Last minute gifts the recipient is sure to love
Just because you procrastinated doesn't mean they have to be bad gifts. You can still give thoughtful last-minute gifts and here are some possibilities that are still available on Dec. 23,24 and 25.
Gift Cards are No.1
Gift cards continue to top wish lists, and many stores have expanded their selection to include more retailers, restaurants, general purpose, music, games and even Uber and Lyft cards. Look for stores' selections that include the two cards tied for No. 1 most-wanted – Vanilla Visa and gaming cards such as Xbox and PlayStation. Other popular gift options include Google Play, Amazon, Netflix, iTunes, Apple App Store and iTunes, Home Depot, Lowe's, AMC movie theaters, Outback Steakhouse, Texas Roadhouse, Darden restaurants (Olive Garden, Yard House, Cheddars, Longhorn Steakhouse, Seasons 52 and Bahama Breeze) … and more.
Chi, Chi, Chia!
THE "It" gift of the year, a Pennywise the Dancing Clown chia pet decorative planter. The oh-so-scary item is only available at 7-Eleven stores. Suggested retail price is $19.99. Other chia pets available include Yoda, Chewbacca and happy painter Bob Ross.
Frozen is hot this year! Frozen 2, the much-awaited movie sequel to one of the most popular animated movie of all time, premiered in November. Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven characters are showing up at stores as plush dolls, Funko POP! collectibles and mystery minis. A giant – 2- by 3-foot – color and activity set, valued at $25, cost just $16.99 at participating stores.
Hot Wheels, both multi-car packs and monster trucks. Hot Wheels is the most-collected toy in the world. 7-Eleven stores also are carrying their own limited-edition collectible cars. This year's diecast metal models include a 1969 Dodge Charger RT or 1966 Pontiac GTO.
Talking pets have something to say. The soft cuddly Jabber Pals (choose from a dog, cat or pig) respond to voice and sound by repeating laughter, singing and phrases in its own voice. Each also responds to touch and nods its head. Included are 3 AAA batteries so this little critter is ready to play.
Funko POP! takes pop culture and turns it on its head with both plush and collectible vinyl figures, and 7-Eleven stores are again carrying characters from hit movies including Star Wars and The Lion King in addition to Frozen.
60 Years of Barbie
Barbie, America's iconic fashion doll, turns 60 this year. Wearing the same classic black-and-white-stripe design as when she debuted in 1969, Barbie comes in special packaging that commemorates her 60th anniversary.
Batteries and Gadgets
Don't forget batteries and choose from Bluetooth headphones, wireless earbuds, charging pads, speakers and sound pods, wired sports earbuds, power banks, chargers and micro-cables, phone mounts, adapters, tech organizers and screen cleaning kits.
Beer and Wine
Wine always makes a great gift. Watch beer-drinkers trade up during the holidays, many opting for European brews such as Stella Artois and Heineken. Many stores carry local and regional craft beers that are great to drink, take to holiday parties or give to beer-lovers on the gift list. Non-beer-drinkers might enjoy refreshing, White Claw and Truly hard seltzers with a hint of fruit.
Burt's Bees and Chapstick gift sets, small electronics,Amazon wish lists, lottery tickets, holiday-themed candy and cookies.