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We’ve all been there, you know, scrambling at the 11th hour to get an extra-special present for someone important on your list. These last-minute gifts are so thoughtful, they’ll never know you just picked it up.
If you’ve exhausted your options for a gift for that special guy in your life—because he’s either too picky or has almost everything—consider a portable Bose speaker. This one is water-resistant (great for camping and hiking), has full-range sound and is durable and simple to use.
Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth® Speaker II, $181.
Most ornaments go on sale in early December, so this is the kind of gift that’s perfect to pick up last minute because it will actually save you money. Sweeten the deal and give an ornament hanging from a bottle of wine.
Glitterville Antler Ornament, $7.50.
Still missing a gift for your Mother-in-law or your dear aunt that always bakes you fruit cake? Head to Shoppers Drug Mart and give her the gift of Amazing Grace. This best selling fragrance from beauty brand Philosophy smells clean and beautifully feminine with a powdery floral air of sophistication and polish. This collection includes Eau de Toilette, shampoo, bath and shower gel and whipped body crème.
Amazing Grace Holiday Set, $60.
What do you get someone with sophisticated taste and a thirst for the finer things in life. Easy; Champagne.
Veuve Cliquot Yellow Mailbox, $70.
Need a gift ASAP, but don’t have time to leave the house? Simple, order online and give the gift that keeps on giving with a new pair of socks every month, for a year! These vibrant and graphic socks are available for both men and women.
One pair every six months, $78. One pair for a year, $146.
Need a little something special for your child’s teacher or your next door neighbour? Pick up a tin Voluspa candle. The packaging is beautiful and the two wicks give off a rich glow. This scent smells of sweet apricots muddled withs superfine sugar and crisp Prosecco.
Voluspa Prosecco Bellini Two Wick Tin, $16.
There are few places that are open on Christmas day, but Starbucks is one of them. If you’re on your way to your holiday dinner and realized you forgot something for that caffeine loving cousin of yours, make a pitstop at your local Starbucks and grab one of their festive drinkware cups. We love the ceramic sweater cup with a swivel lid.
Sweater double wall traveler, $27.
Headed to one of your besties for your annual friends holiday dinner and need something clever to bring? Gift something useful and beautiful with a little bit of whimsy, like this marble cheese board. Crafted from creamy white marble, the cool surface is ideal for serving cheese and charcuterie.
Expressions marble and copper cheese board, $37.
Nothing’s better than a fresh pair of jammies on Christmas morning.
Men’s plaid sleep set, $20.
Need something for your teenage niece, but have absolutely no idea what she’s into? Whether she’s artistic, sporty, goth or one of the "popular girls" at her high school she’ll be into something from NYX Cosmetics. We especially love these palettes, choose from one of seven that houses eight shades of shadow and one liquid matte lipstick.
NYX Cosmetics Wanderlust Lip & Eye Collection, $25.
Our yummiest drop cookie recipes are sure to be a hit at your cookie exchange party.
Taking a bite into one of these soft, moist cookies is like eating the top of a pumpkin cupcake. The cinnamon sugar topping gives them a satisfying crunch.
Get the recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing
These decadent drops are incredibly easy to prepare, making them perfect for a last-minute cookie exchange. The chocolate-dipped pretzel topping adds an easy, festive flair.
Get the recipe: No-Bake Chocolate Pretzel Clusters
To achieve the super-soft texture of these chocolaty cookies, a little sour cream goes a long way. Drizzle the finished cookies with milk chocolate instead of white, if desired.
Get the recipe: Triple-Chocolate Cake Cookies
Enjoy the campfire taste of s'mores year-round—no roaring fire required! These three-ingredient, no-bake drop cookies are the ultimate holiday treat.
Get the recipe: No-Bake S'more Drops
These simple, sweet drop cookies combine chocolate, coconut and almond in a delightful homage to a Test Kitchen favourite chocolate bar.
Get the recipe: Almond Bliss Cookies
Anyone who loves the classic combo of orange and chocolate is bound to adore these cookies.
Get the recipe: Orange Chocolate Softies
With just a hint of cocoa, these pretty one-bite meringues make a beautiful hostess gift.
Get the recipe: Hazelnut Meringue Kisses
Coconut lovers will rejoice in this twist on a classic. Toasting half of the coconut gives it a lovely golden colour and deepens the coconut flavour.
Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Toasted Coconut Macaroons
Dried figs, crunchy pistachios and chai-inspired? Spices give these humble hermit cookies a sophisticated flavour.
Get the recipe: Chai-Spiced Fig Hermits
The extra pinch of salt, along with the added sweetness of honey-roasted peanuts, makes these sweet, salty peanut cookies the best you'll ever taste!
Get the recipe: Sweet 'N' Salty Peanut Cookies
Inspired by traditional Italian cookies known as "brutti ma buoni," which translates to "ugly, but good," these airy, crispy and chewy meringue drops are essential holiday goodies.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Toffee Meringue Bombs
These festive drop cookies are both chewy and crisp. Pressing the balled cookie dough directly into the sprinkles performs a dual purpose: It allows for better sprinkle coverage and helps to flatten the dough a bit before baking.
Get the recipe: White Chocolate Sprinkle Cookies
These rich morsels have a gorgeous crackle topping.
Get the recipe: Mocha Chocolate Crackles
Recipes in early cookbooks, such as the 1915 edition of the Five Roses Cook Book, show that ginger cookies have been a favourite for generations.
Get the recipe: Ginger Molasses Crinkle Cookies
Honey-roasted peanuts add a sweet crunch to these favourite drop cookies.
Get the recipe: Peanut Crunch Cookies
Crispy sugar-dusted crusts surround perfectly soft, chewy centres in these chocolaty delights. The cookies are so addictive. With plenty of milk on standby, there's no telling how quickly they'll disappear.
Get the recipe: Snowy Chocolate Cookies
Crunchy-Top Blueberry Muffins <br /> Photography by Mark Burstyn Image by: Crunchy-Top Blueberry Muffins <br /> Photography by Mark Burstyn
These small surprises will make the people on your list smile—no matter their personality—and won’t break your budget.
Enamel pins, $8 each, pennypaperco.com.
Snowball maker, $4, ebay.ca.
Terra Delyssa Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Infused With Garlic, $5, terradelyssa.com.
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duos, $17 each, sephora.ca.
Nadège Thé Vert Grand Cru Chocolate, $10, nadege-patisserie.com.
Happy Holidays Squish Mix gummy candies, $8, squishcandies.com.
Philosophy Hands of Hope Ornament, $14, sephora.ca.
Mini lint rollers, $12, meetflint.com.