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A Guide to Last Minute Gift Giving

If you’re where I am this year, then you’ve only got gifts for half the folks on your list, and are currently in a cold sweat dreading a trip to the local mall. Never fear, here are some gift ideas that avoid the mall. Though you still may get into a fight over a parking space.

Juniper Ridge gift sets: for the backpacker, Juniper Ridge makes camp soaps in several pleasant scents. This set includes biodegradable body wash, campfire incense, and essential oil. $35.95, REI

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The classic candle in a mug, outdoor edition: this candle by United by Blue is poured into a durable enamelware mug, perfect for your outdoor adventures. $38, REI

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For the hilariously salty people in your life, this mug by Threshold at Target. Only $4 and oh so true.

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If you want some bling without breaking the bank (at least not completely), Anthropologie has a nice selection of birthstone rings, necklaces, and earrings.

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I saw this when I was in San Francisco last month. Am hoping it’s under the tree, along with the sailor mug!

For your best buddy: anything Ruffwear. My daughter convinced me to get their leash, and it has changed our dog-walking. As a stocking stuffer, this treat ball is great for your furry pal.

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Of course, assuming you’re in a panic over fighting the last-minute holiday fray, you may not even want to leave the safety and comfort of home. Amazon’s two-day Prime shipping should get your items to you Monday if you order today.  Of course, for the grownups, a bottle of wine decorated with a cute ornament makes a great gift. And for the kids, activities or lessons in something they’re interested in may provide more value than something that will end up in the donation box at the end of the year.

Here’s to another holiday season. And to wrapping presents at 11 pm on December 24 with a bottle of red. Cheers!

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