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Last-minute gift ideas

Laretta Houston

Laretta Houston

There are only two shopping days left before Christmas, and perhaps you’re scrambling to find last-minute gifts for a friend, coworker or relative. Maybe you just need a hostess gift for that party or dinner you’re headed to this weekend. Here are a few things that you could pick up in a pinch and still look like you’d had it planned out all along:

SoRen Tea – Earlier this year, sister Sonnia Shields and Rena Williams launched SoRen Tea, LLC, a gourmet blend of loose teas. SoRen’s Tea’s signature collection features eight blends (including Cashmere Crème, Coco Chic, Vanilla Rouge, Citrine Blossom) that come packaged in sleek black tins. The teas are available at Spa Sydell at the Forum at Peachtree Parkway in Norcross, and Eleven Market at the Loews Hotel in Midtown. (Retails for $16.95 to $21.95) The classic holiday tote, which features Vintage Black, Bohemian Peach and Posh Noir blends retails for $54.50.


See's Candies

See's Candies

Chocolate Truffles by See’s Candies – The West Coast candy maker opened two See’s Candies gift centers this year in the Atlanta area for the holidays – Town Center at Cobb in Kennesaw  and the Mall of Georgia in Buford. The truffles, which come in a pretty gold box, have flavored centers such as dark chocolate chip, café au lait, hazelnut, key lime, rasberry and lemon. (Retails for $10.05 for 8 ounces, $20.10 for 16 ounces. Other favorites include the Winter Wonderland

Starbucks Gift Card – It would be hard to disappoint any coffee drinker with one of Starbucks special holiday gift cards or any of their seasonal products. And yes, the spicy, cedar flavored Christmas Blend is back this year. The Holiday Cold Cup ($9.95 to 12.95) or the Let’s Merry Tumbler ($10.95) make excellent stocking stuffers and office gifts – not to mention the Falala ceramic tumbler ($10.95) that was designed by a store employee.

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nelson

December 24th, 2011
11:31 am

I would like to give all of you my present. I obviously cannot afford a nice present for all so I will extend to you the gift that all can share, my love and a wish for happiness for evermore.

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Regan

December 26th, 2011
3:27 pm

Quick question out there – actually its more of an opinoin. My best friend is out of town till the 2nd so I have extra time to pick out her Christmas gift — so much time that I havent settled on it yet. I was thinking of getting her a prepaid cell phone. It sounds like a strange gift, but I received one from another friend last year, from Tracfone, and it worked out really well since I travel a lot for my kids and I’ve had huge overage and roaming bills and this is something I use only for those times. I mean the phone itself doesn’t have to cost me more than $40 or $50 and the minutes for it as maybe $10 for her to purchase as needed. She travels all the time to visit her boyfriend so does this sound like a good gift?