Last Minute Gifts – The Perfect Last Minute Gift

Last minute gifts are always the ones that stress you out the most, right? This time, just relax. The perfect last minute gift is easy to get, and great to give. Especially during the holidays and special occasions, people are looking for last minute gifts. Folks who are traveling for the occasion always have last minute gifts to get. Instead of running around at the last minute trying to find the perfect gift, there is something you can get right now that will please everyone.

Make things easy on yourself. Prepaid cards make great gifts. They are convenient and they can be used virtually everywhere – even online. In a digital age, this gift is perfect. Plus, when you do this, you never go over your gift giving budget. When you shop in the stores, you tend to overspend. Don’t do that to yourself this time. Prepaid cards are perfect, and an easy solution. You can get them in amounts starting at just $25 and the sky is the limit. Your last minute gift recipient won’t feel like you waited until the last minute to get them something. All they will feel is the joy of being able to go and buy themselves something they always wanted from virtually anywhere that credit or debit cards are accepted. They can even be used for online purchases and downloads.

A must if you are traveling for the occasion. If you are traveling for the occasion and you have a few people to get gifts for, prepaid cards are the perfect gifts to bring with you so you will not be running around at the last minute. There are so many travel regulations and extra luggage fees that you can feel pretty limited with what you can take on a bus, train, or plane. There are size and weight requirements and let’s face it, lugging around a bunch of bags and boxes just isn’t fun. Even if you are driving, once you load up your vehicle with your family, luggage, and/or food, there isn’t much room for extra boxes and bags of gifts. But you don’t want to show up empty handed, right? Instead of stressing, give a prepaid card. Let’s face it, everybody likes to receive money and prepaid cards are better than store gift cards and better than cash. They are better than gift cards because unlike gift cards, you are not limited to where you can shop. They are better than cash because unlike cash, you can use them online. Traveling with prepaid cards takes away the stress of traveling with extra bags and boxes, and once you get where you are going, you don’t have to run around looking for last minute gifts.

Do yourself a favor. Pick up a prepaid card (or two) now so you don’t have to run around trying to find last minute gifts later. This is the perfect gift no matter who it is for. Your loved one can get whatever they want and they will have you to thank for it.

Ken S., Founder


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Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas – Gifts of Edible Delights

Eek, the stress of it all! Last minute holiday gift ideas can be a headache if you are at a loss for ideas. The gifts you decide upon will depend on who you want them for and why. Fun and fantastic Halloween gifts for the kids or gracious Thanksgiving gifts can help determine your gift giving needs for the fall season.

One idea that can help you out of this tight spot is quality and tasty holiday food gifts. Everyone likes to eat! Creative baskets are a sure-fire gift for families, neighbors, friends, coworkers and clients. The edible delights are bites of pure deliciousness. And, they are wrapped and designed in fun and festive works of art that you can feel proud of.

Those last minute holiday gift ideas come easily with Halloween gift baskets and Thanksgiving food gift baskets. Flavorful and stylish, quality creative baskets can be delivered directly to your recipients, making your holiday shopping, wrapping and deliveries a pleasant and fast experience.

Fun and tasty last minute holiday gift ideas for Halloween are:

  • ghostly boo baskets and bags filled with sweets for the big or little kids in your life, gives them a night of ghostly fun. Make your own boo ghost bags with white paper lunch sacks or make them out of fabrics. Use a black marker or crayon and fabrics to create the ghostly image. Fill it with edible delights for the kids and have a great Halloween.
  • jack o lantern containers filled to overflowing with Halloween gifts of sweet edible delights, will delight any spooky participant of Halloween night. Stuff a tee-shirt in the bottom and fill it up with edible delight the kids will love.
  • big bags of treats and plush toys for the ghost and goblins you know are spooktacular gifts of tasty goodies. Add a soft plush toy for the kids to remember how good Halloween treated them.

Last minute holiday gift ideas for Thanksgiving are:

  • autumn creative baskets filled with gourmet specialty goodies of vegetable dips, crackers, café lattes and many more edible delights are gift ideas for mom and dad, grandparents, and any other friend you know or just met.
  • fall snacks are perfect gifts when someone has made an impression on you or you want to make an impression on them. It is always nice to say thank you with gifts of good taste.
  • gourmet Thanksgiving food gift baskets are filled with scrumptious gifts of cheeses, meats, snacks and sweet treats that can be topped off with a cup of gourmet coffee. They are gifts of good taste for those last minute gifts of the season.

If you need fun Halloween gifts or ones of thankfulness, holiday creative baskets are the gifts you are looking for. Ghoulish or gourmet, creative baskets can come to the rescue for last minute holiday gift ideas.

Holiday Cottage Rentals – Five Tips to Secure Last Minute Christmas Holiday Cottage Bookings

If you’re a holiday cottage owner, you’ll know how hectic the festive period can be. It’s one of the most lucrative of the year, but a cancelled booking can be a nightmare as you struggle to secure a new booking in time. Thankfully there are often holiday-makers looking for a last minute bargain, perhaps having decide to go away on whim.

Enticing these customers is important as last minute holiday-makers may have specific needs that need addressing if they are to make a booking with you rather than with another cottage in the area.

These five tips will help you attract last-minute custom and ensure your holiday cottage is in use throughout the whole festive period.

Provide the little extras – families or couples going away over Christmas are often looking for a special experience that they can’t receive at home. If you have an open fire at your cottage, make sure this is advertised on any promotional material, and provide a set amount of firewood to make getting started as easy as possible. If your property is regularly rented by couples, include a bottle of champagne or chocolates on arrival. Or break out the Egyptian cotton towels. Go the extra mile and you’ll be rewarded.

Make the decision for them – consider what worries people may have when booking a last minute cottage stay over the festive period. They may be worried about public transport around the region if not driving, so post timetables and local taxi/bus information on your website as reassurance. They may also be concerned about ordering in food, so provide lists of local supermarkets that will deliver over Christmas or New Year. Perhaps they are staying for a New Year to remember – why not provide details of local parties and events?

Optimise for late availability bookings – if you are listed on general holiday cottage booking websites, that’s fantastic, but last minute holiday-makers will generally type different search terms into Google, or visit different sites, than those booking in advance. Make sure you cater for your audience, by optimising your site with keywords around last minute bookings, and also by listing yourself on late availability sites to ensure the maximum exposure to your target audience.

Offer a discount – late availability bookings generally involve a discount on the standard price. Bear in mind that other cottages are likely to offer discounts on last minute bookings to appear competitive, and you may be losing out if you choose not to cut your rates. The discount does not have to be considerable; just enough to mark your offer out as special. If you really can’t offer a discount, try throwing in an extra – such as food or wine – for free.

Be flexible – if your cottage sleeps 10, your price will reflect that, and you’ll be unlikely to get bookings for couples as it will be uneconomical for both parties. But consider relaxing your terms and conditions during the festive period to increase the chances of getting a booking. You could offer a discount for short breaks, for large families, or for single occupancy. Be creative and set yourself apart from the competition.

We hope these tips help you to make the most of your holiday cottage during the festive period – good luck getting your bookings.