13 of the best last minute gifts

Christmas is almost here and you haven’t started shopping yet? No problem. I’ve got you covered.

To start with, the best gifts aren’t “things”, they are experiences; a way to add to one’s life, bond with a loved one, and grow. So, think about what it is that your recipient loves and let’s get started.

Here’s a list of the best last minute gifts – and they won’t get thrown away or broken.

  1. If they are the daring or thrill seeking type, take them skydiving. Want to add on a bonus? Tell them you will have the whole thing recorded! That way they can relive the excitement over and over.

    instructor and student free falling
    The experience of a lifetime.
  2. See how smart you both are (or a group) and try to find your way out of an escape room. They are very popular nowadays, so you are bound to have one in your town or at least close by.

    a gun, key, clock, video, pictures - all clues to escape
    Are you smart enough to figure out the clues to escape, with your dignity?
  3. Is your recipient into more laid back, slower paced activities? Something more intellectually stimulating? Then how about an annual pass to a museum, art gallery or science center?

    statue of the thinker
    To be or not to be? Hm, let me think on that.
  4. Are sports more their thing? Tickets to watch their favorite team play live are always well received.

    football, baseball, basketball, soccer, all gifts
    Calling all sports fans.
  5. For the young or young at heart, you can get season passes for a local theme park or water park. Hours of fun, again and again. 
  6. If your loved one is very community minded and always giving to others, how about a bench with a plaque that has been engraved (message of your choice) and donated to the city? Perhaps there is a park that you and yours walk, ride or hike through that could use a resting spot.

7. Staying with the generous minded, loving individuals, if they happen to be an animal lover, you can sponsor an animal in their name. Whether its a local animal shelter or sponsoring an elephant in Africa, helping save the life of an animal is a wonderful gift. Check out https://worldwildlife.org if this is of interest to you.     

8. Back to the adventure: how about zip lining? Tons of fun, and yet safe for the cautious type. I do recommend going “superman” style.                        

9. Looking for something more romantic? How about a weekend at a Bed & Breakfast? It’s quiet, peaceful and romantic, plus no cooking or cleaning.    

10. Ever gone on a train ride? There is a dinner on a train (can be romantic), rides to destination points or even as simple as a relaxing train ride through a beautiful countryside.    

11. If you’re looking for something more to do with nature, than how about a camping trip? Commune with nature, getaway from the stress of everyday life, and spend some quality time together.    

12. Have a hard working person who never takes the time to pamper herself or himself? Why not give the gift of luxury and relaxation with a spa day? It depends on your budget, but this could include: massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, food, mud bath, seaweed wrap etc. all wrapped into one glorious day.  

13. How about getting out of town all together? Why not give the gift of a vacation? Is there someplace special your loved one would like to go?   Paris, perhaps.

There you have it, a list of 13 best last minute gifts. Gifts that will last a life time and won’t get thrown away, broken, or forgotten.

Merry Christmas.

What’s your favorite gift to give that isn’t an object?



Random acts of romance

Like most women I love romance! And so do men, I’m told.

So ladies and gents, I propose that you initiate a random act of romance every day. It doesn’t have to be 30 minutes of romance, it can be five minutes or twelve. The point is to let your partner know he or she is important. Isn’t that the point of romance anyway?

I have every faith in you that you know your lover so well that you can come up with unique ideas tailored to your loved one. However, if you feel you need help, no worries. I’m including some romantic ideas for you.

They are:
1. Write a love note and place it in their wallet, briefcase, a book being read, etc. Someplace specific to them. You get the idea, right?
2. Unplug the computer and the tv and place a picture of you on each item with a note that reads, “Turn me on instead.”
3. Do a chore for your partner without being asked. For example, if your partner always washes the dishes after dinner beat them to it. After all, your partner is special to you and deserves a reprieve.
4. Place their favorite flower on the windshield of their car.
5. Buy the book, sweater, wallet, or tie that they have been wanting. (Any small item that they have been wanting but haven’t bought.) Take the time to do a five-star wrap job, after all, presentation is half the gift.
6. Give a passionate kiss up against the wall, your bodies close.
7. Before bed, go outside together and make a wish on a star.
8. Play some romantic music during dinner or when going to bed.
9. Order your favorite take out and eat it in bed.
10. Every day tell your partner you love him/her in a different language. After 30 days (or more if you want) say, “You mean the world to me.”

Romance doesn’t have to be saved for a special occasion like birthdays or Valentine’s Day, nor should it be. In fact, if you ask most people, they will agree that random acts of romance on a non-traditional day are more meaningful.

So get your mojo going and be your Romeo to her Juliette or vice-versa.

What are the most romantic gestures you’ve made to your loved one?



Find 30 minutes of romance in short stories

For those of you who love romance and can never get enough, I will be writing romantic short stories that can be devoured in less than 30 minutes. They are perfect for those chaotic days where you have very little time to indulge in anything pleasurable.

The first romance short story is now available on Amazon as an ebook.

Go to:http://amazon.com/author/paigegibson


What do you do for romance for yourself or your lover?