Last Minute Gifts
Gifts you can’t beat—that beat the clock.
December 20, 2013 by Heidi Alger
The calendar doesn’t lie—we know just when the holidays will hit in the coming year the moment we take down the tree. That’s doesn’t keep even the most perfectly prepared person from procrastinating come December. I’m guilty of giving shopping the brush-off, whether on purpose or not, so to stay ahead of my gift giving before I get too far behind, I found a few handfuls of thoughtful things that are sure to be a hit, even if your shopping days til Christmas are a near miss.
You don’t always need a ton of time or talent to pull off amazing hand-crafted gifts. Just a handful of materials and a few hours to spare can produce some ahhh-some things! Ideas I’ve got?
Money Tree—a branch from an evergreen or otherwise with dollars cleverly clipped on it displayed in a proud pot from the craft store
Shrinky Dink Jewelry—color inside the lines or create your own make-and-bake jewelry old school
Body Scrubs—sugar makes for a sweet exfolliant and essential oils makes for limitless scent options
Cookie Dough—mix, roll and freeze individual balls and bars for cookies that can be baked over the holidays or nibbled cold during the inevitable diet season
Coasters—using found objects like Scrabble tiles, wine corks, or poker chips you can construct funky table-ready art for cups
Infused Oil—favorite flavors can make for delish olive oils, and scents make for silky or musky perfumes
Heartfelt Heirloom—thoughtfully choose something from your family stash that will bring memories to surface when it’s displayed or used
Kit—assemble a kit to make a favorite meal, makeup for a luxe night out, or games for quality family time
Spending a little cash can make up for lost time. Stretching your dollar along with your imagination can lead to some pretty cool gifts.
Texting Gloves—because baby, it gets cold outside—but expressing your opinion knows no season
Crazy Socks—something to smile about when they get dressed day-to-day
Phone Cases—from cool colors to quirky pop-art to custom-made looks you can create yourself, it’s like a cradle for your life line
Eat Drink & Be Merry—go gourmet, treat friends or family to a favorite variety of snack, steak, wine or non-alcoholic beverage that they wouldn’t otherwise indulge in
Favorites—pick a favorite and buy it king-sized, from a box of candy bars to a wheel of cheese or a multi-pack of anything they like
Sampler—a little of this, a little of that—mini-sized products in a variety of colors, flavors, scents can mix up someone’s day-to-day in a fun way
One-of-a-kind—find the quirkiest ANYTHING you can that is sooooo them, because like snowflakes, no two friends are alike
Thrifty—pop some tags and repurpose a find from your local thrift store, you’ll be surprised at what you score
Instead of giving someone someTHING, consider gifting those on your gift list with a place to go, a person to see or an experience that’s too cool to pass up.
Tickets—to a favorite venue for a concert, sporting event, comedian or theatre production
Freebies—a little internet research can take you a long way, you can find free tastings, openings, concerts and the like online that you could attend together in the coming months
Hang Out—spending the day with a friend or family member one-on-one is priceless, find a new activity to explore together, or do something tried-and-true, just the two of you
Exercise—a trial class, a monthly membership—wherever they might find OM or energy can touch their heart, and strengthen it
Consumable Gift Cards—for cupcakes or fro yo, coffee or lunch, a gift card for something they will experience when they are jonesing for a treat is a treat
So don’t worry about how many gifts you have left to get, because this time it’s the thought that counts, not the time left on the clock.