Runner Sami’s Last Minute Gift Guide

It is almost the eleventh hour (and if you’re a Hanukkah-celebratee, what have you been doing??) for buying all those wonderful, thoughtful gifts for all your loved ones. I’ve learned some tricks over the years to help with my gift-buying procrastination, but here are some ideas for those of you who are still stuck for quality gifts to give this holiday season.

1. Magazine Subscription – It’s inexpensive and lasts for an entire year, what’s not to like?

2. Etsy.com – For those who like to support local artisans and give unique, great quality gifts.

3. Books (of course) – I love matching the perfect book to someone and can be bought anywhere from your local bookstore to a supermarket.

4. Gear – Know someone sporty or active? Grab a book on hiking or a pair of Smart Wool socks or a cool water bottle and you’re sure to win.

5. Games – Easy to find for low prices at Target or Toys R Us, there are a million different games from cards to board bound to fit any personality.

6. Date Night – For someone special, give a card for a date night. Plan thoughtful, creative activities for you and your loved one to do like see a movie, indoor picnic, planetarium, bowling, or wine bar. There are always special deals to be found on different nights if you search online or in local newspapers!

7. Baked goods – If you enjoy baking, what better way to show you care than to take the time and effort to whip up a batch of someone’s favorite cookie! Wrap it in a decorative box for that extra touch. If you don’t bake, many local bakeries offer holiday deals for their tasty treats.

8. Spa Specialties – I love getting pampered as I know many women do, but I rarely like to spend money on myself for spa treatments. Massages, pedicures, facials, manicures, it just feels great to get that special attention.

9. Homemade crafts – This isn’t just for kids to make their parents anymore. With our economy, it’s nice to spend time making someone something special that they’ll enjoy. Use your talents and interests, but here are some suggestions: hot chocolate in a jar (you can do many recipes with this idea, the idea is to pour, add liquids, and enjoy!), knit a scarf, hat, mittens, etc., hand painted Christmas tree ornaments, photo collage (or you can use shutterfly or snapfish to put a favorite photo on a placemat or pillow case).

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10. Gift cards – I’m not a fan of gift cards because they are so impersonal, but they do make a great gift for those looking to save on postage when mailing a gift or for someone you don’t really know that well like teachers, librarians, or your postal worker.

Happy Holidays!

  1. First, I have to say I really like the idea of stamping and personalizing the page edges of the books like in that top picture. I mean, I know it totally defaces the book, but it does look pretty cool.

    Second, I am breathing a nice big sigh since I have finished by holiday shopping, and the stuff I was worried about arriving on time has made it safely to me. Hope your holiday shopping/making is almost done!

    • It is, thanks! I really liked the look of the picture too – I would probably do that for a journal kind of gift. Glad all your holiday shopping is finished! šŸ™‚

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