Were you invited to a Christmas party and need a quick hostess gift idea? Even if we thought all of our holiday shopping was done in advance, we commonly find ourselves in need of a last-minute present.

Here are some great options that are sure to make them smile.

Amazon Gift Cards 

Years ago it seemed impersonal to give money or a gift card to someone, but times have changed, especially with the rising popularity of online shopping. Amazon has so many amazing items available and this allows the gift recipient to buy something that he or she really wants. Recipients can shop online and their purchases are delivered right to their home so they can avoid the hustle and bustle at the shopping malls.


Although there is a variety of technology allowing us to read without even picking up an actual book, many people still enjoy a hardcover or paperback novel. If you are familiar with the style of reading a person does, you can easily select a newly released book on that topic. For someone that you don’t know very well, try purchasing a holiday related book or cookbook for a sweet treat, or pick up a gift card to Barnes & Nobles or a local book store.


Many stores carry a variety of beautiful candles with amazing scents. Fresh fragrances are a safe bet if you’re buying for someone you don’t know very well, and floral aromas are prefect for those who love the smell of springtime. For a wonderful holiday scent, try something with cinnamon such as Home Sweet Home by the Yankee Candle Company.


A gift of candy is a sweet treat during the holidays. Whether you visit your local candy store or stop at the supermarket, this gift is sure to appeal to the sweet tooth in everyone.


The gift of music is one that never goes out of style. If you know what type of music a person enjoys listening to, just select a newly released CD in that category. Another option is to purchase a holiday CD. Christmas music is a wonderful addition to the season and makes a great gift.

Christmas Ornament for Tree 

Throughout the stores, you’ll see many different types of Christmas ornaments. A gift of a Christmas ornament is something that the recipient can use each year on their tree. It is a thoughtful present that can be enjoyed for years to come.


Whether you order them online for delivery, get them at the florist, or even pick up a quick bouquet at the grocery store, flowers always have a way of brightening up a room. During the holidays you can find beautiful arrangements to fit any budget. And, since they pre-make many of the holiday designs, most of them are ready when you walk in the door, which saves you time.


This is an easily obtainable gift that people really like. If you are unsure what fragrance to buy, go ahead and ask the salesperson for some ideas. They are very knowledgeable about what items are hot sellers, and can help you find the right one to purchase.

Restaurant Gift Certificates 

For a quick gift, you might decide to purchase a gift certificate from their favorite restaurant. It’s always a treat not having to cook for the night, and being able to indulge in great tasting food makes the meal extra special.

Salon Gift Certificates 

Nothing says “pampered” like a salon gift certificate. This could be used for hair, nails, a massage, or even a full day at the spa. We all like to be spoiled a bit, and this is a wonderful way to relax after the busy holiday season.


These are great go-to gifts and are readily available in most department stores. The color combinations and patterns choices make this a fun gift to receive.


A nice bottle of wine or champagne can make a perfect last-minute present. Many stores offer descriptions of each wine along with their wine scores. If you aren’t familiar with which one to buy, simply ask the sales staff to provide you with a recommendation.

Throughout the holidays, we must not lose sight of one important lesson. As you give and receive presents this Christmas season, remember that a gift from the heart is truly priceless.

Let each man give according as he has determined in his heart; not grudgingly, or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver. —2 Corinthians 9:7

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