Hopefully I’ve done a good job in finding awesome gifts for most everyone on your list, but just in case I have failed you, or, in the (highly unlikely — right?) event that you have been procrastinating, here are some last-minute gift ideas that you can snag or create ASAP…
Grocery store goodies
No lie, one of my favorite Christmas gifts was a gift bag full of instant Martha White muffin mix packages from my sister-in-law. It was a crazy holiday season for her and she had to do everything last minute. She apologized for shopping for me at a grocery store, but I enjoyed having easy-to-bake snacks anytime I wanted for the entire year! I actually asked for this gift from her again.
Assuming the recipient isn’t in recovery, an easy last-minute gift is that of a really great bottle of booze — from champagne to whiskey, or put together your own hand-selected box of craft beers. If I have the funds, and I know the person would appreciate it, I like to spring for a bottle of my favorite bubbly, Veuve Clicquot (*cough* and hope they’re in the sharing mood).
What about the ol’ standard — flowers. They’re pretty, and they make people smile. And floral delivery companies can totally deliver last minute. Or grab some from your florist, your rose bush, or the grocery store.
Now’s the time to break out that roll of frozen cookie dough that you totally have chillin’ in your freezer right now. Or perhaps whip up some muffins. Bake a cake, and write “your gift” on it in icing! Who cares that it’s last-minute — everyone loves baked goods.
Something-of-the-month clubs are awesome — the gift that keeps on giving! And, with most of them, a gift announcement will automatically be sent to the recipient within one day of placing your order! Check out some of my favorite finds:
- K-cups of the Month Club
- Dinner and a Movie of the Month Club
- Gourmet Jerky of the Month Club
- Tea of the Month Club
- Gourmet Dog Treat of the Month Club
- Peanut Butter and Jelly of the Month
Mason jars make the fucking world go ’round, I swear. You can turn a Mason jar into anything.
- For those of you who don’t have time to actually make cookies: Fill a jar with all the fixin’s for a DIY gift.
- Make your own snowglobes out of Mason jars. Head over to this post for the DIY tutorial.
- Use ’em to make infused vodkas.
Last of all, gift certificates, gift certificates, gift certificates. Amazon is my A #1 top choice. You can get freaking ANYTHING from there, and at the last-minute they offer email delivery and free one-day shipping! Seriously, stop reading now and get clicking over to their awesome choices of gift tins and themed-cards. Speaking of Amazon…
Quick: Sign up for Amazon Prime. You can actually get a free trial, which means, if don’t want to pay for the monthly service, you can still take advantage of their two-day shipping on any of their Prime-eligible items. Or you can even give the gift of Amazon Prime!
Alright, guys. I hope these guides served you well this holiday season. Now it’s your turn to let us in on all your last-minute gift giving procedures!