It’s Christmas Eve and you’re sweating bullets–you still have gifts to buy and let’s face it, you dropped the ball this year! Take a deep breath, press each thumb to their respective middle finger, close your eyes and calm down. Here are some last minute gift ideas to get you through this Holiday.
The good news is, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make an impact on that special someone. If you’ve been listening to them for the past year (and guys, hopefully you’ve tuned in some of the time when you’re special someone was bending your ear), you will know what their interests are. For instance, if you have a crafter you have to buy for, pick up some supplies for them or a really neat tool that can help them with their hobby.
If you have an athlete you need to buy for, think about a few items you can put together in a box, or separate boxes that can be tied together to show that they are a “package” gift. For instance, if your loved one or friend is a runner, and they will be pounding the pavement this winter, get them some winter running gear. A warm, winter running head band, running pants and running gloves, plus some chapstick for their stocking all make great gifts.
Gift buying is all about the gift recipient’s interests. I have a friend that is super busy so I bought her a stress relief body scrub and body spray from Bath & Body Works. I put it in a nice little gift bag and gave it to her over drinks last night. Again, I didn’t spend a lot of money on it, but the gift showed I’ve been listening to her and wanted to acknowledge her busy schedule.
Some of my interests are blogging, the internet, saving money and making money. My husband knows this. If he bought me a few books on those subjects, I would be thrilled! It would show that he recognizes my interests. I bought him some books that are written by an author he really likes. In addition, I bought him some gifts that go with a hobby of his.
Another great idea is a gift card. However, don’t just buy a gift card as the only gift for someone. If they are a coffee lover, buy a pound of their favorite coffee, or a travel mug and tie a gift card to the item. If they like going to the movies, fill a gift bag with their favorite candy or popcorn and include a movie gift card. If they like to shop at a particular store, buy an accessory like a scarf, hat, or gloves (maybe all three), and include the gift card to that store in the box.
Does your gift recipient like shoes? You may not want to buy them a new pair, but what about a gift basket filled with shoe polishing items? Do they like books but you’re not sure what types of books they like? Get them a nice book light, book marker, and Barnes & Noble gift card. Are they really into their car? Perhaps you can buy them a car washing bucket filled with great car washing and cleaning products.
Anyway, I think you get the idea. I’m sure there are a few stores nearby that you can visit in the next couple of hours that will provide you with the gifts you need. Remember that the presentation of your gift is just as important as the gift itself. Take time to wrap it nicely, and try to avoid the sticky bow! Find a nice ribbon, tulle, or raffia to complete the look. A sprig of holly, a candy cane, or some greens that can be found in your yard all look great as a present topper. Just slide the decoration through the ribbon once it’s tied.
So your next step? Shut off your computer and hit the road! I feel confident that you’ll find the best gifts ever for those left on your list.
Happy Holidays to you!