The holidays draw ever nearer, and the pressure is on! If you’ve got it together, you know that this past week has been most important for online holiday gift shopping. Most websites can’t guarantee your precious gifts will get to you in time for December 25th now… but there’s always the extra paid shipping options! In the US, Amazon.com gives you until the 22nd, and in Canada, Amazon.ca gives you until the 21st. You’re not out of luck yet!
So if you’re still looking for gifts, I’ve got a few to suggest for you — and they’re all decently priced for a budget! (For those of you not willing to pay extra for quick shipping, I’ve come up with a few good last-minute gifts you can make or buy as well, they’re at the end of the post.)
I should add that I’m not an affiliate for anyone. These are just ideas I’ve found while browsing for gifts on Amazon.com and various other websites all by my lonesome.
(UPDATE: As of December 16, 2015, I joined the Amazon affiliate program. I will receive a small profit if you do purchase anything on this list through my US Amazon links, but you do not have to use these links to purchase them if you would rather not. Also, the Canadian links are not affiliated.)
FOR THE SCIENCE NERD: Brain Coasters
When stacked, these awesome coasters form a 3D image of a human brain!
Pricing: $$$ – $34 USD [a little expensive]
Order it here.
FOR THE COFFEE OR TEA LOVER: The Mighty Mug
Apparently magical, they claim this mug cannot physically topple over, even when bumped!
Pricing: $$ – $25 USD, $40 CAD [decent in the US, wtf Canada]
Order it here, or here in Canada (if you want to spend nearly twice as much…)
FOR THE PARTIER: Breakfast Sandwich Maker
Need I say more?! Perfect for the ultimate hangover cure, there’s also a dual sandwich maker that makes two at a time! And yes, it lets you put the actual raw egg in it to make it fresh, along with ham or bacon or whatever else! (I should also point out that this is on my wishlist… ahem!)
Pricing: $$ — $23 USD [a little pricey but reasonable]
Order it here, or here in Canada (the price goes up to $30 CAD on the Amazon Canada site).
(The dual is $40! Click here to order it in the US, here in Canada — no price difference!)
FOR THE BEER DRINKER: Beer Soap
Literally soap made from beer.
Pricing: $$ — 3 bars for $20 USD [Considering how expensive fancy soap is, that’s a decent deal!]
Order it here.
FOR THE CAT LOVER AND/OR BOOK LOVER:
I Could Pee On This and Other Poems By Cats
Again, I don’t think I need to explain why this one’s awesome. If you’re shopping for a book lover, get it. If you’re shopping for a cat-loving book lover, even better.
Pricing: $ — $13 USD [Not bad!]
Order it here.
Annoyed with the exchange rate? Not interested in paying extra shipping?
Here’s a list of last-minute gifts just for you.
Hot Chocolate With a Personal Touch
Grab an oven-safe mug from the dollar store, design it with a Sharpie, pop it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 F and voilá! Personalized mug. Just add some hot chocolate mix and one of those tiny bottles of Bailey’s, and you’re good to go.
You could also do this to share a recipe! Just write the recipe on a plate instead of a mug, and maybe leave a note on the back.)
Click here to see more detailed instructions on how to not wreck it.
Popsicle Date Jar
The easiest & cheapest, and another one you could do for a friend, if you’re in need of some fun spontaneous activities to do. Get some popsicle sticks easily found at a dollar store (I like the multicoloured ones for fun), and write a different date idea on each one. Drop them all into a mason jar (again easily found at a dollar store), make a little label with some printer paper and coloured pencils, and there you have it! Just Google a list of cheap date ideas if you need help coming up with them.
(If you want prettier labels, Google “printable labels” and you’ll find tons.)
Dollar Store Movie Night
Visit a dollar store (again) and pick up one or two of those plastic popcorn holders. Stick a couple gift certificates for a local movie theatre inside along with some microwaveable popcorn and some candy, and wrap it. This works nicely for a friend or even someone special someone.
So cheap, it’s free. (Unless you buy it all on iTunes.)
But seriously, this is a great idea for your less-than-savvy parent or grandparent (or friend — we all have one). Make it for them and then put it their phone for them! You’ll probably want to make them an extra special card, too, including a list of all the songs and why each song reminds you of them. Touching!
So there you have it! I hope these gave you some ideas/saved some of your asses.
What are your favourite gift ideas for the holidays?