Last Minute Gifts Ideas for the Christmas Shopping Frenzy

The holidays can be a stressful time of the year for everyone. Coordinating schedules, finding much needed family time, cooking, shopping… it’s enough to drive even the best of us crazy. On top of all that comes the pressure of finding the perfect holiday gift for those you love, and even though it’s the thought that counts, you still want to try your best to get it right. What follows is a slew of gift ideas that are perfect for everyone on your list.

Men can be difficult to shop for, and the internet seems to list them in certain categories like sporty, gadget lovers, and athletic. What does that even mean? For all guys in and out of the norm, there are plenty of gifts to make their Christmas especially jolly.

One interesting gift idea is the Infinity Cube from Tech Geek. This is perfect for those times when you can’t sneak out to the country for some late night star gazing. Have the wonders of the galaxy at your fingertips in the LED cube, with three specific modes including Infinity mode, Moving Galaxy, and Music Reactive Galaxy. Each mode offers shifting or still images of space that you can set to your own music. This gift is suggested for all ages and retails for around $29.99.

Maybe the guy in your life is a bit sporty. The Fit Bit Alta Fitness Tracker tracks workouts, heartrate, distance, calories, and active minutes and steps. It also monitors sleeping patterns and receive texts and calls. This water resistant gadget retails for around $129.00. Other quirky gifts include the PhoneSoap Smartphone Cleaner. For anyone who might be concerned about the germs on their cellphone any time of year, the ultraviolet light case cleans your phone. It is able to accommodate all smart phone sizes and retails for about $25.99.

Other gifts for your guy might include an Individual Grill Cheese maker retailing for around $25, or, for the amateur chefs in your life, there is the Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit for $35.

If you need some last minute ideas for the ladies, there are several options for the perfect gift she will love this Christmas season. One unique gift to consider might be the Tonymolly I’m Real Mask Sheet Kit. This face mask set is made by a Korean company and covers all skin care needs, great for a quick on-the-go touch up or a night in with the girls. This retails at most beauty counters for around $5.Make up brushes are always an added bonus to any women’s beauty routine. Find specialty brushes that she will love for around $9.

For the coffee lover in your life, there is the Keurig K-Cup pods, which work in the Keurig Compact single serve coffee maker. The pods brew in under a minute and make both hot and cold beverages. The coffee maker retails for around $50. Other unique gifts include an Essential Oils Fragrance Mister. This gift is perfect for her home office or living room, and comes with a variety of soothing scents to choose from. These items usually retail for around $25. There is also the option of a Birchbox Beauty Box. This box comes monthly to her door with 5 small beauty samples that she will love.

What about everyone else? Don’t know what to get that friend that is always losing things? How about the Tile Pro. This device can be attached to almost any item and you can track it from your smart phone so you never lose anything again! They can typically be found online for around $35. How about an Amazon Kindle Paper White E-Reader for the active book nerd in your life? These have gone through several phases for Amazon, so check their website for appropriate pricing.

Binge watchers also might also like the Roku Streaming Stick for $25 that has Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other streaming services readily available. Other gifts include the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 2, a home assistive device that retails for about $50. The Hamilton Beach Belgium Waffle Maker might also be a home run and can typically be found for $30. Finally, there is the Xbox One Wireless Controller for the gamer in your life for about $50. Gamers always appreciate a new controller, and having more than one can lead to some fun gaming between family and friends. Take these and other suggestions to take the headache out of last minute holiday shopping. Good luck and happy hunting.

Source: Elizabeth Lane, Jefferson County Post Staff Writer

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