Shopping for last minute Christmas gifts? You’re not alone! Use these tips to find Christmas gift ideas at the supermarket, grocery store, or gas station (for they’re often the only places open for last minute Christmas gifts…but times are changing!).
“It’s Christmas Day. You’re en route to the family gathering and the only place that’s open is a supermarket,” writes Becky Worley in Try Pharmacies, Supermarkets, Airport Shops and Gas Stations for Last-Minute Christmas Gifts. “It just so happens that many grocery stores now stock lots of food gadgets, so if you have a foodie on your shopping list, you’re in luck. But if you need a more generic gift, you can find that there, too. Grab some pasta, sauce, olive oil, wine and cheese and you’ve got the makings for a fine gift basket. But you’ll need packaging. If you can find a basket, great! If you can’t, any colorful box will do. Take the items, pay a quick visit to the floral department for some cellophane paper, pay, wrap and go!”
There’s a fine line between tacky and classy, desperate and thoughtful. A pasta gift basket is a fine idea if your gift recipient is a foodie, chef, or has time to cook. It’s especially classy if you buy fresh pasta, gourmet olive oil, and a specialty spaghetti sauce.
But if you’re shopping for someone doesn’t want to cook, you might find better ideas in these holiday gift tips…
Last Minute Christmas Gifts
If you’re shopping for your grandpa and gramma, read 10 Christmas Gifts for Elderly Parents and Grandparents.
Snacks for sports fans
If you’re shopping for a sports fan, a Sports Enthusiast Care Package™ is a great way to say “Merry Christmas”! It’s an assortment of tasty and healthy snacks — and the combination of comfort snack foods indulges every craving – crunchy, salty, sweet, and chewy – without the guilt of junk food. Perfect for Canadian hockey or American basketball! You don’t need to purchase a premade care package; create your own sports gift basket with trail mix, popcorn, cocktail wieners, or other snacks that are perfect for game days.
Specialty chocolates and coffees
Chocolate covered blueberries, cherries, and ju jubes are terrific last minute Christmas gifts – and so are chocolate espresso beans. They’re also easy to find at the supermarket! Pair specialty chocolates with ground coffee, whole coffee beans, or specialty coffees. You don’t need to fall back on Starbucks, Tim Horton’s, Hawaii Roasters — Lavazza Espresso Whole Bean Coffee is great for coffee lovers who have coffee grinders.
An assortment of specialty teas – such as chocolate mint tea
Can you tell I’m a chocoholic — like most people in North America? I especially love Chocolate Mint Tea — it contains no fat, it smells like rich dark chocolate, and it tastes delicious. It’s the perfect chocolate brew!
Other chocolate teas that make great last minute Christmas gifts:
- Bigelow White Chocolate Kisses Tea
- Stash Premium Decaf Chocolate Hazelnut Tea
- Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Chocolate Jasmine Organic Loose Tea
- Big Train Chocolate Chai
- Revolution Orange Chocolate Green Tea
Cheese and crackers
I love tasting different types of cheeses and crackers, but rarely buy them for myself. For Christmas, I’d love a assortment of English or Irish Cheeses, with gourmet crackers and maybe even some sausages to go with them! Cheese, crackers, and sausages are easily found at supermarkets and grocery stores, and can be fabulous supermarket holiday gift ideas.
Sushi Making Kit
This is one of my favorite last minute Christmas gift ideas! A Sushi Making Kit may be not be easy to find at a supermarket or grocery store, but it’s a fun, creative gift (unless your gift recipient is like my brothers-in-law, who won’t touch sushi with a ten foot pole. They’d love the Sports Enthusiast Care Package).
Christmas Music – CDs
Why not jump on the fan bandwagon and give the gift of Susan Boyle’s The Gift? This last minute Christmas gift idea can be found at most big supermarkets or grocery stores. “When making this album, I really wanted the songs to touch hearts,” said Susan Boyle. “Music has always been a companion to me, particularly on special occasions. I wanted there to be a mix of songs that would flow with all our moods this holiday season. As much as the season is a time for reflection, it is also a time for fun and enjoyment with those closest to us.”
If you have time for games at Christmas, read White Elephant Gift Exchange – Rules, Tips, and Gift Ideas. It’s a great way to exchange gifts!
What was the best last minute Christmas gift you’ve ever given? Comments welcome below…
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