Even if you waited until the last minute to buy a gift, there's hope. With a little creativity, it's still possible to put together a present that will put a smile on the face of a friend or loved one. Themed gift bags and baskets are expensive when bought prepackaged. But putting together customized, themed gifts doesn't have to be expensive.
For the Coffee Lover
A coffee themed gift is easy to put together. Coffee mugs come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Start with a mug to suit the personality of the gift recipient. Depending on how much time is available, a mug can be picked up at any store that sells house wares. If more time is available, Think Geek has some really whimsical and unique mugs. Continue the theme with a few biscotti and a unique coffee stirrer. Add either a box or just a few single-serve packets of instant specialty coffee like Nescafe' Memento to complete the theme.
For the Gardener or Plant Lover
Flowers are a go-to-gift for a lot of people. But when a bouquet starts to wilt it can be depressing. Consider giving a garden starter instead. Buy or decorate a Terra Cotta pot. Add a few packs of flower, herb, or vegetable seeds. Gardening gloves, small gardening tools, and a book on plants and gardening can finish off the gift.
For the Baker
Some people are born to bake. A nice gift for a baker might include unique baking pans. Unusual shaped cookie cutters are fun too. Fancy oven mitts, aprons, and measuring spoons can be used to fill up a basket or bag for a baker. Cake, cookie and pie recipe books are also a good idea.
For the Cook
Items that cooks might like include exotic spices and flavored cooking oils. Cutting boards and food timers are also nice. Both can be found in unique shapes and varied sizes. Recipe books, oven mitts, aprons, and measuring spoons are good gift basket fillers for cooks.
There are some people that seem to have everything. Finding the right gift for them might seem impossible. Those people are the reason the gift card was invented. Gift cards can be given in a creative way. Pair a gas card, movie passes, and restaurant gift card so that the recipient gets an entire night, or even a weekend, out.