You guys, there are only TWO DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS. This is your final warning to get all that shopping DONE. The finish line is in sighte, you’re SO close, can’t you just see the glass of champagne and your slippers waiting for you next to the couch on Christmas Eve? If you’re like me and you still have one or two small gifts to buy, you just know, despite you’re best intentions not to, that you’re going to end up at the shops tomorrow or Thursday anyway to get them, right?
Well, never fear, I have put together a final gift guide for last minute things you can grab while you’re out. They’re affordable, stylish and very easy to wrap and stick under the tree, so behold, my dears….
1. Williams Sonoma Brooklyn Slate Cheese Board, $42
I’ve seen this type of cheese board around a bit recently. I love the slate grey colour, and that it comes from a quarry in New York. But what I really love is that this comes with chalk, so you can get all Pinterest up in there on Christmas Day and write the cheese names on the board, which can be a life saver for people who only like fairly mild cheeses, or people who don’t like cheese that has fruit in it (like me – ick). Or you can just write a festive message on it, maybe something pun-heavy like “Merry Cheesemas!” because what is Christmas without a good pun here and there, I ask you?
2. Salt & Pepper Barcart Coasters in stand, set of 6, $24.95
Another great gift for the host of the Christmas do you’re attending. Stylish without being too themed, but the gold makes them festive nonetheless. They’re perfect for someone who’s hard to buy for, because everyone uses a coaster now and then, right?
3. Wilton Reindeer Cookie Cutters, set of 4, $9.95
A small gift perfect for the baker in your life. Affordable enough to buy a couple of sets, or pair with one of Matchbox’s other Christmas themed cookie cutter sets. You could even mix and match, tying together two or three to give to teachers or childcare staff as a small token gift – see, I’m practically doing all the work for you! They’re totally adorable.
4. Koko Black Seasonal Essentials Hamper, $60
A little pricey, you say? I say “Have you EVEN HAD KOKO BLACK CHOCOLATE BEFORE?” because that stuff is GOOD. This is a great gift for a family who doesn’t want anything, but you still want to spoil them. There’s something for everyone in there: Star Pop in Milk Chocolate (for the kids), Roasted Almonds in Milk Chocolate (for Dad), and then everything else for me. It’s a winner, and you’ll get the biggest serve of dessert at Christmas dinner as a thank you, I guarantee it.
5. Robert Gordon Hug Mug, set of 4, $49.95
I’ve lingered over these every time I’ve been to Matchbox in the past two months. The pink is a nice change from plain white with gold, and the gold polka dots are cheery and festive in a very subtle way. I love the curved shape of the mug as well, they’re designed to have decadent hot chocolate (or iced coffee in this already too hot Summer) in them, or an adult beverage of your choice like mulled wine. Perfect to wrap and give to someone who’s coming to dinner last minute, or as a ‘just in case’ gift under the tree. And they’re so sweet, they’re worthy of use all year round, not just at Christmas.
6. Glasshouse Christmas Collection Miniature Candle Trio, $46.95
Candles are tricky. Everyone loves or hates a particular scent (I despise cloying, overly sweet vanilla or food scents, but give me something scented in a fresh, clean fragrance with a tiny hint of floral and I can’t get enough). It’s quite a personal thing, so this trio of mini candles are perfect for showcasing a small sample of a few different scents. The pack features Dancing Sugar Plums, Cedar Leaf and Fruity Clove, and Citrus and Mossy Wood. All Christmas themed, obviously, but different enough to suit a range of noses. Nasal palates? I don’t know.
7. Bed, Bath and Table Christmas tea towel, $4
FOUR DOLLARS. This is the most affordable last minute gift on the list, and yes, it’s just a tea towel, but have you even seen the gorgeous and stylish napery Bed, Bath and Table have at Christmas time? And their sales are already starting! This is perfect as a very small token gift to someone who has asked for no gifts, so make them a batch of gingerbread, or a mini Christmas pudding, and wrap it in a cute tea towel like this. It’s a gift, but not a huge gift, you know?
I hope you have a lovely Christmas with lots of good food, good drinks, and lots and lots of delicious baked goods!
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