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10 Simple and Stress-Free Last Minute Gift Ideas

  |   By Elisabeth Dale

Christmas is a week away, but if you’re like me, you’re still looking for some last-minute gift ideas. Maybe you need something for a visiting relative, co-worker, or party host. You want any present you buy to be simple and stress-free, both for the giver and gift receiver.

Here’s a list of 10 easy breezy gifts that anyone will appreciate and enjoy. Plus they’re a cinch to find either on-line or at your local mall:

1)  Inspiring Books. There’s nothing like curling up with a good book. Even if you aren’t familiar with someone’s interests, you can pick from best sellers and choose a cookbook, humorous, or non-fiction self-help title. Here’s one for the lingerie lover on your list:

last minute gift ideas

Exposed: A History of Lingerie, by Colleen Hill
via Amazon 

2) Nourishing Calendars. Most people rely on their phones to keep track of appointments and commitments. But the old-fashioned wall calendar is a hanging reminder of the things we most enjoy in life: from favorite artists, animals, to celebrities. There are a million different choices in this category, so you might have a problem picking just one .

last minute gift ideas

 

Gustav Klimt 2015 Wall Calendar
Retail Price $20
via Calenders.com

3) Cozy camisoles. Every one appreciates layering options, especially during colder winter months. Camisoles are easy to buy because of their simple sizing, soft and stretchy fabrics, and wide range of color options.

last minute gift ideas

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Cami
Available in sizes XS-XL and 38 (!) colors
Retail Price $34 – $48
via HerRoom

4) Scented candles. Scented candles calm nerves, energize,  and enliven the senses. Pick a holiday theme like pine, cinnamon, or peppermint. Or choose something a bit more unique!

last minute gift ideas

Set of 5 Chocolate Candles
via Amazon

5) Lavender SachetsStress-busting lavender sachets are perfect for any lingerie or clothing drawer. They freshen the air naturally, and keep odors and moths away. You’ll find a wide range of handmade sachets, in simple or decorator fabrics, on Etsy.

last minute gift ideas

Meadow Valley Lavender Sachet
Retail Price $0.80 to $1.05 each
via Etsy

6) Soothing Sleep Masks. There’s no better way to get a good night’s sleep than with a relaxing sleep mask. (Plus they’re great for air travel, too!)

last minute gift ideas

Dream Zone Sleep Mask
Retail Price $7.99
via Bed Bath & Beyond

7) Fragrant Soaps and Lotions. Aromatic liquid soaps, lotions, and body bars keep everyone clean and refreshed during the holidays.

last minute gift ideasEucalyptus Spearmint Body Bar
Retail Price $7.50
via Bath & Body Works  

8) Fun Socks. They keep toes and feet warm, everyone can use them, and they’re available in crazy patterns and colors that lift spirits. Check out these unique sets:

last minute gift ideas

Kurbits Socks
Retail Price $12
via Happy Socks

9) Stationery or Journals. Sending snail mail or keeping a handwritten diary can be a good thing. Studies show that writing reduces anxiety and inspires creativity. Give someone the gift of release and reflection this holiday season with unique stationery or a personal or travel journal.

last minute gift ideas

Everything is OK Deconstructed Journal
Retail Price $15.95
via Papyrus

10) Stocking Storage Bags. With stockings and garters back in style, there’s no better way to keep them safe and snag-free than with a well-organized stocking storage bag. This gorgeous black satin bag is from What Katie Did — where you can also buy stockings.

last minute gift ideas

What Katie Did Stocking Storage Bag
Black satin, Two interior pockets
Retail Price $30
 

What do you think of this list of stress-reducing last-minute gift ideas? Any items you might buy for yourself?

 

 

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