Everybody knows one—the last-minute holiday shopper. Whether it’s due to a hectic work schedule, trying to fit in year-end projects around the house, or just because it completely slipped their mind, there’s always someone who waits until the final days before the holidays to get their loved ones’ presents.
But have no fear—Michelle is here! (Embrace the silliness. It’s the holidays!) I’ve tapped in to my creative thinking and came up with a list of the best last-minute holiday gift ideas.
Books. Okay, let’s get this out there, because I wouldn’t be a good author if I didn’t shamelessly self-promote! My book Pinnacle Lust is always a great gift (not to mention a steamy read). For you last-minuters, buying Pinnacle Lust on online is an instant gift. Voilà! One click and your loved ones are happy—and happily reading.
Something luxurious. For me, winter equals hibernation. When my husband bought me a cashmere scarf last year (I admit, it took a lot of hinting), I put that thing on and didn’t take it off until March. This is even more special if it is something your loved one wouldn’t buy for him or herself. Scarves, sweaters, anything that wraps your loved one in warmth and comfort will be a particularly coveted gift.
Gift cards. Ahh, the basic go-to gift. While I’m not particularly fond of the gift card (to me, it screams impersonal), it has its perks. Especially for the difficult to shop for person on your list. The one who has everything and is impossible to please. You’re getting them a gift they’re sure to appreciate—who doesn’t love credit to a store they love? For girls, you can’t go wrong with a gift card to Sephora; for men, Home Depot usually does the trick (what husband doesn’t have a project to work on around the house?).
Pajamas. Maybe this only seems like a great gift idea to me because, like I said, winter equals hibernation. And don’t forget I’m a writer—on some days PJs are my outfit. Holiday-specific PJs are the perfect nostalgic gift (remember being a kid and believing in the magic of the season?). You can add on to this present by giving the entire package: pajamas, slippers, hot chocolate mix, and fuzzy socks. Yes. When it comes to PJs I’m a kid at heart.
Jar of Stuff. Yep, you read that right. This present crosses into the DIY realm: All you need is a mason jar, then similar things: For girls, you can do a “manicure in a jar”—essentially polish, a file, toe separators, cotton balls, and a pumice stone, and top it off with a decorative ribbon. Choose items that are easy to find during a last-minute Walmart trip. Hot chocolate mix (with marshmallows, chocolate chips, and candy canes), coffee beans, brownie or cookie mix, or anything else that your loved ones will enjoy (think a craft jar with glue, sequins, and yarn, a “movie night” jar with candy and popcorn kernels…the list goes on!).
There you have it—my own spin on the last-minute list for holiday presents—all you last-minuters are out of excuses.
Now, get shopping!
Ho, Ho, Ho,