Last Minute Gifts of 2022

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Calling all procrastinators: do you still have gifts to buy? There’s so much to do and only so much time to do it, but never fear, I’ve found a slew of great gifts that you can pick up at your local pharmacy chain, fine food store, mall, or order on Amazon.    

Beauty and Wellness

Bath & Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint Aromatherapy Spa Box ($54.95)

Bath & Body Works stores are in so many malls, which makes their gifts ideal for last-minute giving. I really like this Aromatherapy Spa Box because it looks and feels high end with lovely packaging and thoughtfully curated products, including a candle, bath foam, moisturizing body lotion, and a travel-size body mist, all in a relaxing scent. 


CVS Health Desktop Air Purifier ($62.99 at CVS stores)

A quick trip to your local CVS will reveal a wide array of gifts, from toys to slippers, to health-related gifts, like this mini 3-speed HEPA air purifier, which filters out microns of 0.3 or above, including pollen, dust, dander, and more. A thoughtful gift for someone heading back to the workplace.


iNNBEAUTY Project Healthy Skin Edit ($36 at Sephora)

For the skincare junkie, this bundle of vegan and cruelty-free products is an excellent intro to this excellent beauty brand. The set includes four healthy skin products; the Keep it Clean Hydrating Gel Cleanser, Slushy Serum Moisturizer, Green Machine Vitamin C Serum, and 10+10 More-sturizer Daily Moisturizer. And if you want a little treat for yourself, I highly recommend their tinted Lip Oil. 


Luseta Beauty Glossy Pearl Collection ($70, a $96 value, at Amazon)

If someone on your list loves hair products, this full-sized set of shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, and hair serum is a must. The products are designed to amplify shine and encourage the formation of keratin with plant-based oils and pearl extract. The substancial and colorful gift box is ready for gifting. 


Tocca Wonders Collections Crema Veloce Mini Hand Cream Set ($26, value $30. On Amazon)

These moisturizing, fragrant hand creams are enriched with coconut oil, shea butter, and aloe, to leave your skin silky soft. The formulas are paraben & phthalate free and come in Cleopatra, Florence, and Colette scents. The 3 45ml tubes are nestled in a beautiful drawer-style gift box with a bow.

Gelo Foaming Hand Soap Bundle ($11.68 and up at Amazon)

For the environmentally-conscious clean freak on your list, this bundle of a refillable glass bottle and plant-based soap pods makes 8 full bottles of foamy hand soap.  The pods allow for 99% less waste while also being tough on germs and gentle on the hands with shea, oats, and essential oils. Leaping Bunny-certified cruelty-free and free of excess fillers, parabens, and phthalates. 


Food & Drink

Graza Drizzle & Sizzle Bundle ($35 at Whole Foods stores)

This duo of high-quality, EVOO makes a practical and yummy foodie gift. The olive oil is from Picual olives from Spain and packaged in Graza’s signature, easy-to-use squeeze bottles. The set comes with Drizzle, which is a finishing oil, and Sizzle, which is used for frying, baking, and more.  


Hella Cocktail Co. Five Flavor Bar Set ($34.16 on Amazon)

For your amateur mixologist, these five small-batch flavors will provide endless inspiration for cocktails and mocktails. The set includes 1.7oz bottles of Smoked Chili, Ginger, Aromatic, Orange, and Mexican Chocolate. There are tasty recipes on the back of the box to help get the party started.



Vahdam Holiday Breakfast Teas Gift Set ($42.49 on Amazon)

You can never have enough teas in the wintertime, IMO, and this set is perfect for holiday gifting with its ready-to-give box packed with colorful, cylindrical tea tins. You open the box and it smells like the holidays, with flavors like Citrus Ginger, Sweet Cinnamon Spice, and Chocolate Vanilla.


Kloveo Champagne Stopper ($23.75 and up on Amazon)

If you know someone who loves their bubbly, this Italian-made stopper, which is #1 in France and Italy, will keep their precious sparkling wine fizzy for days. It’s easy to use and bottles can be stored upright or on their side with no leaking. 


Fun Stuff 

Kanoodle from Educational Insights ($13.99 on Amazon

This brain-teasing puzzle game is a hit on Tik Tok, and it’s great for kids and adults with over 200 challenges of varying difficulty. It’s colorful and compact, perfect for travel or a lazy day at home. I’ll warn you – it’s addictive! 


TableTopics ($20 on Amazon)

These boxed sets of conversation-starter cards can help break the ice at any gathering. There are several themes to choose from, from Friends to Pop Culture to the Holiday Conversation Pack, and each pack includes over 100 different conversation prompts.  


Pro-Spin Portable All-In-One Table Tennis Set ($39.99 on Amazon) 

Play ping pong anywhere there is a table! The set comes with two paddles, 3 balls, and a sturdy, retractable ping pong net that fits tables up to 72″ x 2”. Quick set up for fun at home or on the go. Also available in 4-player.  


On The Go

Coalatree Loafer Packable Hammock ($39.99 on Amazon) 

A must for the camper/hiker on your list, this lightweight, portable, nylon hammock sets up in minutes between two trees (or other sturdy structures, like a deck or camper). Holds two people, up to 450lbs. 


ChargeCard Ultra Thin Portable Charger (regular $59.99. $38.96 on Amazon with code 35chargecard from Dec 6-19th)

Perfect for travel or a long day out and about, this credit card-sized charger provides a fast charge for Androids or iPhones. The built-in charging cables mean no extra bulk! 


SPY+  Sunglasses (prices vary, most are under $150 on Amazon)

Sunglasses are a fun way to reflect your personal style, but many sunglasses don’t take eye health into account. SPY+ glasses are stylish, but they also help to reduce eye strain with the Accurate Radius Curve (ARC), which is designed with the eye’s natural curvature in mind. The lenses also use Optical Class 1 quality materials, which provide a distortion-free view. Some styles feature the Happy Lens, which offers blue light protection. There are plenty of fashionable styles available for men and women. My favorite is the retro-chic “Boundless” style.   


Swiftwick Socks – Vision National Parks Collection ($19.99 on Amazon) 

Socks can be a boring gift, but not these! If your favorite outdoor enthusiast needs a new pair, this new collection features 360° prints of beloved National Parks, including Zion, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon.  The high-performance socks are ideal for daily wear or for hiking or cycling with fibers that wick moisture for dry, cool, and blister-free feet. 


SylvanSport WayLight Hiking Pole ($39.95 and up on Amazon) 

Hiking poles can help relieve pressure on the joints, but this adjustable, 3-in-1 pole takes it to another level, with a rechargeable LED light for lighting the way (or the campsite) and a roasting stick for marshmallows or kabobs!   


Home Essentials

Laura Ashley Womens Jewelry Gold and Silver Stretch Flower Floral Bracelets with Crystals ($32 on Amazon)

Laura Ashley has done a beautiful job translating their signature apparel florals to jewelry in this collection. The stretch bangle bracelet feels much more expensive than it is, and you can continue the story with their gorgeous coordinating earrings.  


Lynn & Liana Cedar & Resin Coasters ($54.99 on Amazon)

These beautiful coasters from a small Manitoba-based family business are a blend of cedar and eco-friendly resin. They are lovely accent pieces, and no two pieces are the same. The brand also makes customizable boards and platters.


Yale Home Smart Cabinet Lock with Bluetooth ($79.99 on Amazon) 

Let’s face it, there are some areas in the home that we don’t want kids to have access to! This Bluetooth-enabled cabinet lock is easily mounted with 3M adhesive or screws on most cabinets, keeping prying hands (or eyes) away. Access is granted right from a smartphone.  


FreshCut Paper Pop-Up Winter Joy Wreath ($20 on Amazon)

Deliver Holiday cheer with this eco-friendly, colorful, and reusable holiday wreath, which can be hung from a door or placed on a table – sure to be a conversation piece.  Also available are bouquets of Poinsettias, Cherry Blossoms, and other flowers, as well as a mini holiday tree festooned with birds. The outer packaging serves as a gift label. 


Cozy Earth Bamboo Pajamas ($64 and up on Amazon) 

These silky soft pj’s are made from 100% Viscose from responsibly-sourced Bamboo. Bamboo is naturally moisture-wicking, so these are great for hot sleepers. The fabric is anti-pilling and not prone to shrinking.  Men’s and women’s styles are available in sets and separates.  


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