Last Minute Ideas


Are you a procrastinator when it comes to holiday shopping? I know I’m already too late for those shopping for Hanukkah, but you still have a little bit of time to get the right gift for Christmas.

My key to finding the right gift is to think about what the recipient really likes to do. What are their hobbies? What are their passions? This line of thought usually leads me in a good direction.

Some different ideas to consider:

  • Tickets to an upcoming event. Check Craigslist for deals.
  • Send a gift of entertainment.  You can purchase and send a song, an album, a TV episode, an entire TV show, or a movie — even give a custom mix of songs — to anyone on iTunes.
  • Donate to a charity. Does the recipient strongly believe in a cause?  Show your support by contributing to their favorite charity in their name.
  • Memories – Have pictures of special times printed onto a calendar to be enjoyed the entire year. Check out your local office supply stores and drugstores for quick turnaround projects.
  • Share the gift of Learning  – There are many opportunities to learn new skills.  Check your local craft store which offers classes in a variety of hobbies: sewing, knitting, cake making. The Tops Cooking School (in both Buffalo and Rochester) offers classes for people of all ages (my kids have both had fun taking themed cooking classes). Studio 34 Beads in Rochester has classes on jewelry making and working with glass.  I’ve taken a number of classes there and highly recommend it for jewelry aficionados.
  • A coupon book to save on local restaurants and attractions.  Until 12/19/2010, you can order the Entertainment Book for $19.99 with free shipping. The books retail for $30-50.  If you order a second book, it is only $15.  It may still arrive in time for Christmas if you elect rush shipping (at an additional cost).  The book is also sold at retailers, like department stores and drugstores.

These are just a few ideas to consider to find the right gift.

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