Gift Giving: What to Get When You’re Short on Time

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One of the best things about life is that it’s filled with all kinds of things to celebrate: birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, baby showers and the list goes on and on. However, with all of these wonderful occasions, this can, at times, be a bit of a stressor as it relates to our money and time management. Indeed, sometimes there are simply not enough hours within the day to get all of the gifts that are on our list.

If you have some presents that you need to buy but you currently find yourself being shorter on time than you are on money, here are seven things nice things that you can do in a pinch:

Get a gift card. OK, this one may not win any awards for creativity, but it’s still a pretty reliable gift that is really easy to find. These days, you can go to a grocery store or places like Wal-Mart or Walgreens and see a variety of options. If time is really tight, you can even order one online. GiveAnything.com provides you with the option of paying a certain amount and then emailing the “card” to someone. The website actually provides them with access to over 300 different retailers to choose from.

Send flowers. This one definitely depends on the person and the occasion, but flowers are something that never gets old and there are plenty of places that will ship some the same day that you place the order. 1-800-Flowers, ProFlowers and FTD are all online florists that are available round the clock while offering some really great discounts.

Make a charitable donation (in their name). For the community-driven person in your life, why not make a charitable donation in their name? There are plenty of websites that will make it quick and easy for you. CharityGiftCertificates.org is one place that you can go. After entering the site, simply “click here” on the “Our Charities” tab at the top of the page for a list of 100% tax-deductible charity donation options.

Order something and send a note ahead of it. If there is something specific that someone in your world desires but you know it won’t get there on time, no worries. Simply buy it or place the order for it online and either take a picture or copy the picture of it on the site and send it within the text of an email. When it’s a gift that someone especially desires, more times than not, they are more than willing to wait for its arrival; even if it is a couple of days late.

Cook or bake. In this fast-paced world of instant gratification, some people do not get home-cooked meals or desserts nearly as much as they would probably like. So, why not do something that shows that you put in a little extra effort and cook a dish or bake a dessert for someone that you love? And what about the time factor? Well luckily, there are plenty of recipes that result in a completed meal in under an hour. For more info visit SimplyRecipes.com, MyRecipes.com and the FoodNetwork.com and put “quick and easy recipes” in the search engine.

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