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The guide to last-minute holiday gift buying

Attention all procrastinators, last minute shoppers, and lazy gift buyers: we’re here to save the day. Whether you’ve been too busy to make your way to the mall, or you just have no idea what to get someone for the holidays, it can be tough to find the perfect gift during the final festive countdown.

Luckily for you, we’ve got you covered. Check out this guide to finding some great holiday gifts last minute.

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Find their favourite band on vinyl


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What better gift is there for the music lover in your life than an album by their favourite band on vinyl? There are tons of vinyl shops across the city that boast everything from classic albums to eccentric deep cuts, so whether you’re looking for an obscure hip hop album or an LP from a small indie band, you’ll be able to find it in no time. If you’re not sure of where to go, check out these twelve essential Toronto record stores for the vinyl enthusiast.


Plan an experience you can share

If you’re looking for a gift for someone you like spending time with, plan an experience you can share with them (especially if all of the shops are closed and it’s Christmas Eve). Whether it’s a promise that you’ll take a cooking class together, a physical concert ticket to a band you both enjoy, or a Groupon for a paint night, there are tons of ways you can turn your Christmas gift into an activity.

Get them some fancy food or coffee


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Get something gourmet and fancy for the foodie in your life, whether it’s a specialty roast from a local cafe or artisan chocolate from a Toronto sweet shop. You can even get creative and put together your own custom basket with the recipient’s favourite treats, or get them all of the ingredients for their favourite meal and let them know you’re going to cook it for them.

Order a subscription box


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Get someone the gift that keeps on giving – a subscription box! There are so many different subscription boxes available now, from the Frank and Oak subscription box for the fashionista in your life to the VNYL subscription box for the record fanatic you know and love. These also serve as great last minute gifts considering most of the time you can just order them online and plug in the recipient’s address.


Get a gift card for something they use all the time


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Prepaid gift cards don’t have to be impersonal. All you’ve got to do is make sure you get one that reflects the interests or needs of the person you’re shopping for! Looking for a movie lover? Get them a Netflix subscription card so they can stream their shows without the price. A music lover? Get them a Spotify gift card so they can listen to their favourite tunes ad-free.

Give the gift of memories


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You can easily give someone the gift of memories this holiday season by heading to your local camera store and finding the perfect Polaroid camera for the nostalgic person in your life. You can also look at smartphone camera printers, which allow you to print photos in the form of Polaroid pictures directly from your phone’s camera, or if you’re trying to save a couple of bucks, something as simple as a framed photo of the two of you is sure to put a smile on a friend’s face.

Go for the sentimental


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From creative family trees to original poems, or unique sketches to posters from a special concert, there are tons of great ways to bring on the tears this holiday season. Instead of trying to hunt down a gift when you don’t have much time to spare, why not use some of your own talents to make something sentimental? Make someone a gift that will mean a lot to them by sketching somewhere significant to both of you or buying a map and marking down all of the spots you’ve been together.

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