail</a>

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    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Lowe's</a> <b>The offer</b>: Free parcel shipping across Canada (<a href="" target="_blank">details here</a>) <b>The gift options</b>: The tool lover in your life will be very happy with most anything from Lowe's, but there's also kitchen appliances and home decor touches galore

  • Magic Pony

    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Magic Pony</a> <b>The offer</b>: Free shipping on Canadian orders over $100 <b>The gift options</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Stunning art prints</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">seriously unique kitchenware</a>, and really adorable toys for kids big and small

  • MEC

    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">MEC</a> <b>The offer</b>: Free shipping over $50 <b>The gift options</b>: If anyone on your list has even the slightest interest in outdoors activities and/or sport, then MEC is the place for you. Even stocking stuffers like <a href="" target="_blank">travel pillows</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">vacuum insulated bottles</a> make the grade. **As noted by HuffPost reader Sarah, MEC does require a $5 membership to the co-op, which also adds 24 to 48 hours to activate. Keep this in mind for costs and timing!

  • Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's

    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's</a> <b>The offer</b>: Free shipping over $50 <b>The gift options</b>: A huge selection of family fun gifts like board games and puzzles, as well as well-curated toys and <a href="" target="_blank">gadgets</a>

  • Old Faithful Shop

    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Old Faithful Shop</a> <b>The offer</b>: Free shipping in North America on all orders over $100 <b>The gift options</b>: It's hard not to fall in love with every beautifully crafted item in this store, but we'll suggest this (pricey but stunning) <a href="" target="_blank">cutting board</a>, and this <a href="" target="_blank">simply gorgeous kettle</a>

  • Rolo Store

    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Rolo Store</a> <b>The offer</b>: Between $6.95 and $12.95 for shipping for a limited time <b>The gift options</b>: There's tons for anyone and everyone you know here, like <a href="" target="_blank">Klingon cufflinks</a>, a gorgeous <a href="" target="_blank">business card case</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">a USB ring</a>, or a <a href="" target="_blank">pillow pug</a>

  • Simons

    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Simons</a> <b>The offer</b>: Free delivery on items ordered online <b>The gift options</b>: This department store has plenty on offer, from a <a href="" target="_blank">reindeer herd throw</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">lambskin shearling gloves</a>

  • The Source

    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">The Source</a> <b>The offer</b>: Free standard shipping on orders over $20 <b>The gift options</b>: TVs, video games, tablets, digital cameras — what's your pleasure?

  • The Sweet Basket

    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">The Sweet Basket</a> <b>The offer</b>: Free standard ground shipping <b>The gift options</b>: For the person who loves edible things more than anything else, this company can create baskets for every occasion (and taste)

  • Truly Organic Foods

    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Truly Organic Foods</a> <b>The offer</b>: Free shipping on orders over $100 <b>The gift options</b>: If you have a vegan or organic food lover in your life who adores a particular brand, this is the place to look for their favourite items

  • Umbra

    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Umbra</a> (be sure to select Canada from the menu) <b>The offer</b>: Free ground shipping on orders over $25 <b>The gift options</b>: A <a href="" target="_blank">ring holder</a> (for the newly engaged, perhaps?), a <a href="" target="_blank">wine rack</a> (for the newly engaged, perhaps), or a super cute <a href="" target="_blank">memo holder</a>

  • Upaya Naturals

    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Upaya Naturals</a> <b>The offer</b>: Free shipping on orders over $100 in Canada (except YT, NT and NU) <b>The gift options</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Juicers</a> for the health lovers, <a href="" target="_blank">good looking water bottles</a>, and many more natural products

  • Walmart Canada

    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Walmart Canada</a> <b>The offer</b>: Free standard shipping on all orders in Canada <b>The gift options</b>: Did someone say toys? Walmart has all of the hottest gifts for kids, along with plenty of tech, books, instruments — or maybe just a <a href="" target="_blank">foot massaging bath</a>


    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> <b>The offer</b>: Free shipping over $25 <b>The gift options</b>: Gifts <a href="" target="_blank">for your pet</a>, gifts <a href="" target="_blank">for your sister</a>, gifts <a href="" target="_blank">for the bedroom</a> ... they've really got it all

  • Future Shop Canada

    <b>The site</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Future Shop Canada</a> <b>The offer</b>: Free shipping over $20 <b>The gift options</b>: iPods and their various accessories, serious <a href="" target="_blank">espresso makers</a> or a <a href="" target="_blank">GPS device</a>. And you know, about a thousand other things.

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