So, you’ve realized two things. One: Christmas is just around the corner. Two: You have bought zero presents for anyone on your list. Now you’re stuck with the dilemma of trying to find suitable gifts for everyone within a limited time period, and all the good gifts have been bought out. You may have realized that it’s time to start working on your time management strategies, but it’s too late for that to be of any help this year. You can always try again next year. For now, we suggest going through this list of options when you feel like you have none. They might not be ideal, but they’re better than nothing. And it’s the thought that counts . . . right?
If you’re lucky, you may still be able to find a few great gifts online, even if everything in store has been sold out. Grab a cup of coffee, power up your laptop, and get clicking. Many online stores will allow you to use a courier of your choice, so if you can, try for same day delivery if you’re on a tight timeline.
Vouchers and cash
Vouchers and cash are often frowned upon when it comes to gift-giving etiquette, since not a lot of thought goes into it. However, with most people struggling financially due to the pandemic, this is one year where vouchers and cash will likely be accepted with open arms. You can always show that you put thought into it by opting for a voucher from a store that person really loves, and you can up the level of sentiment by writing a heartfelt card. You can even get creative with how you present the money or vouchers. This might not be your gift of choice, but if you need a last-minute present, it’s definitely your easiest option.
People tend to have different opinions on regifting previous presents that were gifted to you. Some have no issue with it, while others think it’s unethical. However, if you’re on a deadline and you have any unopened gifts lying about, it may be your only option. There are a few obvious rules when it comes to regifting: don’t regift it to the person who gave it to you; make sure there’s no sign that it’s a regift; and only ever regift new, unopened and unused items. Click here for a proper guide on regifting.
If all else fails, do it yourself. If you have any creative skills, put them to the test by making a gift for your friends or family. Homemade items are thoughtful, since they take more effort than just buying something. You can even bake something you know they’ll love, like a strawberry cake. Use your skills to your benefit, whether it’s food or art related. Jewelry and art pieces are great ways to go if you have a little bit more time to spare. Just don’t rush it too much and give them something sloppy.