The Last Minute Gift- Tips for Success

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					Finding the perfect gift is no easy task, especially if your gift shopping is last minute.
Although no one likes last minute shopping, sometimes it is inevitable. Whether a
birthday slips your mind, or the holidays sneak up on you, you’re often caught
scrambling to find a gift for family and friends. Fortunately, it is still possible to find a
great gift, even if it is last minute. It is important to keep in mind, however, that last
minute shopping tends to limit options. Not only do you lack the time to find out what
someone may need or want, but you may not be able to get to the right store and find
the item you’re looking for. The common result is settling for an unsatisfactory gift
that is obviously an afterthought. Keep reading to learn tips on how you can find a
great gift, even when you’re short on time.
 First, stay away from the gift card, no matter how much of a time crunch you’re in. A
generic gift card to the local box store or shopping center isn’t an ideal gift. A gift
card is an obvious last minute gift and it is far from thoughtful. Indeed, a gift card
makes it apparent to the recipient that you couldn’t take the time to find them
something they might like. At the very least, your gift card should be one which is
specific to a store your friend or relative likes. But even still, a gift card should be
your last resort. In fact, if you want to get an outstanding gift, even at the last minute,
you shouldn’t bother with new gadgets or material items of any kind.
 Second, keep in mind the occasion and the person for whom you’re shopping.
Different events demand different types of gifts. Is it a wedding or a birthday?
Additionally, think about what they like to do with their time. What are their hobbies
and passions? Can you think of anything they want to do, but still haven’t done?
 After spending a little time thinking about the person and occasion, it’s time to
(quickly!) find a gift. Today, the internet makes it easier than ever to find gifts in a
pinch. You could also head to your friend’s favorite store and take a look around.
However, a novel approach may lead to better results: forget buying them a thing, and
give them an experience instead!
 Experience gifts make a great last minute gift. They take little time on your end, and
they appear very thoughtful and original from the recipient's perspective. If you have
ever received an experience gift, then you know how exciting it is to get surprised
with a gift unlike any you’ve ever had before. The best part is, experience gift
companies, like Cloud 9 Living, make it a snap to shop for intriguing gift experiences,
even when time is of the essence. You can simply browse through choices, find one
that your recipient would love, and then print out the certificate. An experience gift
voucher is an awesome surprise in any birthday card.
 The best thing you can do when time is running out, is to choose from the many
available experience gifts. Not only will you give an incredibly thoughtful and
enjoyable gift, but it will take hardly any time at all.
 Adam Michaels is the co-founder of Cloud 9 Living, an experience gift company
that offers the most unique Christmas gifts for men you've ever seen. Visit his site to
see a wide selection of gift ideas for men like race car driving, hot air balloon rides,
skydiving, wine tasting, and more.