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.