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.
Delicious non-alcoholic drink options 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.