Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

WTF?  How is it already almost Christmas Eve??  Every year I start the holiday season with the best intentions of getting ahead of the chaos curve and every single year, without fail, I find myself running in circles, chasing my own tail while trying to get it all done.

There always seems to be a neighbor, a colleague, a friend, or a hostess that I have forgotten to get a gift for and I simply cannot bring myself to give a box of pre-wrapped chocolates or worse, a sad little poinsettia.

Do not have a meltdown.  You absolutely can and will get it all done.  All you need to do is press the reset button and take a deep breath (maybe followed by a shot of peppermint vodka?).

Here are just a few quick last minute holiday ideas so you aren’t forced to re-gift or show up to a gathering empty-handed.


Rosemary:  festive, fragrant, and nearly impossible to kill.  Not to mention cheap!! These organic plants were $1.99 each at Trader Joe’s.


Plant in a simple pot.


Tie with a festive bow, a trinket (think: an ornament, a cinnamon stick, or a sprig of holly), a gift tag, and voila, hostess gift dilemma solved.


A small bouquet of holiday cheer will always be well-received.  Grab a pair of scissors, head outside, and cut some festive twigs, leaves, branches, holly, etc. from your yard or garden.  Pop them in a mason jar, wrap with twine, ribbon, and a cute gift tag.


If you live in Southern California like me and you don’t have access to much other than succulents and palm fronds, then swing by Trader Joe’s or Wholefoods and pick up some inexpensive white flowers and red berry branches.   Cut and assemble into little mason jars and tie with ribbon.


If arranging flowers/plants is not your thing, you can never go wrong with a scented holiday candle. These ones from Nordstrom are pretty enough that they don’t even need a box or wrapping paper.  I just stuck them in a clear plastic bag and tied them with ribbon and a gift tag.


And of course, tried and true, it’s nearly impossible to go wrong with a bottle of wine or booze (unless your recipient is pregnant or otherwise sober).  These reusable carrying bags were $3.99 each at Home Goods and I personalized them with gift tags.

While it is very true that it’s the thought that counts, I would argue that the presentation counts more.


And on that note, I’d like to end this post by sharing a picture of my signature holiday paper this year.  I am OBSESSED.  So different from the basic reds and greens of the holiday season.

Happiest Holidays to you and yours!