You may be meticulous in everything you do but when it comes to buying gifts, especially for someone you love or care for, it could turn out to be a nightmare. The tension gets increased when you forget those special dates until the last moment or sit clueless about what to gift and suddenly remember that the day is here and you haven’t bought any gifts yet. If these situations sound familiar, take heart for you are not alone.
Last minute shopping can be a Herculean task. Depending upon how much time you have left on your hands, here is a brief guide on shopping as well as some smart gift ideas to help you in your endeavor of buying the right gifts:
Ø When you have 24 hours left – You may be fretting and fuming as you have just one day to buy your gift. But 24 hours could be more than enough for shopping as you can visit a number of shopping destinations. Better still, you can simply go online and shop from your home’s comfort, choosing to get the gifts delivered right at your recipient’s doorsteps. Before you start your shopping spree, make a list of all those for whom you want to buy the gifts along with the appropriate gifts for each. Think about some general gift ideas so that you can hop from one to another if you don’t find a particular gift. So, be it anything from jewelry, and chocolate gift baskets to flowers, spa baskets and tools for home improvements, make sure to jot down your gift ideas before you start browsing the repertoire of online gift stores.
Ø If you have only two to six hours left – In a time crunch like this, the best deal would be to head to the nearest shopping mall. In spite of inconveniences like crowds, long line ups, difficulty in spotting the required items, shopping malls offer you a myriad of gift options to choose from. Consider buying a corporate gift basket if you have to say thank you to your boss, or a towering chocolate basket if it’s for your girlfriend who has a penchant for chocolates. However, a handful of online gift shops have a special delivery option, which can come handy during such hours of need. You just have to know whom to place your orders with, and voila! Your gift would be delivered right at the doorsteps of your intended recipient.
Ø Oops! You just have one hour? – The best way to handle this crucial situation is to head to the departmental stores nearby. Instead of buying a single bottle of liquor, consider some beer and wine baskets that come with delicious cupcakes, salsa, chips, cheese sticks, almonds, crackers etc. If you would like to go for the conventional ideas, flowers would probably be the best deal. You may also opt for a fresh flower basket. To make it a little more special, you can look for some unique assortments like that of Purple and Pink Campanula, Tree Fern, Blue Limonium and Leather leaf or something like those classic Victorian bouquets that include White or Pink Snapdragons, Pink Roses, some Daisy Pompoms, Lavender Cremons decorated with Blue Limonium, Eucalyptus and Bear grass etc, among others.
Ø If it’s less than one hour – One of the best tricks that works is to haunt the drug store where you will find everything from designer perfumes and make-up kits to some electronics goods or bottle of liquors. You can also use the internet if it’s not possible to go outside to place your orders online. Be it a magazine subscription, a set of DVDs, some rare books or imported wine – you can shop whatever you wish for. However, you should make sure to check the delivery time taken by such online stores because unless it’s a store with a local warehouse, they might not make it to your recipient’s door on time.
So, take a chill-pill and use these gift ideas to conduct your last minute shopping in style.