10 Last Minute Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List


Welcome to the 4th and final installment in my series of Gift Giving Guides for the 2011 Holiday Season!

So, you’re not quite done with your Christmas shopping yet… Don’t fret. You still have time to pick up (or in some cases, put together) these gifts in time for the big day! Today’s gift giving guide is for the last minute shopper. Whether you’re shopping for a family member, friend, mother-in-law, significant other, or someone else, I’ve got you covered!

Everything on this list should be easy to track down or make today or Christmas eve.

For your family members, book club friends, or coworkers:

1. Cookie Mix in a Jar. You can even make a bunch at once to give out to multiple friends of family members. Check out the following recipes:
Oatmeal Raisin Spice Cookie Mix in a Jar
Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in a Jar
Molasses Cookie Mix in a Jar
Gingerbread Cookie Mix in a Jar

2. Throw blanket. You can get some great deals on designer throws in various colors at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods. For a higher end option, Pottery Barn has some really nice, luxurious throws.

For your friend, mother or mother-in-law:

3. A cashmere scarf. Scarves make great gifts for all women. Nordstrom (and Nordstrom Rack) ALWAYS have their cashmere or pashmina scarves in stock in a variety of colors. They’re so soft and warm that she won’t want to take it off. Pick one up in army green, mustard or another or another “it” color to make it a trendy, but still classic gift.

For your female significant other:

4. Something sparkly. I know you fear the crowds of the mall, but you just might have to brave them. Sorry. First, set a price for yourself of what you’re willing to spend. Then, head to Nordstrom or Macy’s. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, go up to the jewelry counter and ask one of the nice, commissioned salespeople (preferably a woman) for assistance. Tell her about who you’re shopping for. Be prepared to answer at least most of the following questions:
1) What sorts of jewelry does she usually wear? (does she wear a lot of necklaces? does she prefer something delicate or chunkier? does she prefer dangly earrings to studs? is most of her jewlery gold or silver?)
2) What colors does she look best in?
3) How much money are you wanting to spend?

For your friend:

5. Gift card for a manicure or pedicure. It’s cold. Our hands are chapped. Our feet haven’t seen the light of day in months. It’s time for some damage control. And seriously, who doesn’t love getting pampered? As long as you go pick it up before Christmas day, you should be able to walk into any salon and pick up a gift card.

For your social media savvy friend or significant other:

6. Their own domain name. It’s likely, no one owns your friend’s first and last name dot com. I snagged sarahhelfgott.com early on (I don’t really use it anymore – but I have it just in case I need it) and I think it only cost me about $20 for two years of ownership. Most domain names that are actual people’s names don’t cost much at all – the expensive ones are the names of brands or commonly searched words (for example – shirt.com would probably be near impossible to buy). Check out godaddy.com (and ignore all the inappropriate photos of women) to see the price of the domain in question.

For your dad, brother, husband or boyfriend:

(To be honest – most women will like these gifts too!)

7. Digital camera. I know my boyfriend wants this one because of the interchangeable lenses. (Sorry babe, that’s not what I got you this year. Your present isn’t on this list.) However, I totally understand if you want to go with somehting a little more affordable. Luckily, there are lots on the market in the $100-$200 range.

8. Headphones. If he doesn’t already have a pair, he’ll love a nice set of headphones. Bose makes some great headphones that make music sound amazing. And for the frequent flyer, check out Bose noise-cancelling headphones. These can both be found in Bose stores at your local mall.

9. Jersey from his favorite team or gear to wear to games. If the man (or boy) you’re buying for is a big sports fan, then you really can’t go wrong with some fan gear. If you’re in Oregon, head to the Duck Store in Portland or Eugene for lots of UO gear.

10. Coffee maker. I recommend a Keurig for their convenience and ease of use, especially if he is making single cups of coffee the majority of the time. You can buy one at Target, starting at $99.99.

I hope this is helpful for all you last minute shoppers out there! For more gift ideas, check out the rest of my gift guides.

In the mean time, have a wonderful holiday! I’ll be taking a break from regular posting next week to make the most of my time with loved ones this holiday. See you again in 2012!

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