It's okay, we've all been there. You got busy, you've been stressed, and you're certain Christmas wasn't so early last year. But all of a sudden the temperature has stepped up a notch, your tree is still bare and the last thing you want to do is drag your sweaty body around department stores, aimlessly looking for gifts. So grab a pen and paper and write yourself this easy gift list for your last-minute Christmas needs. You'll be able to whip around the stores in record time.
Beautiful paper, a home-made card - I think I've nailed this one!
Perfume It's classic, ageless, and practical – and this time of year doesn't have to be expensive. Hit the pre-Christmas sales at the big retailers such as Myer and David Jones, or check out the specials at Priceline and Chemist Warehouse.
Christmas usually means the alcohol will be flowing, but many people will appreciate a gift they can share with the whole family, including the kids. Try popping a bottle of chilled ginger ale or grape juice under the tree instead – you're sure to get points for creativity. Big alcohol chains and supermarkets may have a few options, or try your local deli or night market to support local companies.
Something sweet If your budget is getting a little tight but you've got a couple of hours spare in the evening it's easy to whip up a delicious home-made gift such as Chewy Dark Chocolate & Hazelnut Cookies. Like giving a non-alcohol drink, this serves the bonus purpose of your recipient having something to serve those unexpected Boxing Day guests. Pop them in a plastic takeaway container and wrap with a strip of beautiful paper.