So You’re Running Late with Gift Giving?

If you are anything like me then you normally wait until last minute to Christmas shop. Unfortunately, that isn’t as easy this year because I’m working. So I was forced to get my shopping done early and by early I mean yesterday and online.  Just thinking out loud, I’ve created a LOLZ worthy edition of some last minute gifts to get your loved ones. 

Last week to get into the Holiday spirit, I posted about the five types of Holiday shoppers.  Now I’ll post about getting a few last minute Christmas gifts.

Last minute holiday gift guide

So you waited until last minute?

Christmas is two days away, and you see friends and relatives all have gifts out…but you forgot about Great Aunt twice removed Sue, who you met once after having a few cocktails.

Like half of the population, I never got my “gift giving guide” on the blog.  I never really had a great gift guide to be honest, I feel as if I just purchase people what they want and gift guides are never that personalized.  My dad loves to run but doesn’t want a Spi belt…gift guides tell me Spi belts are great options for runners.

Here are some awesome gifts you can go out and buy in the next 24 hours. Maybe even on Christmas at your local drug store.

Socks: Most people need socks as much as underwear. Since it’s just awkward to buy someone underwear…stick with socks. You might not want to know their underwear preference.

Towel: Most people shower and after taking a shower you must dry off. A towel is a nice way to do that. Heck, you can even personalize and glitter gun it if you are the crafty type.  Or give it to them in a towel animal form.

Plus you can make a towel animal post with it too...
Plus you can make a towel animal post with it too…

Tweezers: Tweezers are one of the most universal items out there.


Do you have an emergency eyebrow hair in the way?

Do you have to tweeze out a splinter?

You never know when those guys will come in handy and when they do…the gift receiver will text you a solid thanks with a Facebook “like” emoji. 

Calendar: Since most people have their personal planner preference choice (or none at all), it’s wise to go towards a wall calendar. The last thing you want to mess up someone’s planner life with one they won’t use.  I recommend staying with a plain calendar because you don’t know if someone really likes cats that much (if they don’t they are weird).


My other recommendation is to take 12 selfies and make your own personalized calendar for friends.  Your friends and family can appreciate that, but you’ll have to tape the photo to the calendar since it will take more than a day to get a custom one.  Bonus: You’ll look crafty too!

If all else fails go for the Gift Card: I get it…you want to unwrap something. So wrap the gift card in the biggest packing box you can find, add some tissue paper and you are fine. They unwrap something under the tree, and you don’t have to worry about a return. Alternative options include putting a 20 dollar bill inside a box but hoping it doesn’t somehow get lost.

Bonus: If they have cats or small kids, they can play in the boxes.  Double gift giving!

cardboard box

And of course, have a Happy Holidays. Anything of these things will most certainly make for a happy day, though.

Questions for you:

Are you done with your Holiday Shopping?

How are you spending the Holidays?

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  1. I’m done with shopping because we are doing all our Christmas celebrations BEFORE Christmas since its the only time we can all get together. Since 3 of my siblings are nurses, and 2 of them have significant others that are firefighters….its hard to all get together. We have 4 Christmas celebrations each year. This year is the first year I get to go to my own church for Christmas Eve service!

  2. I loved this. Your humor shines through AND it was helpful 🙂 Ha – I bought my sister towels! I stayed at her house a few weeks ago and her towels were all mismatched and a hundred years old with holes in them. I’m not sure how to present them to her “um, your towels are terrible. Here are some new ones!”. I’m thinking instead something like “you always have guests over so thought you could use some towels!”
    Merry Christmas!

  3. You can never go wrong with gift cards, especially to places like Starbucks or coffee shops. Gotta love treating yourself during the holidays, or the cold winter months.

    Honestly, beach towels are something we always need because it’s so hot here. Of course there are beach and pool trips but I also use them to line my seats after I run. Our Fleet Feet sells this fancy changing towel too, now that would be nice to receive!

  4. Hah these idea are awesome! Honestly i would be pretty happy if I GOT some of those things! Alex and I already exchanged gifts before traveling so I HAD to finish shopping early!

  5. Great ideas! As I get older I definitely appreciate those practical presents. I also love a good gift card 🙂 I didn’t have much gift shopping to do this year, and luckily I finished long ago!

  6. I just want to put it out there that I absolutely love gift cards…sometimes more then the gifts people give me 🙂 Great guide Hollie!

  7. I’m normally a last minute shopper, but I actually did alright this year and got most of it done ahead of time. Love the practical guide, though — I always get some kind of socks for Christmas 😉

  8. I was actually the first person in my family to have shopping *and* wrapping done–holy cow!

  9. Last minute shopping is good because you can’t overthink it. Just grab stuff and go. I’m definitely a last minute shopper this year.

  10. lol lol I only shopped for my husband and kid and niece. It’s not that I’m stingy, I’m just broke most of the time. Ha! Plus, I loathe the business of the season. I’ve taken time this year to call people I love, take time to listen, and mail a few cards out. I usually opt for the gift card though when I feel there is a last minute gift need! Who doesn’t like give cards? I personally like picking my own crap out. 😉 Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you!

  11. I actually looooove gift cards. It’s really too bad that people seem to hate giving them!

    And I would totally love getting socks as a gift. You really can never have too many socks.

    Merry Christmas!

  12. Bahhaa I actually DID make my mom and MIL a calendar this year. But with pictures of my kid, so I mean, mildly acceptable. Also, once my mom got me a pair of tweezers that she told me were only for my car. Ever notice how perfect the lighting ALWAYS is in the car? Yeah, you need car tweezers.

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