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Last-minute gift ideas that are anything but boring
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Last-minute gift ideas that are anything but boring

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Still in need of gift ideas? Don’t fret — this gift guide will have just about anyone on your list covered. Whether you’re attending a white elephant exchange or you’re still stumped over that one family member, read on to find some unexpected presents that are sure to impress.

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A Book of Cocktails

For your foodie-crazed niece, cousin or brother, this cocktail recipe book would be just perfect. With a focus on low-alcohol, easy-drinking (yet still sophisticated) beverages, this book is perfectly on trend. Not to mention the artfully-designed cover that would look great on a coffee table.

Session Cocktails from Houzz


It’s always fun when you can sneak some toys back into Christmas morning, even if your family is full of adults. This dartboard set is the perfect way to do just that, and will give everyone a way to let off steam later in the day.

Double-Sided Dartboard from Houzz

Cat on a Mat

Is someone asking for a pet this year, who, frankly, is not going to get one? Try to lend some humor to the situation with this cat-shaped doormat. With a simple woven top and rubber back, this biodegradable mat is eco-friendly and very practical (at least one of which, you should avoid saying, a cat is not).

Cat-Shaped Doormat from Houzz

Do-Everything Flashlight

For the person in your life who is always concerned with keeping their “emergency kit” up to date, this flashlight would be a welcome contribution. Besides a bright LED light, it also includes a glass breaker, seat belt cutter, knife blade, precision screwdriver, scissors, a can and bottle opener and nut wrench.

Multi-Tool LED Flashlight from Houzz

Grab and Go Yoga

Know a recent yoga-convert? They might not already have their own mat, in which case, this one is sure to please. This mat has two different types of textures on either side, both of which are meant to offer a good grip. And when the weather allows, it’s even got a carrying strap for easy transport to yoga in the park.

Double-Sided Yoga Mat, Pink from Houzz

Perfect Dad Gift

Dads can be tough to shop for, but almost all of them are sure to appreciate this ingenious way to keep a spare set of keys handy. This is a real sprinkler head, but the top simply screws off to reveal the perfect spot to hide away some extra house keys. Stick it in the lawn, and no one will ever suspect!

Sprinkler Head Hide-a-Key from Houzz

Cheese Please

There really is no better present than the cheese board, particularly if you’re shopping for mom, your Christmas dinner host or your annual gift exchange. Who doesn’t love cheese and all of its glorious accoutrements? And this acacia wood and slate board would make even a humble cheddar look festive.

Slate Cheese Board from Houzz

Brûlée, s’il vous plaît

This is for the home cook who truly has it all, except perhaps a crème brûlée set. This set includes a torch and four ramekins — everything you need to achieve a golden, crackly top on those puddings. And the home cook in your life is sure to find a myriad of other uses for these specialty kitchen tools as well.

Crème Brûlée Set from Houzz

Tea Time

Once all of the Christmas mugs are put away come January, it’s reassuring to have a fresh set of teacups to get you through the winter. This set of four, six ounce cups would make a great gift for anyone who enjoys minimalist, Japanese design — or who simply likes holding a warm beverage in their hands.

Sashiko Border Teacup Set from Houzz

A Beautiful Textile

If you know someone who’s just moved into their first home or apartment, chances are, they could use some kitchen towels. Still, this green floral tea towel hardly comes off as utilitarian, with its vintage patterning and verdant, forest green color. It would look gorgeous spread out on a table underneath a vase or the main dish.

Floral Tea Towel, Green from Houzz

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