Last Minute Gift Ideas for the One You Love

Time and circumstance gets the best of all of us once in a while. You may have started out with the best of intentions to buy the perfect gift and now you find yourself on the eve of a holiday, birthday or anniversary without one.

by Paula Hines

Going to see your loved one empty handed is simply not an option. What can you do?

There are two choices in Last Minute Gift Ideas, and you’ll have to choose one:

  1. Go Big - If your gift lacks personality, you can make up for it with mind-blowing extravagance. You’ve got the budget, so go all out and bring the biggest, best, most expensive, most luxurious gift you can find before the stores close. Obviously it should be something he or she will also enjoy—but the sheer magnitude of the gift can cause the recipient to overlook its lack of uniqueness or any pre-planning that went into buying it. Blind her with bling! Ply him with plasma! A big, expensive present will wow them and you’ll be the talk of the town the next day.
  2. Go Small, But Personal - If you don’t have the budget to go big, you should try to go personal. This means you’d better have some pre-knowledge about their favorite colors, designers, and places to shop. Most people aren’t too concerned about the size of the gift if it looks like some serious thought was put into it. A lot of couples keep a small card in their wallet or bag that has all important information about their significant others for easy reference. Don’t risk getting the wrong size, or worse—something he or she already has. Be sure to get help from the sales clerk who may be experienced helping last minute shoppers and will ask you questions about your recipient to make sure your gift is perfect.

One thing is certain: You need to have a game plan. While a gift is not everything, there is no excuse for not having something in hand when you go to celebrate a special day with your sweetheart. Don’t just assume he or she will understand. Taking advantage of their good nature is terribly inconsiderate, no matter how long you’ve been together. Conversely, if you do make the effort—even at the last minute—he or she will always remember your thoughtfulness. When it comes to the person you love, it is always worth going the extra mile.


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