The holiday season is in full swing, and with Christmas in a few days, the time to finish up your shopping is quickly approaching, especially for busy parents! It’s no secret that shopping this year has taken a new form due to COVID-19. While it has made everyone’s lives a little more complicated, it doesn’t mean you can’t gift something meaningful to someone you care about.
If you’re a busy mother struggling to find some spare time to finish up your shopping, we have some last-minute ideas that can save the day for you. Check out our list below and let us know what you think!
1. Gift cards
Many people think gift cards as a present can seem impersonal; however, in reality, they can be some of the best gifts. Because it puts the choice of a gift in the hands of the recipient, gift cards are perfect for granting shopping freedom to the person you’re gifting to.
The personalization comes in when you’re deciding where to purchase the gift cards for your giftee. What do you think would be the best fit for them and their needs and desires? For example, would a grocery store gift card be more beneficial than a retail gift card? Does your recipient like a particular restaurant? Consider their favorite places to shop and how you can play a role in their spending habits.
Plus, gift cards are very simple to acquire (from a last-minute perspective). Purchasing one in a store or restaurant takes only a few minutes, and you can even purchase them online if you’re unable to get out and about. A great time-saving idea!
2. Subscription services
One gifting trend that has taken off over the past couple of years is subscription-based gifting. You can use online delivery services to take care of things like shipping, wrapping, etc. to make sending a present as easy as the click of a few buttons. So many brands, apps, and services have introduced their options to make for a fun (and contactless) way to receive quality products as a gift.
When it comes to choosing the kinds of subscriptions to send, the opportunities are endless, and you can truly curate a subscription or gift to their interest. For example, for the music lover in your life, test out a vinyl gifting service that fits their taste. More old fashioned? Consider sending someone you love some flowers to let you know they’re thinking about them.
For even more personalized foodies and drink lovers, consider legally sending alcohol gifts to family or friends with an alcohol delivery service. They can drop off a bottle of champagne or wine (and more) to lighten up the holiday spirit. No matter what your recipient’s interests are, these are great ways to not only save you time and energy during a busy holiday season but also ensure it’s something they’ll love over a period of time.
3. Digital goods
In a year where everything has turned digital, it would only be right to gift someone a digital surprise, if you find yourself running out of time! Similar to the subscription services previously mentioned, there are tons of things online that can provide great entertainment for someone special.
Some of our favorite digital gifts are music, movies, and digital TV. We think it’s safe to say that people have spent more time relaxing at home with their favorite forms of entertainment this year. That said, surprising them with a digital version of their favorite movie, taking care of their Spotify subscription for a few months, or even helping out with a Netflix subscription would be greatly appreciated.
The beauty of digital goods is the ease of sending them to your friends and family! As easy as sending through email, usually in the form of codes, going digital makes it easy for your loved ones to share and use on their end as well!
Some other great ideas include an online class admission, travel tickets, or memberships to fitness clubs or salons. Check out this list for all kinds of great digital ideas!
4. Homemade presents
If all else fails, nothing portrays the holiday season and spirit quite like a homemade gift. Sure, gifts from the store scream Christmas, but nothing can replace the heartfelt nature of a true homemade gift!
Similar to the ideas we’ve mentioned previously, there are some homemade gifts that you can pull together last-minute that are meaningful. For example, arts and crafts (which are great to do with your children, too) are awesome ways to add some festiveness to your giftee’s home. For more of a tasty alternative, even baking cookies and desserts to gift can be a yummy present. Start with thinking about things around your house you want to use and what you can make into a meaningful gift. Art projects, photo collages, and DIY gadgets for around the house can be perfect items to gift. Browse the web for craft inspiration and even recipes that can make your Christmas gifts a little more special.
As the final days to Christmas approach quickly, be sure to keep these quick and easy gift ideas in your back pocket just in case. A busy holiday season shouldn’t force you to stress about shopping!