It happens to the best of us at some point in time. Like Santa, you made your list and checked it twice. The Christmas shopping was done early and under budget. You’re all set, right? Well, no. Aunt Edna and her family are coming to visit, along with your brother and his kids. You need gifts, and you need them fast.
Don’t worry, we have you covered...
Gift Cards: the all-purpose cheat. These plastic life-savers are easy to find and offered by almost all of the major retailers. Who wouldn’t want some money to buy just what they want at their favorite store?
Food Never Fails. If you have any cooking talent, now is the time to use it. Brownies, cookies or your special apple fritters - whip them up fast and then find some pretty ribbons and bows for that personal touch.
Basket Toss. When the sands of time are running low, specialty baskets can be a great solution. They come in many varieties (cheese lovers, chocolate lovers, etc.) and during the holidays, the stores are stuffed with them.
That’s the Ticket. While you’re chatting with your brother and Aunt Edna on the phone, throw in some subtle questions about what type of shows they like. Armed with that information, make an online dash to Ticketmaster or StubHub. Gift problem solved.
Regifting. The ultimate cheat, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Just make sure you remember where the gift came from. Nothing is worse than gifting back to the person who originally gave it to you!
With these handy tips, you’ll be prepared no matter what (or who) shows up at your door.