This situation will happen to you without fail every single Christmas. You've made your list, and checked it twice, but still on December 24th, you've forgotten to buy someone a gift. Before you panic and grab a tin of fruit cake, why not try some of these ideas on how to get a last minute Christmas gift?
The first place to look is your own home. Nothing is more of a treat on Christmas then well, a treat. Bake some cookies, and decorate them accordingly. If the person has a favorite Christmas character, like a snowman or a reindeer, make them cookies in that style. Make the gift even more special by wrapping the cookies individually in clear plastic wrap and securing them with a festive bow. Or maybe even place the cookies on a stick and give out a Christmas cookie bouquet. There are dozens of ways to make everyday Christmas cookies look a unique, thoughtful gift.
If you have to get a last minute Christmas gift for someone who is difficult to shop for, you can't go wrong with a gift card. Give them a card from their favorite store, or website. There are even gift certificates to particular stores and online sites that can be delivered through email. They'll appreciate the gift, and trust me, they'll really appreciate the fact this present won't need to be returned.
If you do have time to hit your local mall to get a last minute Christmas gift then you are in luck. More malls and department stores are staying open on Christmas Eve just because so many people need purchase unexpected extra presents. Many of these stores also have some amazing deals. You may want to save all your shopping till the last minute, just to take advantage of all the sales and discounts.
If the last minute Christmas gifts you need to find are stocking stuffers, then this is a job for your local mini-mart or gas station. This may be against all of your normal parental instincts, but sometimes you need to spoil your kids with some good old fashioned candy. Why not break the rules just this one day, and let them pig out on chocolate, and other Christmas themed treats?
Which ever gift you choose, keep in mind the personality of the recipient. After all, it isn't how much money you spend, it's the fact that you gave some real thought to your gift, even if it was at the last possible moment!