Need A Holiday Gift, Fast? Expert Offers Last-Minute Gift Ideas

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It’s Christmas Eve and you find you have unexpected guests or left someone off your shopping list? Etiquette expert Elaine Swann visited KCAL 9 News with tips on how to pick the perfect last-minute Christmas gifts:

  • Food – Share a favorite recipe
  • Time – Whether it’s babysitting service or a lunch date with a loved one or friend, give the gift of your time.
  • E-certificate – Most websites offer e-certificates that can be emailed directly to the recipients.
  • Photos – You can place a photo in a frame and give it as a gift.
  • Subscriptions – Search online for the perfect magazine and give them the gift of a year long subscription.
  • Re-gift – Nothing wrong with re-gifting. Just follow these guidelines:
  1.  Don’t re-gift within the same circle of friends.
  2. Choose only gifts of value. No junk, gag, or worthless gifts.
  3. Do not give used gifts, they should be brand new.
  4. Wrap the gift nicely just as you would any other gift.
  5. Think before you give. Make the gift personal.
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