As the Christmas countdown continues, the shopping struggle is real. Last minute holiday shopping once meant spending Christmas Eve sorting through picked-over items in big box stores. With internet shopping, last minute shopping opportunities depend on how much you want to spend for shipping.
An Amazon Prime membership means you enjoy free two-day shipping any time of the year. During the holidays, it’s priceless to know that what you order will be in your hands in two days.
Whether you’re doing some last-minute internet shopping, heading to the nearest Walmart or shopping at your favorite local shops, these ideas will help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list.
Gifts for Kids
Give your favorite child a classic board game. Some favorite classic games include: Monopoly, Scrabble, Clue, Sorry, Chinese Checkers, Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, Life, Operation, Checkers, Chess and Twister.
Encourage your child to spend more time outdoors with an active gift. Some possibilities include: a bicycle or tricycle, roller skates, ice skates, a skateboard, the Swurfer swing or sports equipment.
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All kids like to cuddle with their favorite stuffed animal. Choose an old favorite made new this year with the new Popples consumer products line available on Walmart.com and in Walmart stores nationwide. Popples is an all-new Netflix original series for kids that recently launched, based on the lovable characters that were popular in the 1980’s, and reimagined for a whole new generation of kids.
Kids of all ages are all about action. Even on dreary, cold winter days, your little one can enjoy an action-filled adventure with Power Rangers. The fan-favorite and iconic toys from your childhood are still a favorite with adventure-loving kids. Check out Megazord, T-Rex Zord and other favorites available at Toys “R” Us, Target and Amazon.
While Frozen mania may be over, the excitement around Shopkins, this year’s top toy, is just heating up at Walmart. Shopkins are cute, grocery-store themed characters kids can collect and trade — some say Shopkins may be the Frozen of 2015. In the words of Shopkins, “Once you shop…you can’t stop!’ You’ll find Dishy Liquid, D’lish Donut, Chloe Flower, Nutty Butter and other favorites from all three seasons at Walmart and other retailers.
Arts and craft items are never the wrong size, style or color. Pick up stickers, markers, coloring books and craft kits to stuff the stockings too. You can also find grown-up coloring books in many retail stores to help relax kids of all ages.
Gifts that encourage learning and experimentation are a great way to teach your kids as they have fun. Creative Kidstuff offers educational toys, books and games for the little ones in your life, including science kits, building kits, musical toys, developmental toys and more. Many local toy boutiques also offer a wide selection of creative and unique learning toys.
You can never go wrong with a book. Visit your local bookstore or shop at Amazon or Barnes and Nobel websites to find books about your child’s favorite sport, action hero or animal. Travel books teach your child about the world around her while easy readers and simple chapter books encourage beginning readers.
Kids and electronics go hand-in-hand. The InnoTab MAX from V-Tech is is the fastest 7″ kids’ tablet that gives your child the best of both learning worlds. The InnoTab MAX combines an educator-supported learning library and carefully selected educational Android apps for learning fun for 3- to 9-year-old kids.
Gifts for Seniors
A book of stamps and pack of note cards is the perfect gift for the letter-writing senior. In addition to stamps with the American flag, there are lots of different varieties including new stamps featuring the Peanuts gang. You can often find note cards in the dollar bins at various retail stores. Add a cute set of pens for the perfect gift.
A pair of slippers or fuzzy socks helps keep feet toasty warm. Be sure to look for slippers or socks with non-skid patterns on the bottoms of them to keep your loved one safe from falls.
Coffee, tea or cocoa make great stocking stuffers for seniors. Boxed sets also make good gifts. Choose an old favorite or try something new. Instant coffee and tea make it super easy for your favorite senior to enjoy a cuppa anytime at all.
Puzzles and puzzle books keep the mind sharp and engaged. Puzzle books are portable and great for bringing to the doctor’s office or other places with long wait times. Pair a puzzle with a roll-up puzzle mat for take-along fun.
A photo album filled with family photos is just the right size for a parent or grandparent. Go one step further by putting the photos into a scrapbook and writing about favorite memories.
Great Gifts for Anyone
Restaurant or gas station gift cards are the perfect gift for the person who has everything. Choose a favorite restaurant or splurge on an upscale spot. Gas gift cards are great gifts for any driver on your shopping list.
Food basket gifts are perfect for any age. Choose local food items, add a bottle of wine and a pair of wine glasses and you’re done. You can also find ready-made food baskets in many retail stores.
Add to the holiday spirit with a gift of a Christmas collectible or other holiday home decor. Visit an At Home store or shop online to find the perfect holiday or anytime decor piece to suit any style.
Make your own stocking stuffers and gifts with California Walnuts. Head to Pinterest to find recipes — California Walnuts has crafted five custom flavors of nuts including Spiced Walnuts, Herbed Walnuts, and Sweet & Spicy Walnuts – so there is a perfect combo for everyone.
Give the gift that keeps on giving all year with Asurion tech support. The holidays often mean new tech purchases, and with those gifts come a lot of device-related troubles and questions – whether the giftee was mom, grandpa, or even yourself. Asurion premier support offers one-stop, live assistance support for any device or platform, no matter the manufacturer.
Offer a gift to be remembered with a gift certificate for a fun experience. Tickets to a favorite museum, winter resort, concert, or outdoor adventure venue will delight children and adults of all ages. Head to Groupon to find deals on gifts, experiences and travel in your area.
Look for Sharper Image gifts in retail stores or shop online. From hover boards and drones to heated ice scrapers, travel charging kits, tabletop games and gadgets for the man cave, Sharper Image offers a wide assortment of gifts for anyone on your list.
Mini eyeglass repair kits and mini tool kits are the perfect stocking stuffers for many of the people on your list. A pocket sized book of jokes or quotes provides light reading.
Pick up inexpensive touch screen gloves in many stores. These gloves allow users to text, call, type or browse on phones and mobile devices when it’s cold without removing gloves.
Stuff your sweetie’s stocking with Colgate Optic White and give the gift of whiter teeth. The whitening pen is built into the toothbrush, allowing users to have convenient, effective whitening– with a promise of whiter teeth in just two days.
Cute nail files, sets of brightly colored nail polish, lip gloss and leg warmers are great gifts for teen and ‘tween girls. Gourmet snacks, card games and small remote-control vehicles are perfect for teen and ‘tween guys.
Head to Cracker Barrel or your local gift or specialty store to find a big selection stocking stuffer ideas. You can also find great retro items in these stores that all ages from kids to grandparents will enjoy.
Younger kids will enjoy action figures, Polly Pockets and other small figures, craft kits, balsa wood planes and art supplies. Books about favorite topics are great gifts for kids of all ages.
Choose books, stuffed animals, play-doh, and other dollar bin items for the little ones on your list. No stocking is complete without a new pair holiday socks and some favorite holiday treats.
Be sure to add some Hershey’s chocolate to the stockings. Holiday Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars, made with simple ingredients and no artificial flavor, launched nationwide just in time for the holiday season. Made with fresh milk from local Pennsylvania farms, cocoa beans sourced responsibly from West Africa, pure cane sugar and natural flavor, there’s no better treat for the holidays.
Why give another shirt, tie, pair of pajamas or nightgown this year. Instead, choose a unique gift that’s useful and fun. When you reflect the personality of the recipient, you’ll put the happy in the holidays.