Are you a last-minute shopper? I know I am, and even if you wait until the last-minute you will still be able to discover the perfect holiday present. Here are some of our favorite last-minute items.
E-cards for all: According to a survey by the National Retail Federation last year, 60% of respondents would like to receive gift cards this holiday season. The electronic gift card is always a great go-to last minute idea and eGifter, the social gifting company, has improved the gift by adding in a personalized video message and allowing for multiple people to chip in. eGifter, allows 1 person or a group of people send electronic gift cards via email, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ with a personalized video message. They are also perfect for sending a gift long distance. For example, get the whole family to chip in and send a personal message to your relatives out of town.
Last-minute gifts for animal lovers: Does your child love animals? A fun gift for them is some items from the National Wildlife Federation with some of our favorites being a Ranger Rick Subscription, Symbolic Animal Adoption or their selection of science and nature games.
Last-minute cards: Did you wait too long to send out your holiday cards? No need to worry, OpenMe has you covered with their digital cards that were created by artists. OpenMe you can choose a favorite card (exclusively designed by artists on Threadless) insert your favorite photo (uploaded directly from Facebook or your computer) write a mass or personal note and either have Open Me print, stamp and send on your behalf for only $4, have them send you the box to distribute yourself, or send digitally at no cost.
Last minute beauty ideas: We love Piperlime’s OMGift Boxes, a limited edition collection of gift sets that are so covetable, you’ll want to keep one too. Playing on Piperlime’s Shortcut to Chic philosophy, these OMGift Boxesare the ultimate easy gift this holiday with amazing finds inside. Each gift box contains one exclusive Piperlime accessory along with other unexpected, festive items from top brands such as Kate Spade, Bliss Spa, Mrs Lilliann and more. Each set will cater to a certain recipient: Office Pal, Hostest with the Mostest, or BFF. Available exclusively at Piperlime.com, these OMGift Boxes are under $50.
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For the home: Some of our favorite gifts for the home this holiday season include the beautiful items from Restoration Hardware. For last-minute decor ideas, we love the Starlit Trees and the Glowing Starry String Lights. For the family, we love their chic Robes and Sleepwear and the comfy cashmere slippers to wake up to Christmas morning in style.
For the man in your life: Some last minute favorites come from Tommy Bahama where you will find a refined shawl neck cardigan from the Square Label collection, a handsome watch, and a timeless striped scarf – all great gift options to provide the perfect mix of style and sophistication. The Pitckstitch Travel Collection also offers a variety of gift-worthy items including a luxurious leather iPad case, travel kit, wallet, and leather-wrapped flask. There are also some great family friendly gifts – one of our favorites for this year is the Monopoly® - Tommy Bahama 20th Anniversary Edition, which comes with custom artwork and island-themed game pieces.
Another favorite is the custom made menswear from Knot Standard, are giving customers a chance to give the gift of custom-made men's clothing online. This unique gift package lets buyers design the perfect custom shirt, suit, or coat for the man on their list – then save it to a Knot Standard gift card, complete with fabrics and a preview of his new clothes. Launched in 2010, Knot Standard's value proposition is straight forward: Allowing gents from all over the globe access to a world of talented tailors, Knot Standard offers handmade bespoke suits at price points that customers would usually pay for an off the rack, run of the mill suit. Upping the stakes, Knot Standard uses innovative 3D imaging via webcam to get the most perfect measurements for clients and laser cutting technology at the workshop to ensure each suit is cut to fit the individual customer.
Gifts that give back: For last-minute gifts that give back, The Est?e Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign offers a selection of gifts perfect for anyone on your list from the hard-to-please Dad to your trendy niece. Some of our favorites to show that you appreciate your hostess is with one (or all) of the Evelyn Lauder Dream Collection items, including: Evelyn Lauder Dream Pin($12.50; 20% to BCRF); Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection($29.50; 20% to BCRF); Evelyn Lauder Dream Solid Perfume Compact ($49.50; 100% to BCRF) and Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II ($92.00; 20% to BCRF).
Other ideas for the holidays are The ORIGINS: Drink Up™ Hydrating lip balm in Pink Guava, a perfect price and size to round out a Christmas stocking and the DARPHIN Silky Moisturizing Lotion Essential Body Beauty that every women will appreciate.
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