Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Women

by kevinw1

If you're late buying for that special woman in your life, check out these easy-to-find ideas that don't look rushed!

It's Christmas Eve, and the gifts aren't bought yet! Now what?

christmas gift boxPerhaps this Christmas, you have somehow left buying for one - or more! - of the ladies in your life until the last minute. If this is the case, there are a few classic holiday gifts that they will almost certainly love. Even if you're down to one day in which to finish your Christmas shopping, these gifts are normally quite easy to find. So long as you remember to keep her sense of style and taste in mind, she will appreciate the gift.

Need more ideas? Take a look at Five Great Christmas Gifts for Your Wife or Girlfriend

Jewelry Makes a great Gift

Jewelry is a popular gift at Christmas. If you're shopping at the last minute, there will still be enough to choose from that you will still be able to find something that looks perfect.

New earrings, pearls or a ring are all good possibilities, but you want something that matches her style as well as catches your eye. To make it more special, you could get her a locket with a special photograph inside, or a personalized charm for a charm bracelet. Careful, though - if you get her a ring, it shouldn't look like an engagement ring if you aren't intending to propose!

If you've been together for a while with your intended giftee, there are many bracelets and other jewelry items which celebrate relationships and which might make a very suitable gift.

Clothes Make the Man... Appreciated!

A gift of clothing is something you should be able to find, even on Christmas Eve. Don't rush things, no matter how panicked you feel. It still needs to be the right size and be something she'd actually wear. It's safer to stay away from lingerie or anything else suggestive. Run her usual clothing colors through your minds' eye and consider what her preferred colors are to wear. Even neutrals have different color ranges: for one woman, shades of brown through tape and beige to cream are her netrals: anotehr may go with black through shades of grey to white.

If you're finding it difficult to find clothing that fits the bill, try picking an accessory instead. An example would be a nice scarf, a hat, or gloves. Knitted gifts like wristwarmers and cowls (scarves that can pull up over the head to form a hood) are very fashionable and welcome. Go for an unusual luxury yarn like bamboo or alpaca to make the gift special, and she won't even realize it was a last minute gift!

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Downloadable Gifts

If you've left it so late that the stores are closed, you're going to need to get an electronically delivered holiday gift in order for it to reach her on time.

A great idea is a magazine subscription. It could be for a fashion magazine, cooking magazine, gardening magazine, or for a specific hobby of hers. If you know of a specific hobby, this will probably be better received than a fashion or cooking magazine as they may seem a bit impersonal and there are also some women who are not interested in these subjects.

If she likes downloading music, TV shows, or movies, then an iTunes voucher might work very well. Although it's less personal than a magazine subscription, at least you can be sure that she will get something she likes this way.

Many other downloadable or email-able gift cards are available for all types of goods. Some can even be sent through Facebook!

Another gift wheich can be sent instantly via email is a charitable donation in her name. Check out her favoraite charity if you know it, your own favorite charity, or charities like Oxfam or Heifer International who do work which lifts families out of poverty and allows them to pass on the help to others.

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The Gift of an Experience

This is another instant gift you can do even if all the stores and shops have closed. You can buy a travel voucher, a day out, or book a romantic getaway over the Internet. That should be a nice surprise on Christmas day. You could also pick up a travel guide and give that to her on Christmas morning. You should have fun deciding where you want to go together.

If she's a busy person, juggling multiple things in her life, she might appreciate a spa gift token for a day or two of luxurious pampering.

Don't Tell Anyone but...

The wonderful thing about these holiday gifts is that most of them don't even look last minute. Even if you don't have much time, it's perfectly possible to be thoughtful about which gift you buy. If you do that, she'll really appreciate it!

Updated: 12/16/2011, kevinw1
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sheilamarie on 11/06/2011

Nice ideas for Christmas gifts.

kevinw1 on 11/06/2011

Very true Caroline - thanks for the suggestion!

ohcaroline on 11/06/2011

Gift certificates from her favorite store are always welcome too!

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