Last Minute Shoppers: Find the Perfect Gift!

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I'm here to let you in on a little secret. Are you ready for this? It is the last weekend to shop before Christmas hits home. Shocking, I know. 

Okay, so maybe not. Maybe you're one of those stellar shoppers, who has it all planned out sometime during the summer months, and budgets and shops throughout the year. If you are, I salute you. (I also kinda hate you a little bit; but that's my issue, not yours.) 

But if you're more like me, and have been muddling along, getting things here and there, but suddenly realize that you need to be done – now! – then this blog is for you. We’ve gathered all of our guides for the budget conscious and the crafty, for those shopping for him, those shopping for her, and those shopping for kiddos of varying ages and interests. All you need to do now is just need to stretch out your shopping legs, or fingers (What would I do without Amazon?!), and get moving!

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Gifts for Grown-Ups

Wondering what to gift your spouse this year, besides maybe letting him be the one to sleep in the day after Christmas? Check out these suggestions from Holly

Or maybe you've been watching the packages pile up under the tree and you've noticed there aren't any addressed to yours truly? Drop a not-so-subtle hint by forwarding your man this guide, courtesy of Jeanna

If you're still searching for the perfect thing for the kindergarten teacher, or your second cousin, twice removed, or your mother-in-law, maybe you can find inspiration in this list of some of our staffers' favorite things. Or try one of these great reads suggested by our own Galit

And finally, if one of the ladies on your list happens to be carrying her own gift 24/7, in the form of a pregnant belly, why not pamper her a bit with one of these great ideas

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Gifts for the Little Ones

Wondering how to find the perfect combination of affordable and adorable? It's no secret that a more expensive toy doesn't always mean a more played-with toy – as we all know the tales of the box being the best gift. But we've found some great picks for you! 

Got a little guy in your life? Try Amanda's Gift Guide for Little Dudes.

Looking for something that isn't just a toy, but is worth something more? Check out Alison's list of 5 Gifts that Give Back.

Hoping to find a present this year that both kids and parents will be happy to see under the tree? Try one of these 10 Toys – and More – Kids Love (Parents, Too!) 

And if you've been at this gift-giving business a few years and are starting to wonder whether yet another doll or stuffed toy is worth it, try checking out these lists for 10 Fantastic Preschool Toy Ideas and 10 Unique Gift Ideas which go beyond toys. 

Want to know what the experts have to say? Check out our community's response to the question: What was your little one's favorite Christmas gift? 

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Budget Friendly and DIY Options

If you're anything like me, your list is long and your budget is small. Luckily, we've got our Thrifty Mom, Melanie, churning out great tips for making the most of what you've got. 

Try her Inexpensive Gift Ideas on for size, or get the kids involved by checking out her 8 Fun Gift Ideas for the Kids to Make

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And don’t forget the joy that comes from a perfect Christmas cookie, because who doesn't love a treat? Try Kelly's Candy Cane Cookies, Coffee Chocolate Brownies, or any of the Chocolate Dipped deliciousness she shares – she even includes some adorable packaging tips! 

Once you've got the gift ready to go, try one of these creative ideas to wrap it up!  

Before you go – Let us know your very favorite tip for managing Christmas shopping and gifts in the comments! Maybe we'll all become experts who shop early next year. (Or maybe not.) 

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Last Minute Shoppers: Find the Perfect Gift!

Sara McTigue is a secret agent, cupcake chef, award winning author, photographer, and PTA mom. At least, that is how things look in her mind. When she isn’t testing the bounds of her imagination, she is a mom to three amazing and hilariously funny children, wife to a charming and handsome man, and thoroughly addicted to reading. With a BS in English Education and an MA in English Literature, words – and their ability to shape our lives and thoughts – are an everyday fascination. Af ... More

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  1. mommy nhoj says:

    Guilty as charged! Just got my gifts for my baby and hubby few hours ago. It will arrive hopefully on the 24th! Thanks Amazon.com! 🙂

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