4 last minute Christmas gift ideas

Christmas is just around the corner, and the stores are packed. In case you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet. Here are 4 last minute gift ideas.

  1. Gift card: A gift card is one of the most popular gifts because the recipients can buy the item of their choice. But what makes it an ideal last minute gift is that it relieves you from having to select a specific gift item. You can even add a custom message or the name of the recipient on the front of the card to show how much you care.
  2. Tickets to an event: If you know of a special event, such as a concert or a musical on or around the big day, then giving tickets to the event for two would be a great idea. Before buying the tickets, make sure that the recipient will enjoy the event and that he or she will be free on that day. You can buy the tickets from the event venue or other outlets. You can also buy tickets from online vendors who sell tickets to all sorts of events.
  3. A bottle of French wine: There is nothing like a bottle of  wine if you know your friend or family member drinks.  It can be the perfect last minute gift if you have no time to shop. The French have turned wine making into an art form and have spent centuries perfecting their technique. If you have no idea about French wines, then look for one of the following: Chateau Mont-Redon, Chateau Roques Mauriac, Laurent Perrier NV Brut Ultra, Vouvray Cuvee Constance or Fougeray de Beauclair. These are among the best French wines. If these are not available, then buy one that is recommended by the store owner.
  4. The latest smart phone: Who doesn’t like to receive a smart phone as a gift? Even if the recipient already has one, they will love to become the proud owner of a new one. It makes a perfect last minute gift because you won’t have to spend a lot of time searching and choosing. Just drive down to the local cell phone store and pick the latest smart phone by Apple, Samsung or any other manufacturer of your choice. You can also order one from an online vendor and have it delivered within a few days.

What are some of your last minute gift ideas?

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5 Responses to “4 last minute Christmas gift ideas”

  1. I personally wouldn’t want a smartphone as a gift – and if someone already doesn’t have a phone with data, they might not be thrilled at the increased cost of a phone plan with data!

    I would add baking to this list though. Provided you have the supplies, you don’t even need to leave the house! A basic sugar cookie just needs eggs, flour, sugar, flavour extract, and baking soda.

    Of course, you need to spend some time baking and maybe decorating, but that sure beats having to go out and deal with people, lines, and traffic!

  2. I prefer putting much more thought and effort into gift giving than choosing a gift card or bottle of wine, although a bottle of wine can be a good hostess gift if you can’t come up with something more creative. (By the way, there are many countries that are competitive with France in wine quality.)
    Tickets to an event would be okay if you know the person will be able to go and you provide for the transportation there and back.

    I don’t shop at the last minute but some things I do could be done in a day if necessary.
    - Put together a dinner basket, cooking pan, or serving bowl full of all the non-perishable ingredients for a meal such as Thai, Italian, Greek, or Moroccan. Include a cookbook or some of your favourite recipes.
    - Choose a handcrafted cheese board, add a variety of cheese knives, a book on Canadian cheeses, and several cheeses.
    - Make up a gift bag of items for a spa day at home. Maybe put everything in a footbath if you know the person would like one.
    - Tins with an assortment of homemade cookies, candies or tarts are good for busy people who don’t have much time for Christmas baking.
    I do my baking early so that I have many kinds available, most in the freezer, for putting gift boxes together, even at the last minute.

    I think the important thing is to consider the individual person and take the time to choose something personal just for them.

  3. I agree with Emma – a smartphone is a terrible last minute gift. They are really expensive, and unless you are willing to also gift the data plan, they cost money for the recipient every single month. If you are going to give a smartphone as a gift (to your spouse, for example) you should not buy it at the last minute, but should research it and comparison shop. Buying a $500 gift at the last minute is not the kind of advice I expect to see on this website. That kind of shopping is one of the ways people end up in debt in the first place.

  4. I agree that a Smartphone is an expensive item that has on-going costs that need to be considered. I would also recommend researching such an item before purchasing it, and I know that I wouldn’t be happy to get a new Smartphone. The one I have now works perfectly well, and what would I do with it if I was given a new one?

    Gail recommends setting a budget for gift giving, and I highly doubt that a Smartphone as a last-minute gift would fit ANYONE’s budget!

  5. Can’t say that these last minute gift ideas are ones I’d use.
    I’d rather give cash than a gift card.
    And rather than tickets, how about a donation to their favourite charity? (I bought adoption certificates from WWF for recipient’s favourite animals).
    A bottle of the person’s favourite drink with something to go with it is much more personal than a bottle of wine (BBQ sauce, cheese, nice crackers, jams, tea towels, etc).
    And, really? A smart phone? How about a book, or a board game?
    If you can’t find a gift for someone, maybe you don’t know them well enough to be exchanging gifts. Or, maybe they already have everything they need, and you don’t need to be exchanging gifts. Otherwise, it should be something from the heart and is meaningful. Because how many Christmas gifts get donated, re-gifted or tossed?

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