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4 Fast and Easy Gift Ideas

Need a last-minute gift? Check out these 4 easy gift ideas from Domestic CEO.

By
Amanda Thomas,
December 18, 2013
Episode #090

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How many times has this happened to you: You're home and suddenly your phone rings. It's your good friend. She's in the neighborhood and wants to pop by. Ten minutes later she's there, carrying holiday treats or gifts that you weren’t expecting and you're wondering what to do in return. 

Or even worse, you get invited to a last-minute party and have little time to find a quick, yet personal hostess giftAt best you awkwardly try to pull together something that won’t look like you're regifting. At worst, you have nothing to give as a reciprocating gift.

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If you want to make sure that doesn’t happen again, then today’s episode is for you. I’m going to give you some fast and easy gifts that you can keep on hand for the next time you need a quick gift solution:

Gift Idea #1: Food/Drinks

The first idea for simple, yet effective, gifts is to give food and drinks from local sources. You can scout out local farmer's markets for items that have a long shelf life and that are unique to your area. Some things that you can look for are canned jams and jellies, or pickles and olives. You can also look for local honey, syrup, or even salad dressings. Just make sure they are preserved in a way that will allow them to hang out on a shelf for a few months at a time. You don’t want spoiled food sitting in your secret gift hiding spot!

If you are lucky enough to have local wineries near your home, stop by and pick up a few extra bottles of your favorite to be able to gift to your out-of-town friends. Even though local wineries are becoming more commonplace, many people aren’t aware of the quality of wines that can come from local vineyards. I live in Arizona and believe it or not, we have an amazing wine country. But even many of our friends in Phoenix haven’t tried any of the Arizona wines.

We keep a few extra bottles around the house so whenever I need a quick gift, I break out an Arizona wine. They're always a big hit, not to mention a conversation piece.

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