We have less than a week now until Christmas, and if you’re one of those last-minute mall shoppers, then I have a couple suggestions if there’s a geek or word nerd on your Christmas list this year.
All of these can be ordered with Amazon Prime or are readily available in a store, so you don’t have to worry about something being out of stock or any long delivery times. They’re also very affordable if you’re on a budget. Everything on here is under $50.
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Anyway, on to list!
I’ve already written a post this month on why notebooks make such good gifts, as well as over 50 different ways to use them. They’re always available and come in so many different styles and colours. My favourite, and the one I’d recommend most is, of course, a Moleskine. Add a couple pens or pencil crayons and you’re good to go.
Let’s be honest, we are a content-hungry population. We can’t seem to get enough. Netflix, Steam, iTunes – there are so many systems in place to feed that constant need for content. But that also means that gift cards to any of these make for really solid gifts. They’re everywhere, they don’t expire, and can be used whenever they feel like picking up a treat. And a quick search on Google can give you some interesting ideas for how to wrap it and make it a little more interesting to open.
I’m an avid reader so forgive me if I gush about books for a bit on my own blog, but I think they’re an often overlooked option for a gift. After all, it doesn’t matter what they like there’s a book out there that they’ll enjoy.
For someone who struggles to find time to read, I’d recommend a poetry collection or short story anthology. Fans of Star Wars might enjoy one of the novelizations of the films, or one of the many companion novels that exist. And even though Game of Thrones had a very controversial ending, it was a beautiful tv show, and if you know a die-hard fan who isn’t embittered by the ending, they might appreciate The Art of Game of Thrones, an artbook full of illustrations from the show. And if they were embittered, well, maybe they’d like to read the actual Song of Ice and Fire books and hope that series has a more satisfying conclusion.
Fingerless Gloves & Fuzzy Socks
Whether your drawing in your sketchbook, writing at a computer or playing some video games, it’s wintertime and that means it gets pretty cold. If you know someone who always complains about cold hands and the like, they might appreciate a pair of fingerless gloves, or maybe some warm socks. This time of year they’re easy to pick up pretty much anywhere, but it’s one of those luxuries that they might not think to pick up for themselves.
This is something I picked up myself this year, and I wasn’t sure at first how much use I’d get out of it. Turns out I use it all the time. I can’t work on my lap – it’s just not comfortable. I need a flat surface, and a lap desk is perfect for when I’m lounging on the couch or having a lazy day in bed. I can still be productive, or at the very least, I have a place to keep my food and drink while I’m curled up in bed with my Switch. It’s cold, friends. Sometimes you don’t want to get out of bed. Regardless, I think a lap desk is an inexpensive, unusual but truly useful gift.
The most meaningful and personable gifts are ones that you make yourself. That’s always going to be true. Not all of us have the time, but I do have some suggestions for things to make that are not overly complicated or time-consuming:
Cookie/Party Mix in a Jar
Easy, snacky foods for the foodie or sweet tooth on your list. You can mix dry ingredients in a jar or make up a fun party mix or trail mix with someones favourite treats for them to snack on while they’re reading or gaming. I’ve also seen soup mixes and hot chocolates, so you can really get creative. Here’s a video of 5 different mason jar cookie recipes from The Domestic Geek:
Make Your Own Notebook
Not happy with the options out there? Already blown the budget and trying to keep costs down? Then you can always make a notebook. It’s actually really easy, and you don’t need a lot of materials. You might need to get resourceful, but it’s not complicated and doesn’t take a lot of time. I’ve made a few myself! Sea Lemon on Youtube has an entire playlist on ways to bind a notebook.
Arm Knit an Infinity Scarf
I think I’ve mentioned the cold about a hundred times at this point, but you really can’t go wrong with something warm and fuzzy this time of year. I don’t know that I would recommend gloves or socks for the beginner, but a warm scarf is always welcome, and not nearly as complicated. I plan on making a few this year as gifts, and this is the tutorial I’ll be using:
Nerdy Pins with Shrink Plastic
Pick up some Shrinky Dinks, some pin backs and some e6000 glue and go to town. I recommend Ultra Fine Sharpies cause they’re easy to draw with, allow for more details, and still look good after they’ve gone in the oven. Whether you create some cool literary quote pins or every kind of Pokeball, you can make some really unique pins for that geek in your life.
It’s the holidays, and people fret all the time about what to get for all their family and friends, and it’s easy to forget that it’s not about the material stuff. And if you happen to know someone who has everything they could ever want, or who doesn’t like a lot of clutter, you might want to consider making a donation to a charity in their name instead. Extra points if it’s for a cause they’re particularly supportive of, but it’s a nice way to give back this holiday season and to show someone you care. And that’s what the presents are really about, after all. Just make sure you do your research.
We have reached the end! There are 10+ easy last-minute gift ideas for your holiday shopping needs! Hopefully this list helps you choose a gift or at least sparks some fresh ideas. It’s easy to break the budget this time of year, but with a bit of brainstorming and some perseverance, it’s not impossible to come up with really unique gifts without spending too much money. If you need more suggestions, head over to Pinterest. It is a goldmine for unique and unusual gift ideas. Definitely worth a look!