5 last minute gifts for women

When you need a few last minute gifts for a special woman in your life, turn to these thoughtful ideas.

Between party planning and baking a special dessert, it’s possible to forget the centerpiece of the celebration, a gift! When you need a few last minute gifts for a special woman in your life, turn to these thoughtful ideas.

Dinner for two

For some women, the ultimate gift is time with the ones they love. Slip a restaurant certificate into a card and write a short note suggesting a much needed date night for your friend and her sweetheart. You never know, she might decide to invite you, her best friend, out for dinner and catch-up instead!

Frame it!

Women love reliving special moments and memories. Make this simple by having a favorite photo enlarged. Then, slip it into a decorative frame and wrap. Pictures from a family vacation or holiday celebration are perfect last minute gifts for mothers, aunts, sisters, and grandmothers. For a teacher, pick out a cute picture of her student playing in a pile of leaves, hugging the family pet, or getting messy with a craft project. Use a small frame that will fit on her desk at home.

Smell the flowers

When you’re in a time crunch and only have minutes to get a birthday or hostess gift, stop by a flower shop. Pick out fresh-cut flowers or a live plant. Then, ask the florist to embellish the greenery with add-ins such as small balloons, figurines, or glitter-covered decorations. Finally, finish the gift with a patterned-fabric ribbon, and a hand-written card complete with well wishes and your signature.

Get crafty

Do a little searching online for a creative, homemade gift . Whether you venture into mixing a homemade oatmeal body scrub, or have a knack for making hand-crafted jewelry, show off your skills. Why not get the kids involved? Use paints to create hand-print art on a canvas bag, or have the little ones draw pictures on a coffee mug using ceramics markers. These personalized gifts don’t require venturing out to the shopping mall, and are made from the heart.

A gift basket

For the woman who has everything, assemble an edible gift basket. Head to the grocery store and stock up on fresh produce that’s uncommon or usually reserved for special occasions. For example, make a fruit basket with a fresh papaya, a few star fruits, a miniature watermelon, and grapples, the grape-apple hybrid fruit. Pair a bottle of wine with the produce, and you have a basket of winning last minute gifts.