Holiday shopping: Top 10 beauty and fashion shopping sites

Just in time for holiday gift giving season, we’ve compiled our top ten favourite online retailers. Find, compare and purchase all your fashion and beauty-related presents from the comfort of your home

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Roberto Caruso
What could be better than collaborations with some of the best Canadian designers (think Jenny Bird, Greta Constantine and Juma), as well as access to looks straight from the runway. The gals behind PP present a well-curated selection of clothes, but the accessories are tops for gift giving—scarves, sunglasses and jewels aplenty will make for easy holiday shopping.
The American members-only, flash sale shopping site that started it all has finally begun shipping their wares north of the border, including fashion and accessories for both sexes, as well as beauty and home décor, from labels such as Rebecca Minkoff, Marc by Marc Jacobs, L’Wren Scott, Kate Somerville, Kenneth Jay Lane, Frette, Safavieh, Bormioli Rocco and Pour La Victoire.
Launched in 2010 by Toronto-native Jonathan Elias, a former merchandiser with Gap in San Francisco, is the best way to score deals on gently used clothes for your bestie, sibling or yourself. The online equivalent to our favourite consignment store, we spotted brands such Alexander Wang, 3.1 Philip Lim, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Elizabeth & James, Behnaz Sarafpour and Chloé. And make sure to follow the ShopMy tumblr for some great street style inspiration.
Fans of this Canadian flash sale site since its inception earlier this year, we’ve eyed items from Amrita Singh, Line Knitwear, Barilà, Ray Ban, Fred Perry, Mackage, Cheap Monday and TopShop. Catering to both men and women, Prive always has top of the line sales for its fashion forward customers.
Part of the online retail scene since 2009, Tia Star Pivirotto’s site started with a focus on well-priced dresses from labels not readily available in Canada and has now expanded to include pants, blazers, tops, skirts, sweaters and more.
Montreal-based shopping site, which carries fashion forward labels such as Preen, Theyskens Theory, The Row, Carven, Alexander Wang and Alice & Olivia to name a few, prides itself on having the best from the runway and the street, and hosts accessories and clothing for men and women.
When we’re not drooling over the beautifully styled and edited clothes on, we can’t help but covet their beauty brands, perfect for stocking stuffers or creating a cute Christmas basket for someone you want to pamper this season. Luxe bodycare from Cake Beauty and a full range of cosmetics from Gee Beauty (we love their Light Sheer Mineral Tint tinted moisturizer, $56!) are the perfect addition to any list.
Invite only site boasts a roster of brands such as James Perse, Nicolas K and LNA in perfectly timed flash sales every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. And that’s just the start. Once you’re in, invite friends and receive a $10 credit with their first purchase, and stay on the site to grab jewels and perfectly cozy casual gear for your gifting needs.
New to the online retail scene (they started taking orders in September), plays host to a number of great lower priced labels (BB Dakota, Nine West, Christopher Kon among them) and they are the online exclusive retailer for Whitney Eve and Kelsi Dagger in Canada. Looking to gift fashion forward handbags, shoes, hats, scarves and belts? has them all.

Upper Canada Soap Co.
Pairing with sister company Danielle, purveyor of great beauty tools, Upper Canada Soap Co.’s new online hub boasting everything from their bath and beauty line (think paraben free body washes, hand soap and lotions and glosses). We’re fans of the Fruit Frappé Dry Body Oil Spray ($14) in any of the five delicious scents, as well as the Peak-A-Tweeze tweezers by Danielle ($13), that has a mini light in between it’s tongs to help you snag even the finest of eyebrow strays.