Christmas is just around the corner, meaning it might be too late to order a gift online. So, what are your options? How do you ensure that you make the important person in your life happy?
Here are four gift ideas to make sure the people you’ve (obviously) forgotten don’t feel like you forgot them at all.
The ultimate adult gift. Sure, not everyone drinks booze, but if they do, you sure have a lot of options. A nice wine is always considered a good gesture. If you have a good friend who enjoys spirits instead, spend $50 on a bottle of good whiskey. Maybe your sister-in-law enjoys a nice Southern Comfort cocktail — in that case, get a bottle and a few of the ingredients that go into the drink, and package them together. And why not grab a big bottle of Jagermeister for your old college roommate who got you those Metallica tickets?
You really can’t go wrong. And better yet, most liquor stores carry special boxed gift sets around the holidays that include glassware.
Don’t know much about your co-worker, but need to think of a gift fast? Well, she’s always mentioning her Doberman named Killer, and her Instagram is filled with pics of Killer on the couch, on the bed, and barking at the mailman.
OK, that’s an extreme scenario, but pet-lovers love their animals more than anything in the world, some more than humans. So if you know someone who has a dog, head over to Petco or PetSmart and get a toy they can enjoy together at the park, or even a bone. That’s right — a bone. Dogs, no matter what size, love to chew away at ’em, and it’s a perfectly acceptable gift for someone who considers the pet a part of the family. And if they have a cat, pet stores have all kinds of great items a friend’s feline would love. You can’t go wrong with squeaky toys, lasers or wands.
After all, a happy animal makes for a happy owner.
Pop Culture Knick-Knacks or Experiences
If you know a movie, TV or comic fanatic, remember this: Someone out there is making toys, games, DVDs, or apparel based on their favorite pieces of pop culture. Funko, for instance, has been debuting collectible vinyl figures from every possible show. And now that “Marvel” and “Star Wars”-licensed toys and apparel are everywhere, there’s a good chance one of your favorite retailers is carrying a few games or T-shirts your friends will love.
Your niece likes a Disney princess? Your pal is a big “Spider-man” fan? Your co-worker can’t stop talking about that fork from “Toy Story”? Chances are, one of the bigger retail chains carries at least something for them.
For someone extra special, it’s also not too late to head to your local independent theater to pick up a couple of movie passes that can be redeemed whenever it’s safe to gather at the cineplex again.
Gift cards are admittedly dicey. You can easily offend someone depending on what kind of gift card you get, so think about this one real hard. For instance, if your brother loves his PlayStation 5, that’s a slam dunk — your local drugstore probably sells Amazon or Best Buy gift cards. Your cousin has been wanting to try Hulu or Netflix, and lo and behold, they sell gift cards online, or even at retailers like Target. Just be wary of giving someone a random gift card to a store or restaurant they might not like. Because if they hate your Applebee’s or Cheesecake Factory gift card, you’ve just opened a can of worms.
Whatever you buy, remember that the best gifts, even last-minute ones, have some thought and effort put behind them.