It’s hard to believe that December is already halfway over—and that means Christmas is less than two weeks away! As the big day approaches, you might be feeling some serious pressure if there are still a few names on your shopping list. Little gifts, like stocking stuffers and Secret Santa surprises, are often the easiest to forget and the hardest to shop for. With the Christmas countdown on, we’re taking some stress out of last-minute gifting with a guide specially curated to complete your shopping list.
Stocking Stuffers: You’ve decorated the tree, wrapped all of your gifts, and hung your stockings by the chimney with care—but now it’s time to fill those stockings! Stocking stuffers can be a gifting challenge for two reasons: size and price. You need to find creative surprises that won’t break the bank, or break out of your stocking! Along with classic options like candy and cosmetics, we love adding a bit of sparkle to our stocking stuffers in the form of festive earrings. Bonus: the recipient can use them to dress up her New Year’s Eve look!
Secret Santa: There are few gifting occasions more difficult than the office Secret Santa exchange—especially if you happen to draw the name of someone you hardly know! When frantically asking your coworkers for suggestions doesn’t work, we’ve found that a collection of cozy surprises is a fail-safe Secret Santa option. For a gift anyone will appreciate all winter long, pair a super-soft beanie or pair of mittens in a neutral color with a thermos and some gourmet hot chocolate.
Teacher Appreciation: If you’re a parent to young kids, gifts for teachers can be a holiday hassle. You might not know your kids’ teachers well, and they’re guaranteed to receive a mountain of mugs, candles, and candy. For a more practical and unique gift that teachers always appreciate, consider getting together with several parents to give a larger gift card; you might choose a store where the teacher can find fun things for the classroom or a local spa for some much-deserved relaxation during winter break.
Spectacular Surprises: There’s always one major gift you put off until the last second. Maybe you overlooked an important name on your list, maybe the item you were planning to give sold out early, or maybe your mom is just really hard to shop for. If you’re still shopping for someone near and dear, consider a two-part gift: a special item of clothing paired with a themed experience. Who wouldn’t love to receive a warm sweater plus passes for a day on the slopes, or a special dress paired with a gift card to their favorite restaurant? These gifts bring you closer to someone you love and keep giving after Christmas Day.
Seasonal Donations: When you’ve finally crossed all the names off your list, consider picking up a few extra gifts to donate in your community. During the winter months, shelters and other outreach organizations are always in need of warm, durable outerwear. Gather gently used coats from your own closet, and then donate them alongside hats, gloves, and socks (which are especially in-demand at many shelters!) to spread warmth this winter.
Still shopping? Let us know your tips for finding the perfect last-minute gifts in the comments!
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