10 fabulous and inexpensive last minute christmas gift ideas

10 Inexpensive Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Uh oh. It’s less than a week to Christmas… Do you still have holiday shopping left to do? If you have yet to find the perfect gift for your picky sister or hard-to-please boss, never fear. I have come up with 10 last minute Christmas gift ideas for all of the stragglers on your holiday gift list.

From DIY gifts you can make in a pinch to holiday presents you can purchase on the fly, we have swift and inexpensive solutions to all of your gift dilemmas.


1. Restaurant Gift Card

If you have a friend or family member who enjoys nothing more than a delicious meal at the hottest new restaurant, give them what they want most: a restaurant gift card.

You can usually purchase a gift card in any denomination your desire, and your loved one will have a tasty dining experience to which they can look forward in 2014.


2. Baked Goods

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Perhaps you’re the one with the fine palate who loves to please your friends and family with delectable food creations.

If baking is a favorite pastime, why not turn it into a gift resource? Just choose from among your most popular recipes and pick one for your gift recipient.

Place your cookies, cupcakes, or other baked goods in a tin or on a platter, seal with plastic wrap, and stick a bow on it for a fast and scrumptious present.


3. Massage Certificate

After a month of more of contending with crowded shopping malls, long store lines, and hours of gift wrapping, your loved one probably wants nothing more than to forget about the holidays for the next 10 months or so.

Help her find her holiday-free nirvana by booking a massage at her favorite spa or giving her a certificate to use at her leisure.


4.  Framed Picture

When you truly are at a loss for what to buy a friend or family member, all you need to do is take a trip down memory lane.

Find a photograph that recalls a favorite time or event and put it in a beautiful picture frame. Your sister, mother, or best friend will love it.


5. Wine of the Month Club

When you go out to dinner, does your friend know exactly what to pair with her steak or your fish?

If you have a bona fide wine connoisseur among your friends, gift her a subscription to a wine of the month club.

She’ll get a tasty wine every 30 days, and if you’re lucky, you might just get to enjoy some of it as well!


6. Candy Basket

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Remember Pop Rocks? Do you still yearn for Airheads? Candy is not only delicious, but also nostalgic. It can instantly bring back memories of childhood and put a smile on your face.

Candy Crates can help you put together a wonderful gift basket of awesome retro candy that is sure to bring back childhood memories.


7. Babysitting IOU

Do you have new parent friends who haven’t left the house since their bundle of joy arrived? If so, these loved ones don’t need a gift that you put in a box or seal with a bow.What they want most is a night to themselves!

A new baby is a nonstop job. Give your friends an evening to relax and rejuvenate by offering a babysitting IOU. Let them pick the night, and all you have to do is show up.


8. Craft Tools

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Have a family member or friend who talks about how much she would like to take up painting? Or maybe she wishes that she knew how to knit?

You can help her realize her artistic potential by buying the craft tools she needs to get started. A few brushes, tubes of paint, and a canvas are enough to have her create a simple landscape or portrait. A couple of skeins of yarn and some knitting needles can help her fashion a scarf or pair of mittens—perhaps even for you!


9. Magazine Delivery

If you know someone who loves to travel or dabbles in interior design, a subscription to Travel + Leisure, Luxe Interiors + Design, or another well-known magazine is sure to put a smile on their face once the first copy arrives in his mailbox.


10. Flavored Coffees

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Some people are wine connoisseurs, and others are just as particular about their coffees.

If you have a friend or family member with a discriminating coffee bean palate, give them a box full of flavored coffees that will smell just as good as they taste.

From the moment your loved one opens her gift, she will be thanking you until the very last drop of her gourmet brews is gone.

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Alexandra Coward

Alexandra Coward

Alexandra is a designer, illustrator and a self-proclaimed cuteness enthusiast. When she isn't designing for Oubly, she enjoys watching cartoons, learning about outer space, cooking, exploring new foods, and riding her bike through the city of LA.

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