I can’t believe that Christmas is just a few days away. We traveled for the first two weeks of December, so the month really seems to be flying by! I honestly can’t believe we’re at the end to another year.
Luckily, not all last minute gifts have to seem last minute. The worst thing you can do is buy a last minute gift that let’s the receiver know you hadn’t thought of them sooner. To avoid that, try giving one of these 3 last-minute gifts, and they’ll never be the wiser.
Dressed Up Gift Cards
Nothing says impersonal and last-minute like giving a gift card to close friends and family. While there is a time and a place where gift cards make good gifts – think people you don’t know as well or people who live far away – gift cards are not the best idea for close friends and family.
Even gift cards to restaurants, and popular chain stores seem less personal than they used to because these days you can buy gift cards to hundreds of different stores while doing your weekly grocery shopping trip.
However, gift cards can seem a lot more personal if you put in a little extra effort. Something simple like a hand-written note can make a gift-card seem much more personal and special. You can also take my friend Stefanie’s idea by including a gift card as only part of the gift. For example, you can create a themed gift by putting a gift card to a kitchen store inside of an oven mitt with a couple of kitchen utensils. With a little creativity, any gift card can be made more personal in a short amount of time.
Buying a subscription to a friend or family member’s favorite magazine is a good idea for a last-minute gift, but an even better idea is subscribing someone on your list for something they’d really use or enjoy. This could mean subscribing a busy mom to a grocery delivery service for a set number of visits, subscribing a girlfriend to the wine-of-the-month club (Who doesn’t love wine?!), or subscribing a pet lover to a monthly delivery from somewhere like BarkBox.
The thing that makes a subscription seem thoughtful and totally not last-minute is how well you know the person you are shopping for. If you pick a subscription to something they will truly use and enjoy, it definitely won’t seem last minute, even if you wait until Christmas Eve to do so. My mom got me a subscription to Real Simple Magazine last year, and it was great because I never spend money on magazine’s at the grocery store so it was nice to have one gifted to me.
A New Twist on a Classic Game (Monopoly)
My husband’s family loves playing board games, and they are amazingly good at them. I get my butt whooped at Scrabble every time I visit my in laws in Louisiana. Most people have a set of the basic board games but you could also gift several versions of the same classic game. For example, owning Horse Lover’s Monopoly, 3D Monopoly, or even Zombieopoly won’t change the way the game is played, but buying an updated, themed version of this classic game is a great way to give a personalized last-minute gift that doesn’t seem so last-minute. Alternatively, you could try and find some other board or card game to give instead.
Ultimately, the art of last minute gifting isn’t hard to master. The key is to put in a little extra effort to make your last-minute gifts as personalized as possible so the receiver feels special when they open it.
Are you finished gift shopping? Have you ever used any of these last-minute gift ideas?