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Gift Guide: Last Minute Gifts

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Let’s face it, we didn’t all do our shopping on Black Friday. Which means we’re now scrambling! At this point, time is running out so we’re needing some ideas for last minute gifts!

This year more than ever if you weren’t really planning ahead, it might be tough to get gifts that will arrive on time! Don’t forget to utilize e-gifts for thinks like gift cards and subscription boxes, and places that offer same-day order pick-ups. Both Target & Kohl’s offer it, as well as many of your local shops! 

A Few of Your Favorite Things

Last Minute Gifts A Few of Your Favorite Things


Next time you’re making a grocery pick-up another tube of your favorite lipstick, mascara, nail polish, tea, candy, etc. and create your own “favorites” gift! Your friends will love to know they got some of your favorites!

Gift Cards for Shopping

last minute gifts gift cards

An obvious choice, but still a good one! You can personalize it a bit by slipping the card inside a pair of cute gloves or a new coffee mug. If you don’t have time to get to the store most companies offer e-gift cards so your gift can be delivered right to their email! My favorites for e-gift cards? Sephora and Amazon.

Gift Cards for Services

Oil changes, hair cuts, manicures, lawn care, think outside the box! They’ll appreciate it!

service gift cards

Your Favorite Book

Last Minute Gifts favorite book

Grab a copy of your favorite book and write a personal note in the cover telling them why you love the book and think they’ll enjoy it too! Don’t have time to wait for shipping a book? Maybe an Audible subscription will do!

Homemade Gifts

Running low on cash? Try a homemade gift! From a Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub to the gift of Lucky Day Soup, you’ve got plenty of options!

Make Your Own Gift Sets

Last Minute gifts gift baskets A personalized gift basket is so fun! Pick a theme and run with! Book lover? Print or grab a gift card to their favorite bookstore, a coffee mug, bookmark, throw blanket, and maybe even a book or two. Someone who loves to cook? Some recipe cards (you could even print some yourself!), kitchen towels, serving spoon and cookbook would be appreciated! Put the items in a pretty basket or bowel and you’re good to go! 


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Making a donation to someone’s favorite charity is another great option everyone can feel good about! Write them a note telling them what you gave and why you chose it, so easy (and everyone wins with this one)!

What are your last minute gift ideas?

Originally published on December 12, 2014

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