Whether you typically put off buying gifts until the eleventh hour or just happened to forget someone this year, you can still find thoughtful gifts to give, just in the nick of time. Here are some suggestions for last-minute gift shopping to ensure none of your loved ones feel forgotten this holiday.
eGift Cards – The fastest gift you can give someone far away, besides a phone call (usually very appreciated!), is an e-gift card. Your gift is received in minutes and the recipient gets to choose something they actually want from a store that suits their interests. Here are a few good suggestions for the different people in your life.
The self-professed geek – They’re in right now, you know. At Think Geek, you can find all things awesomely nerdy.
The outdoor enthusiast – REI is a store with top of the line outdoor gear that can give you expert advise on all things from climbing, to canoeing, to yoga.
The college student – CB2, the modern version of Crate and Barrel, is perfect for apartments and dorms.
The culinarian – SurLaTable gift cards can be used for kitchen gadgets and even cooking classes – fun!
The jetsetter – Flight 001 is a source for cool luggage, trendy accessories, and travel gadgets.
Monthly subscription services – A gift that’s appreciated all year-round is one that arrives in the mail every month. Try one of these for a present they can appreciate long after the holidays are over.
The oenophile (a fancy way of saying ‘someone who loves wine’) – the highly-rated Wine of the Month Club will send 2 full-sized bottles of premium wine from around the world each month.
The primper – Birchbox will send a box each month filled with samples of beauty and skin products. They also have men’s boxes that contain items like shave cream and what they call “gadgets”.
The Fit girl (or guy or kid) – A Fabletics subscription will allow them to choose an outfit per month from a wide selection of stylish activewear for men, women, and kids.
Those with furbabies – Barkbox sends a new box of treats and toys every month for their pooch.
Amazon Prime – What better gift to give someone than the gift of convenience? Amazon Prime is an uber-useful service offered by the huge online retailer that sells almost anything you could imagine, and you can gift it to someone for about $100 for one year. Prime service offers free 2-day shipping, unlimited movies and TV shows through Prime Instant Video, and tons of free books on Kindle.
Need to hand-deliver a gift? Here are some options if you’re looking for a gift to bring to a party, relative’s house, or maybe a secret Santa exchange.
Stores that Wrap – If you forgot to get the gift, then you might have forgotten to get some wrapping paper for it, too. Or maybe you just aren’t great at wrapping, like 90% of us. In that case, there are a few stores that will wrap your present for you. Stores like Crate and Barrel (for the interior designer), Williams Sonoma (for the at-home chef), Barnes and Noble (for the bibliophile), and Nordstrom are happy to wrap up your purchase, or put it in a nice bag. Some even spritz the tissue paper with some delightfully-scented spray (L’Occitane, for the spa lover) as a luxurious finishing touch.
Gift Sets/Baskets – You can pick up a pre-wrapped basket of an assortment of items from stores like Bath and Body Works (options for both men and women) and Godiva (who doesn’t love chocolate?); you can even find some at Costco. It’s great if you’re not sure exactly what to get someone since there are a variety of things included in a basket. Plus, they’re always put together in a beautiful and festive way, ready to be given as a lovely present.
Last Resort – If you have absolutely no time, meaning, you’re already on your way to Grandma’s house, drug stores have an option that can still be pretty thoughtful. Find a gift card that suits the recipient’s personality and give them the choice to use it as they wish. You’ll often have a wide variety of choices, from all sorts of restaurants, to movie theatres, specialty stores like Bass Pro Shops, and more. If you can find a card in the same theme as the gift certificate (say, a holiday fishing card) then it will further show you know and care about their interests.