Last minute shopping tips and ideas

It doesn’t matter how organized you think you are, life seems to throw in a curve balls every once in a while. Almost everyone I know has come down with a nasty bug, which keeps him or her bedridden and unable to hit the stores for holiday shipping. Well, that’s not completely true considering I’ve seen some green looking people walking the aisles of Target when they should be in bed recovering (and not infecting the rest of us).

If it’s not an illness… it’s the kids, family, traveling or the good old, “I forgot to get my own dad a gift!

Have no fear! Here are some ideas to help you get those last few gifts done and wrapped.

Next day shipping

Some sites are still offering overnight shipping. While some charge you and arm and a leg to ensure your item arrives before the 25th, always offers 1-2 day shipping on most of their items. But, if you’re like me, the idea of paying a few extra bucks for shipping sounds much more appealing than finding a parking spot and braving crowds of stressful people.


Get out the craft supplies and make some gifts! You have a few days left and if your kids are anything like my kids, they will squeal with delight at the thought of doing something different.

Check out some of our favorite holiday crafts for kids: Easy Christmas gifts kids can make themselves — with a little help.

Other handmade ideas:

  • Cookies
  • Pies
  • Fudge
  • Wine (oh wait).

Gift cards

Sure it’s not the most personal gift but they do make great last minute gifts!

For the coffee lover: Run to the nearest coffee house, grab a gift card and travel mug and you’re done!
For the kids: Most grocery stores now have gift cards to a variety of stores and amusement parks. Grab a few while you’re doing your last minute food shopping.
For your friend: You can never go wrong with a Visa gift card! Wrap one up with a note hinting your friend’s favorite restaurants or stores to spark some ideas… and allow your friend to pick out the gift that they really wanted, but didn’t get this year.

Brave the crowds

Before you leave the house, make a list of things you need to get — including anything you need for your house, kids or an upcoming holiday meal. If you need multiple items, go to an all-purpose superstore. If you need one thing — like a toy — go to a specialty store so you can get in and out as quickly as possible.