A Convenience Store Christmas

By Simone Slykhous

September 13, 2019 4 min read

The holiday season is fast approaching. For some people, their lists have been completed since Labor Day. For others, the last couple of weeks before Christmas mean it is shopping spree time. And then there are those people who push everything to the very last minute. For anyone who has been driving to a holiday party and realized that they forgot a gift, this means you. Luckily, there are still plenty of great gifts out there that can be purchased from the drugstore or convenience shop nearest you.

When you're not sure what to get (and you're in a last-minute bind), Leslie Pleasant of the blog Today's Every Mom recommends trying some DIY gift baskets or packages.

*Culinary kits

You can always count on your local CVS, Walgreens or Rite Aid to have kitchen supplies stocked. Consider a Christmas culinary kit with some cooking utensils, decorative towels, seasonings and maybe a bottle of cooking wine. Then use an "oven glove to hold everything," says Pleasant. This is a fun way to save some money on gift-wrap as well.

To warm up your gift recipient this winter, make a coffee mug kit. This is perfect for a co-worker or neighbor. Add delicious beverage options -- hot cocoa, apple cider, tea or coffee -- to a festive and decorative mug. Adding mini bottles of Baileys or Kahlua could add an adult twist.

*Self-care kits

"Self-care" is an extremely prevalent phrase these days and, according to Apple, wellness and self-care apps were among the most popular for 2018. Can a drugstore pit stop hold the key to self-care? Well, according to clinical psychologist Raphailia Michael, "Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health." Crafting a self-care kit will look different for each person, so here are some ideas.

Drugstores and convenience stores are stocked with personal grooming items. For the facial hair aficionados in your life, try crafting a beard care kit. Razors, shaving cream, brushes and beard oil or balm could be combined for a beloved basket for bearded beaus. Including aftershave could give them the opportunity to reenact that classic scene from the classic Christmas movie "Home Alone."

If soaking in a tub relaxes your friends or family, construct a bath kit of bubble bath, bath bombs, Epsom salts, loofahs -- and even a rubber ducky! Adding some scented candles or incense could create the ambiance to soothe even the most overworked brains. Consider adding some dark chocolate for a sweet treat, too.

*Anti-adulting kits

As you're rushing to the nearest store to grab a last-minute gift, consider leaning into your less-than-responsible behavior. Curate a grab bag of childish delights! Coloring books, markers, stickers and colored pencils will spark creativity. Maybe your giftee will make their own thank-you note from their stash. Hot Wheels toys or plush stuffed animals are lighthearted additions, and they can be regifted to younger recipients.

Though they might not be the gifts your friends and family would purchase themselves, you know they're curious. "As Seen on TV" goodies are sold at most convenience stores, and they offer the chance to power-wash a car in minutes, cook a perfect pancake, unscrew impossible-to-open jars, sleep on a bamboo pillow -- and more!

What all of these last-minute gifts provide is the chance to relax, have fun and enjoy sharing this holiday with your loved ones.

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