Last minute shopping

Rory Abrams and Alisha Khoja

It’s dark and cold. Money is falling from the sky and people are rushing everywhere, being trampled left and right. But it’s not the apocalypse yet. It’s just December and like usual, the last minute shoppers are rushing to the shops. There is no need to panic though; just stay cool and buy these suggested gifts for the loved ones on your Christmas list.

“I am a chronic last-minute shopper, which is so stressful because I never know what to get people,” said senior Sophia John. Many people, like Sophia, do their shopping at the last possible moment and why suffer for it.

There are many reasons why consumers procrastinate. Some are just too busy, while others feel that the best deals come at the last minute. Some consumers just struggle with paychecks and simply cannot afford to buy their gifts sooner. Whatever the matter, they wind up in the last-minute shopper category. If you are looking at the calendar and wondering how you’re going to manage it all, fear not: here are some suggestions.

For the coffee lover. Wait! Don’t just go to Starbucks and buy coffee beans; put some more thought into it. Get creative and make a basket of some of your recipient’s favorite coffee. If he or she likes to try different coffees, then give him or her a few special varieties, and your gift will be a favorite of the year. Make it a little more fun by finding a coffee mug that reflects one of his or her interests.

For the apps lovers. If your recipient is one of the many Americans who own a tablet, a specific app could be very appealing to them. If you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for a child, you don’t even have to leave your house. You can purchase a couple of educational apps or games on your tablet or smartphone. Even if the recipient is an adult, you can purchase a game for him or her. A subscription to his or her favorite magazine or book online is also good. Not only can these make great last-minute gifts, they can be canny finds as well.

For the Video game junkie. A lot of teenagers fall under this category. There are several video games coming out around Christmas that would make gifts for your Teen. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, and Super Smash Bros. are all great examples. However, be careful since these games can destroy your Christmas budget.

For the tech geek. For the tech geek in your life, you can get a smart watch or a digital fitness tracker. This is a cool, yet practical gift that will surely be put to good use. Another suggestion is the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V/B. If one is looking for a compact camera or is a photo enthusiast, this is full frame alternative to a dSLR that can cost up to $2000. For Apple iPad Air, if someone already loves Apple products, the iPad is meant to easily sync with your daily life. If a slimmer design isn’t enough to appease those looking to upgrade, Apple also designed a speedy new processor just for the iPad Air.

Gift cards. Everyone has that one somebody who never knows what they want for Christmas. But hey, when in doubt you can always go for the gift cards. According to the National Retail Federation last year, nearly one-third of shoppers bought gift cards. Perhaps it’s because they are so easy to buy. Pick one up while you are out doing your other shopping, or purchase one online from the comfort of your home. Make sure to be thoughtful with it, though. No one wants a random gift that screams of apathy.