It’s 8 days until Christmas and it’s crunch time!  If you still need a gift for your kid’s teacher or a co-worker, it’s not too late to give a great gift that won’t break the bank.  Here are 8 last minute gift ideas…

Kate Spade Note Cards

1.  Notecards

I picked up these lovely Kate Spade notecards at Marshall’s for $7.99!  If you can’t find any there, try HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, or Target.  You should definitely be able to find a set of really nice notecards for under $10.

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2.  Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

I made this to give to my daughter’s teachers.  It takes about 10 minutes to make and cost under $5.  Get the recipe!

Inspirational Journal

3.  Journal

Everyone appreciates a brand new journal this time of the year.  It’s perfect for reflection and planning for the new year.  I got these leather bound journals at HomeGoods and TJ Maxx for $5.99.  You can also pick up one at Target, Ross Dress For Less, or Marshall’s.

Holiday Cookies

4.  Holiday Cookies

This cookie recipe is super easy to make!  Pick up a holiday cookie tin from Dollar Tree or your local dollar store, line it with some clean white tissue paper, and your cookies will look like you bought them from the store.  And actually, if you don’t want to bother with baking, just go and buy them from the store!  You should be able to find something nice for under $10.

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5.  Homemade Body Scrub

I made this peppermint body scrub in about 5 minutes!  I got my jar from Hobby Lobby but you can use a mason jars or any glass jar.

6. Candle

When presented in the right packaging, a scented candle can make a great gift.  Skip the obvious glass votive and go for a candle that is unique in shape or packaged in a decorative glass or tin.  And make sure the scent you choose is light and fragrant, not strong and musky.

     Bottle of Wine

7.  Wine

Who doesn’t love a bottle of wine this or any time of the year?  Although I wouldn’t recommend giving alcohol to teachers—but then again they probably need it more than most!    A few good, inexpensive brands are Yellowtail and Barefoot.  You should also ask the salesperson for recommendations.


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8.  Gift Card

When all else fails, a gift card always works!  Some of my favs to give are Starbucks, Barnes & Nobles (especially for teachers), Target, and iTunes.  I usually stay away from Visa because I don’t like paying the fee to purchase the card.

Add a nice ribbon, gift tag, and card to any of these gifts and you’ve a fantastic, inexpensive gift they are sure to love!

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