If you're anything like me when it comes to holiday shopping, you most likely have yet to put any effort into scavenging for unique gifts and treasures for your loved ones. Well, this year, I decided to make a change: I've started my holiday shopping early! I even did some research and came across a pretty cool shopping guide using Google Maps, put together by a fashion and design site called Jargol. Just click on "Shopping Guide" and select your city. From there, you can view shops tagged by category and neighborhood.

I found this especially useful when I was in New York earlier this month and had some free time to shop but no clue where to go. I wanted to dig up something out of the ordinary for my older sister, so I selected the New York-based map. From there, I narrowed it down to "avant-garde," which led me to nine different shops and, ultimately, one perfect gift. I'd tell you what it is, but my big sis is a snoop when it comes to uncovering her Christmas gifts.

Jargol has all sorts of cities mapped out, from Palm Springs to Berlin. So if you're scratching your head over places to shop, try it out. In fact, I think I'm going to give it another go. I'm hoping the "vintage clothing" tag on the San Francisco map might lead me to just the thing for my little sis.