Giant Gummy Bears
What’s not to love about a website that trades in outrageously oversized sweets? Aside from selling the world’s largest gummy bears (over 5,000 times the size of a typical gummy bear and weighing almost 12.5kg – though we prefer the slightly smaller 2.5kg option), you can also buy 2ft long gummy worms, oversized gummy bottles and more novelty sweet treats. Shipping isn’t particularly cheap, but standard delivery is typically around ten days. Approximately Dhs360 with shipping for a 2.5-kg gummy bear.
Dubai Puzzle Factory
As alternative gifts go, putting your face on a puzzle is sure to draw a reaction. Simply upload or email a photo to the website and you have a lovely gift for your dear old grandmother for approximately Dhs120 with free shipping locally. Though simple and easy to navigate, the website isn’t the most efficient in the world – there are problems with the picture uploading function – but emailing your order request directly yields a response within hours. In our experience, local delivery takes three to five days. Not bad.
Hosted by UK fashion fave Asos, this vintage portal is based out of Cardiff and has an inspiring collection of high quality American vintage bags, belts, shoes and clothing, from as low as Dhs140. You’ll find varsity-style jackets for him as well as leather backpacks with kitsch patches and old-school Airwalk and Keds trainers. Keep an eye on the Live Feed which displays new items and how long ago they were uploaded to the site. Delivery to Dubai can take a maximum of seven working days.
The Tie Bar
Having searched Dubai malls for a tie clip that fits a skinny tie we resorted to shopping online. US-based The Tie Bar has an array of accessories for ties and bow ties, and materials to choose from. You can also see what accessories have been used in GQ photo shoots. Yes, you could end up wearing George Clooney’s pocket square. Ordering is simple, but being from the US, delivery can take a month or longer, so order in advance for that important date.
The American stalwart for casual basics has a strong presence in Dubai, but the US site has a lot of stuff they don’t sell in UAE shops, specifically the comfy underwear range. You can also get your hands on the affordable swimwear line, which features cute bandeaus, halter necks and a range of bottoms in modern designs. Delivery to Dubai takes about five days through courier.
She Moves Online
If your work-out clothes look like they crawled out from under a rock, She Moves Online should be your first port(al) of call. This Dubai-based online store stocks fashionable activewear for gym junkies, as well as dance and yoga clothing. Once you try their Slim Sculpt tank tops by Danskin from Dhs130, you’ll never look back. The tops have an inbuilt sports bra, are shapely and moisture proof. Delivery within the UAE takes up to two business days.
Earthy-style ethnic flats from celebrity-favoured brand Husna, luxe organic soaps and a silver-plated Turkish delight set are some of the treasures you can pick up at this Dubai-based online boutique. Website navigation is simple and the products can be browsed according to categories including accessories, shoes and bags, and home décor. Dress shoes start at Dhs436. Delivery to Dubai within two days.
This home-grown site stocks an enormous range of clothing, accessories and skincare for men and women. Men can stock up on trendy button-up shirts and T-shirts from brands such as Abercrombie and Fitch, KGN Denim and Bellfield, while the ladies can adorn themselves with Kim Kardashian’s jewellery label Belle Noelle. Delivery can take from two to ten working days depending on what you've ordered.
A treasure trove of mid-range designer goodies, this UK site’s major draw card is that it delivers to Dubai within three to seven working days. They also have decent sales. Gents can pick up Hudson loafers and
Nudie Jeans, and women will go gaga like the lady herself for Michael Kors pumps and Aussie swimwear brand Zimmermann.
Panty by post
Want the gift of new lingerie every month? Simply subscribe to this Canadian website to get a new pair of underwear delivered to your door (or someone else’s) every month. Leave it up to the website to surprise you or choose your own. A six month subscription costs Dhs418 (Dhs70 per garment) and shipping to Dubai takes up to two weeks.
Shoes of Prey
Test out your design skills with this innovative Aussie website for ladies that allows you to create your own shoes (choose the heel, toe, accessories and fabric) from a range of blueprints. Be warned, however, that the Chinese-made shoes come with a price tag (from Dhs515 to Dhs1,213). On the flipside, they ship worldwide for a flat fee of Dhs92. Delivery can take up to 30 days.
This Dubai-based online boutique is now super easy to navigate, thanks to a recent upgrade to its website. Head here for Arabic-inspired one-off buys, such as the locally designed Wasta T-shirts, quirky homemade accessories and neon satchel bags. Delivery time is two to 14 working days, depending on the product.
Shop and Ship
Want to avoid hefty shipping costs from sites based in the US and UK? Sign up to this Aramex service for a membership fee of Dhs165 and Shop and Ship will deliver the items at a much lower cost. Items will get to you within five to seven working days from the US and three to four working days from the UK. Score.
While this British high-street favourite already has outlets across Dubai, their online store stocks the complete range of up-to-the-minute styles for men, women and kids too. It’s super easy to navigate, with clothes divided into garment type, as well as River Island’s own edits for specific occasions or limited edition items. Watch out for their half-price sales. Delivery to the Middle East costs under Dhs6 per order and takes up to five days once dispatched.
This soon-to-be launched Dubai-based portal will offer iconic vintage accessories that you won’t find anywhere else. Think the most popular 'it' bags on the market (Hermès Birkin tick the box?) and vintage Chanel accessories delivered to your doorstep within two days.