Hello there! This is a short and sweet post because this time of year we are all busy! So let’s go! Have you ever had a cringe-worthy gift exchange between friends or acquaintances where one of you presents a neatly wrapped gift and the other one (you/me) showed up for coffee or a glass of wine empty-handed?
LAST-MINUTE GIFT IDEAS
Oh, what fun it is when you have no gift for those awkward gift exchanges.
Most of us have experienced these moments (maybe more than once) so this year I got you covered with some simple, affordable gift suggestions that will look like you are on your a-game.
These are last-minute gift ideas for those awkward moments.
On a side note, if you have a funny no-gift-on-arrival story please share it in the comments!
LAST-MINUTE GIFT IDEAS
- Buy the candles that everyone knows you spent at least $24 dollars (even though we all buy them in bulk when they are on sale. But I take it a step further and purchase candles with a cute gift box. Candles just need a gift tag. If you purchase Bath & Body candles online they ship in a ship-safe gift box which dresses up the 40% clearance candles stacked at the store’s entrance in the mall.
- Anthropologie’s Capri Blue candles are a staple in my gift cabinet.
Baked goods are tricky because it’s hard to store a baked good in the back seat of your car next to your reusable bags and Amazon return packages.
A good friend told me about Grandma’s coffee cake. My Grandma’s of New England Coffee Cake is a great gift. I admit when I opened the box the coffee cake resembled the density of a fruit cake. But … it tastes amazing and can be stored in the freezer for almost a year. It is a staple in my garage freezer.
If you live in the Denver metro area you can find them here.
For $20 you can purchase a fresh balsam wreath at your local nursery, Home Depot, Costco or grocery store. What I love about a wreath is everyone has a front door and wreaths make a great centerpiece as well.
Tip: Spritz your live wreath with water to keep it fresh.
Cookbooks are a perfect last-minute gift. Cookbooks are rising rising to the top of my list for hostess and birthday gifts.
Why? Because even cooks like me I still appreciate and enjoy flipping through the beautiful pages.
This popular 72-year-old grandma’s cookbook is on my list!
I borrowed this idea from my mom. A few years ago my mom gave me a set of these dish towels as a hostess gift. I love them. If you want to take this up a notch my preppy empty nester friend wraps a new dishtowel around a bottle of wine.
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You can check out my favorite cookbooks in 2022 here.