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5 last minute gift ideas that won't break the bank

By DealPro(view all posts by Lynette.Rice)
at 6:00AM Friday December 21, 2012
under Holidays

With only a few days until Christmas morning, you may be in a slight panic if you find your gift list is not complete. Whether you classify yourself as a procrastinator or simply enjoy the increasing pressure to find a meaningful gift part of the holiday season, here's a few ideas to check those last items off your list!

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Gift Cards

Despite their reputation, gift cards can be as meaningful as a specific item. Choose a gift card from a store you know they will enjoy. Whether they'll be buying a new pair of shoes or a chai latte with your gift, they'll be sure to think of you with thanks when they use the card to purchase something they need or just want.

As an added bonus of savings, select gift cards that earn you rewards at your grocery store. Local restaurants also may give you a return on your money.
Daily Deal Sites

Check daily deal sites online to find a personal gift. You can find discounts for restaurants, hair salons or favorite boutiques. You'll save money too when you receive a discount on your purchase.


Oh, the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. What delight will be found when you give the gift of a magazine subscription. With so many magazines available, choose a subscription that reflects the person and their interests or hobbies on your gift list.


There's still time to make a gift! Take your talents and put them to good use when you create a one-of-a-kind gift this year. Pinterest is full of creative ideas you and your family can make.

Time Coupons

If you're still stuck, offer your time as a gift this year. For the mom and dad, offer free babysitting. For your non-cooking friends, offer to make a homemade meal. Create a certificate that they can redeem at their discretion. The possibilities are endless.

Just because your gift may be last minute, doesn't mean it's without thought. Be creative these last few days, and find meaning in the gift you're giving this year. You'll discover that the process of giving can be meaningful and oh, so personal.

Lynette Rice is a DealPro and founder of Cleverly Simple, a website helping others learn how to save money and do so by keeping it simple.