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Last Minute Gifts Don’t Have to Look Last Minute
You’re nearly out of time to shop, and it’s way too late to start complicated DIY gifts. Do you really want to brave the crowds at the mall, pay for expedited shipping, or stay up late baking cookies? No, I didn’t think so. Consider these last minute gifts instead.
- Printable gift card.
- Coupon for your services or a fun activity.
- Coupon for a homemade gift (e.g., a pair of handknit socks, a flax-seed heating pad, or a yearlong supply of homemade soap in the recipient’s favorite scent).
- Seeds and small gardening tools from the hardware store.
- A subscription to something (magazine, something-of-the-month club).
- Coffee shop gift card, perhaps along with a pound of beans.
- A card that says you’ll take the recipient out for a meal the week after Christmas (or other convenient time – but soon).
- A thoughtfully curated selection of specialty or luxury foods or beverages you can pick up at your local grocery store.
- Charitable contribution (consider The Hope Effect).
- A carefully chosen variety of beauty products you can find at your local pharmacy.
- For someone who can’t go shopping when they please (a child or homebound adult), offer to take them shopping after Christmas and to pay for their purchases up to the planned gift amount.
If none of these ideas sound good to you, shop smaller locally owned stores, which are often much less crowded than big-box stores (it’s better for your town’s economy too). If that’s not an option for you, you might be able to buy your last minute gifts online, but pick them up in the store.