The Holiday Season Shopping Craze

Best Last Minute Gifts - ONLINE

In the most normal of circumstances, Holiday Shopping can be super stressful as we count down the days we have left, and have to check off the items on "Santa's List". This year has certainly brought us many challenges, so with this in mind here are a few ideas to provide last minute gifts that can still have an impact without leaving your house.


For me personally I’ve had to scale down and do mostly online shopping, so here are some great ideas:


Personalize Picture Gifts – There are many online platforms – My go to sites are CVS or Vista Print they offer 25-50% off personalized gifts such as photos in frames, canvas, mugs, ornaments, memory books, pillows, blankets, and much more- in some cases you can get “same-day” gifts from CVS. I tend to go towards these because after years of shopping, at the end of the day there are only so many “things” you can get for your loved ones- when it has that personal touch it really goes a long way – preserving memories are the greatest gifts- They are economical and super easy to execute.


Buying an Experience- All from the comfort of your home you can go to online sites such as www.Masterclass.com they are offering 2 for 1 memberships- you can buy a loved one the experience of taking an online seminar with the world’s greatest experts in Arts & Entertainment, Business, Writing, Food, Home & Lifestyle, Music, Sports & Gaming, Design & Style, Community & Government, Wellness, Science & Tech. Again, for those who aren’t going to go out much this season or even in the New Year it gives everyone a chance to up-level some skills or hidden passions to learn. Another good one is www.Udemy.com they offer classes as low at $11 - it’s not subscription based, you can choose individual lessons.


Restaurant Gift cards are also key!! For example Bocca Coal Fire Pizza in Margate NJ, are offering deals like buy four $25 Gift Cards and get a fifth one for free – That’s Christmas!! So for $100 you get $125 in gift Cards. There are also easy online gift cards that you can send right to someone’s email if you can’t get out to shop. Giftcards.com and Amazon Restaurant Gift cards.


Popular Items this year – Chess Boards, Pre-filled Gift Boxes like Fabfitfun.com- again very economical and something different. Meal delivery gift cards are super fun to receive, and easy to execute. Here are some popular ones: Uber Eats, Bue Apron, Grubhub, DoorDash, Home Chef, HelloFresh gift card, food gift cards online, Instacart and more.


If you make your list and think about each individual, and try to key in on their personality, you can have a lot of fun and still keep to a budget. Instead of stress shopping, we can all spread a little JOY this year in personalizing and bringing meaningful moments from Santa’s Workshop.

Photo by Arnel Hasanovic

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