Despite your best intentions December often becomes hectic and you find yourself madly scrambling for a last minute Xmas gift for your mother, girlfriend, sister or wife. Many of the shops have been well picked over but there are still some great gifts to be had that will not only be very much appreciated by her but will give the appearance of you having put a lot of thought into before purchasing. Provided you choose carefully and not succumb to the “any old thing will do” theory you will be golden.
For your mother
Next to your wife your mother is the most special woman in your life so choosing a gift for her is something you should do carefully. There are very few women who don’t love beautiful jewelry and as your Mom is a ‘class act all the way’ a stunning piece of jewelry is bound to bring her a lot of joy not only on Christmas day but every time she wears it.
A mother-son outing is another great gift idea that can be arranged fairly last minute. Look online for tickets to a great show that you know she will enjoy. Book the tickets and then find a nearby restaurant and make reservations there. If the venue is out of town you should book overnight accommodations too. Making this all about her will be something for her to look forward to and enjoy the memory of for years to come.
For your wife
Putting a lot of careful thought into a present for your wife is imperative. Because she knows you well she will know instantly how much thought went into the gift she opens on Christmas Day. You probably left her gift until last so you could fully focus on what she would really love but then you ran out of time. This does not have to be an issue. Consider jewelry. There are not many women who do not love being given a beautiful necklace that clearly shows you know her taste. If you need a reminder of the gems she likes or whether she prefers gold over silver check through her jewelry box when she isn’t looking.
If the love of your life is tech crazy consider a Virtual Reality headset, where she can relax in her down time and go on wild adventures all from the comfort of an easy chair. For a woman who likes to stay fit a Fitbit may be something she would really appreciate receiving as a Xmas present. The Amazon Echo or Echo Dot is another fun ‘tech toy’ that she may enjoy.
If your wife’s favorite perfume is running a bit low you could pick up a gift set. These range from reasonably priced to extravagant dependent upon how much and how many items are included in the set. This may be a good time to introduce her to a new perfume if you think she would like to try something new. Ask the person at the perfume counter to recommend a perfume in a similar ‘tone’ to her favorite, and pick up a small bottle for her to try.
For the confident man who doesn’t mind shopping in women’s lingerie departments there are a ton of last minute gift ideas to be had. While a sexy negligee or bra and panty set may not be the main gift they do make a good add on. Be sure you know your wife’s size, taste in color and style before purchasing, or if unsure make sure there is a good return policy so that she can exchange it if necessary.
For your sister(s)
As sisters grow up and move away from home it can be challenging to come up with gift ideas that you are certain they will appreciate. A nice piece of jewelry is a good choice and can be chosen last minute without looking like you just grabbed the first thing you saw. If your sisters are the kind of ladies who like to pamper themselves you could gift them bath sets or a voucher for a spa treatment in their home town. Gift cards to any of the major retailers are always an option, either as the main gift or as an add on, and will not look last minute because they will understand that you want them to get themselves something they really want rather than you buy them something they won’t.
For your nieces
This largely depends on age. For young girls any toys or crafts are a good option, and for teens gift cards to major clothing shops are the safest options. An iTunes gift card is another good choice so they can choose what music to download with it. Gift cards are becoming increasingly popular, particularly for family who live far apart from each other but exchange gifts at Christmas time.