Low-Stress, Last-Minute Gift Ideas
The first day of Christmas is this next Tuesday… Has it set in yet? It’s absolutely hit me like a brick wall this week — Advent has whooshed by so fast this year.
We keep our gift-giving pretty simple around here, but some years I’ve waited to think up the just-right gift idea, which left me scurrying at the last minute, buying some just-okay something.
Gifts don’t mean everything, but it’s also lovely to get something that doesn’t feel like a phone-in.
Yes, shop local first — 100 percent, every time (a small business? Even better). But sometimes it’s not always possible; you don’t have decent local options, you’ve got young kids and it’s a nightmare to take them shopping during the holidays, or there’s some personal reason that makes being in stores right now a major challenge. I get it.
Here are a few gift ideas you can still order online and have them arrive in time for Christmas. You got this.
For the Hard-to-Buy-For Person
• Pair any of the books featured in our Gift Guide this year with book-themed socks or a book light.
• StoryWorth is a crazy-fun idea that’s also sentimental (I got this for my dad last year).
• Or, give them the gift of selecting their own books every month with a Book of the Month subscription (you’ve got the option to print a gift card).
For Little Ones
• They also loved this simple wooden block collection and played with them for years.
• A durable indoor-outdoor play tent is a great backdrop for years of open-ended play.
• And this sound crazy, but these make great stocking stuffers — all my toddlers loved these as toys, and they’re ridiculously affordable. (Have a dog? They serve double-duty.)
For Slightly-Older-But-Still-Young Kids
• Board games are a favorite around here, and it’s fun to add to a classic collection: at various ages our kids have loved Clue (we got the Harry Potter version last year!), Connect 4, Battleship, Hedbanz, Suspend, Klask, and Spot It.
• Our youngest begged for a TinkerCrate subscription, so that’s what he’s getting this year (shhh). You can still order and print a gift card letting them know what’s on the way.
• Or? Stick to digital with a Spotify gift card.
• G’Morning G’Night! is a delightful book; teens would appreciate the Lin-Manuel + Jonny Sun mashup.
• My teen daughter and I each have a paint-by-number kit, and we work on ours together on Sunday afternoons.
• Felt letter boards are always fun for bedrooms (so are these).
• Go classic, and grow some crystals.
For the Whole Family
I’m a fan of giving family-wide gifts; not only is it more affordable, but you’re gifting something to do together.
Whatever you finalize for your gift-giving, remember: years later, we rarely remember the specific gifts we get. We remember so much more how our homes felt during the holidays. Keep things laid-back and simple, and you’ll hit the bullseye.
p.s. – Here’s the shipping calendar for Amazon. Shop locally and first, if you can! (And all grace and understanding if that’s difficult.)
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