The hurried holidays: 10 quick gifts to pick up when you’ve forgotten

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During the holidays, time seems to pass quicker than you’d think. Before you know it, your friends are going to be looking at you waiting for their Christmas present. We’ve all been there. If you’re stuck in a holiday ruck, check out these gifts to get someone last minute.

  1. Amazon Prime free one day shipping

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    Photo from Amazon.com

This doesn’t count as a gift, but if you find yourself constantly falling behind with your gifts, check out Amazon Prime. Amazon is a online shopping website, and if you look thoroughly, you’ll find something to cater everyone’s needs. If you sign up for Prime (which is $10.99 a month), you’ll be granted access to free two day shipping, sometimes even one day shipping. Perfect for those who always get gifts for people last minute. Plus just in time for the holidays, Amazon Prime gives you a free 30 day trial, so you can get all this FOR FREE.

  1. DIY holiday treats

    Photo by OakleyOriginals on Flickr.
    Photo by OakleyOriginals on Flickr.

This may be the one gift that will take the most time, but whipping up a small batch of cookies, or maybe some cute holiday themed cake pops would be a good gift for your family and friends. It’s inexpensive, unless you want to get fancy with it. Make these peanut butter Christmas cookies, or some reindeer Rice Krispie treats.

  1. A gift card for a favorite place of theirs

    Photo by Darren Barefoot on Flickr.
    Photo by Darren Barefoot on Flickr.

This is an easy one. If you always see your friend walk in with a cup of hot chocolate from Starbucks, why not give them enough money to buy five more? Putting $10-$20 in a card is enough, and is easy to run in and purchase.

  1. CANDY! Or a box of cereal.

    Photo from Wikipedia Creative Commons.
    Photo from Wikipedia Creative Commons.

We all have that one friend who’s obsessed with Lucky Charms, Coco Puffs, or a Hershey’s chocolate bar. A quick, inexpensive stop to Target could make someone’s entire holiday season. Food is the way to anyone’s heart.

  1. Fancy pens and pencils

    Photo from Pexels.
    Photo from Pexels.

This gift is good for anyone, because we all use pens and pencils on a daily basis. Gifting your pal the gift of writing is one of the greatest, (sometimes) most inexpensive gift you could give.

  1. Clothes from your closet

    Photo by Pexels.
    Photo by Pexels.

Think about that scarf you found in your closet, the one you’ve never worn. The one your mom always borrows. If your friend thinks that sweater you wore last time to her house was really cute, gift it to her. Make sure you wash it first!

  1. Wacky objects
    Photo by Public Domain Pictures.
    Photo by Public Domain Pictures.

    It’s easier to find these than you think. Head into a thrift store, the one dollar section at Target, and look for the weirdest object you can find. The weirder, the better. This is a good gift for someone you’re not familiar with, or maybe someone who just likes really weird objects.

  1. Novelty Socks

    Photo by Public Domain Pictures.
    Photo by Public Domain Pictures.

Sounds a little odd, but a trend roaming around school has been novelty socks. Novelty socks are typically socks with quirky designs on them. By picking up a few pairs you feel best correlates with your pal’s personality, you’ll keep their feet warm for the rest of the holiday season. If you’re going for more of a cutesy approach, try these warm deer socks, or these fuzzy holiday socks.

  1. Goodie Bags

    Photo of TheNickster on Flickr.
    Photo of TheNickster on Flickr.

If you feel like getting someone a pair of socks or a brownie isn’t enough, plan out some swag bags for your friends! Get a couple of small items, such as candy, nail polish, baked goods, etc. and hand them out to your pals, or your siblings.

  1. A handwritten, personal letter

    Photo by a.drian on Flickr.
    Photo by a.drian on Flickr.

Sometimes the best thing you can give is a nice letter. Telling someone how much they mean to you can really put someone in a good mood. It’s free, unless you want to buy nice stationary. Regardless, validation is the best gift of all.