You know them. They spend months preparing. They don’t even use Prime. They’re on a first name basis with that rep from that esoteric company your Dad mentioned he liked once because they’ve emailed so much. They are the true gift givers. They dominate the holidays with their perfect presents. And they are not you.
For the record: They are not me either. Every year, December twenty something hits and I’m caught with my pants down. How did this happen AGAIN? How did I FORGET to buy gifts for everyone AGAIN? How did I not even think to get FESTIVE WRAPPING PAPER???
It’s too risky to head to the department store this late in the game because you’ll leave with weird socks in return for your sanity. But, don’t fret! You still have options! Here are the top three best gifts to give as a last minute gift giver that will save the holidays and yourself from self-loathing:
Give them this bottle with an IOU certificate.
Please tell me that I am not the only one who orders something so last minute that the only option to convey the gift is to print out a low resolution picture from the Internet and shove it into a card?
Well, I’ve partnered with a company called [proof] and they just one-upped my IOU ways. They are a sustainably made drinkware company that makes beautiful, medical-grade stainless steel bottles that are good for you and the planet.
There’s no wrapping required and it will tide your loved one over until their bottle comes in the mail. Plus, as if the colors options weren’t cool enough (I mean, did you see the yellow?!), you also get to pick from four different lid styles: Copper, Gold, Steel or Wood.
Give them something homemade.
Nothing is more festive than a homemade gift. And before you go all “but I’m not into Pinterest” on me, let’s just agree that homemade does not need to be perfect. It’s almost better when it’s not! Like when the washi tape is slightly askew or the burlap you cut and stuck to a mason jar isn’t lying totally flat because that means you MADE it and the receiver will KNOW that and think “WOW! I’m important enough for someone to take the time to make me something!”
Here are two of my favorite easy-peasy recipes made from items you probably already have in your house:
Remember: Everyone can buy things. Only you can make something from yourself (and I’ll be here all day writing fortune cookies if you’d like).
Give them your time.
When I was a little kid, I used to LOVE giving my parents coupons for things. “1 free hug” or “1 Movie Together.” It was fun and thoughtful and my parents enjoyed receiving their coupon books and cashing them in. For some reason, I stopped doing this as soon as I turned into a grown up. I suppose I defaulted to purchasing items as opposed to simply spending time with the people I love. So, let’s bring it back, shall we? Here are two of our favorites:
Happy Holidays from HabMom!
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