Dec 21

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Oh no, Christmas is just a few days away and you’ve suddenly realized you’re missing a gift!  Don’t despair, there are some last minute gifts that you can still pick up for the last-minute Christmas guest or accidentally forgotten relative.

Flowers, naturally, can still be ordered and delivered by Christmas.  You can also pick up a great gift basket, too.  Flowers make a great gift for whoever is hosting Christmas dinner.

Baked goods are another good last-minute gift.  You may already have all the ingredients you need to whip up a batch of sugar cookies or a pie.  Put the cookies in a decorative container or the pie in a fancy dish and you have an instant gift!  Of course, make certain the intended recipient can actually enjoy the sugary treats—some people are on a restrictive diet.

If the recipient can’t have cookies or other baked goods, go for healthy snacks.  Cheese or a gift basket full of gourmet fruit can be a good healthy option.  You could also pick up a bottle of wine, crackers, cheese, and meats and create a small picnic basket.  In fact, for those who do enjoy a glass of wine now and then, a bottle or two of their favorite vintage is a fine gift by itself.

If you crochet, knit, do needle point, or any similar type craft, you may be able to create a gift in the next few days.  A scarf, for example, might only take a few hours if you work quickly and already have the yarn on hand.

If you have a lot of music, you can create mix CDs.  For example, you could make a CD of music that was popular during the recipient’s high school years, or songs that have special meanings between the two of you.

Give the gift of time: give someone gift certificates for babysitting, a lunch date (that you’ll pay for, of course), or your services in cleaning their house or doing yard work later in the year.

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