Procrastination. Too much to do. Mom brain. Toddler turning your shopping list into “art”. Just a few of the reasons why we might forget to buy a gift. Of course, we never realize that we left someone off our gift list until we’re wrapping presents or on our way to a holiday gathering, and suddenly we’re faced with an O.M.G. gift emergency! Need. Gift. Now.
Before you go into panic mode and default to stopping at the grocery store for a gift card or opening your Amazon app (although Prime is a lifesaver!), check out these unique last-minute online gift ideas that will make it look like you finished your Christmas shopping before Halloween. The best part is that you can simply buy, click, and print, or even email the gift on the way to your gift exchange or holiday party!
A favorite of moms everywhere, Chatbooks turns your social media photos into printed memories in the form of 6×6 photo books. Gift cards are available starting at $10, making them ideal for when you need a small, inexpensive gift. Use the Chatbooks app or visit www.chatbooks.com.
I discovered this amazing site while looking for “guy gifts” for my husband and it immediately became my go-to gifting resource. This online marketplace features one-of-a-kind handcrafted items from global craftsmen. An eGift Card is perfect for the person who is always asked. “Where did you get that?”… someone who is always on the lookout for original art, jewelry, home decor, toys, kitchen and bar items, and other “uncommon goods”. www.uncommongoods.com
Spice of the Month
A fun and different “of the month club,” RawSpiceBar sources, toasts, grinds, and blends their own spice mixes to bring the most flavor into your cooking. Three of these curated spice blends, along with globally-inspired recipes, are packed into a Monthly Spice Kit and shipped to your home. A low-cost gift idea for the person who watches too many cooking shows or who loves to get creative in the kitchen, a Monthly Spice Kit is just $8 a month. www.rawspicebar.com
Speaking of cooking… kick it up a notch by gifting an entire meal and saving a family a trip to the grocery store! Blue Apron is a familiar name to many moms and a timesaver for many families because both recipes and high-quality ingredients are delivered directly to your door. All you have to do is prep, cook, and serve! The perfect present for a new mom or a busy family, Blue Apron gift options are available in one week, two week, and four week increments… oh and they also have a wine of the month club. Someone gift me that please! www.blueapron.com
Who doesn’t need some zen after the holiday craziness? A BuddhiBox delivers just that- think Birchbox for yogis! Each month serenity arrives in a BuddhiBox of ethically sourced and cruelty-free sample and full size yoga-inspired products. The company also donates a portion of its sales to a different charity every month. Gift a BuddhiBox at www.buddhiboxes.com.
Kids can get in on subscription box fun with a Kiwi Crate, a brightly colored box of materials and instructions designed for 5-8 year olds to make their very own STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) project. A great way to beat kid boredom and win for parents who won’t have to scout Pinterest for activity ideas and then run to JoAnn’s for supplies. Plus, you’ll earn brownie points for gifting learning disguised as fun! The company also offers age-appropriate subscription boxes for 3-4 year olds and 9-16 year olds at www.kiwicrate.com.
The animal lover in me had to include this one! If you’re feeling the urge to include the four-legged family members (no, that does not include crawling babies) in your gift giving, a BarkBox could be the perfect pet pleaser. A box of curated dog treats and toys can be gifted at www.barkbox.com.