We know you're starting to panic. With just a few weeks left in the holiday season, you still need Christmas gift ideas for some of the people on your list: the babysitter you want to keep happy, the co-worker you drew in the office Secret Santa exchange, the in-laws who have everything, the new niece or nephew who already seems to have so much for such a tiny person.
Stop the freakout: Try this list for inspiration. You can pick up most of these gifts on your way home tonight!
GIFTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Gift-giving philosophy: This is the perfect time to give a keepsake.
Shopping strategy: Jewelry stores, arts and craft stores, high-end department stores, local gift boutiques, home decor stores and big box stores will likely have the gifts you want.
Gift-giving philosophy: Teens are throwing off the trappings of their childhoods, but usually retain a sense of whimsy. Meanwhile, they're experimenting with some newfound freedoms. Indulge them.
Shopping strategy: Young-adult oriented retailers like Urban Outfitters, bath and body stores, technology stores like the Apple Store and Radio Shack, department stores and big box stores will likely have the gifts you want.
Examples: Think about perfume or cologne, a Pocket DJ mixer, department store makeup, cute headphones with animal ears, furniture made out of skateboards, a cardboard unicorn head trophy, a massive nail art kit, leather duffel bag, semiprecious jewelry, zombie survival kit or Swiss Army knife.
GIFTS FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
The distant relative
Gift-giving philosophy: You see them maybe once a year. Time to play up your family ties and think outside the normal retail haunts.
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Shopping strategy: Photo stores and copy stores are useful for reproductions of family heirlooms; they can help reproduce your photos or old home movies, and often sell items like frames and archival boxes. Monogrammed gifts can also be found in local boutiques, big box stores, kitchen supply stores and home decor stores like Pottery Barn.
Examples: Reprint a family photo and frame it for them. Copy Great Aunt Ree's recipe cards so everyone can eat that fruitcake. Try a monogrammed item with your common name.
The in-laws, or your love interest's parents
Gift-giving philosophy: You want your in-laws or significant other's parents to feel comfortable around you, so give them the gift of comfort.
Shopping strategy: High-end department stores, sleep specialty stores, big box stores, bath and body stores, home goods stores like Restoration Hardware and even some drugstores will likely have the gifts you want.
The people who have everything
Gift-giving philosophy: They already have everything they want. So what's left? Consumable gifts!
Shopping strategy: Paper and stationery stores, spas and boutiques, gourmet food stores and home decor stores will likely have the gifts you want.
Examples: Look for stationery, imported toiletries, specialty foods, herbal bath tea, exotically flavored sugars, or even a thoughtful calendar or themed cocktail napkins. If it's a relative, try a family favorite that only they would understand, like baking grandma's lady finger cookies.