Christmas is a manic time of year, with all the catch-ups, work-dos, crazy shops and not to mention workloads piling up. So it's no wonder we don't always have time to spend hours tackling the malls scouring for gifts.
If you're running a little (or a lot!) behind schedule on your Christmas gift shopping, don't panic! We've got some last minute gift ideas for you that are still thoughtful, but will hopefully help you avoid a stressful dash to the shops:
Nothing says 'I care' quite like a batch of fresh homemade baking. Christmas is the time for eating after all, so if you're looking for a gift that won't break the bank but still takes love and effort from you, some baking is the way to go! It doesn't have to be extravagant if you're not a master baker, just some simple Christmas cookies, a batch of brownies or a delish Christmas dessert will put a smile on anyone's face.
Everyone loves a bit of pampering, especially after a stressful year. A great gift for the person who has everything, a voucher for a luxurious massage is always a nice treat, and this way they can book it in at a suitable time for them. If you don't think they're the massage type, you could go for any other health or beauty treatments like manicures, facials or barber vouchers.
Much like the home baking, but a little less effort on your part - or just a nicer gift if you don't fancy yourself as much of a baker. If you're in Auckland, there are some absolutely delicious cupcake shops around, with freshly baked cupcakes daily. Both Petal and Bloom are doing last minute Christmas Eve deliveries directly to your loved ones door, so get ordering!
Like we've said, it's been a stressful year. So what better way for your loved one to recoup than on a glamourous trip away? Give the gift of a holiday this Christmas with a luxury camping experience. There are HEAPS of companies who do these around the country, so you might have to do a little research to find the one you like best, but most will do gift cards if you don't know any exact dates the recipient will be free. Canopy Camping is a good place to start the search!
Wine or spirits
It may seem like a cop-out, but for wine lovers an upmarket bottle is the perfect gift - do some research and find a bottle that is a little unique. If you don't think they're into vino, a nice spirit that they wouldn't normally buy themselves is a good gift option - pink gin is the spirit of the season, both pretty and delicious. Or you could go for an aged whiskey or rum for the blokes.
Framed personal photos
A very personalised gift that most will love, is a favourite photo printed out and framed. Find a family picture, a favourite place or anything else special to you and the gift-receiver in a digital copy, and you can take it in to any photo printing store and get it blown up for a very cheap price. You can connect the self-service machines directly to your phone, or put the picture on a USB or CD and access it this way. Most places (ie. Warehouse Stationery, Harvey Norman etc.) will print your pictures in an hour or so. Pick out a nice frame and voila, the perfect thoughtful gift!
Buying for a music lover? There are so many events on over the summer, so if there's anything your recipient is wanting to go to, or any particular artists that are coming that they like, tickets are a perfect gift! You can buy them online any time, and just print them out and put in a pretty envelope for them to have something to open on Christmas Day.
You can't go wrong with LUSH products. They've got something for literally everyone, from the manliest man to the girliest girl, from the young to the old. A visit to any of their stores will allow you to pick out a personalised gift pack of products for the recipient, all of which smell amazing and are all natural and cruelty-free.
Be gone with that boring box of chocolates, deliver a chocolate bouquet instead! They're delivering until Christmas Eve, so you're all sorted for that last minute gift. You can get them featured around some champagne or beer as well for an extra special touch. Browse the website and see what tickles your fancy!