Life gets busy and before you know it, it’s someone’s birthday or a special holiday. Gift giving often ends up being a last-minute ordeal for the serial procrastinator. What does one do when they have days to find the perfect gift for their loved one?
Fortunately, there are a plethora of options that can make gift-giving a stress-free experience. Yes, even for the person who waits until the last minute to choose the perfect gift. We’ve got you! Take a look at these 5 gift ideas:
1. Send a gift basket.
If it’s Valentine’s day and you suddenly remember that you didn’t get your sweetheart a gift, take a deep breath. Fortunately, there are options to send cookies for same day delivery that can help you make it through this situation, whatever the holiday or special occasion may be. Fill up the gift basket with your loved one’s favorite goodies and you’ll be sure to put a smile on their face—without them ever knowing you sent the gift last minute.
2. Share a photo book of your favorite moments.
Whether it’s your closest friend or your spouse, we all love taking pictures to remember special moments by. Browse your phone and find your favorite pictures, whether from trips you’ve gone on together or simply a special day you remember. Whether you run out to a local pharmacy to print the pictures yourself or do some fancy photo book from an online website that can have the cool photo book sent to you in days, a picture (or 20) is worth a thousand words.
3.Shop for a makeup-bundle.
Do you have a loved one who is all about all things makeup related? If so, consider going to your local beauty spot and putting together a makeup gift basket. Most stores have bundles already prepared with minis of favorite beauty items. Or, invest in a year’s subscription to monthly beauty bags from options like Ipsy and Birchbox. For the friend or loved one that can’t ever have too much makeup, this is the PERFECT gift and you’re bound to make them smile. There are a variety of options for gift-box subscriptions, so if makeup isn’t their thing, you can see what else they may love, from homeware to perfumes, and more.
4.Pay for a couple months of a gym membership.
Sometimes the best gifts are those that are unexpected. If your loved one loves going to the gym but perhaps has felt the sting of the pandemic’s economic crisis, a great idea is to go ahead and cover their membership for a couple of months until they’re back on their feet. When times are hard, sometimes the first thing to go are the “non-essentials” but exercise is a great mood-booster and can help them stay inspired through the hard times. If gym-going isn’t their thing but they could always use some help with other things, take some time to consider what kind of “support” they may need right now.
5. Get them a gift-card to their favorite store.
If all else fails, don’t hesitate to go the gift-card route. While people knock this kind of gift-giving, the truth is that some people actually love being handed money to their favorite store. Whether your loved one is an avid camper and a gift-card to REI would mean the world to them or they love cycling and a gift-card to their favorite bike shop would make them smile, a gift-card really isn’t a bad idea for the person who loves an expensive hobby and could use extra money for more fun accessories and items for their favorite pastime.
It’s the thought that counts. These gift ideas are sure to be a hit with your loved ones and they never even have to know that they were last-minute. In this day and age, it’s easy to get things quickly, so if you find that you’ve forgotten a friend’s gift, simply hope online and see what you can find.