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Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas from Modern SimplicityChristmas is mere days away…have you made your list and checked it twice? If you’re still in need of a few last-minute gifts, consider these seven green ideas that are quick and easy.

  1. Handmade With Love.Grab a few supplies and make a quick gift the recipient will love. A knitted scarf, a wooden birdhouse, a photo scrapbook, painted glass ornaments, no-sew fleece blankets — there are lots of great ideas on the Internet for easy gifts you can make.
  2. No Crumb Left Behind. What’s your specialty in the kitchen? Baked goods such as cookies, cakes, and muffins are always a hit, but homemade goodies such as apple butter, jam, salsa, hand-churned ice cream, and garden-fresh pesto make yummy gifts as well. I LOVE food gifts because they’re consumable, which means tasty AND clutter-free!
  3. You’ve Got Talent. Have a particular gift or skill to share? Spoil your giftee with a live, personally sung Christmas carol, a video of a special dance number, or a concert featuring you playing the piano or guitar or saxophone. How about a framed copy of a poem written especially for them by you? Are you an artist who can draw, paint, or create other art that’s both personal and creative?
  4. Cherished History. Grab some printed photos and put together a memory book, with handwritten narrations of the photos. Take one cherished photo and frame it out just perfectly. Grab the video camera and capture Grandma’s best stories.
  5. The Gift of Time. Resurrect the old “favor coupon” idea and give the gift of free time, by offering your babysitting services, a car wash, an afternoon as an errand boy, a Saturday of making freezer meals, or some heavy lifting during spring cleaning time.
  6. The Infamous ReGift. Don’t just grab any old thing and wrap it and present it as new. Take some time to seriously consider if you have something you know the recipient wants. Has she always adored your blue cashmere sweater? Wrap it up with a note about how you know she loves it and you want it to be hers with love. Is he constantly borrowing a particular video game? Pair it with some favorite snacks and drinks for a gift you know he’ll use.
  7. Date Night. No matter who the recipient is, movie tickets, theater tickets, or restaurant certificates are always a hit. Consider tickets to a local museum or kids’ science center, the zoo, or an amusement park. Handwritten “certificates” for a girls’ day out shopping, a fishing trip for Junior, or a special playdate at the park are fun ideas that are easy on the budget and clutter-free.

For more ideas for an easygoing holiday, check out my book, Simply Christmas, with 101 ways to simplify the holidays. 

Merry Christmas! 

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