Wrap Up December with these fun (belated) gifts

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Did you miss Christmas for someone special?  Maybe you need a belated gift for that person who gave you something unexpected. Perhaps you just want to tell someone you’re thinking of her.  Whatever the reason, here are some ideas!

Sometimes I think the Amazon gift card was made just for me. You see, they do instant email delivery. It can also be scheduled in advance. So easy!! If you want a gift in-hand, you can also print out the gift card. This is a great last-minute idea for any occasion.

Another great last-minute gift that can be announced via email is a Birchbox subscription. This is my new go-to gift for all my girlfriends.  My sister and I love to unbox our monthly subs together (or over the phone) and gush about what fun samples we received.  The gift subscriptions start at $30, which gives your recipient 3 months of fun.  If you don’t want to commit to that price point, consider putting together your own gift box.

Pull out your coupons that will expire on December 31, 2014 and find a theme.  Maybe you could go with a beauty box, or put together some fabulous food items.  Then pair these products in an appealing way.  This allows your recipient to try some new products without risk.  I received a similar #FrostyVoxBox from Influenster and it made my day.  There was a nice mix of beauty products. I loved the Rimmel London eyeliner and NYC lipstick.  This is the best lipstick I’ve tried and it’s only $1.99.  Seriously awesome buy!  Throw in a lush new hairbrush or a beauty sample from your stash.  On the other hand, the food items would be great for your chef friend.  A bottle of herbs, some herbal tea, and candy are a welcome dose of sunshine for a cold winter day.  Normally I’m not a fan of green tea, but this Celestian Seasonings tea has a sweet peppermint twist that makes it more tolerable. The thyme will come in handy for some fun crockpot recipes!  I made a Chicken & Gnocchi soup a few weeks ago that needed thyme but I had run out, so this box was perfect for me.  Get creative and surprise someone today!  Would you like to receive VoxBox goodies like this?  Use this link to join Influenster. It’s free and fun!!!  If you prefer, you can message me with your request for an invite and I’ll send you an invitation via email.

Influenster box

Spoil someone with a great book. There’s something so cozy about having a short but sweet book to read while the fire’s glowing. Consider something that is less than 200 pages so that your recipient has time to read it, instead of feeling burdened by it. Get two copies so you can read along, too, and have a mini-book club! One title to think about is Swept Away, one of the Quilts of Love books.  This book has a lot of contradictions.  There’s the modern day prim-and-proper schoolmarm Sarah Jane, who comes off as prickly as a cactus.  Drew Stevenson is that masculine mix of artisan slash handyman.  Tied up in the relationship is Sarah Jane’s grandmother Sari, who seems quirky but has something deeper going on behind those whimsical actions.

Although I wasn’t completely swept away by this book, it has its charm.  There’s the mixed-up first days of a budding relationship that always seems endearing to me.  I liked the side characters very much; they added a bit of the unexpected to an otherwise mundane book.  The off-shoot story about the quilt and its beginnings was completely fascinating to me.  The book’s setting was in the Appalachians, which is where I live.  Swept Away has winning qualities that overcome its cliched obstacles.

Swept Away Do you have someone to surprise with an after-Christmas gift?  



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  1. I do have some after Christmas gifts to get because I was so busy with work before the Holidays! The influenster Vox BOx sounds realllllly FUN!!

  2. I have heard of the Influencer Vox before, maybe in 2015 I will have to check it out. I like to occasionally gift myself something fun 🙂

  3. I generally go with gift cards (Amazon being one of them) or PayPal or as I did this year–cash in a card. Of course I was there to hand it to them! The Vox box sounds like something my niece would love–maybe next year.

  4. I had not heard of the #FrostyVoxBox – cool! I’ve received a few from them and all were really nice. You can never go wrong with an Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card, too.

  5. That sounds like a great box!

  6. Rebecca Swenor says:

    This is an awesome post and great ideas for the late gifts indeed. I like the short story books or the Amazon gift cards. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I need to check this out. I heard so much good stuff about it!

  8. I LOVE Amazon gift cards, and the best part is that you can collect them in your account so that when you need to make bigger purchases, they’re there. I just bought a camera package that was almost $500 for $170 because I had been saving up my gift cards!

  9. I would love a Birchbox subscription. I’ve heard lots of great things about that!

  10. Katherine Riley says:

    I have a few people that I will be seeing New Year’s Eve that I didn’t get to see for Christmas. So I will be hitting the after Christmas sales.

  11. I surprised my husband with an after-Christmas present, purely by mistake. I stashed a comic collection somewhere he wouldn’t look, then forgot I had it – I found it on the 26th while putting away one of my own gifts! He loved it. ♥

  12. Edna Williams says:

    I have heard so much about the FrostyVoxBox. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Marnie Ward says:

    When I need a belated gift I always go to Amazon. It’s so quick and easy to send a gift certificate and all you need is the person receiving the gift email address. I have had a really great response from those I was late oo sending the gift.

  14. this sounds awesome

  15. I think a Birchbox subscription sounds great!

  16. Sherry Compton says:

    Fun idea! A gift for someone special just to let them know you care. Plus, it means even more since for no reason and after the hustle of the holidays. We often even think of things we want/need after Christmas when we actually get a moment to breathe.

  17. Natalie Nichols says:

    I love subscriptions. This one seems awesome!

  18. Sherry Compton says:

    Amazon gift cards are amazing. I feel that way, too. Amazon has so much and good prices. Even my grandson has found the love of Amazon gift cards.

  19. Food goodies and makeup are great quick gifts. I also like gift cards, some people don’t but I do!

  20. judy maharrey says:

    I like subscription boxes. You don’t know what you are getting, so it is a surprise every time.

  21. Sherry Compton says:

    I will have to check into NYC lipsticks. I am always looking for good color in a moisturizing lipstick that isn’t sticky. Great price, too!

  22. I received a Birchbox gift subscription and it was very nice!

  23. Subscription boxes are so fun to give and get.

  24. Sherry Compton says:

    I think it would be nice to do an after Christmas gift now. Everyone is tired of winter and just getting over the holidays. January seems like a good time to let people know you’re thinking about them and will continue to throughout the new year. Really like the idea of after Christmas gifts.

  25. I would love to try Birchbox! It sounds like a great gift for my sister

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