I am sure that this topic has been beaten to death over the years but I thought I would add my 2 cents. We are now down to the wire for last minute gifts and only have two more days until Christmas. If you anything like me there is no way you will brave the malls now. I cant imagine struggling against the crowds frantically trying to find gifts let alone a parking spot.
If you must go to a store my best recommendation would be Wal-Mart at 11pm. At least it would be somewhat quiet. If not, the gifts below are a perfect alternative.
Freshly baked Goods
How could anyone not be joyous after opening a package of homemade cookies, hand rolled truffles or rice crispy treats. You could even up the ante by making a beloved family recipe or favourite for your recipient. The saying is that you can reach a man's heart through his stomach but I would agree that this is true for most people. If you are stumped on what to make, check out my Truffle recipes from a couple days ago.
Nice Bottle of Wine
A nice bottle of wine or any sort of spirit that would appeal to the recipient is a fail safe option. Its actually what I end up receiving or giving as a gift whether or not it is a last minute gift. Add a bow or ribbon and you're done.
While this can be viewed as a poorly thought out gift it is rarely refused. It is standard to put it inside a card but you could step outside the box and fold it into roses and give it as a bouquet. I found a really good tutorial for a money rose.
I do not condone re-gifting; we have all received something that we have no use for but know someone who might enjoy or need it. Personally I would rather see a gift being used than sitting on a bottom shelf collecting dust. Just make sure that is unopened, unused, clean and up to date.
Word of the Day: Balthazar
A large wine bottle containing 12 litres which is equivalent to 16 regular wine bottles.