Over the past few years, one of the best places I have found to purchase gifts for friends has been the ever-popular Ebay. Ebay brings the world to your fingertips and opens up the choices for gifts for friends from the mere handful of available items found in stores, to a huge storehouse of ideas and options.
Some of the gifts for friends that I have found and purchased include a lot of band pins, a Robo Raptor, t-shirts, a watch, a Fur Real koala bear and some hard-to-find movies. Even when I'm running low on ideas for gifts for friends, going on Ebay is a sure way to get some fresh ideas and save some money. The best part is that when purchasing gifts for friends off Ebay, you can also arrange for the gifts to be sent directly to their home or office location, directly from the seller. Usually, you can choose what shipping option you would like to use as well, depending on whether you want your gifts for friends to arrive quickly or by the most economical shipping method.
One problem I've encountered when purchasing gifts for friends off Ebay is the inconvenience of getting repairs done, should something go wrong with your purchase. About six months ago I bought a leather watch off Ebay. One of the leather strips ripped. When I wanted to get it repaired I could no longer locate the item in the seller's inventory and I had to resort to other methods for repairing the watch.
Another place I like to purchase gifts for friends is the Amazon website. Most of my friends are readers and Amazon has all sorts of books, movies and games available that make great gifts for friends. Amazon offers a gift shipping option that leaves off any purchase information as well. I've found Amazon to be a great source of gifts for friends.
The other online store that's great for purchasing gifts for friends is Ikea. If you don't have an Ikea store in your city, using their online shipping is a great resource. They offer unlimited shipping within Canada for just $40. This allows you to make bulk purchases to use yourself or as gifts for friends, and you only pay one low shipping fee. Ikea has so many large and small items available for purchase - you're sure to find several things that are perfectly suitable to give as gifts for friends.
The Internet has really opened up a whole new world for shopping and is a very useful tool to use when searching for items to give as gifts for friends.