The Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

The largest gift giving holiday of the year is fast approaching and there is likely someone still on your list for whom you haven’t purchased a gift. It’s not as complicated as you may believe. Use this gift giving guide to make your season less stressful.

For Him

He’s not as hard to buy for as you might think. Just sim­plify what it is he likes, being com­fort­able, hang­ing out and watch­ing movies.

Awesome socks. I don’t mean the white socks that come in packs of 12. I am talk­ing about knit, wool, pat­terned. It doesn’t sound like a great gift, but any guy worth his salt is worth a pair of great socks. Don’t be sur­prised if the cost is in the dou­ble digits.

Flask. Guys secretly dream of being in a sit­u­a­tion where they need a flask. Trapped in an ele­va­tor, on the roof of a sky scraper, on the side of a moun­tain. And to go along with that flask, a fancy bot­tle of alco­hol to put in it, some­thing above $20 is prefer­able for the occasion.

Hammock. Will he try to set it up inside? Maybe. Will both of you enjoy it? Totally.

If all else fails, Caddyshack, Animal House or Dumb and Dumber on DVD.

For Her

Every gift is a sig­nal. Be sure to send the right ones with gifts that are open to interpretation.

If it’s last minute, shame on you. Don’t pre­tend you didn’t know Christmas was coming.

Bath and Body Works lotion, spray, but­ter and what­ever else it is they sell there. Anything but Cucumber Melon.

Plant. Someone once told me that plants make women feel com­fort­able and nur­tur­ing. I have no idea if that’s actu­ally true, but orchids do the trick usu­ally because they aren’t just flow­ers and they have a long lifes­pan with proper care; they’ll flower all year. Bonsai tree if she is more nur­tur­ing than average.

Massage/spa treat­ment. Getting pam­pered is a good thing. The price isn’t too out­landish and a gift cer­tifi­cate lets her pick between a facial and a massage.

Post Secret book. They’re just plain fun to look at.

Pet fish, name it before you give it to her. Bowl instead of tank for aes­thetic and cost effec­tive reasons.

Mom and Dad

The best gift for Mom and Dad is time. Anything you can give them that some­how involves you makes them happy.

Tickets to see Sherlock Holmes Christmas day, or a Red Wings or Pistons game later on in the year.

Purchase the ingre­di­ents to make a nice din­ner and then ask that they hang out with you in the kitchen while you make it.

Road trip to some­place for lunch or din­ner. Doesn’t have to be fancy, some­place you loved to go as a kid. Mom will prob­a­bly pick up the cam­era, you should pick up the bill.

If this is your first year at Ferris, you have to get your par­ents Ferris sweat­shirts, cof­fee mugs or some other FSU para­pher­na­lia. One stop shopping.

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