Every year do you suddenly find yourself scurrying around Target or Macy’s the day or two before Christmas looking for that perfect last-minute gift for one of your besties?
No matter how hard I try I always end up needing just one more gift.
But I want it to be thoughtful, useful and beautiful. Of course still keeping within my budget, which I’m sure by this time of year is already way out of whack!
Ashley (my sweet little photog) somehow convinced me to go to the mall late last night.
She needed something to wear to her 7th grade Winter Wonderland dance. (Of course she tells me this the night before the dance.)
Guys! Did you know the mall is open until 11:00pm right now?! (at least in Sacramento but I’m sure yours has similar extended holiday hours)
So at 9:30pm we headed to the mall.
Actually it turned out not to be such a bad time to go, there was practically no traffic and parking was easy to find.
As we wandered between Hot Topic (where she bought a ‘Friends’ t-shirt), American Eagle and Forever 21, we stumbled upon a new shop called White Barn.
You may already know this but in case you don’t, White Barn is part of Bath and Body Works.
Of course when I see a candle I have to stop and smell it right?
So Ashley and I walked around a bit (even though I was dead tired) smelling all kinds of lovely fragrances.
Ashley brings me an ‘Evergreen’ pine scented candle and says, “We need this! The only thing missing this year is the smell of a real Christmas tree since we are using a fake one!” (This is the first year in 30 years we’ve ever used an artificial tree.)
She was right.
How could I argue that?
There really is nothing like the smell of an evergreen inside your house. Besides I wanted it too. (But that’s our little secret ok?!)
Lucky us too! They were on sale. Every 3 wick candle in the store was just $15.50!
So I grabbed two of them and we headed out to wrap up the evening and get to bed.
This evening as I was packing up all the gifts for my colleagues, I realized I needed one more for a relaxation theme gift package I was putting together.
I knew one of theses candles would be the perfect touch!
If you find yourself in this same kind of jam, remember these three things:
#1 The mall is open late.
#2 Candles are always a good idea! (Unless you’re allergic of course.)
#3 And Bath and Body Works has a fabulous new addition to their store called White Barn!
Candles can be a nice, easy, thoughtful gift anytime of the year. I’m always happy when I have extras stored in my closet for the unexpected.
What are your thoughts for great last minute gifts to have on hand at home for surprise visitors? We’d love to hear them!
Happy holidays and stay HiP friends!