Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Can you even believe Christmas is in 3 days?!  Oh my gosh it came so fast this year!  As someone who used to work retail I can tell you that the last few days before Christmas can be pretty crazy as people scramble to get those last few gifts purchased.  It's during the last minute rush that I like to remember one of my favorite quotes from How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?" "It came with out ribbons! It came without tags!" "It came without packages, boxes or bags!" And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!

"Maybe Christmas,

he thought, 
"doesn't come from a store." 

means a little bit more! 

It is such a good reminder to slow down and remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas!

Here are a few last minute gift ideas for anyone that may still have a few names left on their list.  

These may be all over blogland, but unless the gift recipient is a blogger I'll bet money they'll think these mason jar snow globes are a novel idea.  I made a few to give as gifts to family members.  They are easy and inexpensive to make.  It's a 5 minute project!  There's definitely still time to make some of these!  Michaela has a great tutorial

Flowers make great hostess gifts.  

Cut the foil down 

and wrap with some leftover fabric, an old sweater, or even scrapbook paper to make it a bit more personal.  I whipped this one up one day while my hub was out, and when he came home to his office this was greeting him.  

In case your unfamiliar, that's a quote from the movie ELF.  It happens to be one of our favorites.  It seems appropriate set on top of his desk.  It was a fun little way to add some Christmas cheer to his home office and make him laugh as well! 

Speaking of hostess gifts.......

                                                                            Source: via Melissa on Pinterest

wine is always the right size!  ;)  Better Homes and Gardens is offering free, printable wine bottle labels. We are actually giving all of our neighbors a bottle from one of our favorite local wineries.  

All too often people think of gift cards as being impersonal.  Let's face it though how much do you love receiving them.  Whoever you choose to give a gift card to will be very happy indeed.  They are perfect for a last minute gift too!  To make it more personal wrap it in a fun way.  

Jars are great and can be reused in a number of ways by the gift recipient. 


These little buckets that Courtney put together are a great idea!


So are these takeout boxes that Cassie is using.  You can find them in the dollar section at Target, but I've also seen them at Michaels.  I'm actually planning to give my brother-in-law a PF Changs gift card in one of these.  Perfect right?!  

If you're down to the wire and there's no time to bake there's still time to whip up some of these sweet treats.  

                                                                    Source: via Amber on Pinterest

                                                            Source: via Sam on Pinterest

A peanut butter pretzel sandwich dipped in chocolate!  I might make these for me!

                                                            Source: via Karen on Pinterest

                                                                        Source: via Tia on Pinterest

These chocolate dipped fortune cookies would be perfect in one of those takeout boxes pictured above!

This is hands down my favorite chocolate to use for these kinds of treats.  It's microwavable which equals quick and mess-free!

                                           Chocolate & Strawberries. Champagne & Caviar image                                                          

Do you have any last minute gift ideas?  It's always good to have a few go-to ideas when time is running short!


  1. these are all great ideas! and i still love the mason jars even if they are all over blogland!

  2. This is a great list of ideas... always good to have at least a few extras ready to go in case someone you didn't plan on brings you a giftie, right? ;)

  3. Love the trees in the jars. What a charming gift. Thanks for the great ideas - thankfully I'm done! Merry Christmas!

  4. We have watched ELF five times already this season! I love it more each time. :)
    Thanks for the poinsettia idea. I think I will make one for my mom!

  5. Wow, Carmel! You have covered so many options here for last-minute meaningful gifts. Will be taking a look at the wine bottle printables. I have just completed (on Sun) my 6th dinner in 7 weeks and am exhausted therefore ordered my gifts online (had planned way ahead) but these are perfect for any time of year. Thanks!

  6. I love all of these ideas Carmel! And, I picked up some glass mugs from the Dollar Store today 'cause I'm totally gonna copy your idea and have my kiddos paint them for the grandparents! :-)

  7. Such cute ideas! I am loving your mason jar trees! Are you ready for Christmas? Happy Holidays!



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