Those Last Minute Gifts For the Real World

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Soooo I thought I would help you out if you are one of those last minute peeps and give you a few ideas if you are running low on time and creativity since Christmas Eve is tomorrow night (I mean really??) and I’m pretty sure Amazon prime can’t help you know. I hope you already have the big gifts taken care of……these are the real last minute gifts or the oh shoot I didn’t know you were getting me a gift kind of thing.


A gift for the whoever is hosting the holidays for you.
Run over to Michaels and grab a basket.  Don’t forget to print or pull up on your phone the 50% off coupon. Then start filling it with either some odds and ends from your house or swing by Target the dollar bin has been off the chain lately or everyone loves candles from Bath and Body Works am I right?  You can make a lovely basket for a fraction of running to Harry and David’s and buying one of their overly priced baskets with half the stuff people don’t eat or know what to do with.  Full instructions on how to make this basket here.

For the work people who got you a gift but you didn’t know they were going to do that.
Swing by Target and get a pretty mug like this.  

Then get one of these and these.  Break it up, add some festive Christmas candy and tie it with a pretty bow.  

Or if you are in a real pinch you can go to CVS/Walgreens and get some of the Sally Hansen polishes that I’m always raving about and NYX lip butters.  Everybody loves those bad boys in all their pretty colors.

If you have a very large office and you don’t know half the names of the people in there.
Get some break and bake cookies that are BOGO.  Get these holiday gift bags.  Place 3-4 cookies in each bag, finish with a gold ribbon and hand them out to every person at work.  That way nobody is missed and who doesn’t like homemade cookies.  **Insiders tip**  Don’t break the cookies perfectly on the line.  That way they look a little more uneven and homemade.  You like that one don’t you.

When in Doubt…..Starbucks Gift Card
Ain’t nobody going to be upset when you give them that
On that note do you know that Nordstrom sends e-gift cards?  Hello best day ever that would be opening up that email.
If worst comes to worst.
Get a pretty wine bag and give the gift that everyone loves.  Just try to not regift the sketchy bottle that someone else gave you…..that wasn’t nice the first time around and most definitely won’t be the second time either.

Finally……I mean there is always Target right?

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday!  I have a feeling blog world is going to be a ghost town the rest of the week so I wanted to say have a happy holiday if you are celebrating already or soon to be this week.  I wish everyone safety, health, happiness and maybe a few of those pretty shiny things we all have been lusting over!  xoxoxo
p.s Friday Favorites will run this week if anyone wants to link up all their amazing digs from the holidays or their scores afterwards ;-)
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41 responses to “Those Last Minute Gifts For the Real World”

  1. Awesome ideas! Gift baskets are totally my jam and I make a few each year. Love them for baby shower gifts too.
    Merry Christmas Amanda!

  2. Definitely all great choices! Love that Target mug and of course I’d never be unhappy about a Starbucks gift card!! I still need to try those Sugar lip balms!!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  3. I actually got the lip sugar set for my boss and she loved it – such a great little gift!!! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and have fun celebrating with your family love!! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  4. P!nky says:

    You hit these all on the head, lady. I’ll grab a cute mug and coffee or cocoa, or some nail polish colors plus a file for a hostess gift. Not just a regular bottle of wine, but something a lil bit more this time of year!

    Have a great Tuesday, awesome lady!

  5. Homemade gift baskets are always a huge hit! And yeah, I will definitely be storing up that cookie tip for future use, haha! Happy holidays!
    xoxo B | The Sequin Notebook

  6. Jenn says:

    Target is the best for last minute gifts, or the last little part to a gift. Great ideas here, girl! :)

  7. Fabulous ideas! I always tell people to never go into Michaels or BB&B without one of their bazillion coupons it’s like losing money if you don’t. I may need to do one of those great gift baskets :)

  8. Elle Sees says:

    i’m a diy dork who always has bath bombs or bath salts or something ready to go, but Starbucks is always my back up idea. it’s a gift card that always gets used! love these!

  9. Target is THE best place for last minute gifts! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve broken up gift sets and shoved pieces into cute glasses or mugs to create a few gifts in a pinch!

  10. Forget co-workers, I want the Target mug! LOL…also, I was at Michael’s last week and almost all their holiday stuff was already 60% off, so def afree on snagging a basket there! Good list!

  11. Chris got me a monogrammed mug for Christmas and I love it. :-) Gift cards are good for work people, so is a bottle of wine. I saw that Sugar lip box at Sephora and wanted to buy it along with all of the other gift boxes. For myself haha. Merry Christmas to you lady!! :-)

  12. Tami says:

    The basket idea is so cute! And wow I’m such a slacker this year I didn’t get anyone in my office a damn thing except my secret santa. love the break & bake cookie idea though too.

  13. I am cracking up at the break and bake cookies tip to not tear them right at the line – that is the most genius thing I’ve ever heard. Ha! These all are fantastic ideas, and you simply cannot go wrong with Target!

  14. Mree says:

    I so love Michael’s. Making a basket is a great idea. Happy Holidays!! Hope you have a wonderful time with your family!!

  15. Haha love the cookie tip! And these are all great ideas… isn’t the worst when someone gifts you something and you’re not prepared?? And Starbucks is tried and true for sure. Merry Christmas eve eve!! xo

  16. Stacy G says:

    Love these ideas. I love that polka dot planner from target! I might grab one for my sister. I want to try those sugar lip balms and the butter gloss too!

  17. I’m hitting Nordstrom Rack at lunch for those “just in case” gifts.

  18. these are brilliant! I still need something for my sisters so I love this!

  19. I love that mug, and you can’t go wrong with a Starbucks gift card for sure. Perfect little list girl. Merry Christmas!

  20. awhite says:

    These are great ideas- every year, I buy a few beauty gift sets, like the L’Occitane hand creme or a set of lip glosses, and break them up for co-workers, neighbors, etc.

    Happy Tuesday and Merry Christmas, doll!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  21. Love the last minute ideas – great minds think alike! ;) SUCH a good idea to buy the Sephora gift sets and break them up, I’m doing that for my friends next year! Have a very merry Christmas girl!

  22. So many good ideas- I need to stock up on all of these things to have on hand for when you need a gift for someone at the last minute– for any holiday!

  23. Great ideas! Love the tip for breaking the cookies not on the line to make them look homemade! Bwahah!

  24. All great ideas! Starbucks card is my go-to last minute gift haha. I also love World Market- they have pretty much everything you could need!

  25. Julia says:

    Hahaha, omg I love your tip about the break and bake cookies, brilliant! :) I would be happy with anything from Target, and gift cards are never a bad thing! Great ideas!

  26. Great post!! Target is a life saver right! I love that place. I spend way too many hours there!


  27. I love your list! These are some of my favorite go-to’s for the last minute gifts or those you don’t know well. And I totally have that gold dot planner! I picked that up last week :) $799? Yes, please!

  28. Zelle B. says:

    Such great ideas! Starbucks and Target are my go-to for gift cards. I’ve already received three of those this year and I can assure you I’m not complaining!
    xo Southern Style

  29. It is pretty difficult when you are already at the event and find out someone got you something but you don’t normally exchange. Doh!

    I have been seeing a lot of really cute wine bags lately. One I really like is leather with a handle so it’s even manly to carry :)

  30. Totally gave all my office “gifts” (baggies with brownies) last week so no surprise nice gifts this year where I had nothing to give back haha. THAT was awkward. Love the ideas!

  31. Kay R. says:

    great last minute gifts ideas!!! Those wine bags are cute … and I would say gift cards are always a great last minute idea as well!

  32. Very nice ideas!
    Very nice blog by the way :)

    Kisses from Russia,

  33. What a great ideas dear! Wish you a Merry Christmas! :)

  34. These are all great ideas! I did gift baskets for the grandparents this year and your right worse comes to worse Target always has your back!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  35. Emily says:

    I loved the gift basket idea post you did a while ago and planned to put together some random goodies & wine from Trader Joe’s for my MIL and then she started a weight watcher’s program so that went to shit!! Will plan better next year!! lol Love your gift ideas!

  36. Tess Moore says:

    Ha heading out now, yes Christmas eve, with this list in my hand! Thanks so much and Merry Merry Ho Ho Ho!!

  37. Drinking out of that mug as we speak hehe. I love this post! It’s tres helpful :) Merry Christmas girl! I’ll try to stop by Friday for at least a couple favs :) xoxox

  38. I’m one of those last minute shoppers this year….eek! I’m been consumed with all things house and now its xmas eve and I still have to get a few gifts so thank you for this great list! Merry Christmas!

  39. Such a great list of last minute, REALISTIC gifts! I love the idea of giving wine in that cute little canvas holder and the Michaels’ gift basket is so easy and such a great gift! xx Kat

    Love and Ace

  40. Allison says:

    I love this – the gifts are thoughtful and creative (and totally don’t even show that they’re last minute!). This is totally something that could be picked up on a lunch break (I wish I had one today – a coworker surprised me with a bottle of wine and I had NOTHING for him, ah!). Seriously, I’m bookmarking this because Lord knows that I’ll be a mess again next year! :)

  41. Kristen says:

    seriously i got that EXACT sally hansen the other day and i freaking LOVE it!

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