7 Last-Minute Emergency Gifts to Wrap Up Your Holiday Shopping

7 Last-Minute Emergency Gifts to Wrap Up Your Holiday Shopping

So, you think you’ve wrapped up your holiday shopping (no pun intended) and everyone’s been accounted for? Think again. Avoid any awkwardness by having some emergency gifts in reserve to bail you out of those gift-less moments. Just because you forget doesn’t mean they did too.
You want your emergency gifts to be good for everyone. Think one-size-fits-all gifts that you can give to your sibling’s new girlfriend or to that random uncle whose hugs are too long. To get you on the right track, here’s a list of 7 gift ideas that might save your butt when the gift exchange rolls around.


1. Speakers or Headphones

It’s the 21st century—who doesn’t love some new tech? Speakers or headphones make a great gift for anyone who loves a little music in their life. It’s also a great opportunity to slip in your mix tape.

2. Power Banks

Power banks are the perfect solution to a drained battery. A dead phone is probably the reason you forgot they existed. At least now they’ll have a charged phone, so they don’t have to pretend to enjoy small talk when their battery dies. “How’s Great Aunt Jane?”—dead. Still dead.

3. Scented Candles

Their eyes will light up with joy when they see a gift bag coming their way—even if it’s just a candle. They’ll be able to smell all the thought you put into their gift before they even open it.

4. Chocolates or Cookies

If they don’t like chocolate or cookies…show them the exit.

5. Board Games

Board games are making quite the comeback! An evergreen gift that’s great for all ages and doubles as entertainment for your guests. If the game gets heated, then that’s less people to expect at your next gathering. Less people equal less gift buying. It’s a win-win.

6. Mugs

Mugs come in a variety of styles and are a fun way to add some personality to your desk or kitchen. They’ll be thinking of you every time they pour themselves a drink. Kahlua is optional.

7. Gift Cards

Gift cards—the easiest gift to give. Yeah, maybe you didn’t put a lot of thought into it, but at least you tried.
At the end of the day, it’s important to show everyone that you had them on your mind. Even if it wasn’t them specifically…

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