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…
Yeah, I could go on, but I’ll spare you. 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 up our gifting RIGHT NOW. And between the holiday parties, and work, and kids, and all the things, we have no time to get to the mall. This is me every freaking year. No matter how sincerely I intend to get a jump on things I never ever do.
If you are like me (or even a little like me and just have a few stragglers left on your list) I’ve pulled together some gifts that can all be procured, by Christmas, from your computer, with that magical two-day shipping option. Or easily picked up while you’re out on your 632nd errand of the season.
This is not an “ultimate” gift guide by any means, rather some very specific ideas for very specific scenarios. I mentioned I’m a procrastinator, right? Big gift round-ups take way more planning than I am capable of, ha.
Before we get to the good stuff, I want you to be aware that I sometimes use affiliate links in my posts. I may receive a small commission if you choose to purchase through those links but it is never at any additional cost to you and I only recommend products I would use in my own home. Thanks for supporting Bloom in the Black!
I need a gift for a tech-savvy kid that isn’t 100% just another game, app, or screen.
Dash Coding Robot: $79
My first grader uses Dash Robot in school for innovation and technology and LOVES it. This little robot basically helps tiny humans learn to code and is also really fun to use. Right now it’s $70 off and the lowest price I have seen in 30 days (#stalker). Yes, I literally just bought it, ha.
I need a gift for an active kid who already has three bikes, six scooters, and a skateboard.
Chicago Girls Sidewalk Roller Skate: $28 – $36
My girls have recently become obsessed with roller skating. Who can blame them? It’s such a fun pastime. I think it’s about to make a huge comeback, mark my words!
I need a gift for a teen who has a great eye for photography and needs to step away from the smartphone.
Instax Mini 9 Camera: $49
It is so 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 the composition you actually want to capture without the safety net of another take. This camera kicks it old school with new school tech. Plus, the film has a sticky back for posting those 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.
I need a gift for a coworker that I don’t actually know that well. Damn these office gift swaps!
Microwave Popcorn Popper: $18
No more burnt popcorn smell in the office. So really, it’s a gift for everyone within 50 feet of the kitchen. This cool little gadget pops every last kernel in 3 minutes and prevents burning.
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.
Rivet Throw: $49
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.
Cards Against Humanity: $25
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, short and sweet! I hope this helps at least one frantic last-minute shopper out there. If you have additional ideas and scenarios, I’d love for you to share them in the comments.