Easy Last Minute Gifts If You’ve Got More Money Than Time
By Mashable Brand X
Sponsored by the Hamper Emporium
Gift giving can be a beautiful and fulfilling process. When else do you put so much specific thought into the interests and needs of your loved ones? And nailing a gift can conjure a warm-and-fuzzy feeling inside that outweighs the joy of receiving one.
However, picking out the right pressie can also be a huge point of stress – especially when it’s for someone you feel obliged to give a gift to, but are stumped about what to get (think in-laws, or that neighbour who watered your plants in August).
When you’re swimming in work- or life-related stresses already (and who isn’t this time of year?) it can be worth just throwing a few extra bucks at the problem to save yourself any more angst. Sometimes you just need a gift that’s really nice, and will meet the obligation, so you can put the extra time and energy into buying those gifts that need to be personal and perfect.
If this is you, then we have the solution. Read on for some last-minute gift ideas that still look like you’ve put in the hard yards.
Forget about vouchers, ya slacker!
The important thing about gifting is, yes, the thought behind it. But it’s also important that your recipient actually gets something tangible, and doesn’t have to do the thinking for themselves. This means money and open-ended gift vouchers are a bit of a cop out — and for someone you’re not really tight with, seeing a dollar value on their gift could make it a tiny bit awkward.
2019 saw us throwing out everything that didn’t spark joy in a Marie Kondo-inspired frenzy, so consider not adding more things back into someone’s life.
Giving experiences is a great solution to this problem. They are versatile, easy to book online, and suit a range of budgets. Here are some top experience gift ideas:
– Cooking classes
– Stunt or rally car driving (or VR or simulator sessions, if they’re less of a daredevil)
– A luxury day spa package or massage
– An overnight staycation in a nice hotel
Christmas hampers are always good gifts because they’re just so… gifty. They’re filled with luxurious items, often the sort that people like but don’t buy for themselves. And a box or basket of lush goods feels like multiple presents in one: “Oooh, a nice candle AND those fancy cheese biscuits AND a bottle of shiraz…” Hampers are also super easy to buy online, and most hamper companies, such as The Hamper Emporium, include free delivery.
Hampers can also suit a variety of tastes and interests, and normally include items based around a particular theme. Hamper gift ideas include:
– Craft beer hampers
– Gourmet food and wine hampers
– Skincare hampers
– Traditional Christmas hampers
The latest gadget or device
Gadget gifts always go down a treat; and the more novel, the better. And thankfully, even though you’ve left your gifting to the last minute, you can avoid the inevitable Christmas shopping crowd (which has somehow already started) with online retailers.
Tech gifts are especially good for older recipients, as you can be the one to introduce them to the wonders of Bluetooth or the Internet of Things — whether with something fun, or something genuinely useful. Gadget gift ideas include:
– Smart home devices
– Noise-cancelling headphones
– Smart watches
– Smart kettles (yes, they are a thing)
And there you have it. Great gifts that will still save you a big headache. Happy shopping!