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Last Minute Gift Ideas

December 20, 2011

Christmas is now less than a week away (!!!!!!!) and some of you are still scouring about for gifts.  It’s down to the wire and you have limited your options, haven’t you?  Yes, you have.  Well, I am here for you.  I want to first suggest that you shop locally because good local shops have the magic combo: wonderful merchandise and helpful, knowledgeable staff. However, some of you might not be lucky enough to have as many wonderful shops to choose from as we do here in the Seattle area. Again, I am here for you. Now, there are going to be quite a few ‘duh’ moments in this post, obvious answers to the question of ‘what can I get so and so’ because I know from experience that when one is under pressure, one’s brain fails to produce the most obvious of solutions.  These gift items should be available almost anywhere and are sure to be a hit with the receiver.

-Picnic Hamper, or something of the sort.  This is a good one because you can customize it for a family or an individual.  Just get some sort of a container, a picnic basket or just a simple wicker basket from your local craft store and fill it with edible goodies.  It doesn’t have to be as fancy as this one from Fortnum & Mason in London, but it could be, especially if you are sending it to me.

-Plants! You have endless options with this one, but something festive is always a good choice.  Personally I am a big fan of the Christmas Cactus, my mom always had one in our house growing up and they are beautiful!

christmas cactus

-Chocolate.  The best you can find.

-A recipe with ingredients.  Here is one my sister shared on her blog for our Great-Grandmother’s sugar cookies.

sugar cookies

Epsom salts.  You could also include a bottle of essential oil, for a scented and therapeutic bath.

Microwaveable heat pillow.  This will require a bit of work, but just a tiny bit.  You will need two matching pieces of fabric (flannel sounds nice to me) and some sort of filler, the easiest being rice or beans.  Sew those two pieces together, leaving enough of  a hole to add the filler, then stitch it closed when your pillow is as full as you like it. Let this organic flax and lavender pillow from Art Fire inspire you

Mulling Spices with Cider, Wine, Mead or Juice. This lovely photo is accompanied by a recipe here so you can make your own spices, or you can usually find a pre-made version.

Books! Always, always, always books.  You can not go wrong with books.

coralie bickford-smith books crystals rocks

Magazines.  There is a magazine out there for just about anyone on your list.  If you are looking for a more substantial gift,  send that little card away for a subscription and include a note letting the person know it will be coming in the mail.  Who doesn’t like to get mail?

Tea & Honey / Coffee & Donuts – These ideas are easily adjusted to individual taste and are usually welcome gifts.

And a few more quick ideas, just to make sure we are covered: puzzles, games, baked goods, candles, ornaments, hot chocolate & marshmallows.

I hope that helps.  If you have any fantastic ideas to share, please leave a comment and share them with the rest of us!

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  1. December 20, 2011 10:51 am

    You images are really nice. I loved the spice tray! When you have the time, do drop by my space. I just made some Ferrero Rocher bars and would love to hear what you think. Cheers!

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