So, let’s say you procrastinated your Christmas shopping a little this year. It’s not your fault. Thanksgiving was so late in the month that you didn’t realize how little time there was between the two holidays. Problem is, you still have get some gifts but you don’t want to look like the jerk who just picked up a gift card. (Dear brother whose name I drew for Christmas – please ignore the previous sentence. I’m probably getting you a gift card.)
No problem: Below are 5 gifts that you can buy locally or are the type of gift you can buy at the last minute and no one will know. Happy shopping! (But get on it people!)
1. For the Coffee Lover: Fancy coffee beans
Give a Starbucks gift card, and it looks like you forget to get a gift. Give a bag of small batch roasted whole coffee beans, and you look pretty thoughtful. (And like you have good taste.)
Douglas Coffee Roasters is my current favorite coffee (maybe even more than my beloved local Krankies!), but I think it’s too late to order their coffee to arrive in time for Christmas. (They’re re-doing their site.) So, find a great local coffee roaster in your area and give the gift of fancy java.
If you don’t have a local roaster, you could buy a travel coffee mug – one can never have too many! – and include a note that they’ll be receiving some fancy beans in the mail in short order. They’ll get excited to anticipate another gift! If you wait until this weekend to shop, you’ll be able to order Douglas Coffee Roasters online; their site should be back up - www.douglascoffeeroasters.com. (No, I’m not getting a kickback. I just love their coffee that much.)
2. For the Athlete: Nice Workout Socks
Ask any workout junkie: we all hate buying workout socks. We know we should invest in them, we know there are great ones out there, but we hate buying them and rarely do. We all have like, two pairs, if that, and just wash them a lot (ahem, or don’t). Get a pile of nice workout socks, tie it up with ribbon with a GU on top for a little special touch, and we’ll love ya.
If you’re buying for a Vibrams FiveFinger runner, get the Injiji brand. Otherwise, check with your local running store for recommendations. If you’re shopping online (cough, overnight shipping is expensive), look for SmartWool and Balega; they’re both good brands.
3. For the Gluten-Free Foodie: Living Without Subscription
I love this magazine. It has great recipes, good articles about people living with dietary restrictions, and recent research on food allergies. Buy them a hard copy at your local Whole Foods with a note that they’ll be getting their next issue as part of the subscription you gifted them.
(Note: that is an affiliate link but I really do love this magazine.)
4. For the Metro Man: Birchbox for Men subscription
Birchbox isn’t just for the ladies. For the man who cares about his appearance (and maybe more than he’d like to admit), get the Birchbox for Men subscription. He’ll get fancy lotions and shave stuff and other manly (well-groomed) man stuff. If this is for your significant other, it’s kind of a gift for you too.
5. For the girly girl: A few of your favorite beauty things
I don’t know any girly-girl who doesn’t love experimented with new make-up, hair products and nail polish. So, round up your favorite beauty items – think mascara, eyeliner, lipgloss, nail polish – and tuck them into a cute little basket with a note that these are some of your favorite things for one of your favorite gals. My favorite things would include OPI You Don’t Know Jacques, Burts Bee’s Peppermint Foot Lotion, lavender epsom salts, and, if I was gonna splurge on my friend, this Boscia eye treatment.
What last-minute gift ideas do you have? Let’s help each other out! I’m all done except for 2 things, but I do know what I’m getting…I think.Tweet