11 Heartfelt (and Inexpensive) Last Minute Gifts

Giving to others is one of the most fulfilling experiences you can have as a human. Gift giving allows us to show our appreciation for our loved ones in addition to providing them with something that they will value and enjoy. However, some of the best gifts aren’t the most expensive ones. That’s not to say that a new Coach purse or Rolex watch wouldn’t be great to receive, but gifts make the most impact when they come from the heart. When another person takes the time to pick out a thoughtful gift on our behalf it can go a long way to put a smile on our face.

However, coming up with a heartfelt gift that also doesn’t break the bank can be a little challenging. Try one (or all) of these amazing suggestions to cross everyone off your list.

Art supplies – What a great gift for all ages! Art is a creative outlet for children and adults alike and provides many therapeutic benefits. Try a collection of things like pencils, crayons, markers, and stickers with a few coloring books for the little ones on your list. Or purchase a sketch pad and a set of drawing pencils for your artsy friend. Visit Fink’s Art School in Reisterstown for high quality supplies and art instruction as well.

Salt & Pepper Shakers – This may sound like an odd gift however it is the perfect purchase for a new homeowner or for someone into collectible items. Salt & pepper shakers are typically inexpensive and came in tons of different patterns, shapes, colors, etc. Does Mom love Elvis or is Aunt Judy the biggest Beatles fan you know? Grab them a set of these. And even better, since they are small they also make great stocking stuffers.

Ornaments – Just like salt & pepper shakers, these are a great gift for someone who loves collectibles. Ornaments aren’t just for trees either. Ornaments come in many varieties which includes hanging and stand-alone ornaments. They are a fantastic way to commemorate a special event. For example, do you know someone who was married or added a new little bundle of joy to their family this year? Check out Ornaments & More in Owings Mills for a wide selection of ornaments and collectibles.

Slippers – Who doesn’t love a warm pair of fuzzy slippers in the winter? This type of gift is relatively easy to find and is really good for friends and family who tend to be on their feet a lot throughout the day. A good pair of slippers can help provide a little comfort at the end of a long day.

Portable Charger – It seems like everyone has some type of portable device these days. And no one likes to see that dreaded low battery message on their device! A portable charging stick is a wonderful idea for commuters or people who travel a lot. Just plug in the charger to power it up. Once fully powered, take it with you to keep your phone, mP3 player, or tablet charged up when you are on the run.

Books – Share the gift of knowledge (or entertainment) with your loved ones this holiday season. For children, books can help grow their literacy skills and spark their imaginations. For adults, books offer a way to develop ourselves personally or even a way to escape from reality for a short period of time. Visit Constellation Books in Reisterstown for a few unique gifts.

Framed Photo – Want to impress Grandma this holiday season? Give her a beautiful framed photo of your family. Dress up in your holiday outfits and have your own impromptu photo shoot. Print your photos at home or at a print center available at places like CVS or Walmart. Purchase a decorative frame and add one of your favorites from your photo session. This gift can take some time to create but is inexpensive and can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Netflix Subscription – Buy a monthly Netflix subscription to help alleviate cabin fever. The long cold nights of winter are perfect for catching up on your favorite shows and movies. And what better way to do that then with a Netflix subscription. Netflix has a huge library of network shows and both new releases and older movies.

Candles – Candles are a wonderful way to help infuse a little holiday cheer into your gift giving traditions. Grab a few candles in warm holiday scents or bright festive colors. If children are a concern, purchase a few decorative flameless candles instead.

Personalized Mug – If you’ve got a coffee or tea drinker in your life, this is a great gift option for them. You can purchase a personalized mug just about anywhere but you can also make this gift on your own. Visit Michael’s in Owings Mills and buy a solid color mug along with a few Sharpie paint pens in festive colors. Decorate the mug as you wish. Bake the mug according to the directions to seal the paint. Give as is or add some candy or treats and top of with coordinating ribbon for a great gift option.

Food Gift Card – This may be a great option for the person who seems to “have it all”. Gift cards from places such as Dunkin Donuts, Starbuck’s, and Wawa are a nice way to add a little cheer to someone’s day. And each time they stop for a cup of coffee or breakfast they will think of you.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to gift giving. Get started today and check off your holiday shopping list!


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