Friday, December 17, 2010

Last Minute Gift Ideas from Pine Ridge Art

With only a week until Christmas, many of us are still scrambling to check those last few stubborn names off our list that just won’t seem to budge. One of the hardest groups of people to buy for, in my humble opinion, is men. They seem to have everything, or they don’t really want anything, or they want something but they’re not prepared to share this secret knowledge with anyone. And while it would be easier to just throw up our hands and give up, no one wants to see a disappointed Dad, or brother, or husband, and so we bravely struggle on in the epic quest to find that perfect gift.
Not to fear, Pine Ridge Art has the solution! Actually Giftware news recently pointed it out in their November Feature – “Guy Appeal”. What’s the perfect gift for any man? A Calendar of course!
It’s functional, simple, and everyone needs one going into the New Year. Giftware News focused on the desk calendar, which I agree is a wonderful gift, perfect for the home, office, den or anywhere else you need the date in view. I also think a wall calendar makes a great gift for a man...or a woman for that matter. Pine Ridge Art has 21 different 2011 calendars available, so you’re sure to find something to suit the person you have in mind. If you’re looking for a bit more of a substantial gift, you could get a wooden calendar frame like this

– big bonus here, your difficult-to-buy-for loved one will need a refill every year from now on, so that’s a pretty much permanent checkmark on your list.

Another last minute holiday gift idea that I love is this new bone china travel mug.
It’s perfect for that friend that’s always on the go, a beautiful teacher gift, and wonderful for a busy Mom. This design is perfect to give around the holidays – and you could even fill it with a package of gourmet hot chocolate or coffee for an added surprise. Plus, BONUS – it comes in its own gift box – so you can take a nap by the fire instead of wrapping until you have finger cramps.
My final last minute gift idea is fantastic for anyone who’s looking to add an element of surprise to their holiday gift giving. This Tin Christmas Ornament opens to reveal a hollow interior, perfect to tuck away a secret surprise. The lucky gift recipient will open the gift box (also included with the ornament – see my earlier comment RE: finger cramps) and find a beautiful ornament.  But imagine their excitement when they find a pair of earrings, a bracelet, or even (gasp.) an engagement ring! These are also perfect for hanging on the tree for Santa to fill up with treats; why not start a new family tradition?

All of these items are available at, or check out your local retailers.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season!