11 Gift-Giving Hacks For When You Waited Until The Very Last Minute To Come Up With A Holiday Game Plan
Once again the holidays snuck up on you, and you failed to do the appropriate amount of gift prep work. Before you resign to being empty-handed at the party, there are some last-minute gift-giving hacks that will gloss over the fact that you are a world-class procrastinator. No need to write a generic card and check this year. You can (and will) do better.
I firmly believe that anyone who is prepared for Christmas might be an actual robot. I don't think any amount of organization will transform me into someone who can plan for such a holiday. This is why my gifts are always very clearly thrown together last minute. I believe I once gave my sister a random collection of chocolate from the drug store. Mostly melted, mostly Halloween themed. You could argue that that gift is me being a bad sister, not a lazy gift giver, but I urge you to instead think of it as a fun quirk of mine. Beautiful wrapping paper has been my only saving grace. I think most people can forgive lame presents, or at least maintain a poker face, if the gift is wrapped beautifully.
Check out the last-minute gift-giving hacks below to look like the well-organized planner you dream of being.
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2. E-Gift Cards
3. Subscription Service
4. Handmade Coupons
These printable coupons are cute enough to forgive your procrastination.
Printable Coupons, $10, etsy.com
5. Pretty Wrapping Paper
Luckily Oh Happy Day has printable paper that is pretty enough to distract people from how lame the gift might be.
6. Send a Local Delicacy
Goldbely sells awesome things from awesome places (like pie from Momofuku Milk Bar and cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery). And really, who doesn't love to eat?
7. Make A Tea Wreath
This gift can be put together in minutes. It's adorable, thoughtful, and easy.
8. Stuff A Stocking With Convenience Store Finds
Head to your corner convenience store, buy a stocking, and some cool toys to play with. Humans young or old would love to play with Legos, I'm sure.
Lego set, priced by store, walgreens.com
9. Turn Pictures Into A Wine Label
Follow this genius idea from A Beautiful Mess, and transform a regular wine bottle into a personalized gift.
10. Cookie Mix in a Jar
This easy gift from A Beautiful Mess is equally personal and simple. Gather the ingredients for your favorite cookie recipe, print a recipe card, and give it to a friend.
11. Give the Gift of Pie
Buy your favorite local pie, and artfully wrap the slices in The Merry Thought's printable pie boxes. Yum!
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