6 last-minute holiday gifts
Yup, you waited until the last minute. So now what?
There's still time to get a gift that's personal, but won't break the bank. Try these crunch-time gift ideas for friends or family:
Jewelry: Go with something classic. Sterling silver earrings, bracelets, necklace and pendant. Most department stores have sales on fine jewelry right now, so you'll get a bargain and please your lady, too.
Activity coupon: Find an activity your loved one likes or wants to try, such as a cooking or wine-and-painting class.
2012 calendar : Find one in your local bookstore or mall that reflects the person. I bought a daily shoe calendar, for example, for a girlfriend who is a shoe aficionado.
Filled stocking: Buy a plain stocking and use a glitter pen to write your loved one's name on it. Fill it with small toys, holiday chocolates or other goodies, and something practical, like a toothbrush.
Bottle of wine: Not sure what to buy? Here are my recommendations for some better-than average wines under $20. For red-wine lovers: Joel Gott cabernet sauvignon, Cain Cuvee Meritage, Aymura Carmenere. For the white-wine preference: Clare Hills Riesling or Frog's Leap Sauvignon Blanc.
Or ask your friendly wine store owner for a recommendation. Slap on a bow or buy a wine gift bag, and you're done.
So don't sweat these last two days of Christmas shopping. And Happy Holidays!