Some of us are planners, and some of us are not. For those of you, who, like me this year, are still shopping for gifts (and bargains) for Christmas giving, please enjoy this list of Last-Minute Gift Ideas, complete with (some affiliate) links.
This fun subscription gift box, geared towards men (but we won’t judge), is perfect as a last-minute gift because you can print out a photo of the razor blade to add to a card, and the recipient will be getting his or her box each month at home, later. Cost: approximately $16/month.
You may be able to sense a theme here, but subscription boxes are the hottest thing right now, and Birchbox is one of the best in the beauty space. Each month your gift recipient will receive five personalized samples in a pretty box, delivered right to her (or his; no judgment again) door – and all for the bargain price of just $10/month.
You guessed it! A subscription box gift for dog owners, this sends natural dog treats and toys to your recipient each month. Cost: $39/month, approximately.
Nothing beats homemade food gifts, if you have the time and are decent at baking. I make banana bread for my neighbors and the kids’ teachers every year, and sometimes I have enough time to make cookies, too. But this year, time is rapidly running out, so baking may be out of the question.
In that case, why not try a gift of a special item of food your chosen recipient may truly enjoy at the time of year?
This twist on the Keurig coffee maker now mixes cold & carbonated beverages right in your kitchen or man cave, perfect for the family who has everything – except for this, of course. The unit chills down the water, like in a mini-fridge, and they have a deal with Coca-cola products, so the mix is the real thing – and they’re portion-controlled at 100 calories. There are also craft sodas, flavored waters and energy drinks in the pods, which are recyclable (wherever #7 is accepted). Cost: $289.95 at Amazon.
There’s everything for the wine enthusiast on your list, from corkscrews to truly rare vintages, and all price points in between. Cost varies
Cheese? Chocolate? Gift baskets? Yes, and so much more – all from one of the most beautiful and iconic stores ever. Cost varies
The classic – probably the pioneer in shipping food gifts – Harry & David still sell their famous fruit of the month club, as well as holiday pears and dozens of chocolates and gift baskets. Cost: varies.
This site allows you to shop for cheese by milk, region or texture, and offers accompaniments and beverage pairings. Buy one small amount or a gift collection. Cost: varies.
When all else fails and you’re at the 11th hour, I will turn to gift cards. If you know something about your recipient’s likes and dislikes, you can choose a gift card from a store they like, but if you’re unsure, choose a more generic store, like Target or Amazon.com, which have something for everyone.
Or if you’ve passed the 11th hour and you’re still unsure what to get, head to the ATM and get cash. It may not be the most thoughtful gift, but it will no doubt be appreciated.
Happy Gift-Giving and Receiving!