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Need a last-minute gift? 15 fun, affordable ideas

Robyn Spizman of TheGiftionary.com shares quick ideas to help you look like a holiday hero (even if you waited until the last minute):

Tickle monster kit
Kids and parents alike will get a laugh out of The Tickle Monster Laughter Kit for ages 3 to 5. Written by Josie Bissett (remember Jane from "Melrose Place"?),this lovable blue monster is out to tickle any child within reach, but he'll need mom and dad's help! Includes a pair of Magical Tickle Monster Mitts for parents to wear while reading. Fingertip holes make it easy to turn pages and stir up a monster load of fun.Tickle Monster Laughter Kit, $34, uncommongoods.com

Make a monsterYikes! Is there a monster under the bed? On Christmas morning, send a gift certificate online, where you and your child can design a one-of-a-kind plush monster. With millions of unique possibilities, your child's monster will truly be one-of-a-kind. Monsters ship in 10 days or less and are delivered by e-mail in a flash! $25.00, curlyqcuties.com

Solve the sock problemMixing and matching socks and funky clothing is an ideal activity for little ones and tweens. Solve the age-old problem of the missing sock and inspire creativity through mixing and matching with an array of fun accessories and clothing. If ordered by 12:30pm central time on Dec. 23 —with overnight shipping requested — the order will arrive in time for Christmas Eve.$24 for 12 single socks, littlemissmatched.com

Hollywood sweetsHere’s the latest must-have, celebrity-endorsed gift for the person who has everything! The Couture Pop is a bedazzled stem that has lollipop tops in a rainbow of flavors. Celebrities like Britney Spears, Sting, Lindsay Lohan, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian love these treats. It's a deliciously sweet confection that is portable and ever-changing. Mix and match flavors, including cherry, pina colada, orange creme, bubblegum and many more!  Couture Pop, $22-$25, SugarFactory.com

Publish your tweetsPersonalize and order books of your personal Twitter tweets or send the Twitter lover an e-gift certificate for ordering their own. With four different designs, users can choose which of their favorite tweets to include. To send the books as a gift, just visit the “gifts” page. $30 for hard cover/$20 for soft cover (15 percent discount until Jan. 1), TweetBookz.com

Produce your own popsThe Zoku Quick Pop Maker lets you create your own customized frozen pops, including cream-filled varieties, in as few as seven minutes. The nonstick cast-aluminum molds have a proprietary solution sealed inside their bases to enable rapid, uniform freezing — no electricity required. Simply store the compact base in your freezer. After being pre-chilled, the Zoku can make up to nine 2 1/4" x 3 1/2" pops before you need to refreeze it.  $49.95, williams-sonoma.com (order by 10am PST on Dec. 23 for Dec. 24 delivery)

Get more gamesThe family that plays together ... you know the drill. Check out the 7-in-1 Game Compendium which features many classic games, including chess, checkers, backgammon, dominoes, cribbage, dice and playing cards. 12" folding chess/backgammon game board. 49.95 plus S & H, RedEnvelope.com, Order by 3pm PST on Dec. 23 for delivery on Dec. 24)

Stock up on unique fruitsSend a free personal gift e-Nouncement for HoneyBell oranges, which are not oranges at all; they're an extraordinary hybrid of a Dancy Tangerine and Duncan Grapefruit. HoneyBell citrus are available for only a few short weeks in January, and they sell out every year! Order your HoneyBell fruit and gifts early, and they’ll deliver in January when they're at their best! The 10-pound special includes 15 huge oranges, a pair of bibs, a book on how to eat a HoneyBell and HoneyBell tattoos at $39.95.  honeybell.com; free shipping if you use code TODAY for any catalog or online purchase through January

Jolly jewelryFor a jewel of a friend or gem of a girlfriend, check out Max & Chloe — the leading online and catalog jewelry retailer. They carry more than 5,000 items of fine jewelry at every price point and style. Electronic gift certificates are perfect for last-minute gifts and with so many brands (Kenneth Jay Lane, Vita Fede, Carolee, ABS, Blu Bijoux, Sydney Evan, etc.), you can't go wrong. maxandchloe.com; Overnight shipping available for any items, excluding personalized items

Say spaaaaahHere’s a Spaaa-tacular gift! Just go to SpaFinder.com gift certificates, choose the amount, write your personal greeting, place your order and hit send — your gift will be delivered instantly! Accepted at more than 5,000 spas around the globe, and you can print your certificate and deliver in person or find Gift Cards at leading grocery and drug chains. SpaFinder.com; Certificates start at $50 and are available in increments of $25

Give a good hair dayAt SalonWish.com, gift certificates and cards can be used at more than 4,000 salons and spas for gorgeous hairstyles, facials, luxurious massages, manicures/pedicures, fabulous beauty products and more. $25 and up; SalonWish.com or leading grocery and drugstore chains

Off the cuff
CuffLinks.com is the world's largest retailer of cufflinks and men's accessories. With appearances in renowned men's magazines such as GQ and Maxim, the distinguished CuffLinks.com designer roster includes Ravi Ratan, Alfred Dunhill, Konstantino, Scott Kay, Ike Behar, Robert Graham and more. Orders placed for in stock can be ordered up until Dec. 23 at 5pm EST and be delivered overnight. 

Say it with flowersA Christmas Orchid Garden is the perfect present for your mother-in-law or a lovely hostess gift. Their orchid garden combines a white phalaenopsis orchid with a red guzmania bromeliad in a black tapered pot. Or, send the Mardi Gras Orchid Garden and get the gorgeous combination of orange and purple in our Mardi Gras-inspired orchid garden. $49.99; Place the order by 9pm PST on Dec. 23 for overnight delivery, ProFlowers.com

Cozy up with a fireplace DVD
Send your warmest wishes along with this living fireplace DVD. This DVDenhances the ambience of any room décor by turning blank HDTV screens into celebrated glowing works of art sure to warm everyone this holiday season. Screen Dreams Living Fireplace: Volume 2 now available on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray® features 20 unique fireplace scenes in HD — four of which are specifically themed for Christmas. Cozy up to 10 soothing music and natural sound effects tracks and flickering flames that instantly transform any television into a warm and welcoming hearth.$9.95, screendreamsdvd.com or Sam’s Club & RC Willey
Holiday greetings
PaperlessPost.com offers online invitations and holiday cards that achieve the look, texture and experience of custom-printed stationery. The site is easy to use, and the eco-friendly options cost nothing compared to paper (5 cents a card versus up to $5 a card for paper). They're delivered entirely online in personalized envelopes that come to recipients' inboxes. Users can track and manage when cards are received and recipients reply. In the six months since the company's launch, users have sent more than 1 million pieces of Paperless mail. Prices vary, PaperlessPost.com

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