Codeone: A Digital One-Stop Shop for Gifts & Home Accessories
I’ve been shopping online ever since e-commerce came into being. In fact, I still remember when Amazon was exclusively a purveyor of books, before independent vendors were even allowed to sell their goods in a virtual marketplace. As digital retail grew to encompass technology, homeware, clothing, jewelry, and automobile parts – in short, anything under the sun – brick and mortar shops became a superfluous formality.
Let’s be frank. There’s nothing more time-, cost-, fuel-, or energy-efficient, nothing more leisurely or convenient than shopping online. No business hours to abide by; no lines to wait in; no shame in buying unusual products (*cough* kinky lingerie *cough*); no fear of being overcharged; and certainly no dearth of choices in finding the perfect and unique solution for your needs.
Here in Lebanon, we’re still laps behind our peers in Europe, Asia, and North America when it comes to e-shopping. The trend is only starting to catch on, as credit card usage becomes more mainstream and widely accepted.
I recently discovered Codeone Online, a digital destination for all things gift and home accessories. Carefully curated from merchants worldwide, Codeone’s collections range from affordable luxuries to customizable treasures suited for all tastes, budgets, age groups and genders. Best part? They’re based here in Lebanon and offer free shipping!
The website is extremely easy to navigate, organizing products into five main categories:
Dining & Kitchen
Home & Living
Bedrooms, Linens & Bath
Highlight any of the categories and a drop-down menu will appear, outlining another level of detail. For example, under Gift Ideas, products are organized by desired price range (i.e., “Under $25,” “Under $50,” etc.), gender, and intended recipient, whether host/hostess, collector, or leather connoisseur. The homepage also showcases featured products and bestsellers to help focus the brainstorming process.
Home decorators will be enraptured by the Hotel Collection of Bedroom Linens & Side Lights found under “Bedrooms, Linens & Bath.” For example, a 4-Piece Reine Luxury White 300 Thread-Count (TC) Sheet Set, hailing from the suppliers of the finest 5-star hotels around the world, commands a price of US$ 140 for 2 pillow cases, a flat sheet, and a duvet cover for a king bed (240 cm x 240 cm).
Compare that to what Zara Home retails on their website, Egyptian percale cotton with 180 TC, which will set you back US $133 (or 199,000 LBP) for a king-size duvet cover alone! A set of pillow cases (US$ 53) and a bottom sheet (US$ 32) wracks up $85 in additional costs. That’s more than 50% more expensive than its superior counterpart on Codeone!
Also worth noting is the professional packaging of all Codeone deliveries. Many items come in a drawstring fabric gift bag, such as these original 2-piece twig stem salad servers.
|Some items come in a gift bag by default|
Others offer the option of adding a gift box for a small sum, like this Silver & Earth Throw Blanket. In all cases, orders arrive neatly packaged in glossy branded bags, sporting the Codeone label and logo.
|You can add a gift box to most orders, unless they come standard|
At first, I was skeptical about delivery service, but my fears proved to be unfounded. These folks run a seamless operation, tried and true! Deliveries across Lebanon are absolutely free, regardless of weight, so take advantage of that while it lasts! For shipment abroad, detailed tables of delivery fees are clearly laid out here, and shipping is handled by Aramex.
Add to that the impeccable aftersales service. Say your product doesn’t measure up to expectation. Believe it or not, all that’s required is a return request within 3 days of delivery. Codeone collects the item free of charge and replaces it to your liking.
Here’s a handful of endearing gift ideas I’ve already added to my Wishlist:
Adult Velvet Bathrobe (US$ 80), with optional silk thread embroidery (US$ 16). Imagine strutting around the house or spa in one of these personalized beauties!
Braided Barrel-Shape Moscow Mule (set of 2 for $44; set of 6 for $126). Serve your guests at home with these fancy pure-copper mugs, and you’ll become the object of envy!
Tear your kids away from the iPad and gift them their own wood picnic basket set, complete with plates and mock edibles (US$ 68). In fact, Codeone has nearly 60 gift items for children.
Gone are the days where for every special occasion, you send a clichéd flower arrangement from Exotica. Customers here and abroad now have a warehouse of topnotch gift and home trimmings – the first in Beirut! – a mere mouse click away.
So go on, get browsing Codeone’s extraordinary inventory. Impress your friends and loved ones, and don’t neglect to treat yourself, too! Because those are always the best gifts.
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