There are more than a few reasons why a last minute present may be required. Whether it is for Christmas, birthday, graduation, or anniversary it happens, someone is forgotten from the list or an unexpected name shows up which requires your acquiring another gift.
This is where things get exciting. Of course it depends how much time you have to find a gift and of course the reason you are scouting out one comes into play too. If you have a couple days then heading out shopping is an option but if you only have a couple hours to come up with something then creativity is definitely going to quickly become your best friend.
One of the easiest solutions for this type of "need it quick" situation is a gift card. Today a couple minutes online will offer you a choice of numerous types of cards generally offering an unlimited choice in denominations. You choose the type, the dollar amount, and with the click of a mouse it can be a printable ready to print and pop into an envelope. You can also have one sent via email so it is available almost immediately. It's as simple as 1 - 2 - 3.
Best Last Minute Christmas Shopping Deals
There are times when playing the waiting game for your Christmas shopping can pay off. There are some super sales available in the last week of the holiday shopping season. Budget conscious last minute shoppers can expect to find an abundance of bargains at local department and grocery stores.
Merchants have generally promoted the holiday season for all it’s worth and the last week before Christmas is when they expect to go all out for those last minute sales. It is their last big chance to grab shoppers hunters for gifts and it is the perfect opportunity for them to try to clear out as much of their seasonal merchandise as they are able to. This means big savings for you.
It is during this last big blow out that Christmas themed gifts can be purchased for a lot less money than you would have expected to pay for them had you shopped earlier in the season. You can expect to find clearance prices of up to seventy-five percent off on many
Christmas themed gift items as well as perishable holiday food products. Gift baskets, clothing, children’s holiday story books, children’s toys, Nutcrackers, seasonal treats, boxed chocolates, containers of assorted nuts, seasonal jams and jellies, Poinsettia plants, ornaments, and a hundred other Christmas gift items are on sale for a fraction of their former price.
Fragrance Toys and Clothing Can be Nicely Reduced in Price
Stores have to bring in extra stock to prepare for the Christmas shopping season which means that some areas of the store are stocked to the max in the hopes that they will sell out.
Stores generally will stock more rather than less so it is rare that these departments sell completely out of their extra stock. Remaining merchandise generally gets slashed down for sale on the final all important last shopping week before Christmas.
The toy, cosmetic, fragrance, sporting goods, electronic, book, and food departments are going to have hundreds of items being reduced to clear down this overstock. This is your chance to look for gift items in these departments at a fraction of the price that you would have paid for them the week before.
If you are a budget conscious Christmas shopper it can pay to delay purchasing some of your holiday gifts to a little closer to the big day. There can sometimes be an amazing array of last minute sales for you to take advantage of. Gifts may be had for a fraction of the price that you would otherwise have had to pay.
DIY Jar Gift Ideas
No Time to Shop - Create a DIY Kitchen Basket or Jar Gift
The kitchen is a wonderful source of quick DIY gifts. Most of us have at one time or another purchased or received a gift basket, cookie or candy tin and hung onto these once they emptied. A wise decision because these can be easily filled to create a gift basket for someone else.
If you bake then you have it made. Homemade cookies, bars, candies, and tarts are a gift that most of us appreciate receiving.
Prepare your gift box, tin, or basket by laying some tissue paper at the bottom. Saran wrap up your goodies, sprinkle in a few tea bags or packets of cocoa, a few candies for color, and whatever other items you figure will fit in. Wrap it up.
A mug filled with candies, herbal tea bags. or cocoa packages is another quick idea. Variety is the spice of life when it comes to edible goodies.
You can package up a box or basket of treats if you extras. If you have homemade preserves these are delightful as gifts. Tie a ribbon around the jar to present it or do up a box or basket filled with a selection of these home made treats.
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Take Them Out for Dinner or a Concert
No one has to know that it is a last minute decision. Order tickets or a gift card online or drop back a local vendor to pick them up. Pop it in an envelope and you have an amazing gift for someone special. You are the only one he needs to know it was a last minute gift.
Quickly Create a Homemade Recipe Book
Traditional or family recipes are a treasure to receive. If the person that you are presenting this gift to has a fancy to a special dish of yours then a recipe book can be one of the nicest gestures that you can present to them.
Most people have computer printer paper or some other form of writing paper just laying about the house waiting to be used. You can photocopy your recipes on your printer or write them out and then bind them within a cover to create a recipe book.
Your cover can be cloth, cardboard or heavy card stock paper. Simply punch holes in the paper and book covering and then bind the book together with a brightly colored ribbon. If this is a Christmas gift then using a white, green, or bright red covering and ribbon will make for a delightfully decorative present.
Traditional and ethnic recipes make wonderful gifts. A simple scroll with an old Russian, Ukrainian, Scottish, German or other traditional recipe written on it can be a unique item to receive. One sheet of paper, a couple of bamboo skewers, a small amount of ribbon and a little glue are all that are required to make this item complete. Glue the bamboo skewers to the outside edges of the paper, write out your recipe, roll the scrolls together, and tie with a bright red ribbon.
Cash in a Card Can be Nice
Most people can use a little extra cash and this can be especially true of seniors, students, and newly married couples. There are many times in life when a few extra dollars can come in very handy.
If you are one of those folks who save your pocket change pop some into a mason jar, tie a ribbon around the rim, and pop a bow on the top. This is a fun way to gift cash because they won't know how much they are receiving till they count it out.
Another easy last minute gift idea is a gift of wine. A bottle of wine or other alcoholic beverage that you currently have easy access to is an ideal last minute gift. This item is seasonally appropriate for Christmas and also delightful as a celebratory wedding anniversary present.
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