It happens to everyone, but that isn’t an excuse. You flat-out, brain-cramp forgot to buy a gift for someone on your list. Now, here we are, a week away and you’re stuck with an embarrassed look on your face and friend/relative who will try to take an unflattering picture of you and post it on social media. Don’t despair. Gildshire is here with a list of inexpensive last minute gifts guaranteed to get you out of gifting jail. See if there isn’t something here for you. All prices are accurate at press time and do not include tax.
Coco Chanel Luxury Soap:
Don’t worry so much. This isn’t a gift that says, “You stink.” It’s a gift that says, “You need to be pampered, and I have waited all season to find exactly the right way to pamper you.” Available on the Chanel website for $26.00.
“Bon Appetit” Dinner Plate:
Your friend may believe that gourmet dining is delivered via a Schwan’s truck, but now they can serve it on a plate that says “class lives here.” Available online from Bloomingdale’s for $10.50.
Luxury Lip Balm from La Labo:
Lips are to pamper. Kisses should feel like pillows from heaven. Make sure your friend feels pampered with this luxury lip balm. It’s more luxurious than what most of us will spend on lip balm but still falls under our $30 price guideline. Available from Net-A-Porter for $16.00.
Sometimes that one Instagram needs attention, but man is it ever cold outside! Dilemma solved with these soft, warm gloves that allow you to handle your touchscreen as if you aren’t wearing gloves at all. This one is a must for the social media superstar who lives somewhere besides Florida or Hawaii. Available online from Nordstrom for $29.25.
Monogrammed Coffee Mug:
She is the kindest person you know. She makes the workplace better, just by showing up to work. That said, she harbors a deep secret that only you know. Without her morning coffee, she makes The Grinch seem amiable. Let her know you support her needs with this lovely monogrammed coffee mug from Anthropologie. It’s sturdy but also carries an elegant line from the rim to the base. Available now for the bargain price of eight bucks.
Flint Reusable Lint Roller:
If your recipient has a pet he/she will delight in this thoughtful gesture on your part. This rose-gold lint roller is an inexpensive Godsend when the canine or feline love of their life has gotten friendly all over their best work attire. Available from Amazon for $17.99.
Personalized Bottle of Wine:
Show your recipient how much you appreciate their taste in the fruit of the vine. Personalize their favorite Pinot Grigio with a picture label or monogram of their initial. Available from Personal Wine for $6.00 (plus the wine, of course.)
100 Books Scratch Off Poster:
What a thoughtful idea for that friend who loves to read. Every time they finish one of the listed classic titles, he or she scratches it off the board to reveal the iconic artwork underneath that is inspired by the book. Available from Uncommon Goods for just $15.00.
Egged On Game:
Not as many families play board games as they did a generation ago. That’s a shame because there is a bonding that takes place when you bankrupt your brother at Monopoly. You won’t be bonding with your brother, of course, but the rest of the game will love you for it. This isn’t Monopoly, but it is an inexpensive chance to get your brother all wet in another way. It’s a hilarious variation on the egg roulette game. Select the correct egg or find yourself wet! Players alternate “cracking” eggs on their heads. Some eggs are water-filled while others are dry. Pick the wrong egg and suffer the damp consequences. Available for $10.00 from Amazon.
Those are our inexpensive last minute gift ideas. We chose them because Gildshire would be happy to receive any or all of them. Shop confidently!