Practical last minute holiday gifts!

When in a bind – give gifts that keep on giving!

Some people go all out on Christmas – buying lavish presents, decadent jewelry, even cars and other super high-priced items.

Others are a bit more reasonable, and perhaps set limits when shopping for one another.

Presents can be thoughtful & functional, or superficial and useless… it’s not always easy to exchange gifts as adults, especially when we usually go out and get the things we want ourselves, right?

Top 5 functional holiday gifts under $50 that won’t get re-gifted!

Great Last Minute Holiday Christmas Shopping Ideas for Hoboken NJ - Practical last minute holiday gifts!

For the purpose of this exercise – and specifically if you’re kind of in a bind for a particular person on your shopping list – here are 5 ideas that won’t get you put into the dog house. And this pretty much excludes ALL electronic gadgetry, or accessories that relate to electronic gadgets! Those will be outdated soon enough anyway…

1. An Umbrella That Actually Works

Totes windproof umbrella - Practical last minute holiday gifts!I walk around Hoboken all the time, and when it’s a really stormy and rainy day – the majority of men and women really do NOT have a functional umbrella. What’s the deal with that?

Do you know how awesome it is to have a giant wind-proof umbrella while you’re traversing city streets? To not get wet, or have to deal with the contraption turning inside out and ending up in the trash pail?

Here are some great suggestions:

2. A Respectable Wine Opener

Forget about fancy Wine Rabbits or other automatic wine-bottle openers – they have no style at all, and make us all lazier people!

What you want to give is a classy, traditional wine-opener that will last for years, and be cherished by your gift recipient!

I recommend the Laguiole Waiter’s Corkscrew with Leather Case. Had mine for nearly 10 years, and it’s as great as the day I got it. Under $50.

Laguiole Waiters Corkscrew with Leather Case Rosewood - Practical last minute holiday gifts!

3. A Quality Chef’s Knife

Sure, you can spend massive dollars on the most expensive cutlery in the world, but for some people (depending on how and where they live), it may just be a bit out of their league – and unnecessary.

Victorinox 40520 Fibrox 8 Inch Chefs Knife - Practical last minute holiday gifts!However, no kitchen should ever be without a basic 8″ Chef’s Knife.

I dabbled earlier this year with some Kyocera Ceramic Knives – and I have to say they were some of the most fantastic kitchen tools I’ve ever used. But the major caveat is, if you accidentally drop them, they can (and will) shatter and become useless. A very expensive lesson that most of you will undoubtedly encounter.

The replacement knife for me was a much more reasonable Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef’s Knife ($25).

Very well balanced, sharp and affordable. I don’t see this thing shattering any time soon, and the person you give this to will think of you each time they have the pleasure of using it.

4. Memory Foam Slippers

Slippers are quite underrated in my opinion. Maybe they’re considered old-fashioned, or only the ladies like using them – I don’t know. But we need more slippers in Hoboken!

The big trend these days is the memory foam style slippers – comfortable as can be.

Tamarac Slippers International His and Hers Holiday Gift Idea - Practical last minute holiday gifts!

5. Any Winter Weather Gear

We’ve been lucky so far this winter. Remember last year we had that brutal Blizzard the day after Christmas – and while nothing is certain this far out, some weather nerds see some kind of storm coming around the northeast near Xmas this year. Who knows.

Dahlia Pashmina Scarf for Ladies - Practical last minute holiday gifts!But even though it’s not cold as of yet (it’s coming!)warm winter gear might be appreciated by those lacking in that category.

Here are some easy suggestions.

For the gals: A nice Dahlia Pashmina Scarf would be considered a welcome gift (if you can pick a style she likes!) Cost? Around $40 or so.

For the guys: Have you seen the new Timberland “Touch Screen Gloves? You can keep your hands warm, and still use your touch-screen phone or computer tablet. Not a bad concept for under $35 bucks!

Hope these suggestions helped you knock a few items off your shopping lists!

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Friday, December 16, 2011 5:07 pm

I received a similar wine opener two years ago, and I love using it. Good ideas in general, but not if your s.o. is shallow.

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