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Is there anyone else out there – like me – who have waited ’til the last minute to finish your Christmas shopping? I used to be SO organized. I would start Christmas shopping the day after Christmas and shop all year through, keeping a running record of who I bought for and how much it cost, so I would know how much I had left to spend. Those days are over. Nowadays, I’m lucky to start a few weeks before Christmas!
The way I think about Christmas gift-giving has really changed over the years too. I don’t want Christmas to be all about the gifts for my kids, and I definitely don’t want to buy things just so they have packages to unwrap under the tree. I don’t want to buy things that they’ll like on Christmas day but will reject a few days later. I want to try to purchase “gifts that keep on giving” or gifts that create lasting memories for my kids and our family as a whole.
So, with that being said, here a few of my last minute Christmas gift ideas.
Experience Gifts are such great ideas.
- Tickets to see a favorite sports team
- Tickets to an upcoming gun or outdoors show
- A day doing something he’s always wanted to try, such as stock car racing
- A gift certificate to a local salon or spa (hair, nails, massage … who wouldn’t want that?)
- A LulaRoe gift certificate
- Theatre or orchestra tickets
- A cooking or craft class
- Gift certificates to local/favorite restaurants (mom and dad can always use a night out)
- Coffee/tea-related gifts, such as this awesome coffee press from ThinkGeek
- A reservation for a favorite hotel or Bed & Breakfast
- Picture gifts – create something awesome using new pictures or pictures from their past
For the techy teen, my favorite gift this year is the HP Sprocket Printer. While they may not be a memory gift, per se, they are a great way for young people to print out and remember the memories in real time! I never thought there would come a day when I could carry a little printer in my purse and print out pictures that I would take from my phone! (Who dreams this stuff up?!) HP has created just that, and it doesn’t even take ink! Be sure to check these out because young people will love them!
A magazine or subscription box subscription. These are gifts that will keep on giving throughout the year and provide some entertainment for your teen. My teen probably isn’t “average” but she wanted a subscription to Time magazine this year. I also found some neat subscription box ideas that I thought she would enjoy – such as a Broadway-themed one. If you do your research, there’s something out there for just about anyone!
Theatre or movie tickets. My teen has been an avid Broadway fan, so we make it a point to see as many Broadway shows throughout the year as possible. These make great gifts!
My son is always a sucker for a Lego set. Legos aren’t necessarily a memory gift, either, but he spends so much time with them that they do create memories for our whole family. Legos are the gift that keeps on giving because you can create so much more than just what’s pictured on the gift. Along with K-Nex, they are “toys” that I feel are worth the money.
Another thing my son loves is going to the local pottery place (such as Color-Me-Mine) and designing pottery items. Ours offers classes which include instruction, a movie, and dinner. He loves going to those, but he’d also be thrilled with a day out, painting pottery with mom or his sisters. (Below is his latest creation from a recent Ninjago-themed paint night.)
A day out or annual pass to a local jump gym. This is something my family has never done but often talked about! Wouldn’t it be a fun way to get some energy out on cold winter days?
Lunch dates with mom or dad are a great gift – give your child some gift certificates to his/her favorite restaurants with the promise one upcoming one-on-one time with mom or dad.
Incorporate a Family Game Night (and even buy a few new games to introduce the concept). Kids don’t need STUFF as much as they need QUALITY TIME and family game nights are a great way to share that quality time while having fun with each other, talking and getting to know one another better, and making memories! TIP: You don’t even have to buy new games. We found this old favorite at a thrift store recently and loved introducing it to my son.
Monthly subscription boxes are also great for kids. There is truly a subscription box available for any age and interest and they give your kids something to look forward to each month. What kid doesn’t look forward to getting their own mail?!
Vacations make great family gifts! For the past several years, I’ve asked if we could go on a vacation OVER Christmas, but it hasn’t seemed to work out yet. We did go on a Disney Cruise earlier this month, though – and that was definitely a big chunk of Christmas for me, my hubby, and our 11-year-old son. We created some great memories that we’ll keep with us forever! You don’t have to vacation in December, though – give the gift of an upcoming vacation and get the whole family involved in the planning. (Half the fun is in the planning, after all, and it makes the vacation last longer.
Museum or Zoo Memberships make great family gifts if there’s a place that appeals to your whole family. I’d probably be hard-pressed to find a museum that we’d all agree on, but we’re all zoo lovers, so that would totally work for our family. And being able to visit over and over again throughout the year would definitely create memories and extend the fun.
The Family Honor Plate is a great gift for your whole family. It gives you something to create together as a family, as well as a way to teach good character. The accompanying Table Thyme cards really encourage you to have quality conversations at the dinner table, a concept that is pretty much lost in today’s busy society.
My family is all talking about the Escape Room craze that seems to be sweeping the country. There’s even a small escape room in our local (dying) mall! Tickets to visit an Escape Room together as a family would be a great gift!
Amusement Park or Movie Tickets would also be great gifts and something that our family could use as a whole throughout the year.
Add to your family’s movie collection and incorporate Family Movie Nights. Again, not necessarily memory-making gifts, but when viewed together as a family, they can create some of the most cherished memories. To make it even more fun, look on Pinterest for ideas to make themed foods to go along with your selected movies.
This is really just the tip of the iceberg, but hopefully, it will give you some ideas for last minute gifts! If you have similar thoughts and ideas, I’d love to hear them!