Cheap Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

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. Cheap Last Minute Christmas Gift IdeasYou 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.

Written by Tom Drake

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6 Responses to Cheap Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

  1. Memberships to things like museums and art galleries also make great gifts, because the recipient gets to enjoy them all year long. They’re usually not very expensive either.

  2. Great idea Kathleen – a year long membership to something like a museum would be fantastic, and can be bought online. Y ou can then print the confirmation to complete a quick and useful gift which, as you say, will last a whole year!

  3. In the planning stage getting a baked gift sucks but when you actually open up a tin of tasty brownies on the gift day it rocks beyond all manner of rockery.

  4. Great post! I myself think that finding the right gift can sometimes be difficult. What I think is that people tend to like unique gifts that are hard to find and not sold in stores. People like the gifts more this way since they cannot be replaced. I have been buying a few items from and giving it away to friends and family. They all love it. The stuff there are pretty cheap and unique and they deliver fast.

  5. For my money the coolest and most unique christmas gift idea is a gift of the month club from

    I was given a beer club membership for Father’s Day this past June and it has been a hoot! I swear by these guys now (I got the chocolate club for the wife for Christmas). I have heard good things about the wine club too.

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