A version of this post originally ran on December 19, 2011.
A few days ago Will and I reviewed our Christmas shopping list, just to make sure we were actually finished. I thought we would give it a quick approval and be done with it.
I was wrong! We realized we bought one of our girls the stocking stuffer-type items on her wish list—a journal, chunky yarn, lip gloss—but we never filled in with anything substantial. I’m so glad I realized it when I did—when there was still time to do something about it (without going to the mall).
After a lengthy brainstorming session, I ordered her several of Noel Streatfeild’s Shoe Books. They’re classics: in You’ve Got Mail, these are the books a weeping Kathleen Kelly recommends to a Fox Books customer in the children’s section.
My daughter is obsessed with ballet, so I ordered her a pair of ballet shoes from Zappos to go with her Shoe Books. They’ll be here with time to spare.
Today is Amazon’s last day for Prime customers to get free shipping for Christmas. If you’ve never tried Prime, you can start a free 30-day trial now to take advantage of the free and fast shipping. (Need a nice last-minute gift? You can give the gift of Amazon Prime.)
Zappos is famous for their free overnight shipping, both ways. They guarantee Christmas delivery on all orders placed before 1:00 pm PST on Tuesday, December 23. I love Zappos for gifting because returns and exchanges are simple and free, and their customer service is fantastic. The one thing I don’t like is that since they’re located in my state, I have to pay tax on my online orders. But the good news is that you probably don’t.
Will and I reviewed our list last night, and I think we’re done—except for one more gift we’re picking up at Trader Joe’s. (Seriously.)
What are your favorite last-minute gifts for Christmas (or any other occasion?)