Christmas is just days away and you still have gifts to buy. With it already being the week of Christmas, you can’t order online and you’ll likely want to spend as little time as possible in the crowded malls. Here are a few last minute ideas to quickly get Christmas gifts for those people still remaining on your list.
Pick up a gift card. In the past, gift cards have seemed impersonal. However, the reality is that many people prefer gift cards because it allows them to choose what they want. You can make it special by giving an experience, such as a day at the spa or dinner and a movie. This way there is a personal touch, but it’s fast and leaves a degree of choice to the recipient.
Similar to gift cards, a membership could be greatly appreciated as a special, thoughtful gift. Two of my favorites, Costco and CAA, offer gift memberships that can save the person money the whole year long! It’s a good way to give a gift that keeps on giving.
Making a donation in someone’s name can be a great gift for those that have all they need and haven’t asked for much this Christmas. It’s a thoughtful gift that can increase someone’s stature.
Food-related items also make great last minute gifts. Have a tasty recipe? Bake cookies or squares and give them in a festive tin. As long as the person you’re shopping for enjoys the occasional drink, it’s hard to go wrong with a nice bottle of wine, gift set of beer, or a fancy liqueur. Don’t forget about gourmet gift baskets that include items like hot chocolate, fine coffee, artisan cheese or bread, or anything else that the recipient likes.
Give the gift of memories with photo gifts. Have a photo that’s meaningful to the person you’re giving the gift to? Get it enlarged and framed, or even put in on a mug or mouse pad. Many places can do this within a day, but check to make sure, as some special items could take longer. You might also need to be ready to possibly pay extra shipping to get it in time for Christmas.
If you have quite a few photos you’d like to give, create a DVD slideshow of them. Google’s Picasa is free and can do the job. There are also great digital photo frames that will cycle through hundreds of photos at a time.
Did you receive something at a gift exchange or office party in the past month that you haven’t opened and won’t use? Re-gifting might solve your shopping stress, save you money, and hopefully the person you give it to will truly enjoy it more than you. Just make sure you get rid of any individual information, and that you don’t regift to someone who gifted to you in the first place.
For more ideas, check out some other blogger’s posts about homemade Christmas gifts, more great gift ideas and Christmas gift ideas for military members. With a little creativity, it’s possible to get something for everyone on your list.