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Last Minute Gift Ideas

By Erin R on January 25, 2011

While most people try to wrap up their birthday or holiday gift shopping early, there are always a few who either procrastinate or just need a little extra help deciding what to give. Here are some great last minute gift ideas that are sure to bring big smiles. Whether your budget is small or large, you should be able to find something here that rounds out your shopping so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the holiday season.

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Guys

For those of you with a decent sized budget to work with, consider giving one of the hottest gifts this holiday season, the iPad. This stunning little technical marvel is both an entertainment and productivity gem. It provides convenient portable access to music, games, photos, video content, email, social networking, internet (with either Wi-Fi or 3G), and thousands of unique applications for business or pleasure. The iPad is one cool device and there is a reason iPad sales are projected to top 28 million in 2011!

If you are looking for a mid-range gift, consider an electronic reader such as the Kindle or Nook. These devices are considerably cheaper than an iPad but can still make a great gift. Priced at $139 for the standard Wi-Fi model, the Kindle is currently the top seller on Amazon for the second year in a row. The Kindle has attained such massive popularity due to its enormous storage capacity (3, 500 books), the crisp electronic ink technology, and amazing battery life (up to a month). If you have an avid reader on your gift giving list this year, the Kindle provides a lot of value in a small package!

Do you need a good gift under $25 or a good stocking stuffer? The movie Inception with Leonardo DiCaprio is quickly becoming a holiday favorite. If one of the guys on your list is an outdoor enthusiast or happens to live in a snowy climate, the Yaktrax traction cleats for walking on snow and ice have received rave reviews and can be purchased for less than $20. Another idea that is almost always a hit with the guys is the Accutire programmable tire gauge which can store the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle and instantly let you know if you need additional air. This fun little gadget can be picked up for about $10.

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Women

Once again starting with items that are a little more expensive, the classic tall Australian UGG boots have worked their way towards the top of many holiday wish lists this season. These timeless favorites seem to always be in style during the winter season and come in a wide range of colors. They usually range anywhere from about $175 to $200 in price but their warmth and comfort make them an excellent value.

If you are running on a tighter budget, you can't go wrong with a gift that creates an experience. Popular favorites include a beauty basket with cosmetics, bubble bath, and a gift certificate for a manicure or pedicure. Another great option would be a date-in-a-box with a gift card to a favorite restaurant, movie tickets and a delicious chocolate treat for dessert. These gifts can be attractively presented in a small basket with some colorful tissue paper or cellophane wrap and can be easily assembled at a cost of $50-$75.

Even if you have less than $25 to work with, you can still find a great gift. Try framing a special photograph or giving the gift of music in the form of an iTunes gift card. Applications for the iPhone and Android based smartphones are another good option. Everyone loves to get new games and apps making them an affordable and convenient gift giving idea. As a last resort, you can safely assume that everyone likes money. Most grocery stores sell prepaid Visa gift cards that can be used at any store that accepts credit or debit cards.

Remember that it's the thought that counts and even the toughest person in the world to shop for will likely be happy just knowing that you remembered them. The only way to make a poor decision is to not decide on anything at all. By using your creativity and attempting to have fun in the process, you can take the stress out of buying gifts and make someone very happy at the same time!

Gift buying is more of an art than it is a science. Whether you are looking for a GPS cell phone tracker or other unique cell phone app, games and productivity applications make great gifts and are suitable for both men and women.

Original article published on SooperArticles.com

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