For many of us, the holidays creep up faster than we realize. Work and family obligations tend to get in the way of preparing in advance—and sometimes that means forgetting to buy a loved one or two a gift.
If you’re one of those people staring at your calendar unsure how you’ll complete your shopping list so late in the game, I have some last-minute gift ideas that will make life a tad bit easier.
Indulge Their Love For Wine
A wine club membership is a top pick for relatives or friends who are connoisseurs in the wine department (or simply love drinking a glass with their dinner!). Of course, Long Island is home to an abundant selection of wineries to choose from. If you don’t have time to head to any of them, don’t worry; some of the wineries give you the option to purchase a gift right off their website.
Bring a Sports Fan Front and Center
Don’t believe the propaganda that flat-screen TVs offer better views than front-row seats. There’s nothing like being so close to the action, you’re practically part of it. Give a loved one the opportunity to head to Madison Square Garden to cheer for the Rangers (and beloved goaltender Henrik Lundqvist) or watch Carmelo Anthony score some hoops at a Knicks game. One suggestion: Know what team they root for (giving an Islanders fan Rangers tickets is a major faux pas).
Send Them on a Home Shopping Spree
Home decorating is an ongoing process. But it’s often hard to shop for a loved one in that department since tastes can be drastically different. Lend a hand by giving the person a gift card to a favorite home furnishing store. The gifted will make sure to thank you again once after s/he brings home that new piece they didn’t realize they actually needed.
Give the Gift of Relaxation
A day at the spa will never go unappreciated. Send friends to get a free massage at their spa of choice or surprise them with somewhere new, like East Wind Long Island in Wading River where you can even choose a holiday-themed package.
Bouquets For Chocolate Lovers
Let’s be honest: The holidays are meant for indulging. Send chocolate-loving friends a basket filled with goodies right to their home. Not only are these festive and gorgeous to look at, some even come with stands that can be used year round. True procrastinators, rejoice: Certain online retailers, including 1-800-flowers.com, offer same-day delivery.
Send Them to the Gym
Yoga, pilates, Zumba or cycling—there are tons of options for any loved one who loves to workout. If you don’t know where they workout, look for classes offered near their home. They’ll probably be glad to add some extra classes to get rid of that post-holiday bloat.