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Cue the holiday music – whether you’ve come to terms with it or not, Christmas is just around the corner and for many, that means holiday shopping. And while the tradition of gift giving is here to stay, the way we buy is ever changing.

Online shopping isn’t just eBay or Amazon anymore – we’re seeing it through new forms of technology, memberships and websites that can be hard to decipher. But not to worry, we’ve narrowed it down to a few that you will want to check out. Think of it as our holiday gift to you this year.

Three new online shopping platforms you’ll want to check out this holiday season:

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1. The luxury marketplace – Avenue K

Avenue K is a new digital marketplace that has brought together a coveted collection of luxury goods items from around the world – right to your keyboard. We’re talking brands like Isabel Marant, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Saint Laurent, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler and many more and in the form of designer ready-to-wear, shoes and handbags. In essence, it’s like a high-end eBay service that helps track down those hard-to-find items.

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Can’t find something? Shoppers can work with a personal concierge to source those cult classics. Best of all, Avenue K guarantees the authenticity of all items and accepts returns (free of charge), even if the individual brands do not.

To keep things local, Vancouver’s fashion expert and style maven Susie Wall has joined the curating panel to help keep things relevant for fashion hungry Canadians. #dreamjobalert

www.avenuek.com

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2. The Mobile App – Indigo

Indigo has launched their Mobile App for Android and iOS which was a long time coming for this nig retailer and we couldn’t be happier. Now you can get your favourite Heather’s picks from your phone, and don’t forget about those plush pillows and champagne flutes! This app will simplify the shopping experience at home, in-store or on the go.

Its best feature is the product scanner. You can scan any product in store, buy it direct from the app and have it shipped directly to a gift recipient. This will be a godsend when you’re in the middle of a shopping marathon (think: hands full of shopping bags) and it can go from phone to home with a click.

3. Online Boutiques – c/o Shut Up I Love This and Shop by Monika

If you’ve ever had a stylish dream about opening your own boutique, take a lesson from these two. Shut Up I Love this and Shop by Monika have taken to the e-commence concept and have opened their respective online boutiques. If you love their style, think of it as a way to dig through their closets and seeing which brands make their It List.

Shut Up I Love This ? Online Fashion Jewelry & Accessories Retailer _ Canada's Fashion Online Jewelry & Accessories Boutique 2013-11-05 15-51-48

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www.shutupilovethis.com

www.shopbymonika.com

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Crystal Kwon Crystal Kwon is the Life Editor of Vancity Buzz and is at the helm of lifestyle content including travel, beauty, fashion, events and whatever else she fancies. Crystal also pens a weekly article in The Province. crystal[at]vancitybuzz[dot]com
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