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Last-minute, thoughtful gift ideas for Christmas

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‘I completely forgot!’

Snow is falling ever-so softly all around, houses are lit with the anticipation of another festive season to come, all around are signs of holiday cheer … which also leads to the guilt-riddled moment  when you realize you may have left some last-minute shopping on the back burner.  However, no need to fret, we’ve narrowed down some ideas to help you find a gift that will make you a superstar in the gift-giving department.

Give the gift of options

Now, before you go into a frantic search to find the perfect present, you might want to take a stroll into your town’s grocery store that supplies gift cards. These little plastic cards are a huge time-saver and can be the perfect gift for someone who you may not know what to buy for. Dinner and a movie sound good? Hit up your community’s local restaurants and ask if they supply gift certificates, then pair with a Cineplex gift card. The bonus? It’s a full day/evening of fun that can all fit into a card! 

Give the gift of an experience

Just because the warmer weather has faded, doesn’t mean the fun fades, too. Check out the Confederation Centre of the Arts for a list of concerts and plays happening at or hop on over to for a list of upcoming events. Once you narrow down to which event best suits your special someone`s interest, order your ticket and then pick up a card on your way to your gift exchange and write a thoughtful note inside.

Give the gift of something to sip

No one can refuse curling up with a hot beverage in hand during those cold, blustery winter months. Does the person you are buying for enjoy a nice, hot cup of joe no matter what the season or weather outside? Try treating them to a bag or two of fresh, ethically sourced Receiver Coffee Company coffee located in picturesque Charlottetown, P.E.I. You are guaranteed to find the right bean from the four blends the company has to offer for your special someone. Nova Scotia is also not short on coffee drinkers. Stop by Anchored Coffee in Dartmouth, N.S. to choose from more than 10 varieties of coffee. Such a present will be sure to make you stand out at the staff holiday party.

Give the gift of reading

You know what goes good with coffee? Books! No matter who you got for your gift exchange, your local bookstore, Coles or Chapters Indigo will have something in store to meet their interest or hobby. Browse the Atlantic Canada book section to help narrow down your search for the perfect book. The best part? You’re scoring a book for your last-minute shopping and you are supporting local authors. Visit to get an idea of some books to purchase, that is, if you have time and haven’t already started running frantically to the car.

Give the gift of sweets

It seems like during the holidays, the baked goods coming out of the oven are never ending. This constant aroma of sweet-smelling desserts serve as a reminder of just how great the holidays are – especially for your sweet tooth. Grabbing a last minute to-go arrangement? Explore your options at your local bakeries, they will be sure to have some special holiday favourites baked and ready to go. Remember, bakeries are especially busy this time of year so call ahead to order your sweet or savoury treat. That way, once you arrive, you can just pay, pickup and head right to your gift exchange. Also don’t forget, you can always try your hand at baking some delicious delights yourself!

 No matter who you are buying a last-minute gift for, you’ll be sure to feel confident with these thoughtful ideas.

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