Did you know that the National Retail Federation estimates that the average holiday shopper will spend $800 on holiday gifts and goodies this year. I hope you have enough wrapping paper and tape on hand for all those gifts!!
If you’re like me, you’re in the midst of holiday shopping getting presents for family, friends and co-workers. I always seem to be on the hunt for that “perfect” gift to give someone. I like to take the person and their interests into consideration and try to find something unique to them.
With that in mind, here is my sort of grab bag list of some last-minute gift ideas – from holiday-inspired and budget finds to stocking stuffers. Want to know the best part? You don’t have to trudge to the store or mall and wait on a line to get any of these items. They are all available online and delivered right to your or your gift recipient’s door (and in some cases, already wrapped)
CHRISTMAS INSPIRED GIFTS
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Rudolph goes hi-tech with the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Interactive Story Buddy Set from Hallmark ($34.95). Kids love Rudolph® for being the most famous reindeer of all. But they’ll love this stuffed animal even more when they hear him respond to key phrases from his included book and respond-along CD. Add his other books to your library and unlock even more things for Rudolph to say. His nose lights up too!
Spread goodwill and share the sweetness with a Red Plaid Bundle ($29.99) of assorted cookies, brown bites and peppermint taffy from Mrs. Fields. Don’t forget to save a cookie for Santa on Christmas Eve, I hear he likes chocolate chip ones the best
FOR THE GIRLY-GIRL
Perfect Elsa’s Icy Braid or Anna’s Crown with the book Disney Frozen Hairstyles: Inspired by Anna and Elsa ($12.95). Each of the 28 Frozen-inspired hairdos are created on a real child and meticulously photographed in full color in featured in combination with step-by-step instructions to make even the most complicated coiffure easy to achieve. There’s an invaluable section entitled “Braidschool,” which shows you how to construct the basic braids that are fundamental to Anna and Elsa’s looks such as creating French, Dutch, rope and fishtail braids.
BONUS: There’s also a Disney Princess Hairstyles ($12.95) which features forty hairdos including braids, updos, buns, waves, twists and ponytails inspired by Airel, Mulan, Cinderella, Snow White, Tiana and Pocahontas. Among the variety of styles are options that are idea for both straight and curly hair as well as different textures.
Have fun singing along with My Little Pony Equestria Girls Dolls That Rock ($24.99). Kids can high-five the Pinky Pie, Twighlight Sparkle and Adagio Dazzle dolls and each will “come to life” signing the My Little Pony Equestria Girls song along with a few other phrases. Each doll comes complete with a variety of fashionable accessories, including their own musical instrument.
FOR THE ORGANIZED MOM
The LabelWorks Iron-on Kit from Epson ($69.99) can easily create personalized iron-on labels for clothing, bags, school items, uniforms, sports jerseys and more. With a variety of fonts, symbols and frames, labels can be easily customized and printed. The durable, machine-washable, iron-on labels can be applied to almost any fabric in just a few seconds. Perfect for adding a personalized touch to clothing, bags, children’s items or preparing your child for summer camp. This full kit features a LabelWorks LW-300 printer, 2 iron-on tape cartridges and an application guide all neatly packaged in its own carrying case.
Having a hard time keeping track of the family’s schedules and to-do lists from your smartphone? The Erin Condren Life Planner ($50.00) is the perfect way to stay organized without sacrificing your personal style! These chic 7″ x 9″ spiral bound planners offer an ideal combination of fashion, fun and function. Not only can you use them to keep track of appointments, shopping lists, notes and special events, but you can also choose from a variety of designs and customize them with your photos and text. Each life planner comes with a laminated cover for easy cleaning and protection from daily wear and tear and has three calendars: a year at a glance, a month at a glance and a week at a glance and several extra goodies such as brightly colored monthly tabs, colorful special event stickers and a zip pouch.
FOR THE OLD SCHOOL BOARD GAMER WITH A NEW TWIST
The Scrabble Electronic Scoring Game from Hasbro ($19.99) makes scoring this classic word game easy and automatic with a handheld electronic scoring unit. Simply play a word on the board, dial in the score and hit enter. No pen, paper or dedicated scorekeeper required! The game also includes a timer option for faster gameplay. You can also raise the stakes with the highest word score feature, as the unit lets you know when you’ve smashed the highest scoring word in your game. Scoring big has never been so easy!
The world’s favorite property trading game gets personal with My Monopoly ($19.99). Download the My Monopoly App (available on iOS and Android platforms) or visit their website, and you can easily create your own customized property spaces, game tokens, Chance Cards and Community Chest Cards to include your favorite people, places and things. Gather your images from Facebook, Instagram, Shutterfly, Flickr or your personal devices, print them out on your personalized My Monopoly game stickers, stick them onto the game pieces and position them as you choose around the game board and you’re ready to play!
FOR THE CHILD ADVENTURER
Through a flip of a page the Children’s Activity Atlas ($16.95) transports young explorers on a journey across the globe. Featuring 13 brightly illustrated maps that highlight the unique vegetation, wildlife, climate and landmarks of the world, this fun, informative atlas provides inquisitive young minds with the opportunity to explore the world from the comfort of their own home. As their expeditions take them to each region of the world, children can look to their own personal passport for quizzes and interesting facts along the way. Comes with more than 250 decorative stickers to help young explorers record their adventures and six cutout postcards – each from a different continent that they can use to share their “travel” experiences with others.
Open your child’s eyes to the world of nature with the kids’ Hawk 5 x 30 Binoculars ($18.00) from Carson Optical. They’re great for bird- and wildlife watching, as well as sporting events. This is a kids bioncular that is lightweight but also super durable.
FOR THE SPICY AND BOLD GUY
Hot Sauce of the Month.com scours the country in search of gourmet, hard-to-find, hand-crafted Hot Sauces. Whether famous or soon-to-be, each carefully selected hot sauce brings a delightfully different taste sensation! With a collection of quirky names and packaging, award-winning recipe’s, and different styles of sauce each month the recipient will have two different bottles of hot sauces delivered right to their door. Subscriptions are available in 3, 6 or 12 month increments. Prices vary based on subscription length.
Get the warmth of the islands with every cup of 100% Kona coffee. Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee Company blends uses Kona Coffee beans grown on the Big Island’s Kona Coast where nature’s elements combine to form perfect coffee growing conditions throughout the year. Their Hawaiian Isles 7 oz coffee 3 pack gift tote ($14.45) includes the Kona Classic, Kona Sunrise and Vanilla Macadamia Nut flavors.
Hallmark has taken giant characters and icons from classic movies, TV and comics and shrunk them into itty bittys ($6.95 individually). These sweet little plush dolls are perfect for collecting and just right for pairing with a greeting card, stashing in a backpack or a child’s Christmas stocking. There are itty bittys featuring characters from Disney, DC Comics, Monsters Inc, The Wizard of OZ Star Wars and even Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!
Are You Kidding? ($15 for a 3 pack) are an adorable collection of socks for kids, designed by a kid! Six year old Sebastian is obsessed with socks, having more than 100+ pairs. This collection was born out of his passion for collecting crazy and colorful socks and wanting to share them with other kids out there. There are socks for both girls and boys and feature whimsical designs based on fun kid things like comics, eyes, lightning bolts, sharks, eyeballs and ladybugs!
Now it’s your turn to share. What are some of your last-minute holiday gift ideas?
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