GN Focus | Festive Shopping

’Tis the season to be online

Now you can combine the joy of finding that perfect gift with the comfort of shopping from your own home

  • By Arshad Said Khan | Special to GN Focus
  • Published: 00:00 December 13, 2012

  • Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai loves online shopping as much as mall hopping. With a smorgasbord of retail websites now available, you can buy anything from a pair of earrings to a mobile phone. There’s also a mind-boggling variety of seasonal discounts available on the internet with no extra charge for shipping. Here we present some of Dubai’s favourite online shopping stores.

Aura-b.com: This fashion hub is smooth to navigate and offers a range of lifestyle products from colourful furniture, clothing to accessories and beauty products. Aura-b is a great place for fashionistas as it has an interesting lingerie and tops section. Don’t miss the clearance page for surprising bargains and you just can’t ignore the latest Christmas offerings such as the red Yasi Couture blazer and the Coco Charmy scarf from Beirut.

DbBabies.com: DubaiBabies and AbuDhabiBabies are now available under the umbrella of DbBabies.com. The age range is from zero months to two years and above. New parents might not be sure of the clothes and shoe sizes despite the age labels, but the website has much more to offer with infant essentials, toys and maternity wear. Their personalised service is the most attractive feature as you can have your baby’s name embroidered on select products.

Anjelique.me: This chic site is perfect for the individualistic style diva. It has an enticing  selection of made-to -order sandals and shoes that are handmade and painted with organic dyes. Its gladiator style tie-ups take the cake, while names such as Yasmin Noureldin, Tru, Sempia and Ozlem Tuna merit a glance. Besides, the site also features chic brass and silver platters and serving sets.

Aido.com: It’s a simple webpage, but offers a great variety of books, DVDs, Blu-rays, gadgets, stationery and car accessories. The fashion-conscious may not be seen here as only plain T-shirts can be found on Aido. Connoisseurs of art and history books might chance upon some gems unseen on Amazon or elsewhere.

Nieshonline.com: If you can’t get enough of handbags and shoes, Niesh’s handmade clutches and selection of ballerinas will set your heart aflutter. Its gift hampers with great combinations will save you money when buying a gift. Nieshonline’s clocks and wall mirrors make a decent deal, but it’s the Hobos and the clutches that this site is best for!

Souq.com: The old favourite Souq is a site every Dubai netizen is well aware of. The Deal of the Day usually brings great news to gadget lovers. From fitness gear to tablets to beauty products, Souq has it all. The hyperlink to Souq Fashions is the most sought-after feature, while brands such as Perdu, Dina JSR and Tahir Sultan are the
best buys.

Reebonz.com: Asia’s best short duration sale site is selling luxury labels at accessible prices. The cleverly labelled 50 Shades of Christmas sale is all about handbags and accessories from favourites such as Trussadi, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy and Gucci. If these don’t appeal to you, the hyperlink to Reebonz Vintage where you can buy and sell pre-owned handbags and accessories surely will. Feast your eyes on some delicious quilted lamb skin vintage Chanel bags. ■

Things to keep in mind while surfing sites

• Search for Dubai Online Shopping on Pinterest and other such social networking sites because Google is not likely to be as feverishly updated and you might miss a worthy bargain.

• Some sites are known to lose or misplace orders. Rely on word of mouth and read reviews online before buying from a new site.

• The in-house brands available on a site are always the least expensive, but if you are not sure about the quality, stick to popular labels.

• Many offer additional discounts after a first purchase. You may be able to utilise the extra shopping credits by making two separate orders as well.

• Always double check on the stipulated delivery time. You may receive the package too late.

• Don’t use your credit card on a site that seems dubious.
— A.S.K.