Okay, you've waited to the last minute, again, and you still have no idea what to get the folks on your gift list. Chassie Post of Domino magazine was invited on the “Today” show to share a few of her top choices to help bail you out for the holidays.
For the gadget guru
HP Photosmart 385 GoGo photo printer
The number one reason we do not print out our hundreds of pictures from our digital cameras is because there are too many steps to doing it. Not anymore. There’s a whole new breed of little photo printers with no computer needed to print photos. This HP model makes a great gift for the family. It’s basically a printer that comes with a wire that plugs into any digital camera and prints on any type of photo paper (3X5 or 4X6). This printer comes with Blue Tooth technology.
Sony PSP (Play Station Portable) value-pack combo
($249; most major retailers)
This sleek portable device is for anyone in the family! You can watch movies, listen to music, look at photos and slide shows or surf the Web. The PSP fits into a pocket, purse, or backpack. And, even though this is a last-minute gift, you can personalize it quickly by easily uploading some family photos (we did it in five minutes) — which makes this gift look like you put lots of time, effort and thought into it!
For the person who has everything
24K goldplated eyelash curler
($22 to $34; Shuuemura.com)
This is the Rolls Royce of eyelash curlers. It comes in 24K plated gold and is hypo allergenic, which is ideal for sensitive eyes and skin. It’s also resistant to oxidation or tarnishing. But, most importantly, curling your lashes is like an instant eye job that only takes one minute.
($4 each, Anthropologie.com)
These are beautiful etched, cut-glass votives that can be used as a catch-all for your desk or table.
Glass cracker jars
(Medium $5, large $6.50; containerstore.com)
These classic and chic glass jars go with any décor, from modern to traditional, for a shelf or countertop. The uniform shape magically turns anyone’s “clutter” or “junk” into an instant collection. And, really any jar (from Container Store OR your favorite store) can be transformed into a “thoughtful” gift filled with the recipient’s favorite things (M&Ms, coffee beans, etc.)
Eco-friendly products for the earth lover Handmade Acacia Wood Platters
($6.50 to $20; Sprouthome.com) These hand-carved party platters come in three sizes and are made from sustainable Acacia wood. This means that for every Acacia tree that is cut down in making the platters, another tree is replanted in its place. It can be used as is or treated with mineral oil for a darker stain. These are good for serving bread, cheese, olives — or pretty enough to display on their own. The good news is you can still get this in time to put under the tree if you order by 6 p.m. EST on Dec. 23. The bad news is you’ll pay for the shipping, which could run anywhere from $20 to $60.
Cocoa Vino bonbons
($27; Cocoavino.com) "Bonbon" means "good good," and these chocolates live up to their name. This brand new company buys ingredients directly from small family-owned farms whenever possible, and uses only organically grown chocolate. These signature bonbons come in flavors like "Raspberry Beret" and "Roman Holiday." It’s the chicest box of chocolates you will ever try. You must order by 2 p.m. EST on Dec. 23 if you want it in time for Christmas.
For the cozy night at home
Classic Scrabble, Nostalgia Scrabble, Travel Scrabble
($13 to $20; Barnes & Noble or barnesandnoble.com)
This is a classic game that you can never go wrong with. It’s a fun activity for family and friends at holiday gatherings or throughout the year — plus getting triple word score is like winning the lotto. The travel size is great for long plane, train or car rides.
Aztec Hot Chocolate gift set
($40 for two 10 oz. tins; Mariebelle.com) This Aztec hot chocolate is made from the richest single origin Venezuelan cocoa bean. It’s so rich. Just add water for hot chocolate — or refrigerate and it's transformed into a decadent chocolate mousse. The packaging has chic design that looks as expensive as the cocoa tastes! Flavors include Aztec, spicy, mocha and dark. Must order by 1 p.m. EST on Dec. 23 if you want it in time for Christmas.
First Act Discovery Portable Electric Guitar
($35.00; Toys R Us)
This is a miniature version of a real guitar — not just a toy — and is a great gift for your budding rock star! For kids ages 7 and up. Uses a 9-volt battery; comes with headphones for weary parents.
Dress Up Decorating Kit for cookies, cupcakes and cakes
Dress Up Cookie Cutters
($16.50, $24 for a set of 8, both $35.50; Williams Sonoma)
This is a great gift for any little girl or aspiring fashion designer, and a wonderful activity for parents and kids to do together. It includes edible icing pens, sugars, sprinkles, glitters, mini flower confetti and a set of 8 cookie-cutters in “dress up” wardrobe shapes — from tiaras to shoes. It comes in a cute girly tin with handle.