Ideas For Last Minute Christmas Presents

Ideas For Last Minute Christmas Presents

Do you still have presents to buy, with Christmas just round the corner? Whether you’ve been too busy to shop early, you’ve just remembered you need to get a present for someone or you have procrastinated with your present buying, this is a guide to help you get gifts which will put a smile on their recipients’ faces! It’s possible to use this time efficiently and find presents everyone will love, so stop stressing and start shopping.


Buying Online

The most important thing for e-commerce shops to do in the run up to Christmas is to publish information about delivery clearly online – so if you are considering ordering something online make sure you check these details before clicking to buy. You may be surprised that many online stores will offer next day delivery right up until the 23rd of December and the most successful ones stake their reputation on their delivery services so you can be assured the product will arrive on time.

However, there is an element of risk involved with all online purchases: some unforeseen force could prevent the item from being delivered. If this is an important present or it’s already Christmas Eve, see the next option below, and buy the gift in person.

Buying In-Store

It may be that planning isn’t your strong point if you have waited until Christmas Eve to do your shopping.  However the best way to get good results out of doing last minute Christmas shopping at the shops is to make a plan of attack.

Write down the names of all the people you still have to get lists for and an idea of what to get for each one.  Be realistic and think about what will be most convenient for you to get to – remember that time is of the essence. Depending on how much time there is left you can either aim to get it all from different shops within one shopping center or scale down and aim to get it all from different counters within a department store.  If you have less than a couple of hours, the best place to head is to a health and beauty store like Boots or Superdrug. Long gone are the days when these shops only sold medicine and pharmacy products – fragrances, celebrity endorsed products, decorations for the home, baby products, children’s toys and gift sets can all easily be found here now – who would know that you bought them all at the same place?

No-Delivery Gifts

These gifts mean that you really can buy presents almost instantly and are a lifesaver for those awkward times when a gift has just slipped your mind!

  • The charity gift route: these are ideal presents for the oldest and youngest members of the family, as well as anyone who insists that they don’t want gifts anymore. One option would be to something like a goat to a farmer in a developing country in someone else’s name, in which case you get a nice card for the recipient here and the goat goes where it is needed. On the other hand, you could adopt an animal on behalf of someone else – in which case you can print off the email confirming their sponsorship and that they will receive a welcome pack in the post after Christmas.
  • Experience Days: There are a plethora of websites offering experience days now. They range from spa days and afternoon tea to a Formula One driving experience or a trip to a wine valley in the UK. All you need to do is pick an activity your recipient will enjoy.
  • Tickets: this is very similar to the above but I thought it worth including to highlight it. Ticket websites like Ticketmaster mean that the world of live music, comedy, stage shows and more are at your fingertips so take advantage of this. People love to be treated to a night out. If you print the confirmation email as proof I would recommend cutting the date off it though!
  • Vouchers: not just vouchers for online shopping (which many e-tailers do provide now) but vouchers for all kinds of things! Of course, you could make your own little booklet of vouchers for things – if it’s for a partner or spouse those things can be as risqué as required! But it’s possible to subscribe to services which will send the recipient a gift each month for six months to a year, with vouchers that you can print to give on the day. The Guardian has collected a bunch of ideas here, from temporary tattoos or make-up to gardening tools and children’s crafts.

Liz from Must Have Gifts charity gifts put this gift-giving guide together and she hopes it will help you to complete the rest of your Christmas shopping in a stress-free fashion. In her opinion it isn’t the Christmas presents which have been difficult to organize this year but the Christmas cards! Here’s hoping they all arrive on time! Happy Christmas, everyone!

5 Tips for Dealing With Rude Holiday Shoppers

5 Tips for Dealing With Rude Holiday Shoppers

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By M. Lora

1) Holiday Shoppers can’t drive – It’s a statistical fact that drivers lose their minds more than usual at the holiday season. It’s like all those gift lists, overspending and eggnog specifically kill brain cells of coordination and common sense. Or maybe it’s actually from the alcohol they’re drinking just to get through it all. Really. Whatever the reason, your main job is to be on the lookout for those cars weaving and wobbling on the road so they don’t hit you on the way to the Piggly Wiggly much less the mall.

Another important tip is to use your turn signals! You may not bother the rest of the year. But it’s imperative at the holidays because it may be the only thing that keeps those other crazy drivers from playing bumper cars with your rear end.

2) Holiday Shoppers can’t park either – It’s another statistical fact that there are more fights in the Mall parking lots this time of year than any other. You don’t want to go there. Because jail is not where you want to be celebrating the holiday spirit.

Instead, take the spot that is farthest away from the store for three reasons: it’s the easiest one, you’ll get more exercise and by the time you’re at the store, you’ll have cooled off from dealing with the obnoxious traffic. Remember this important tip though: Stupid drivers are everywhere. They’re notorious for speeding up just as you’re trying to cross that little area from the parking lot to the store. Feel free to be as rude as you want and yell at them to SLOW DOWN! But make sure you do it from the sidewalk not the crosswalk. That’s one game of chicken you will never win.

3) Holiday Shopping ain’t life or death – It is not worth whacking somebody over the head for a hoodie. It’s just a gift. It’s rude to tangle over it especially when there are at least 40 more just 3 feet down the aisle. If somebody wants something that bad, just give it to them. It’s ridiculous why some folks feel like they’ve got to fight their way to the merchandise. It’s not like those gifts are gonna jump off the shelves and start running around like chickens with their heads cut off. That only happens occasionally on Black Friday and on that day, y’all are on your own.

4) Have aisle etiquette – or not – Retail stores are rude, rude, rude when it comes to aisle space. They give out these big ole carts and little tiny aisles where you have to beg for forgiveness every 10 minutes that you’re bumping somebody. Actually, you can tell a lot about a store is by the size of its aisles. The expensive places have wide ones and the inexpensive ones where the average American shops have skinny ones that stress everyone out completely. You’d think all those cheap prices would get you a deal on floor space too. Obviously not.

The bottom line is there are two ways you can go about dealing with this problem. You can be an angel and be as polite as you can, going slowly through the store, not letting your kids run all over everyone’s feet with your apologies ready for the crowds.

Or you can listen to that little devil on your shoulder and pay attention to the surveys that prove that if you bump a woman with a cart once, she’ll get mad. Bump her twice and she’ll leave the store. Then you just be as rude as you want to be banging into everybody and you’ll clear that place of holiday shoppers quick. Now if you’re the one getting bumped twice, don’t you dare leave. Just stay the course and get that special gift no matter what they do because everyone knows the best revenge is shopping well.

5) Be kind to the cashiers – Working a checkout counter is tough anytime but the holidays truly are Dante’s seventh circle of hell. And you don’t need to be making their job any worse so be nice when you get up there. Have a smile on your face and remember, it’s rude not to have your checkbook or credit or debit cards ready.

But it’s not rude to tell the store manager they need more cashiers. It’s amazing how hard it is for someone to figure out that 50 people waiting for 2 checkout counters equals an impending riot! You may have been one of the many people who have alerted managers that they need to open a new lane and and yet they still may have looked at you like it’s never occurred to them.

Then there is cell phone etiquette. Shopping is stressful and boring but it’s not your time to discuss every holiday recipe you’ve ever thought of making Once you’re at the cashier, it’s time to hang up the phone, get your shopping done and get out of there.

Author Miss Lora, “The Trailer Trash Miss Manners”, has over 1,000,000+ hits on her web series’ “Y’all Are Rude!” and “The Southern Guide to Internet Dating” at She is a Southern Communication Expert, Dating and Life Coach, stand up comedian and air personality who’s been on national TV and radio and is the co author of “Power Lines: What to Say in Problem Situations” (Harper Collins).

Miss Lora is available for interviews live, via skype or phone through Anne Marie Petitto at 856-489-8654 ext. 305. Her comedy book “Y’all Are Rude” is available on Amazon and Kindle.

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10 Reasons Why Summer Can’t Get Here Fast Enough

10 Reasons Why Summer Can’t Get Here Fast Enough

Autumn and winter are a beautiful time of the year. From the beautiful snow to the festive cold weather holidays, it’s hard not to love the cooler months. However, it doesn’t take long for the average person to get sick of the cold and long for the hot summer months. To help you daydream, here are 10 reasons why summer can’t come fast enough.


10) The Great Outdoors

Playing outside in the snow can be fun, but nothing beats spending an entire day outside under the warmth of the hot summer sun. From hiking to running along the beach, it’s hard not to miss the fun outdoor activities that come with summer.

9) Beach, Pool and Water Parks

Maybe you’re one of those people who’s lucky enough to have a jacuzzi or hot tub that they can enjoy during the colder months, but for most of us, enjoying the water is something that we can only do during the summer. Jumping in the pool or ocean and then lounging around in the hot sun is definitely one reason why summer can’t come quickly enough.

8) No More Winter Chores

Sure, you might have to use your lawnmower or do a little gardening during the summer. But outdoor winter chores are far more of a hassle. From shoveling your driveway to wiping the ice and sleet off your car every morning, ditching these annoying winter tasks will be a welcomed relief once summer finally rolls around.

7) No More Coats and Boots

Summer clothes are so much more fun than winter clothes. It’s hard not to dream about shorts or sundresses when you’re putting on a million layers just to run to the store.

6) Barbequing

Sure, autumn and winter food is delicious. From Thanksgiving to Christmas dinner, the cuisine we enjoy during the colder winter months is completely scrumptious. However, nothing beats enjoying barbeque food outdoors on a hot summer day.

5) Longer Days

There’s nothing sadder than looking outside at four in the afternoon and realizing that it’s already dark out. It’s hard not to long for the long days where you’re already tired before the sun even starts to go down, rather than during your drive home from work.

4) Less Money Down The Drain

Summer is the time that families get together and enjoy the holidays, but unless you have a loved one who was born during the summer months, there aren’t really any gift-giving holidays during the summer. During the autumn and winter months, however, it seems like there are nothing but occasions where dropping money on gifts is crucial.

3) Opening The Windows

It seems like such a simple thing, but by the end of winter, it’s hard not to truly miss the luxury of being able to open the windows in your home and let the fresh air in. There’s nothing better than a beautiful breeze blowing through your home on a warm summer evening.

2) More Time With Your Kids

It’s wonderful to be able to spend time with your kids when they’re out of school during the summer. Even though it might be stressful to organize your kids’ hectic summer schedules, it’s ultimately wonderful to be able to spend some time with them.

1) No More Cold

When it comes down to it, there’s one main reason why summer can’t get here quickly enough: By March, we are all incredibly sick of the cold. For this reason alone, summer can’t come fast enough.

Kevin Devoto is an outdoors enthusiast who loves traveling the world in search for adventure. He enjoys camping, hiking and surfing when he gets the chance.


Top Story: 25 Thanksgiving Quotations

Top Story: 25 Thanksgiving Quotations


By Danielle Hollister

  1. “It is therefore recommended … to set apart Thursday the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor …”
    — Samuel Adams, father of the American Revolution on November 1, 1777 (adopted by the 13 states as the first official Thanksgiving Proclamation)
  2. “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”
    — Aesop’s Fables
  3. “Thanksgiving is possible only for those who take time to remember; no one can give thanks who has a short memory.”
    — Anonymous
  4. “One act of thanksgiving made when things go wrong is worth a thousand when things go well.”
    — Anonymous
  5. “Thanksgiving is a circle of memories.”
    — Anonymous
  6. “Thanksgiving is a time for remembering and appreciating the special people in our lives. Our home is warmed by the love of family and friends.”
    — Anonymous
  7. “What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?”
    — Erma Bombeck
  8. “My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor.”
    — Phyllis Diller
  9. “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new.”
    — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  10. “Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.”
    — Estonian proverb
  11. “Your friend is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.”
    — Kahlil Gibran
  12. “There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day . . . is the one day that is purely American.”
    — O. Henry
  13. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
    — John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  14. “An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.”
    — Irv Kupcinet
  15. “Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.”
    — Edward Sandford Martin
  16. “Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.”
    — J. Robert Moskin
  17. “Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.”
    — E.P. Powell
  18. ” Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”
    — WT Purkiser
  19. “Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.”
    — Theodore Roosevelt
  20. “Great as the preparations were for the dinner, everything was so contrived that not a soul in the house should be kept from the morning service of Thanksgiving in the church.”
    — Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe
  21. “How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child’s personality. A child is resentful, negative–or thankful. Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people.”
    — Sir John Templeton
  22. “Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”
    — Henry Van Dyke
  23. “It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.”
    — George Washington in his first Presidential Proclamation
  24. “The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.”
    — H. U. Westermayer
  25. “And let these altars, wreathed with flowers And piled with fruits, awake again Thanksgivings for the golden hours, The early and the latter rain!”
    — John Greenleaf Whittier

Danielle Hollister (2004) is the Publisher of BellaOnline Quotations Zine – A free newsletter for quote lovers featuring more than 10,000 quotations in dozens of categories like – love, friendship, children, inspiration, success, wisdom, family, life, and many more. Read it online at –

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Scrumptious Alternatives To Turkey This Thanksgiving and Christmas

Scrumptious Alternatives To Turkey This Thanksgiving and Christmas

Christmas dinner tends to be the same, year after year. There is the traditional turkey, along with all the trimmings, and then Christmas pud for dessert. Carrots, parsnips, brussel sprouts, stuffing, pigs in blankets, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes- all the favorites are there. It certainly does sound delicious. However, don’t you sometimes wish you could have something different for the Christmas feast? If so, you are in luck. Whether you are a vegetarian or a carnivore, there are plenty of different options for you to choose from. So get ready to loosen your belt and prepare yourself to take a break from the Christmas turkey and pudding for a change, and try out some new tasty options.


1. Fatten up the goose

Straight out of Dickens’ Christmas Carol, a roasted goose makes a delicious main entree for your Christmas feast. It will also look very impressive set out as the main centerpiece on your beautifully decorated dinner table. Some people think the goose is a bit too fatty. However, if you prick the skin well, it makes a very juicy and delicious meat.

2. Try ostrich for an exotic Christmas alternative

If you’d like to try something a bit more exotic and unusual for once, how does Ostrich Wellington sound to you? You may be wondering where you can possibly find one, but if you do a bit of searching there are farms that have them available for sale. One nice thing about preparing an ostrich is that it only requires a minimum amount of cooking. A 2kg ostrich tastes a lot like a nice beef fillet steak and can feed up to 8 people quite easily.

3. A vegetarian alternative

You don’t have to consume a nut roast every year. Even meat lovers have come to realize that there are delicious alternatives for Christmas dinner that don’t involve meat. One simple option is a Quorn roast. Stuffed butternut squash is another tasty alternative. For a very special vegetarian feast, try field mushrooms stuffed with chestnuts and garlic cheese. Top it off with pastry to come up with an amazing vegetarian dish fit for kings and queens.

4. Go international

If you really want to try something different, you could break out the barbie like the Aussies. Of course, this depends on the weather. Select your food of choice. Crabs, prawns and other meats are all delicious options.

5. Fish for the feast

If you have both fish-eating vegetarians and meat eaters coming for Christmas dinner and trying to find something safe to serve, how about salmon? You could even go for something a bit unusual and spicy. Whip up a tasty soy marinade made with soy sauce and hoisin, along with chopped red chili, Thai fish stock and herbs, crushed garlic, star anise and lemon as a garnish. Doesn’t that just make your mouth water? An entire side of salmon will feed 8 to 10 people. This simple option will definitely impress everyone at the dinner table.

6. Christmas pudding

Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the favorite Christmas pudding. For dessert, you can go for the tradition pud, or perhaps just a fruit salad. However, there are plenty of more options to try. Consider the Stollen Parfait. It features all of your favorite holiday flavors. Just slice and top with icing sugar along with glacé cherries for a delicious Christmas dessert. If you still are craving the traditional hot pud, consider a hot panettone pudding. This still provides you with the festive fix you are craving but provides you with a bit of a different taste that will finish your Christmas dinner off quite nicely.

By Geoff Roy

Geoff Roy raises awareness of charities selling Christmas charity cards on the Cards for Charity website.