The holidays are hectic enough without worrying if you’ve forgotten important people from your holiday shopping list. We’ve collected a range of great last-minute Christmas gifts to help make sure that you don’t leave anyone out this holiday season.
No matter how much you plan ahead, it seems that every year you have last-minute Christmas shopping to do—especially when it comes to important people in your everyday life who you might have forgotten.
The good news is that once you make that list, we’ve got some great ideas to wrap up those last-minute Christmas gifts in record time. This checklist of last-minute Christmas gift ideas will help make sure you don’t forget anyone for the holidays:
Teachers and Childcare Providers.
More often than not, teachers purchase supplies and extra learning materials for the classroom out of their own pockets. Instead of giving your child’s teacher the typical coffee mug or set of hand lotions, give them an American Express® Gift Card to help pay for the items they need for their classrooms. Teachers are always in need of supplies such as tissues, books, pencils and paper for students. Your gift card can even help the classroom library grow with the addition of new books.
Pet Care Providers.
Do you have a regular dog walker or frequent pet groomer? Anything your sitter or dog walker could use on a regular basis would be great items to give as last-minute Christmas gifts. When it comes to essentials like hats, gloves or umbrellas, a dog sitter can never have too many. They'll appreciate the gesture because they won't have to spend their own money on these must-have items, and you can find all of these items at a local supermarket or convenience store if you’re in a rush.
When thinking about your hairstylist, a great last minute gift for her or him would be a beauty or beverage of the month subscription. Subscriptions are convenient, exciting and personalized, and you can send them the gift without setting foot outside. If you want to get your hairstylist something other than beauty products or wine, there are plenty of other subscription options available; they have the added benefit of giving the recipient the option to continue the subscription after the gifting term is over.
They spend their day making sure your home is in proper care, so now is the perfect time for you to return the favor. Some thoughtful last-minute Christmas gifts can include an at-home spa day or a pampered day out. You can treat them to a spa day at home by putting together a collection of bath salts, candles, chocolate and a bottle of wine. Or you can treat them to a pampered day out by giving them an American Express® Gift Card with a list of your favorite local places to unwind.
Mail Carrier/Trash and Recycling Collectors.
Civil servants are generally prohibited from accepting cash or gift cards for their services. Some appropriate (and greatly appreciated) last minute Christmas gifts for them can include things they can use on the road. Headphones, car chargers and books on tape are all useful or entertaining items they would appreciate.
Your Boss or Coworkers.
If you have a coworker who always feels cold around the office, why not get them a personal heater, a thermos or a blanket to keep on hand? You can even put together an “Office Comfort” basket by adding their favorite coffee and snacks as well. These items are the perfect last-minute Christmas gift ideas because you can find them at any convenience store. For more ideas on what to get coworkers, read this article.
Regardless of who you’re shopping for, when looking for meaningful last-minute Christmas gift ideas, there are few gifts more appreciated or convenient than the American Express® Gift Card. With a variety of design options and the freedom to use it virtually anywhere American Express is accepted, it’s safer than cash because the funds may be replaceable if lost or stolen*, and versatile enough to let the recipient spend it on almost any gift on their wish list. You can even pick it up at the last minute at your local grocery or pharmacy—just don’t forget to enclose it in a hand-written holiday card to tell them how much you care.
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