Last minute Christmas Gift Ideas

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Last minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Imagine this. It’s the third week of December and you are nowhere close to buying the 14 Christmas gifts on your to-buy list. If this doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will! OK, jokes and exaggeration apart, it IS true that many of us have scampered in the last minute to buy holiday gifts. Busy schedules, lack of ‘shopping mood or pure procrastination – the reasons may be plenty but the result panic and frustration.

Here are a few last minute life savers:

Find your roots – DNA testing
As unusual as it may sound, DNA testing is a rage these days, especially after the advent of DNA testing kits. The market has numerous DNA service providers that help explore one’s ancestry, discover their DNA story and find out who else in the world share their genes. You can rest assured there will be plenty of ‘family tree’ related discussion at your next family gathering.

Note:  Consider these tips before gifting them a DNA kit.

Adult coloring books
When it comes to coloring, age doesn’t really matter – anybody can enjoy coloring. Adult coloring books are a real delight to those who love to color because of these are not the average coloring books you’d buy for kids. You’ll find superior quality of paper, more intricate designs, and a wider selection of themes. Research shows that adult coloring is a great stress buster because when you’re concentrating on staying within the lines you cannot possibly worry about any other thing. And who doesn’t need a stress buster these days?

DIY gifts
So you didn’t have the time or energy to brave the crowds in the stores or check those gazillion deals online. Not to worry. If you’re someone that enjoys DIY stuff, making simple and customized gifts for your dear ones is perfect gift option for you. From glowing photo luminaries to personalized coffee mugs to delectable photo frames to adorable cupcake onesies to mason jars, there are a number of things you could make within budget and more importantly, quickly!

Did you know these shipping deadlines?

FedEx

  • Dec. 15: Ground
  • Dec. 19: Express Saver
  • Dec. 20: Two-day
  • Dec. 21: Overnight shipping deadline

U.S. Postal Service

  • Dec. 14: USPS Retail Ground shipments
  • Dec. 19: First Class
  • Dec. 20: Priority Mail
  • Dec. 22: Priority Mail Express
  • Alaska: Deadline for First Class and Priority Mail shipments is Dec. 20; Priority Mail Express is Dec. 21.
  • Hawaii: Deadline for First Class and Priority Mail shipments is Dec. 15; Priority Mail Express is Dec. 20.

United Parcel Service

  • Dec. 18: UPS 3 Day Select
  • Dec. 20: 2nd Day Air
  • Dec. 21: Next Day Air

Chocolate
It is official – when everything else fails, chocolate alone triumphs.  Chocolate is a gift that surpasses all boundaries of age, gender and nationality. Dark, milk, white, caramel – we’re often spoilt for choices.  Take your pick from among chocolate boxes, bars, truffles, lip balm, books, mugs, soap bars, etc. Gift a chocoholic these cocoa delights and make this Christmas sweet and memorable for them.

Tech gadgets
Everybody loves a cool gadget. It is the age of Siri, Alexa, Amazon Echo Spot, Tile Mate and many more tech wonders that are helping make life simpler. And we all have that family member or friend that admires such amazing technology but just do not think of buying one for themselves. A practical and user friendly gizmo will make for a great holiday gift.

Virtual Assistants
If you had the power to summon a genie and gift it to your loved ones, wouldn’t you do it in a heartbeat? Thought as much! Whether they are working professionals, business persons, retired employees or home makers, our dear ones often need a helping hand in completing mundane tasks on a daily basis. Virtual assistants meet a wide range of business and personal demands at various levels of assistance and capabilities. Gifting virtual assistant is a great way to show you care for your family and friends.

A word of advice!

You may have considered a lot of gift options but there are some that could be avoided.

Imagine this. It’s the third week of December and you are nowhere close to buying the 14 Christmas gifts on your to-buy list. If this doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will! OK, jokes and exaggeration apart, it IS true that many of us have scampered in the last minute to buy holiday gifts. Busy schedules, lack of ‘shopping’ mood or pure procrastination – the reasons may be plenty but the result panic and frustration.

By | 2018-01-12T09:48:54+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Habiliss, Holidays and observances|2 Comments
  • Grace Wilson

    Wow gifting VA is awesome idea..I have planned to present this to my friend.. Will contact you soon.

  • Decky Harris

    I was seriously going through ideas for last minute gifts and came across this. A good gift for my busy husband.

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