Great Last Minute Gifts That Aren’t Plants

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Finding the right gift for each person on your list is tough enough, but when you’re down to the wire and the pressure is on — it’s next to impossible.

Never fear! Your helpful neighborhood banking blog is here! We’ve got you covered with some great last minute gifts that are quick, easy, and thoughtful — but aren’t plants.

Gift cards or gift certificates

Some people might think this is a bit of a cop-out, but we’re not talking about gift cards to the grocery store, or a department store, or an online store, or a gas station (though in this economy…).

You can find a gift certificate or gift card for pretty much anything nowadays (and most of them you can find online). Consider a gift certificate or card for:

  • A restaurant for your foodie friends
  • The movies for your favorite cinephile
  • A spa for that relative who just needs to chill
  • An airline or hotel chain for your jet setting friend
  • A yoga studio for your flexible friends (or those who keep saying they want to try it but never do)
  • A cooking class for your favorite home chef

And so on. If you can think of something they like to do, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find a gift card out there for it.

Mini shopping spree

If you’re like us, there’s always one person in your family or friend group who is incredibly picky when it comes to gifts. So why not let them pick out their own gifts? Pick a time for the two of you to go shopping, go to their favorite store or mall, set a spending limit, and have fun! This is a great idea for kids (toy stores galore), teens (who knows what they want these days), and people who say they “just want to spend time with you” as their gift. Now you can give your gift and have it too!

An experience of a lifetime

For those on your list who “don’t want things” for the holidays, give them an experience they’ll never forget. Sites like Groupon are a great place to find unique experiences that your family and friends will love (while also helping you stay within budget). Try experiences like:

  • Tickets to a show
  • Hot air balloon ride
  • Race a Nascar on a track
  • Horseback riding
  • Painting classes
  • Beer or wine tasting
  • Dance classes
  • Gymnastics
  • Glass blowing
  • Museums
  • City tours

And so much more. There’s quite literally something for everyone out there. And you’ll have a great time too. It’ll be like giving a gift to yourself as well as your friend or family member.

A subscription

Books. Coffee. Food. Movies. Beauty products. Clothing (vintage and designer). Sports. What do all of these things have in common? You can give them as a subscription to your friends and family. Websites like Cratejoy make it easy for you to find the right subscription for everyone on your list so they can receive a special gift from you every month.

So whether you accidentally left someone off your holiday shopping list, or have been struggling to find the right gift, there’s no need to panic. You can find the perfect gift from your laptop and still win the holidays without having to rely on plants as a last minute backup.

Looking for some great budget gift giving tips? Check out our article on Holiday Gift Giving on a Budget.

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