So, tonight is attempt #3 for Operation Popcorn & PJ’s – a night where my husband and I help our kids get ready for bed as usual, and then at the last minute surprise them by piling them into the car with warm, buttery popcorn to drive around and look at holiday lights.
Attempt #1 failed because I didn’t realize we were out of popcorn, and we currently live in the middle of nowhere so picking some up “real quick” is not a thing. Attempt #2 failed when another family activity took longer than expected, and all I will say about attempt #3 is that if it doesn’t succeed I am going to pile my kids in the car anyway and just run past the windows holding various holiday lights. The good news is this year may just be our best. holiday. season. ever. because I’m learning to savor what is instead of what “should be.”
All that to say, if you planned to have your holiday shopping done by now and life got in the way, I get it. Here are five last minute gift ideas that are truly thoughtful and don’t scream “I picked this up at the grocery store on the way here.”
Or if you prefer – here are some homemade gift ideas that turn out beautifully and don’t require any special skills.
1. Dry Farm Wines Gift Box
Dry Farm Wines offers curated collections of 6 or 12 bottles delivered directly to your recipients door. My husband and I give each other an annual membership as a gift, but you can also buy individual boxes here.
As I mentioned in this post on the benefits of wine, it’s hands down the healthiest collection of wines I’ve ever found. Every wine they make is grown with organic practices and doesn’t contain Mega Purple food coloring or sawdust, which are just some of the 70+ approved additives used in conventional wine. Each bottle is virtually sugar-free, containing less than 1g/L of total sugars (including fructose and glucose).
Something to put under the tree: A cute wine stopper with a card letting them know to expect a special delivery.
2. Kids Cook Real Food eCourse
Your kids learn an essential skill they need in order to eat healthy, and someone makes dinner instead of you. 🙂 Kids Cook Real Food is taught by my friend Katie, a trained teacher with a passion for making sure our children know how to nourish themselves well before they head off to college.
Something to put under the tree: Cute little aprons or whisks with card.
3. Green Kid Crafts Subscription Box
I got my kids a subscription for Green Kid Crafts last year and they literally cheer every time a box arrives. They love all the little experiments they get to do, and I love that they’re learning AND entertaining themselves. 🙂 Click here to check them out.
Something to put under the tree: This gift note.
4. MELT Couples Massage Course
“I wouldn’t want to live in a house boobytrapped by small humans with anyone else.” << What is the gift that says THAT?
Not a tie, that’s for sure. If you want something to put under the tree to go with this gift, I’ve got an idea for you below.
MELT is a PG-rated (fully clothed!) online couples massage course. It’s taught by Denis Merkas,- a massage therapist whose client list includes a lot of famous names you’d recognize (you can find them in the section about him) – and his wife Emma. There’s not a huge time investment involved, which is good because we all know how much free time parents have, right?
Something to put under the tree – A bottle of massage oil would be a great addition. If you want to make your own, I recommend buying cold-pressed almond oil at a local health food store and adding some essential oils if desired. Use about 12 drops of skin-friendly essential oil per ounce of carrier – I recommend frankincense, black pepper, or sandalwood blended with vanilla in jojoba oil.
5. Real Plans Membership
Real Plans is way more than a meal generator or menu planner – it’s like having a personal TIME SAVING kitchen assistant that takes your recipients schedule into account, knows his/her dietary quirks, and even delivers a shopping list to his/her phone so you never forget anything.
Something to put under the tree: Some fair trade chocolate and a card.