Exchanging gifts is one of the most common and effective ways of showing affection. While taking the time to go shopping and buy a gift that will complement the receiver is one way to go, shopping online is an extremely convenient way for those who hate crowded malls, do not have a particular gift in mind and may not necessarily have the time to lounge around shopping arcades looking for the perfect gift. Surfing shopping sites online gives users more variety than they would get in a regular mall and gives them tons of ideas too.

Read on to find out the best places to shop online.

Rediff Shopping

Founded in 1996, Rediff.com is one of the earliest dot-com companies based and operating out of India. To shop using this portal, visit www.rediff.com and click the 'Shopping' icon. The products are classified under categories such as Apparels & Accessories, Art, Baby Care, Computers & Peripherals, Electronics, Faith & Beliefs, Flowers, Food & Beverages, Gifts, Health & Fitness, Home Decor & Appliances, Office Products, Personal Care & Beauty, Services, Sports, Toys & Games, Travel, Valentine and Video & Music to cater to recipients with varied tastes. They also come up with special pages for gifting on special occasions.

Products like flowers and cakes listed as 'Express Delivery' is delivered within 24-hours in select cities. If you don’t like anything on their shopping link you can try Rediff Auctions for gift options too.

You can pick from a variety of payment options such as demand drafts, cheques, net banking, COD (cash on delivery), ITZ, Bill Junction, PayMate or credit cards. While the website offers cancellation procedures, there are certain preconditions. Promotional products which come under special Events & Promotions (like Valentine's Day) or are marked for Express Delivery cannot be cancelled. You can cancel orders placed for perishable goods, but only after paying for the product in full.

Any refund and returns request needs to reach the website with seven days of delivery. A list of valid refund and returns reasons can be found under the customer care section of the website. You can ask for a refund if you found the gift to be different from what you ordered online.

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