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last minute gifts that will make you a hero even if they arrive late – plus a giveaway!

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I’ve discovered some great items lately, and I know they would make other people just as happy to receive them as I was.

So, because it’s only Tuesday, I want to share these with you so you can still order them in time for Christmas or a late Chanukah celebration. I can personally vouch for the happiness factor of each one of them!

Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end because it will be nice to receive one more surprise gift after the holidays.

P.S. I don’t get anything if you buy these other than the satisfaction of helping to spread joy and cheer 🙂

Solmate Socks 

Solmate Socks

As someone who can never seem to find a matching pair of socks, these beauties are like my dream come true. Each pair is mismatched but compatible, and the colors are gorgeous! Get a pair for every woman in your life, trust me. My daughter loves these, my mother loves these, I love these. They also have boot toppers, which look fantastic sticking out from a pair of heavy boots. You can even join the Sock of the Month Club, ensuring you get something in the mail that makes you happy (and that you have a clean pair of socks) every month.

Robb Vices Subscription Box

Robb Vices box

My son was obsessed with Robb Report when he was younger (yes, he was a little like Michael J. Fox’s character on Family Ties) and he is going to be all over this new Robb Vices luxury — and, oh, I do not use that word lightly — subscription box. Filled with unique, carefully-curated items, it takes the subscription box genre to a whole new, aspirational level. The box I received contained a stunning Champagne Sabre from Georg Jensen and a bottle of Robb Vices Reserve French sparkling wine on which to use it. There’s also a bottle of House of Boudier Creme de Cassis de Dijon so you can make a Kir Royale. The package comes with a catalog-like book about the products and their history, and the writing is sharp and fascinating and makes you feel like you’re a member of a very exclusive club. This is a truly special gift, and I can guarantee that my son will not be popping any corks this New Year’s Eve. Instead, he will be happily sabreing a bottle of champagne in celebration of a new year of Robb Vices.

My Miniature Library: 30 Tiny Books to Make, Read, and Treasure

My Miniature Library

Okay, you readers are going to fall in love with this. This must-have set published by Laurence King features 20 miniature classics and 10 miniature write-your-own books that you cut and fold and glue together yourself. You then punch out the enclosed bookcase and set it up in the box in which it’s all housed. I am a sucker for miniature books and this is an ideal way to collect, create and display them. Plus, now that I’ve learned there’s actually a Miniature Book Society, I foresee no work getting done while I explore this small world, after all. My Miniature Library is a lovely gift for a little girl, and possibly even lovelier for grown-up girls.

All Fish Faces by Tam Warner Minton

All Fish Faces

I have been admiring Tam Warner Minton’s up-close-and-personal underwater photos on her Travels With Tam blog for years. I’m so excited that she finally published a book showcasing the eye-popping fish she’s met on her diving adventures. Tam believes that introducing kids to the ocean world and its inhabitants is the best way to help save the planet. This is a beautiful book likely to inspire future conservationists and divers, and it’s the perfect accompaniment for a family trip.

The Mission Belt

Mission Belt

A Shark Tank success, Mission Belts have no holes so you don’t have to worry about there being too many or not enough. What a brilliant idea! They come in leather, canvas and nylon in a variety of colors so you can dress an outfit up or down. My husband and son wear theirs all the time. What I like most about them, though? The Mission Belt’s name really means something. The company’s mission is to give back, and one dollar of every belt purchase goes to fight poverty and hunger through micro-loans. Partnering with Kiva, they’ve already provided more than 50,000 loans.

Best of all? You can win a Mission Belt of your choice or a copy of My Miniature Library.

For a chance to win, you must be a subscriber to my weekly newsletter. If you’re not a subscriber, first sign up in the right sidebar of this page. Then, simply leave a comment below.

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Contest ends on December 23 at midnight Pacific time. Winners will be notified by return email. Prizes can only be sent to a U.S. mailing address.


  1. I love the socks and subscriptions box. I can think of a couple of people who would enjoy the box especially. Definitely checking both out!

  2. Fabulous! And thank you for including my book!

  3. What great ideas! I love the socks, my son would love the fancy Robb Vices box, and my husband would like the belt!

  4. Those socks are awesome! I don’t need socks right now but I love love love socks. I don’t have grandchildren, but I bet our local elementary school, or perhaps Y daycare, would love a copy of this book (if I win it)

  5. Great ideas, last minute gifts can be stressful. Regardless how early I started, I always forget someone. Thanks for sharing

  6. Susan Bailey says:

    All suggestions are super! Thanks for helping with my gift giving shopping!

  7. Tammy Woodall says:

    I’m an e-mail subscriber.

  8. Tammy Woodall says:

    I love the Mission Belt. Tweeted – https://twitter.com/tlawoodall/status/943308941815156736

  9. Laurie Emerson says:
  10. Holly Kennedy says:

    Thank you! Love the ideas…

  11. Cynthia Richardson says:

    This belt is such a clever idea.

  12. Cynthia Richardson says:
  13. wow those Solmate Socks are very pretty loving the colors and the Robb Vices Subscription Box sounds really interesting I love a good bubbly! =)

  14. Wonderful ideas!! I was gifted a pair of those sock a few seasons back and have loved them ever since!!

  15. I subscribe to your newsletter. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  16. christopher h says:

    thanks for the chance

  17. These are all such fun ideas! I love giving unique gifts. Like you, I never seem to match my socks. I love the Solmates! What an awesome concept.

  18. Margaret Smith says:

    I’m a email subscriber. Thanks so much.

  19. Margaret Smith says:
  20. email subscriber

  21. These are all great ideas! I love those socks, they are amazing! And even though I don’t wear a belt I still think that’s such an awesome gift.

  22. Very nice gifts!! Lovely ideas. I like the socks. Amazing gift easy and clever

  23. These are some great last minute ideas here. Thankfully I finished my shopping last weekend!

  24. Im a subscriber with same email used to comment. My husband has wanted a mission belt for a while. Grrr…my twitter is messed up…no 2nd entry for me. They are so aggravating!

  25. My husband has a Misson Belt and loves it! I think they would make excellent gifts for the men in your life. I love the Solmate socks, the colors are gorgeous and I love the fact that they are not matched but compatible with each other.

  26. That Rob Vices box looks amazing! I think my favorite is the soulmate socks though. How CUTE!!

  27. Maryann D. says:

    I am a subscriber.

  28. Maryann D. says:
  29. Thanks for these awesome ideas!

  30. No more shopping for me. I’ve been done since last week. Now time to wrap.

  31. Thankfully my shopping is done. But I would totally take the socks as a gift! That saber scares me! Please, no one gift it to my husband! LOL.

  32. Great ideas! I’m such a procrastinator with Christmas shopping. I really like the Robb Vices Subscription Box and the Mission Belt.

  33. wow! great picks! love the mini books, the tie, and those socks!! mismatched and gorgeous!

  34. Jessica Bradshaw says:

    Those soulmate socks are adorable. What a great idea! I love these last minute items. 🙂

  35. those are all great gift ideas for those still running around trying to buy gifts! I know I’d like a few of those for myself! (and usually when you want a gift for yourself it’s going to be a great gift for someone else!)

  36. These really are great gift ideas. I can honestly say that I know at least one person who would be over the moon with each of them!

    Louise x

  37. These socks are everything. My best friend and I gift each other socks every year. I love fun stuff patterns like that.

  38. These are some great gift ideas. I especially love the socks and wine set.

  39. I just went to the store and bought some nice socks for my daughter’s friend and of course, I have to treat myself as well. It’s cold and I must my feet happy. No matter how prepared we are, there is always one more gift to buy. Thanks for sharing, great ideas.

  40. Love these gifts! I love the miniature library book, it’s so pretty! A great giveaway too.

  41. Love me a warm pair of socks!

  42. Wow what a list! I am usually not a last-minute shopper, but I was this year. Gifts like these will really work well in a crunch!

  43. You had me at “even if they arrive late”…unfortunately, I have at least one person on that list. whomp whomp 🙁

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