Hello, hello! I cannot believe that we are so close to Christmas–it feels like it was just December 1st, and we were all like, “we’ve got all the time in the world!” We haven’t even gone to see Santa yet!
Luckily, I at least have my Christmas shopping completed. If you are one of those many procrastinators, don’t worry–let me help! I’ve put together a quick guide to some last minute gifts you can have in time for the holidays.
First, I feel like the only answer to last minute online shopping is Amazon–amiright?!? Can’t beat that Prime shipping! I’ve pulled a few of my favorites below–a cozy blanket, warm slippers, my favorite Capri Blue candle, and of course a few of Amazon’s signature electronic devices. I personally have a Kindle Fire, a Kindle paperwhite, and a fire stick, and all those things have changed my life for the better. I don’t have an Alexa, but a few of my family members have it and love it, so that would make a great gift.
In addition, here are links to my other gift guides. For many of these stores, like Nordstrom and Target, you can click on the product and find out if it’s available at your local store. If it is, you can order online and pick it up, easy peasy! You can even avoid most of the crowds! If you’re really desperate, you also have the option to choose expedited shipping, but let’s face it, no one wants to pay $20 for shipping.
- Gifts for Men (These are gifts from Nordstrom, and standard shipping is free, so upgrading it may not be too expensive–you also have the option to see if it’s available at your local store.)
- Gifts for your BFF (but can also work for your mom, your sister, your co-workers, your in-laws, etc..and they’re all under $50!)
- Gifts for Puppies (most of these are from Amazon, and you can also check out Chewy for great pet gifts and fast/cheap shipping)
- Gifts for Toddlers (a lot of these are from Target and Nordstrom, so check for store pick-up, or just search for the toy on Amazon)
Lastly, here are a few other last minute gift ideas that require a little more effort, but can also be a little more unique or personal.
- Gift baskets–go to Target and put together your own gift basket. Think of who you’re buying for, and include their favorite treats. You can also throw in a gift card, a DVD, or a picture frame of someone they love (this option would be great for grandparents).
- Pictures! I rarely let a holiday pass without gifting my parents (and Matt’s parents) some sort of picture of Aida. It may be too late to order fun photo gifts (like ornaments or coffee mugs), but you can easily send in pictures to Costco or Walgreens, pick them up, and pick out some nice-looking frames. Home Goods (and any of their affiliated stores) and Michael’s usually have some great options at great prices.
- Local business–get off your feet and go check out small businesses near you! They are very likely to have awesome and unique gifts, and friendly staff who will help you pick something out if you are gift-picking challenged. A few of my local favorites in Northern Virginia are Ashby Mae Children’s Boutique, and Ketterman’s jewelers.
Alright, friends. That was a long one, but I hope it helped someone out! I know it can be overwhelming and stressful to shop for the holidays, but just take a deep breath, plug in some Christmas music on your iPhone, and enjoy picking out something special for the people you love.
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