Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

by Jeannieinabottle

Christmas is nearly here and you haven't put much thought into gifts. It is not the time to panic! Now it is time to get out there and get some great last minute presents.

Some people start shopping months before Christmas, or even plan for Christmas all year long. If you are reading this article, I am willing to bet you are not one of those people. You are a last minute shopper, aren't you? Don't feel too bad! Plenty of people are very last minute with their Christmas shopping.

If you've waited a while because you don't have good ideas, don't worry... I am happy to help you with some basic Christmas gift ideas. If you've waited all this time for the best sales, good for you! Some of the best bargains occur right before Christmas. If you've waited all this time to begin Christmas shopping because you hate it, no worries. I will include some links so you can merrily click and check out without leaving your home. See... this whole Christmas shopping thing isn't so bad after all.

Wrapped Christmas Gifts
Wrapped Christmas Gifts

Bath and Body Gift Sets

Are you confused about a good Christmas present for your Grandma, girlfriend, or co-worker?  A good standard Christmas gift is a nice bath set.  Right now, Bath and Body Works still has some pretty and inexpensive gift sets available.  They also have a ton of coupons they are happy to email to you if you sign up for their coupons online. 

When purchasing a bath and body gift set for someone, make sure to try to personalize it in some way.  If Grandma loves the smell of sugar cookies, get her a nice vanilla scented set.  If you are a Bath and Body Works holiday itemsguy and you are playing Secret Santa for the co-worker you hardly know at work, look around in her cubicle and see what type of lotion she may have on her desk.  Ask her other co-worker buddies what scent she may prefer.  Then buy her something nice, but of course, not too sexy.  That would be super creepy!  A gift set with a candle, shower gel, socks, lipgloss, and other generic stuff like that would be perfect!

Even if you would rather not travel to the mall to shop at Bath and Body Works, I assure you, most stores have bath gift sets.  I'll bet you can even find them at the grocery store.  If you are shopping at the last minute, you should still be able to find plenty of gift sets with shower gels, soaps, bubble bath, bath salts, lotions, body butter, and more for the ladies in your life.

Bath and Body Gift Sets

8 Bath Bombs Gift Set - USA Made - Bath Bombs Kit - Ultra Lush Spa Fizzies - Best Gift Ideas - En...

Bath Bombs by HanZá - A collection of 8 unique 2.1 oz (golf ball size) Bath Bombs made with natural ingredients. Enjoy Spa quality experience in the comfort of your home. A hot ...

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French Vanilla Bath Gift Set in 190ml shower gel,190ml bubble bath, 120g bath salts, 100ml body s...

Wood Jewelry Box: A jewelry box for gift recipients of all ages! The Jewelry Box French Vanilla Fragrance Spa Set comes in a natural wood and leather-look, jewelry box. The two ...

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Rejuvelle Vegan and Natural Essential Oil Bath Bombs, 6 Assorted Gift Set

A Sensous Gift Pack Of Moisturizing Essential Oil Bath Bombs Six Essential Oil Blends To Treat Your Senses! Each 2oz Bath Bomb Is Individually Wrapped And Presented In A Unique ...

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Tropical Milky Coconut bath and body spa gift set- shower gel, bubble bath, bath salts, body butt...

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Shaving Gift Sets

Maybe you are not so worried about the women in your life; perhaps your major Christmas shopping issue involves the dudes in your life.  Well, not to worry!  Guys need bathroom supplies, too. 

Most guys are not going to be too excited to see a basket full of soaps, lotions, shower gels, etc.  Instead, many men would prefer a more manly look to their gift set.  Many gift sets for men have shaving gels, razors, perhaps some cologne, and maybe even some "manly" scented showel gels. 

For a man that really cares about smelling nice and looking tidy, he will be pretty excited to get this type of gift set.  On the other hand, men that really don't like shopping for personal grooming items will be happy that you made that effort for them.  Perhaps they won't even have to shop for shaving cream or soap until next Christmas depending on how much you get them.  Hooray!

Shaving Gift Sets

Burt's Bees Men's Gift Set, 5 Products in Giftable Tin

Natural skin care for men. Burt's Bees Men's Gift Set contains products formulated to refuel and invigorate dry and tired skin. This Burt's Bees Heritage Tin includes Natural Sk...

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Shaving Gift Set with Badger Brush, Stand, Soap Bowl, Bowl Cover and Mirror and Mach 3 Razor Hand...

A fabulous gift that provides everything one needs for the perfect shave. The shaving set includes a Silver Plated stand that holds a matching Handle for a Mach-3 Razor a fabulo...

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Merkur Shaving Gift Set with Merkur Safety Razor, Bowl, Shaving Soap, Badger Brush, Stand and Saf...

A stunning chrome finish shaving set with a slim, long handle chrome plated Merkur Safety Razor (#180) with the bar-type guard. Includes a 3 7/8" chrome handle, 100% Pure Badger...

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Some people will tell you candles as a Christmas gift is boring or out of style.  Well, those people are just party poopers!  We, on the other hand, are going to celebrate the awesomeness of giving candles as a gift for Christmas.

Yes, they can be a generic gift, but they don't have to be.  Yankee Candle, as well as a number of Bath and Body Works candlesother retail stores, have wonderful gift sets available.  You can buy scented candle gift sets that come with candle holders, car air fresheners, decorations, etc.  Candles are only boring if you walk into a store, buy the first jar candle you see, and then plop it into a gift bag.

If you have the free time, you can even customize the gift set yourself.  Make sure to get a scented candle you believe the recipient will appreciate.  You can add candy, socks, lip gloss, and plenty of other fun items to the gift basket or gift bag.  Many women just love that type of thing!  Also, some men even love a scented candle, too.  Not all of them will admit it, but the word on the street is that dudes love the Pineapple Cilantro scent from Yankee Candle. 

Buy Some Scented Candles!

Yankee Candle Company Autumn Wreath Large Jar Candle

Enjoy the Fragrance of Autumn leaves & cinnamon apples, our Jar Candles come in the traditional and signature design that reflects a warmth and relaxed sense of style. Convenien...

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Yankee Candle Company Apple Pumpkin Large Jar Candle

Homegrown apples and pumpkins, two of fall's classic aromas, come together for a warm, cozy, inviting fragrance that fills the home with the delicious warmth. The slightly sweet...

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Yankee Candle Votives - Grab Bag of 10 Assorted Yankee Candle Votive Candles - Random Mixed Scents

Yankee Candle Votives. Buyers receive 10 randomly chosen Votive Candles -- all genuine Yankee Candle brand -- with a bonus organza gift bag. Large variety of votive scents avail...

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Dollar Store Stocking Stuffers

I know this is where I am going to lose some of you, but this needs to be said: the dollar store has some great Christmas items!  If you've waited the last minute to go Christmas shopping because you are low on cash, the dollar store is going to be a life saver to you this holiday season. 

I personally recommend visiting the Dollar Tree if you have one in your area.  The Dollar Tree is a true dollar store since pretty much everything is a dollar.  If it isn't a dollar, it is probably even less than a dollar.  Some of the amazing items you can get for a dollar are:

  • Small stuffed animals
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons
  • Toy trucks and cars
  • Dolls
  • Puzzle books
  • Lotion
  • Lip gloss
  • Boxes of candy
  • Earbuds for iPod / MP3 player
  • Nail polish
  • Hair accessories
  • Small cookie jars
  • Cookies
  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • Scarves
  • Calendars
  • Gift bags
  • Mini Christmas tree
  • Wrapping papers
  • Bows
  • Ribbons
  • Christmas stocking
  • Holiday decorations
  • So much more!

Maybe you won't be able to make any major purchases in the dollar store (you sure can't find a TV in there), but you can purchase a Christmas stocking for a dollar and then fill it up with fun low-priced items.  This is a great gift idea, especially for a Secret Santa present!

Christmas Trees and Plants

Mini-pine treeThis year, you can give a live gift to someone for Christmas.  No, I don't mean you should buy someone a puppy... that is a fairly awkward last minute Christmas present.  I mean, you can purchase a plant or mini-tree for someone that enjoys houseplants.

The most popular plants available to give as a Christmas gift are Poinsettias.  They are the beautiful red plants you see each year at stores.  They make lovely Christmas gifts, although they are really hard to keep alive.  If you are unsure whether the gift recipient has a green thumb, you may want to play it safe and purchase a mini-tree instead.

Many little pine trees are sold in stores as Christmas trees this time of year.  Some are just plain, but others are pre-decorated with little ornaments.  This year, I found a lovely tree that had a natural look with a little glitter sprinkled on it.  It was subtle, yet pretty.  Mini-pine trees make excellent Christmas presents for those that love houseplants.

On a side note, if you are going to be a houseguest at anyone's home this holiday season, a small houseplant is always a thoughtful thank you gift!

Trees and Plants for Christmas

Darice Mini Christmas Tree with Burlap Base, Canadian 12"

About Darice Darice was founded in 1954, by Pat Catan, an entrepreneur from humble beginnings who valued hard work and dedication. Today Darice Inc. is a premier wholesale distr...

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Vickerman Green Plastic 4-foot Mini Pine Unlit Artificial Christmas Tree

Keep it simple this Christmas with this plastic mini pine, which has 624 tips, has a simple burlap base, and comes unlit and unadorned for your customizing pleasure.

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ABUSA Prelit Artificial Christmas Tree 6 1/2 Foot with Pine Cones 200 LED Lights

This narrow frosted pine tree from ABUSA for Christmas seasonal decoration echoes the quiet charm of powder fresh snow blanketing an evergreen forest and brings this breathtakin...

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Car Care Gift Set

If you are still having a hard time finding the right gift for a guy, I would suggest a car care gift set for the man that loves his car.  One car care gift set you should consider is a set that includes cleaning supplies such as car wax, a glass spray, cleaning wipes, and tire foam.  If the man you love happens to have a clunker and he won't be too sensitive about it, a nice car emergency kit is perfect.  It includes items like flares, a help sign, jumper cables, and more. 

Don't forget... there are plenty of ladies that love their car or care about car safety, too!  If a woman in your life absolutely adores her car or just bought a new car, a car care gift set could be a wonderful Christmas gift for her. 

There are a number of other items you can also consider for anyone that loves their car, such as seat covers, air fresheners, and more.  This is the perfect way to customize your gift.  You can find anything from zebra print seat covers to Hello Kitty seat covers.  There is something for everyone!

Car Care Gift Sets

Armor All 78452 National Car Care Kit

Includes Armor All original protectant, utra shine wash & max, glass wipes & tire foam protectant. Armor All Complete car care kit Includes tire foam, original protectant, glass...

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Meguiar's Complete Car Care Kit

The Meguiar's Complete Car Care Kit has inspired automotive enthusiasts worldwide to pamper, condition, and protect their treasured investments. This is one of the most complete...

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AAA 42 Piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit

Travel with this well stocked kit stowed in your trunk for greater security on the road. The AAA 42 piece emergency road assistance kit includes: 1 AAA car care guide, 1 AAA mem...

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Gift Cards

Oh yes, I went there... gift cards!  Some people will say this is a lazy or impersonal gift, but I say it is a practical one.  If you know someone that is running low on money, perhaps a nice Walmart, Target, or grocery store gift card would be appreciated.  If you can't figure out what to get your 13 year old niece, find out what stores she loves the most at the mall and get her a gift card or two for her favorite places.  Gift cards are not impersonal if you go through the effort to give a card for a store that a person really likes.

I would also like to give a little advice for giving a gift card for Christmas: presentation goes a long way.  If you just hand someone a Visa gift card, it won't seem like you put any thought into it at all.  However, if you give a book lover a Barnes & Noble gift card with some flowers or a box of chocolates, you will look like a winner.  Take a little time to personalize the gift and it will be appreciated.

For that matter, taking the time to personalize any gift at all will make it look like you did not wait the last minute to purchase your Christmas presents this year.  Giving each gift a little thought will go a long way.  Good luck and merry Christmas!


Copyright ©2012 Jeannieinabottle

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Updated: 12/15/2012, Jeannieinabottle
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