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8 Awesome Ideas for a Very Last Minute Christmas


It’s December 21, 2012 — end of the world, right? It was tempting to rely on the Mayan calendar and skip the Christmas planning this year.

As it turns out, we’re all still here, and the holiday is officially a go. If you’ve put off planning due to the pending Apocalypse, or simply because December moves a lot faster than it should, we’ve got solutions for you!

Check out these awesome ideas for a last-minute holiday:

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  • Nail Art Cheat 1 of 9
    Nail Art Cheat
    If you haven't found the time for the fancy holiday nails you're seeing all over Pinterest, check out nail stickers for gorgeous holiday nails in minutes — with zero dry time! We found these peppermint nails at Five Below!
  • Simple Christmas Cookies 2 of 9
    Simple Christmas Cookies
    Skip the frosting with this cute holiday cookie recipe. All the decoration comes in the first step. Once they're baked, your cookies are ready for Santa!
    Read more at Martha Stewart
  • DIY Christmas Dough 3 of 9
    DIY Christmas Dough
    If you need one last stocking stuffer, this DIY playdough can be made in minutes from items you probably already have in the pantry!
    Read more at Musings from a SAHM
  • Easy Christmas Tree 4 of 9
    Easy Christmas Tree
    We haven't had time for much more decorating than our Christmas tree, but I love the idea of adding a festive flair to all our bookshelves!
    Read more at Mondo Cherry
  • 5-Minute Wreath 5 of 9
    5-Minute Wreath
    Create a holiday atmosphere right from the start, with this 5-minute wreath! Simply wrap and pin garland to a wreath form.
    Read more at Infarrantly Creative
  • E-Gifts 6 of 9
    E-Gifts
    Many stores have e-gift certificate options. At Amazon, you can even choose a present for someone. They can redeem it for that item — or anything else! — after the chaos of the holidays.
  • Magazine Subscriptions 7 of 9
    Magazine Subscriptions
    A magazine subscription can be ordered online at Amazon or purchased through the mail at anytime through Christmas. Pickup the latest issue at your nearest gas station for an awesome last minute gift!
    Photo Credit: Flickr user: lachanhardy
  • One-Day Shipping 8 of 9
    One-Day Shipping
    I have seen several retailers offering amazing one-day shipping offers. Amazon has select products available for FREE one-day shipping! Plus, check out their free trial of Amazon Prime for 2-day shipping. Order by 3pm today, and it will still arrive by Christmas Eve!
    Photo Credit: Flickr user: fontshop
  • Simple Gift Wrap 9 of 9
    Simple Gift Wrap
    Create beautiful packages in seconds with items you may already have! I simply wrap in whatever paper is lying around, then tie a fabric ribbon around the package.

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