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Last Minute Christmas Gifts that are Easy to Find

Updated on December 23, 2014
Everyone may get a gift card this year.
Everyone may get a gift card this year. | Source

Need some Christmas gift ideas?

Usually, by the time the Christmas season has arrived, I've already bought a couple of gifts that I happened to see during the year that made me think of someone. This year, that just hasn't happened. Life got in the way of thinking about Christmas, or of even shopping for anything.

I've come up with some ideas, some of which I may just use myself. These don't take too much time to put together and can even be personalized. When you have no inspiration, no motivation, or just no idea what to get for someone, consider the following.


Starbucks Gift Cards Are Always Popular!

Gift Cards

Gift cards are definitely a last minute option for Christmas. Yeah, I know, they're not personal, but they are easy to find in any department store or grocery store. You can personalize them somewhat by considering your loved one's interests.

Buy a Starbucks gift card for a coffee lover or a Burger King card for someone who loves fast food or needs meals on the go from time to time. Gift cards are available for about any restaurant, as well as ice cream stores and movie theaters.


Italian food themed basket in a colander
Italian food themed basket in a colander | Source

Food Baskets

Put together in a gift bag some favorite snack items. If you know what your gift recipient likes, then fill up the bag with those favorites. General ideas are chocolates, candy bars and other sweet treats, beef jerky, and popcorn. You can also pick up some specialty candies marketed specifically for the holiday season.

For coffee lovers, put together a basket--or bag--or specialty coffee and flavored creamer. Complimentary cookies would go along well with this gift. Another idea is a bag of coffee beans and a coffee grinder for someone who doesn't own one.

Do the same thing with tea for tea lovers. Include varieties of teas, perhaps along with a special tea cup and a package of sugar cookies.

For wine lovers, a small bottle of wine is an excellent gift. Add in a corkscrew or special wine glass for a special touch, along with a favorite type of cheese.

You can also put together themed baskets for meals. For the Italian lover, pick up spaghetti, sauce, and garlic bread. For those who love Mexican food, put together a basket of canned refried beans, green chilies, salsa and chips. You could even include a special recipe.


Comfort Gift

Comforting, warm winter gifts are great for Christmas. I know that my sister-in-law would love a bag filled with bath beads, lotions, and some thick, fuzzy socks

Others might appreciate a set that includes a knit hat, scarf, and gloves.


Specialty Items for Special Interests

If you know a person's interests, it won't take you long to pick up a few items for a great gift:

For cooks: a cookbook, heavy-duty spatulas, hot pads and kitchen towels. You can even wrap the gift in the towels!

For hunters: They probably have all the bright orange vest and hats they need, but what about some insulated socks and those warm hands packages. Think about the same thing for fisherman: warm gloves, lures, fishing line, all stuffed in a pair of rubber boots!

For music lovers: Buy CDs or old vinyl for your music lover. Depending on the instrument someone might play, look for sheet music, drumsticks, guitar picks, or even musical figurines. These items might be a little harder to find at the last minute, so you'll have to be creative.

For readers: Pick up a new best-selling novel or non-fiction book in their area of interest. You could even include a reading light to attach to the book to make the gift more interesting.

For crafty people: Put together in a cute basket different colors of yarn for the knitter. For one who likes to sew, he or she can always use more colors of thread, extra needles and pins, and maybe even a cute pincushion and cool sewing kit.

For pet lovers: I would be remiss--my pets would never forgive me--if I didn't mention gifts for pet lovers. It would be very easy to run to the local pet store and fill a gift bag with new toys for Rover and Kittycat. Add special treats, and you're done. If you know it will go over well, add a sweater for that pampered little dog.

Think about a specific interest of your gift recipient, and it will take very little time to visit the store of your choice to put together a thoughtful gift.


Christmas Ideas for Special Interests

Special Interest
Possible items to include
cooking
cookbook, spatulas, hot pads, towels
hunting
insulated socks, warm hands packets, thermos
fishing
rubber boots, lures, fishing line, hat
sewing
sewing kit, needles, pin cushion, thread,
knitting
basket, knitting needles, yarn
music
CDs, sheet music, guitar pick (r/t specific interest)
reading
books, reading light, bookmark
pets
toys, treats, blanket
coffee
specialty coffee, creamer, grinder, coffee beans, mug
wine
wine, corkscrew, corkstopper, cheese, wine glass
food
basket with themed meal

Now that you've bought the items: how do you quickly put the basket together?

Do you wait until the last minute to do your Christmas shopping?

When do you do your Christmas shopping?

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I hope you've found some ideas for that special someone if you haven't yet. I know that just writing this article forced me to come up with ideas for my own family and friends.

I've found a couple of websites that have some last minute Christmas gift ideas. GiftsnIdeas gives you just that--gifts and ideas. Another great site where you can find gift baskets and other neat goodies is Flowers & Gourmet. Check out these sites for some great coupon deals.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got some Christmas shopping to do!


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    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, CC, for reading, commenting, and sharing!!! I used some of the ideas myself for my last minute shopping. I'm going to try to get caught up and do what I have to do on my "break." Talk soon!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      5 years ago from Western NC

      What awesome ideas and I love how you grouped them into themes. I hope your "break" has at least been a little restful for you. ;) These ideas are pretty awesome! Thanks for sharing them. Voted up, tweeted and shared.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Glimmer Twin Fan--Some of my family members exchanged different basket themes, and it went over great!!! They are fun and practical gifts. Thanks for the input!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      Luckily I'm a preplanner, but these are some great tips! Food baskets are the best sometimes, because we usually have a basket around and picking up some food at the grocery store is not too hard! Great hub.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Me, too, teaches! I'll take coffee stuff anytime!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Being a coffee lover, I would love getting these gifts anyh day - doesn't have to be Christmas only! Great ideas these will help those last minute givers to make a quick decision and still come out on top!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm back for a couple of ideas. Thank you for your help. Ho, Ho, Ho to you! :)

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Some great ideas here..And though easy enough it is nice to have them on paper for us to decide who gets what. Great HUB

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      pinkchic--Merry Christmas to you, too! Thanks for the kind comments!

      carter06--You're in the land of Oz? How lucky you are! Merry Christmas!

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      Mary 

      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Great ideas you've thought of here Victoria... Will be sure to help many last minute shoppers...sending Xmas cheer from Oz.

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      Sarah Carlsley 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Great ideas here, I love how you gave specific ideas for specific hobbies. Merry Christmas!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      random--Thanks for the visit. I bet you're got your shopping done by now! :-)

      idigwebsites--I have to have my shopping done before the long weekend, so I'm using some of these ideas, too, as I scurry around! Thanks for stopping by. Thanks for sharing!

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      idigwebsites 

      5 years ago from United States

      Will definitely follow your tips as the weekend and my off approach... I'm glad long weekend is there and still I have time for those last-minute Christmas shopping. Voted up and shared. :)

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Maria--Great idea on the lottery ticket! My brother often buys scratch-offs for us for birthdays. Great idea! Merry Christmas!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I agree, Ruchira. It is so tedious, especially as the family grows. :-)

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love how many options you've included here! Thanks for the great ideas. There is something here for everyone.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Effer--Chinese auctions??? LOL. Glad you love the baskets and me, too! Hey, and what is this new profile pic? You look all dolled up? :-)

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Rtalloni! Hey, glad it's easy to read. What kind of hub are you writing? Let me know when it's finished!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      MizB, I'm having to get things quick, too, as I haven't had time for Christmas this year. Good thing about your brother! I'm doing the same for one of my brothers. Coffee lovers are easy to buy for! I got a coffee themed sack of stuff from my brother or my birthday! People like things that they are interested in. Thanks for the input!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      ThinkSmart101--Love your name! Yes, perfume is great, too!!

      CZCZCZ--Oh, yeah, Starbucks works for a lot of people! :-)

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Wonderful, practical and easy ideas, Victoria.

      I also like to include a scratch off lottery ticket as a stocking stuffer or a Pollyanna...it is so cool when the recipient actually wins. Last year my sister got $40 from one I gave her.

      Good luck with the rest of your shopping and Merry Christmas!

      Hugs, Maria

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, rfmoran! Glad you found some memory joggers. LOL!

      ImKarn--I shopped quite a bit today which is last minute enough for me. I have a bit more to do. It's no fun this late, I don't think, but I'll get through it. Taking notes might help, huh? Have a great Christmas!

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      Ruchira 

      5 years ago from United States

      Great ideas, Vicki.

      I usually buy gifts but then it is a very tedious affair. Gift cards sure are a better deal :)

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Sunshine--Yeah, I'd take a diamond anyday! Gift cards are pretty fun, though! :-)

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      Paula 

      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I love gift baskets....I have this obsession with gift baskets....I always go to every Chinese auction and spend money on tickets for the dozens and dozens of gift baskets. I think they're a wonderful gift to give or receive!!

      And I like any and all types....so it doesn't matter what you send, Vee...I'll love it and YOU!!..UP+++

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      RTalloni 

      5 years ago from the short journey

      Super ideas in an easy to read hub--important this time of year. I'll be linking this in the next hub I publish!

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      5 years ago from Beautiful South

      Christmas snuck up on me this year, so thank goodness I don't have a big family to buy for. I'm already putting to good use one of your ideas. My hard-to-please and already-has-everything brother is getting a gift basket of gourmet coffee from me and some nice gourmet licorace that he likes (ugh!). Good thing he is a coffee lover. One year when my mom was alive, Mr. B. picked her out a big set of crochet hooks, about 10 in all. She was delighted. So I know that some of your ideas really hit the spot. Good hub, Vickie. You've got my votes.

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      CZCZCZ 

      5 years ago from Oregon

      The starbucks gift card is always a great last minute christmas gift in my book.

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      ThinkSmart101 

      5 years ago

      Great ideas!! Online shopping is also pretty simple...perfume makes the perfect gift! http://thinksmart101.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Buy-t...

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      i'm a big fan of gift cards, personally - both giving and receiving..i like having a little wiggle room in what i give - and get..

      i don't shop till the last second but i do take a few notes over the year..

      you gave me a couple really good ideas here that i hadn't thought of - thanks!

      Happy Holidays, Victoria Lynnxx

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, jule729! Merry Christmas!

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      Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 

      5 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Thanks Victoria. I often go into mind numbness at the last minute. Great memory joggers here. voted up and useful.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      teaches--Thanks for the comments! I'm going to START my Christmas shopping today. :-)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Gift Cards are the best presents! Diamonds are also great presents :)

      I don't know anyone who doesn't like to receive a gift card. Add a small token of appreciation and the recipient will be smiling. Well, hopefully.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, rcrumple! Good to see you! How are you doing these days? I heard you had a rough patch . . . . Hope you are much better now.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      midget--Glad you liked these ideas--and thanks for passing them on! :-)

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      jule729 

      5 years ago

      great ideas!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I'm mostly done now, but these tips I will keep in mind if I have to run for one more gift. Love the chart with ideas - that's a time saver for me. Thanks for posting.

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      Rich 

      5 years ago from Kentucky

      Great hub with some fantastic ideas! This may be one year that Christmas gift giving is bypassed, but there's always next year. This would definitely keep the folks happy and allow one to maintain their sanity in shopping. Great job, VL!

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Fabulous ideas, Vickki. Am about to put a themed gift basket of food together. Thanks for sharing, and I pass this on.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Mhatter--A ridiculous one is a great idea! I could go through my house and make several real quick. LOL!

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Though we plan early, gift baskets are a great gift idea. Ever try a ridiculous one? For some with a good sense of humor.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hey, Susan, I'm so overwhelmed this year. Made a list for tomorrow for my immediate family members, about 15 people. It's going to be simple, and most will get similar items. I'm still thinking of them, right?

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      ktrapp--True what you say about gift cards. We can get them personalized to the person, and they are so practical in today's economy as people can get what they really want or need. :-) I didn't know that you could print them from home. How cool!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      TT--I know you must be crazy busy! I've been thinking I could make my own gift baskets and putting some of my own junk in some ole baskets I have! God knows I have enough stuff!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      There was a time many years ago that I'd have all my shopping done by now. Have not as of yet bought one gift this year. The gift cards will probably be what my sons get this year, since they are all now into their 20's I never know what to get them. Christmas shopping was so much easier when they were little.

      Happy Shopping :)

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      Kristin Trapp 

      5 years ago from Illinois

      Great ideas Vicki. I don't even think of gift cards as impersonal anymore. My mother-in-law even said she would like one from Amazon. As an avid reader with a Kindle, it's the perfect gift for her. Real last minute shoppers can even print them at home!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Bill, I haven't bought any gifts either. It's been one of the busiest past several months of my life. Maybe tomorrow? Good luck with yours!

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      Terrye Toombs 

      5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Great ideas, V! With the recent move, I am so far behind in everything. I will be using at least 3 or 4 of these ideas. Great job. Voted and shared.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank God for gift cards. I haven't purchased one gift yet....but no hurry, right? LOL

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