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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

There’s less than a week left until Christmas—do you still have shopping to do? Don’t panic! We’ve all been in that situation—including shopping on Christmas Eve. Even if you still have a full week of work ahead, you can shop for some easy and great last minute gifts.

There’s still time to get things shipped overnight if you order them now, but what do you do if a couple more days go by, and you have to get a gift TONIGHT?

Our favorite suggestions:

From PayDayHawaii:

Preloaded debit card: Load one up with a special, significant number: $40 for 4.0 grade point average, $128 for an anniversary (January 28).

Money order: The easiest way to send the gift of money.

Phone and phone service: Help your kids or parents stay in touch! For service details, see our website here.

Give the gift of travel:

Museum membership: The Hawaii Museums Association offers membership for many museums and cultural attractions in Hawaii.

Bed and Breakfast getaway: Order a gift card at; free shipping or email delivery, and you can upload your own photo. There are over 65 inns in the Hawaiian Islands, or you can choose an inn on the mainland, or in another country.

From the supermarket:

Flowers, of course!

Flowering or lush green plant

Candy: Put fun and colorful candy in a basket, mug, or bowl with a ribbon.

Fruit basket: Get one ready-made, or put one together yourself.

Gift cards: Available at many retail locations, there’s sure to be one that’s a perfect fit.

Wine: A nice selection and usually gift bags are located nearby.

Candles: Several attractive candles with a high-end lighter.


Magazine subscription: Pick a favorite magazine, fill out (and mail) the subscription card, and package the copy of the magazine with a card.

Phone minute cards

Stuffed animals

Local interest tee-shirts

From your local coffee shop:

Coffee travel tumbler and coffee

Teas: Choose a variety; wrap with a mug and tea strainer

From the convenience store:

Candy: Another great place to put together a fun candy selection.

Phone minute cards


From the comfort of your desk:

Netflix membership


Website domain name: Choose something entertaining, or a name to go with a project they’ve been thinking of.

The New York Times or other media digital subscription. gift cards: This online retailer provides many instant gift card delivery systems, including printing it yourself, free one-day mail delivery, email, and via Facebook; upload your own photo to customize your card.

Donate to a favorite charity in your recipient’s name.

Have a wonderful holiday season!


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