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20 super last-minute holiday gifts for almost anyone

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Smart ideas for Santa-on-the-spot gift-giving

Christmas comes faster than most of us realize. OK, maybe December creeps along slower than eager children may desire, as they open the daily doors on their Advent calendars. But for grownups with holiday gift recipient lists, the month seems to zip by all too quickly.

If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping or crafting, or if you have run out of time before you have reached the end of Santa’s “Nice List,” you might consider these last-minute gift ideas. Most of these items are suitable for just about anyone.

20 super last-minute holiday gifts for almost anyone.

  1. Baked goods – homemade or store-bought
  2. Bath products – bath salts, body washes, brushes, bubble baths, loofahs, or soaps
  3. Books – especially holiday books, gift books, or current bestsellers
  4. Candles – scented jar candles, pillars, tapers, tea lights, or votives
  5. Candy – chocolates, giant candy canes, mints, or truffles
  6. Gift cards – for music downloads, movies, popular stores, restaurants, or websites.
  7. Gift wrapping supplies – brand-new gift bags, wrapping paper, ribbons and bows
  8. Gourmet foods – jams, nuts, olive oils, pepper sauces, sundae toppings
  9. Holiday decorations – candle holders, place mats, tablecloths, tree toppers, wreaths
  10. Holiday music – CD compilations
  11. Houseplants – live or silk
  12. Mittens – fuzzy mitts or leather gloves
  13. Ornaments – handcrafted or purchased collectibles
  14. Party goods – holiday-themed paper cups, plates, napkins
  15. Picture frames – various sizes with or without snapshots
  16. Plush pets – child-friendly stuffed animal toys
  17. Pot pourri – favorite scents
  18. Scarves – silk or warm and woolly
  19. Socks – fun prints or winter-worthy
  20. Writing papers – casual note cards or formal stationary

Plenty of holiday celebrants and party hosts keep secret supplies of these sorts of gifts on-hand, just in case they need last-minute presents to offer to unexpected drop-ins or to reciprocate to gift-givers they has not anticipated. That way, they can toss choice items in pretty gift bags and be Santas-on-the-spot with last-minute gifts that don’t appear to be last-minute at all.

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