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2017 Gift Guide: Last-Minute Gift Ideas

by Sofia Tuovinen

I remember years when I used to have my gift shopping completed before I took down my Halloween decorations. I’ve always considered myself a true planner at heart, but during the last few years, I’ve completed my holiday shopping later and later. Receiving the holiday gifts I ordered in mid-January? I’ve been there too…

If you have a tendency to leave your gift purchases to the last minute like I do, fear not. There are some great gift options out there for us late bloomers. For the cooking lovers, we’ve gathered some wonderful and easy recipes for face masks, scrubs and cocktail syrups that you can easily whip up at home. If you’ve already missed all the shipping deadlines for online orders, we have some ideas for beautiful art that you can download, print and frame yourself.

I also warmly recommend supporting your local businesses — anything from items made by local artisans to a museum pass, monthly cleaning service, or a set of prepaid yoga classes make truly thoughtful gifts. Did you know that you can search Etsy for vendors in your own neighborhood, too? I hope you’ll find some inspiration from the last-minute gift ideas that I’ve shared below. I’d also love to hear your own suggestions in the comments! — Sofia

2017 Gift Guide: Last Minute Gift Ideas | Design*Sponge
Some recipes for those who enjoy cooking up gifts for fancy cocktails and glowing skin!

Top: Martha Stewart’s recipe for cocktail syrups (spicy cinnamon, hibiscus-ginger and fennel-orange), bottom left: Hello Glow’s holiday sugar scrubs in cute jars, bottom right: Lia Griffith’s Charcoal Face Mask.

Savvy Naturalista also has tons of natural skincare recipes, and this brown sugar and honey face scrub via Cassie Daves is a personal favorite!

2017 Gift Guide: Last Minute Gift Ideas | Design*Sponge

There’s still time to order a stately custom portrait of your friend or family member’s pet! Homme sur la Lune accepts US holiday orders until December 12 — prices from $70.

2017 Gift Guide: Last Minute Gift Ideas | Design*Sponge

When shipping deadlines have passed, ordering a digital art print or calendar is a quick and easy option for a creative gift. Print at home or at a local print shop, then frame it.

Top left: Gig Poster by Dawid Ryski, from $36.95, top right: Pastel Artwork by PrintsProject, $7.30, bottom left: Brushstroke Print by HEARTSinCOLORS, $6.50, bottom right: Digital Print Calendar by MyColorMood, $7.25 (for the finishing touch, add the calendar sheets to a clipboard of your choice).

2017 Gift Guide: Last Minute Gift Ideas | Design*Sponge

You can support independent designers and businesses by popping into your local paper shop for a last-minute gift or two. I’m thinking about gifting some beautiful stationery sets this year — I’ve found them to be so practical for friendly notes throughout the year!

Top left: C.R. Gibson Stationery Set via Olivia Sophia Stationery & Gifts $11, top right: Week Planner and Elum Card at Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Storebottom left: You Go Girl Stationery Set by Effie’s Paper $18, bottom right: Mr. Boddington Social Stationery Set $22.

2017 Gift Guide: Last Minute Gift Ideas | Design*Sponge

Have you been on a memorable road trip with a friend? Gifting a framed hand-stitched route map is the perfect way to commemorate a special trip. See the instructions to this quick Martha Stewart project here.

2017 Gift Guide: Last Minute Gift Ideas | Design*Sponge

If you end up leaving your shopping to the very last minute, big box stores like Target also have some options that feel unique and personal. Many items can be ordered online and picked up in store, too — something to remember when you’re short on time!

From top to bottom, left to right: Glass Frame with Brass Accents $16.99, Modern Wall Tapestry $28.49, Leather Luggage Tag and Passport Holder Set $19.99, Baby Bear Booties $7.99, Wooden Dollhouse $129.99, Plaid Throw $29.99, Canvas and Leather Tablet Sleeve $20.99, Plaid Pet Bed $29.99, Mobile Sculpture $19.99.

Last Minute Gift Ideas 2017 | Design*Sponge

If you’re still unsure about what to get, don’t forget about E-gift cards. Some of my favorite options this year are: The Little Market for fair trade and ethically sourced items,  The Maryn for laid-back seaside style, Food52 for everything kitchen and home related, and Airbnb for vacation or staycation adventures.
Image source: The Little Market


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