With all of the tree trimming, cookie baking and partygoing, there is so much to do during the holidays that it's easy to leave shopping for Christmas presents until the last minute. But by then, the stores are usually chaotic and the mere thought of battling crowds is exhausting.
Here are some ideas for easy gifts that can be bought locally and require little stress:
- Go to Le Village Marche in Shirlington Village and pick out some pretty bathroom soaps or perhaps a few hand-poured soy candles for teachers, relatives and neighbors.
- Go to Studio Salan and Spa, also in Shirlington, and give someone in your life who needs a little relaxation a gift certificate for a manicure, pedicure or spa treatment — and maybe get something for yourself. You deserve it!
- Go to Saeeda's Blooming Flowers for festive, holiday-inspired bouquets or wreaths with candles that would make nice centerpieces for a friend or neighbor’s Christmas dinner table. Saeeda's is located at Ballston Common Mall.
- Go to One More Page Books, 2200 N. Westmoreland St., and pick out a few signed books — and maybe a nice bottle of wine — for your favorite booklover.
- Go to Bakeshop at 1025 N. Fillmore St. and order a festive cake or box of cupcakes that would be a delicious complement to holiday dinners. Bakeshop also offers vegan options.
- Go to Casual Adventure and pick up a gift certificate or new camping, hiking or outdoor gear. Casual Adventure is located at 3451 N. Washington Blvd.
- Go to The Papery of Arlington, 2871 Clarendon Blvd., for monogrammed stationary that makes for a simple, yet personal gift.
Happy shopping! And remember to call ahead to check seasonal hours before heading out.
Tell us: What are some of your own last-minute gift ideas? Share in the comments below.