True confession time. I haven’t started my Christmas shopping yet. Which is really strange since I’m usually done by the beginning of December. I have no idea what’s wrong with me this year. I’m all ready for our cookie exchange this week and our Christmas day brunch and dinner but I haven’t done a blessed thing about Christmas gifts yet. And there are 10 days left til Christmas.
Just to keep things super real, the boys were at respite last weekend and I managed to binge watch Netflix most of the weekend. I justified that by telling myself that I’d been traumatized by the intensity of the “mediation session” held at our house the day before (5 social workers makes one a tad neurotic) and that the stores were too busy for me to hit up on a Saturday. Because I work from home and I could do that on Monday. So it’s Tuesday today. No Christmas shopping has been engaged in as of yet.
Time for some online shopping! If, by chance, I’m not the only person alive who isn’t freaking out about this, I thought I’d share some last minute shopping ideas with everyone. I’m only including sites that offer fast and either free or low cost shipping. I’ve even organized ideas into categories. And at the bottom of the article you’ll find some information and tips to make sure you get your gifts on time. #yourewelcome
FOR THE KIDS
This play kitchen is perfect for the play room and is delivered for free in two days!
This cruisin coupe is 70% off and also ships for free in three days.
Let them burn off all that Christmas crazy on this trampoline.
I’m a sucker for play houses and teepees! My kids love theirs. Our dog loves it even more since she can hide from the boys. Or pretend to play with them while hiding from them.
Just for boys…a racing play tent bed!
My guys love motorized ride on toys like this cool motorcycle. I can almost control the anxiety on my face when they ride these days. #clumsykids
Rocking horses are a classic. This guy’s name is Dusty. I wonder if he comes in an adult size. That would be incredibly therapeutic.
Our train table was mostly used for standing on which is why we sold it but regular kids (ie any kids but mine) seem to play for hours with them.
Got a kid that loves gadgets like our Liam (who is obsessed with my ipad)? I found this great kidproof tablet that even comes with a camera (so Liam can take more accidental pictures of the inside of his nose) and a 2 year replacement guarantee.
I saved the best for last but you need to order quick for delivery in time for Christmas. Iseeme.com is a site I just found that sells personalized books for children. Shipping is free on orders of $50 or more. I love this idea for all kids but particularly for kids living with foster families. It’s a really terrific way of making a child feel special at Christmas time when they might be feeling a bit lost.
GIFT IDEAS FOR WOMEN
I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a pretty throw. Pompoms make it even better.
Doesn’t seem like this fitness craze isn’t going away anytime soon and these fitness bands are super popular. I like this one because it’s actually pretty. I don’t fitness but I just might if I had that band. Might.
Everyone loves a warm fluffy scarf.
I don’t know any woman that has enough bags, travel or otherwise. This pink and white striped one is too perfect. I almost said “totes adorbs” but I thought that might be over the top.
I got a wristlet from Coach last year and I’m shocked by how much I love it. This Kade Spade one is almost as pretty.
Yes, it’s a candle but it’s from Jonathon Adler and is in a hand-blown rose gold vessel. That ain’t your grandma’s candle.
A catchall tray for jewelry always looks pretty either in the kitchen or on the night stand. I have one in my foyer for sunglasses. And it matches that travel bag up there!
Here are some earrings to add to that tray.
For the crafty ladies in your life, I can’t recommend Craftsy enough. I’ve asked my kids to buy me a couple of courses to improve my photography skills. You can see all of the courses right here. They sell supplies, too.
And one more cool and personalized idea from Mixbook. You can make pretty much anything but I’ve loved making memory photo books. You add the photos, they do the work. Click, drag, order. Easy peasy!
GIFT IDEAS FOR MEN
This one was a tough one for me so you’ll be happy to know I picked the brains of a few men that I know in real life. Special thanks to my buddies and co-editors for this article, Darryl, Don, Vic, and my ex-husband, Tim. (We rock at divorce!). This is what they came up with.
Apparently watches are big again. Who knew? Not me.
I’ve never heard of such a thing but this Fire Stick is apparently what men want. It’s a TV streaming stick with voice control. Say, what?
This android box was suggested by my friend, Don. I don’t know why I didn’t know about these things before re-ordering my cable.
And another thing I’ve never heard of. Apparently all the guys need this Amazon Echo in their lives. It’s a voice controlled everything and men love it. Responds to their commands in a way that wives probably won’t. It answers questions, reads auto books, gives news and weather and plays all their music along with other things I couldn’t grasp. Oh, and it has multiple microphones which means it follows commands from way across the room, making it stationary. It even controls light switches. Ex-husband would have liked that since I couldn’t ever turn off a light. Still can’t.
One of my guys suggested leather goods. In the interest of keeping it clean, I went with a slim, bulk free leather wallet.This also came under the idea of leather goods. How can you go wrong with a nice leather flask? Hell, I want one for myself. It’s cold out there. And sometimes the water in bathtub gets cold, too and it’s hard to reach the tap. Just sayin’. #firstworldproblems
Got a golf lover to buy for? How about a golf organizer?
Cigar aficionados will love these walnut lacquer cigar accessory kits.
I think cigar humidors are a great idea, too. They just look kind of classy sitting on a desk top. This one holds up to a hundred cigars.
The other suggestion I heard was booze, and more booze. That’s easy but it requires getting dressed and hitting the stores. I like this Kentucky Bourbon Experience coffee table book and it doesn’t cause hangovers.
A couple of my dudes mentioned movie tickets or even a movie night in. Most suggested gadgets and tools. My ex-husband mentioned buying himself lessons from a pro-golfer. I didn’t even know that was possible. This is probably why we’re divorced.
TIPS AND OTHER GOOD THINGS TO KNOW
I contacted Hattan Home directly and they said that they are aiming for a 24 hour turn around in shipping right now but to guarantee delivery by Christmas to get any orders in by next Saturday (Dec 19) at the latest.
Wayfair has their shipping information posted directly on their site. Just enter your zip or postal code to get the goods on how quickly your order will arrive.
Amazon always has free 2 day shipping with Prime. It’s totally worth having Prime if you order from Amazon more than once a year. Check your selection to see if the order qualifies for free shipping before placing your final order if you’re not a prime member.
To avoid disappointment always verify the shipping times on each order.
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