This Christmas Day 9

12.21.2010

With only four days left til Christmas, this post is dedicated to the procrastinators.   Here are four tips and ideas to wrap up your holiday gift list.

1.     Magazine Subscriptions are nice.   You can buy a current issue of the magazine of interest, wrap it up so it looks fancy, and let your loved one know there are 12 more where that came from.

2.     Opt for practical ideas. You can get large quantities of items your recipients are sure to use, such as art supplies for art lovers, prepaid calling cards for friends who travel a lot, or specialized emergency kits. For someone with chronic car problems, give a flashlight, gas can, jumper cables, flares and a membership to AAA.

3.     Buy plastic gift cards.  Everybody from the drugstore to the electronics store to the coffee shop is offering gift cards these days, so you have plenty of opportunities to look thoughtful by tailoring your gift-card purchases to certain individuals. Just be sure to read the fine print before you buy. Some cards have expiration dates and fees, particularly those bearing the logos of major credit card companies. Fees have become less common with gift cards sold by specific retailers, though. If you’re not comfortable just handing over a card, wrap it inside a smaller gift such as a mug or stuffed animal.

4.     Shop on Dec. 24.   Most non-procrastinating types relax on Christmas Eve day – meaning traffic at the malls should be thinner then. Of course, this approach only will work for presents you can give in person, not for gifts that need to be mailed.


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