With just three shopping days before #Christmas, it’s go time on the gifts you forgot to get or procrastinated on. Gift cards and cash are fine for a lot of people, but if you want to make it look like you gave a lot of thought to your giftee’s needs, your choices have now winnowed to Amazon, something digital or something sourced locally. Good Housekeeping suggests 55 good last-minute gifts — some of which deliver electronically and won’t create #clutter, and some of which will keep help everything clean, like an in-car vacuum. And subscription boxes for cheese, self-care, flowers or craft beet will keep giving throughout the year. #HolidayTips
You may have to shop in the dark on the shortest day of the year in order to check everyone off your #list, but depending on what you want to buy, you won’t necessarily have to do it in person. Major retailers such as Amazon, Target and Macy’s can still deliver within three days, CBS News says, but today is the deadline for many shipments. You can always visit a physical store location for #last-minute convenience, or pick up a fistful of gift cards. Many mainstream #Christmas and #holiday traditions actually started as pagan winter solstice rituals, so you can also consider decorating an outdoor tree, lighting some luminaria or hanging some mistletoe, Mother suggests.
Stuck for a last-minute #Christmas #gift? Go digital, says the Washington Post. While once seen as a lazy choice in gift-giving, digital options have been proliferated to the point where you can match a gift to everyone on your list. Pay for a niche streaming service; buy them an e-book, video game or mobile app; sponsor them for an online experience such as a cooking class or tarot card reading; or buy them a digital newsletter or magazine subscription. Not only do digital gifts take fewer resources to ship and deliver, the story says, they won’t add to the #clutter in one’s home. #HolidayTips
What’s more #sustainable than a #gift you make yourself? Food items are ideal — your homemade cookies and candies will be consumed without creating lots of #clutter or landfill waste. If you have a knack for sewing, woodworking or another craft, use it (quickly) to create a one-of-a-kind gift. You can also find lightly used household items (glassware, tchotchkes, gifts, games, etc.) to give at the #secondhand stores supplied by ClothingDonations.org. You’ll be helping #veterans and shopping local — while checking those last-minute gifts off your list. #SustainableShopping #LastMinuteGifts
If you’re stuck for a #gift idea and want to give something the recipient will enjoy all year long, there’s now a subscription serivce to suit everyone’s tastes. The Strategist suggests a number of bespoke boxes for foodies, wine aficionados and coffee addicts; the beauty-obsessed and fashionistas; avid readers, gamers and outdoorspersons; and doting pet and plant parents. Prices vary, but gift boxes offer multiple months of discovery and delight. Just remind your giftees to #recycle or #reuse the carboard boxes that arrive on their porches every month. #SustainableShopping #LastMinuteGifts