Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the house,
Not a sound could be heard, but the click of a mouse
The stockings were hung, by the chimney with care
In hopes that Saint FedEx, soon would be there…
Terrible poetry aside, it’s that time of year again! The week before Christmas when we all realize we are basically out of time and need to finish our holiday shopping RIGHT NOW.
This year especially, with predicted shipping delays, “last-minute” comes fast.
If you need last-minute gifts, here’s a list of 8 gifts that will arrive by Christmas. Or can easily be picked up while you’re out on your 632nd errand of the season.
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I NEED A GIFT FOR A TECH-SAVVY KID THAT ISN’T 100% JUST ANOTHER GAME, APP, OR SCREEN.
My kids use Dash Robot in school for innovation and technology and LOVE it. This little robot basically helps tiny humans learn to code and is also really fun to use.
I NEED A GIFT FOR AN ACTIVE KID WHO ALREADY HAS THREE BIKES, SIX SCOOTERS, AND A SKATEBOARD.
My girls have recently become obsessed with roller skating. Who can blame them? It’s such a fun pastime. It’s been making a huge comeback the past few years. This last-minute gift will be a welcome addition under the tree for almost any tween girl.
I NEED A GIFT FOR A TEEN WHO HAS A GREAT EYE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AND NEEDS TO STEP AWAY FROM THE SMARTPHONE.
It’s incredibly cool that we can take hundreds of photos a day without worrying about wasting film on a bad shot. But… there is something really interesting about having to think through your composition without the safety net of another take. This camera kicks it old school with new school tech. Plus, the film has a sticky back so they can post these photos in the analog world.
I NEED A GIFT FOR MY KID’S AWESOME TEACHER THAT ISN’T ANOTHER MUG.
Gift card. Always. I grab them at the grocery store, the drug store, the convenience store — basically, anywhere you might hit up while running an errand. Two birds, one stone. This year more than ever, teachers deserve a thoughtful gift. Send an e-card if your school has gone remote already.
I NEED A GIFT FOR THE INDISPENSABLE CAREGIVER THAT MAKES MY JUGGLE POSSIBLE.
Holiday bonus. It’s super nice to include a little something extra like homemade goodies and a card from the kids or adult they care for day in and day out, but in general, caregivers aren’t earning as much as they deserve so a bonus is a tangible way of saying hey, I really appreciate the work you do.
I NEED A GIFT FOR THE PERSON I DIDN’T EXPECT TO GET A GIFT FROM!
Have a stash of small bottles of wine with gift tags that say something about holiday cheer. Grab as needed. This is a great gift because it is easily regifted or brought to a party if they don’t really want it for themselves. It’s the thought that counts, right??
I NEED A GIFT FOR SOMEONE WHO’S HAVING A TOUGH TIME.
Whether it’s a minor illness or something more significant, this sweet and cozy throw is a nice way to say that you are thinking of them and sending warm wishes. Include a thoughtful note, and perhaps a book or a movie if you want to add something extra.
I NEED A GIFT FOR A WHITE ELEPHANT/YANKEE SWAP THAT ISN’T LOTTERY TICKETS.
Hey, I’m not knocking lottery tickets because the gift of possibility is intoxicating. And super convenient to pick up while you are out! But I’ve heard this game is amazing and just picked it up for our family swap. WARNING: Know your audience. This is for the crowd with a good sense of humor as there are some fairly offensive scenarios included and is not intended for those easily offended. If this is the case for your gathering, stick with the lottery tickets.
So that’s it! 8 last-minute holiday gift ideas that will arrive by Christmas. I hope this list saves you from any eleventh-hour panic attacks :).