Friday Five Holidays

Friday 5: Last Minute Gift Ideas

December 16, 2016
  1. Subscription Service. There are TONS of subscriptions boxes available these days for any and all interest. For makeup lovers try Ipsy, Birchbox (for men too!), or Sephora Play! For foodies, Hello Fresh deliveries or Wine of the Month Club. There’s Bark Box for pet lovers and so many more.
  2. Picture frame. I LOVE having pictures of family and friends(and dogs, duh!) all over my house so a picture frame is always a great gift. Bonus points if you put a picture in it.
  3. Plant/flowers. I think having flowers and/or plants brightens up a home, but I never buy them for myself. I love getting things that I wouldn’t normally purchase for myself.
  4. Donate to a charity in their name. I don’t technically need anything. My basic needs are met and then some so why not help out a cause instead? I’m very passionate about Breast Cancer Research and saving all the dogs so a donation to either one of those organizations instead of a gift would make me just as happy (or happier) as any tangible item.
  5. Cocktail/mocktail kit. I’m not much of a drinker, but when I do indulge a Jack and Coke is my cocktail of choice. A can of coke and an airplane bottle of whiskey tied up in a cute package makes an adorable gift. For the non drinker, hit up Pinterest for some fun mocktail recipes or gift them their beverage of choice. I case of Diet Pepsi is worth more than expensive bottle of wine to me any day.

P.S. I mentioned saving all the dogs earlier and if you have $10 to spare, please consider donating to the animal shelter in the county where I’m from. Your $10 will buy a pet a special holiday meal. You may not know, but Hurricane Matthew ripped through Lenoir County and the effects are still being felt months later. People lost their homes and everything they had. Some have had to surrender their animals and the shelters are filling up. (I’m crying while I’m typing this because the thought of such hurts my heart so much.)

You can find all of the information here. I donated through PayPal and it took less than a minute. Since I can’t save all the animals, I can at least make their Christmas a little brighter. If you donate, thank you so much! If you can’t, I completely understand! I’ll ask that you pray that these precious animals will find an amazing forever home.

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  • ayrgalaxy December 16, 2016 at 6:37 am

    These are such great ideas! Why didn’t I ever think of donating money to a charity during Christmas? Lol.

    • hhardydawson December 19, 2016 at 2:18 am

      haha I try to do a little throughout the year, but Christmas is the perfect time!

  • Amanda Bella December 16, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I love these ideas – subscriptions are perfect for last minute and the little jack & coke is a great one! I think donating to a charity on behalf of someone else is a really wonderful idea. I wish we could save all the fur babies! 🙁

    • hhardydawson December 19, 2016 at 2:17 am

      Thank you! Even though it was a quick post, I really put a lot of thought into it. I’d be happy with any of those gifts.

  • Lily @ Beauty With Lily December 16, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Love this and I love the idea of donating to charities! That’s a great idea.
    Heading over to the site to donate now! That just breaks my heart and I would love to be able to save them all! I need to start playing the lottery.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • hhardydawson December 19, 2016 at 1:55 am

      You’re the best! I need to too. You can’t win if you don’t play. Saving all the animals is my ultimate dream. I’d love to walk in a shelter and just say, “I’ll take them all!”

  • ashleysuemakeup December 16, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    I love all these ideas! Especially the subscription boxes and services! And my heart breaks for all those animals in shelters too. I’m such an animal love, and I wish I could save them all too

    • hhardydawson December 19, 2016 at 1:53 am

      That is my ultimate dream!

  • Lindsay Latimer December 19, 2016 at 2:31 am

    These are all great ideas! I love the cocktail gift idea… that’s something i’d love to get!

    • hhardydawson December 19, 2016 at 3:22 am

      Me too! I can’t think of a better stocking stuffer than brown liquor haha

  • Ruffles and Macarons December 20, 2016 at 1:18 am

    These are great ideas! I love Hello Fresh and have often thought about sending them to family members and friends as Christmas presents.

    • hhardydawson December 21, 2016 at 3:47 am

      Thanks! I thought long and hard about gifts I’d like to give and get and these all fit.