Last-Minute Gift Ideas That Aren’t Lame

Every year at least one surprise gift-giving event pops up. In a moment of panic, it can be tempting to grab any ol’ generic gift—think a random box of assorted chocolates or some Santa-shaped trinket. Not only are such gifts impersonal, they’re also kinda’ lame. I’ve got fantastic news for you though…

Your last-minute gifts don’t have to be lame. Hooray, right?!

The last-minute gifts I tend to reach for are available anywhere and, for the most part, anytime.

First off, put a bow on an air-purifying houseplant. Even if the recipient doesn’t have a green thumb, you can choose from several low maintenance varieties. Just make sure you deliver it in a nice pot so it’s ready to go. Nothing is worse than receiving a gift that gives you a chore to do, like repotting a plant.

Next up, the gift of reading. After all, these days you’ll find very few households that don’t have at least one Kindle or other ebook reader. If you’re not sure what to get, simply email a gift card so your recipients can pick out something on their own. Or if you want to put a little more thought into it, you can’t go wrong with the ever-expanding selection of ebook titles from Selene River Press. If anyone in your circle is curious about making their own yogurt or kefir, try the ebook edition of Monica Corrado’s Cooking Techniques for the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet, Part II: Culturing Dairy. The author’s clear instructions remove all the confusion from the process, making it simple enough for anyone to follow along. (For those who like to write notes in the margins, the book is also available in a special Publisher’s Printout Edition.)

Lastly, why not give the gift of thriving health? With all of the moving around that our family has done, I can confidently say that easy access to high-quality fare from health food stores and farmers’ markets is more limited in some locales than in others. If you suddenly need a gift for someone with limited access to these options, consider buying them a membership to an online store like Thrive Market. A year’s membership is reasonably priced, and it offers discounted prices on quality products.

See? Last-minute gifts don’t have to be lame or difficult to get your hands on. What are your favorite last-minute gifts? Share them in the comments below!

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Paula Widish

Paula Widish, author of Trophia: Simple Steps to Everyday Self-Health, is a freelance writer and self-healther. She loves nothing more than sharing tidbits of information she discovers with others. (Actually, she loves her family more than that—and probably bacon too.) Paula has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Public Relations and is a Certified Professional Life Coach through International Coach Academy.

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