Are you one of those people who do their Christmas shopping all year and who have all your gifts packaged and ready to be offered in late October? If so, this article is not for you. However, if you are part of the other 98% of us running frantically Christmas night looking for something (anyway!) This will make a half decent gift idea , this article is for YOU.
These days, although some of us are just procrastinators, most of us are too busy thinking about Christmas shopping. When we finally think about it, the holiday season is already underway, and the next thing you know is Christmas Eve! Others are simply unable to go out to the stores sooner. Take students, for example. Who has the time to think about shopping when you live on campus and that the only thing that worries you is when your newspaper is due?
I am notorious to wait until the last moment to have Christmas presents. Usually because it's just hard to find the time. But a few years ago, I came up with a great idea that takes less time than shopping and saves me a lot of money. Instead of running wasting time and gas, spend money that I can not afford, I cook! I take a day and cook some biscuits, maybe a pumpkin bread, etc., and then I compose gift plates for everyone. With the cookies "place and bake" that we have in store now, it's even easier! It's a wonderful gift. My family and friends love to receive their gift plates every year! I make them festive by wrapping them in colorful plastic wrap and tying them with Christmas ribbon and knots. One year, I had money set aside, so I bought some gifts instead of baking for a part of my family. It did not work very well, they wanted their Christmas treats!
If you are not a baker, but you do not have a lot of time, there are other options. One of the best is online shopping. Christmas shopping online is especially useful when shopping for friends or relatives who live outside the city. The best part is that you can order their gift, have it packaged as a gift (normally), and have it sent directly to them. Sometimes you can find really good deals online too. Most stores have online shopping available, and there are some great websites that you can order off.
Another gift idea that I have done before is to give the gift of pictures. There are many different options that you could do here. You could do a family portrait at a discounted photo store. An hour or two spent making photos and you have gifts for everyone! Put the photos of you and your family in beautiful Christmas photo frames and you will have a gift that will be precious for years to come. Another option is to hire a photographer and do a photo shoot somewhere. Hiring a photographer can cost a bit more, but the finished photos are sure to be beautiful.
Books are a great idea for a last-minute Christmas present. Many people do not think about books. Get everyone a copy of the latest and greatest novel, or a special edition of a classic. The good thing about shopping at the bookstore, is that they tend not to be as crowded as the mall and the other shops, and knock on the bookstore, or somewhere else, at the last minute, you are sure to find sales. Buying everyone the same copy of a new job will save you a lot of time, money, and worry about what to get when you miss a few days before Christmas.
Finally, you can always fall back on the reliable gift of gift cards. People can still use a gift card. You can get the usual gift cards from department stores, or Starbucks, or even many grocery stores now offer gift cards! With the price of food going up, anybody would appreciate a little more at the checkout! Gift cards are good because you can find them pretty much anywhere, and you do not have to spend hours trying to find the perfect gift. Just having a general idea of what someone would like, that's all you need. So, have some shopping this year, and have a good holiday!