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8 Last Minute Gifts Perfect for Anyone in Your Life

Christmas is right around the corner! Exams are done, final assignments are submitted, and it’s finally starting to feel like the holidays. However, for those who still have some last minute shopping to do, it can be a stressful time. But I’ve got you covered: here are eight simple but thoughtful last-minute gift ideas that are perfect for anyone in your life. Each gift that is listed below can be purchased in-store so you don’t need to stress about ordering it online!

1. Amazon Echo

 

The Amazon Echo is a bluetooth, voice-activated, hands-free speaker. This sleek speaker can be used for much more than just playing music. It comes with a voice service called Alexa which can do anything from making calls to checking your calendar! You can purchase it at Best Buy for $99.99. They also sell a smaller version called the Amazon Dot which retails for $49.99.

2. Fujifilm Polaroid Camera


Throughout the last few years, Polaroid photos have had a resurgence in popularity. The Fujifilm x UO Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera enables users to capture photos and print them off within seconds. These cameras come with new features such as a built-in selfie mirror and a close-up lens. Urban Outfitters sells this cute lavender-coloured camera for only $83. You can purchase the film refills in packs of 20 for $29.

3. Lush Bath Sets

Why not give the gift of relaxation this year? Lush is the perfect spot to grab last-minute gifts. They sell dozens of different gift sets that are already wrapped! Most of the sets have a variation of bath bombs, lotions, and shower gels. The “Snow Fairy” set retails for $49.95 and comes with 5 bubblegum scented goodies. Other sets start as low as $15.95.  

4. Apple Music

A subscription to Apple Music is a great last-minute gift option. Apple sells three month memberships for $29.97 or a year subscription for $99.99. Plus, they offer a student discount! You can purchase the gift card in stores or you can send it through email if you are shopping for someone you won’t be seeing in person this holiday season! Just go here and enter your recipient’s name and email address, a quick message, and your credit card information. It’s that simple.

5. Scratch Maps

Scratch maps are a fun and thoughtful gift for the traveller in your life. They are designed so that you can scratch off the top gold layer to indicate where you have travelled. Once the gold is scratched off it reveals a colourful world map with facts about each country and geographical information. These maps can be bought at Indigo for $29.50.

6. Kobo Aura

If you have a book-lover to shop for the Kobo Aura is a super useful gift idea! This lightweight eReader eliminates the need to carry around heavy books and allows the user to download ebooks and read them on the device. The ink touchscreen offers a “natural eReading experience” which isn’t harsh on your eyes like traditional tablets such as the iPad. The Kobo Aura is currently on sale at Indigo for $109.99.

7. Ouai Haircare Products

Items from the Ouai Haircare line are an amazing last-minute gift for anyone, from your beauty-addict best friend to your mom! Jen Atkin, a celebrity hairstylist most known for her work with the Kardashian family, started the line in 2015. Ouai sells hair oils, repair treatments, and curl jelly, all of which are meant to simplify your hair routine. The “Morning After Kit” is perfect for all hair types and retails for $45. It contains a rose hair and body oil, dry shampoo, and finishing creme. Ouai products can be purchased at Sephora or Urban Outfitters. Full-sized products start at $30.

8.What Do You Meme?

“What Do You Meme” is a fun addition to any party or game night. The card game was created by the social media sensation Fuckjerry. The adult party game is similar to “Cards Against Humanity,” but with memes! The purpose of the game is to pair the funniest caption with the picture that is given. The game can get very risqué which makes it the perfect gift for anyone with an inappropriate sense of humour! The game comes with 360 caption cards and 75 photo cards and retails for $39.95 at Indigo!

Although last-minute shopping can be stressful, these gifts are easy and simple! Plus, they show a bit more effort and thought then giving someone a box of chocolates or a gift card. All that’s left to do is get shopping!

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Mikayla Finnerty is a third year Media & the Public Interest student at Western. She is an aspiring journalist with a love for fashion, food, and dogs!
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