Posted by Abiha Naqvi ● December 22, 2016

Home Sweet HoCo: Last Minute Gift Ideas

Welcome to our winter blog series! In #HomeSweetHoCo, we bring you weekly updates on everything Howard County has to offer in one place, distraction-free, cost-free, and born out of a love for the place we call home.
 
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 We're nearing the end of the holiday season, meaning that gift-giving time is almost here. If you're scrambling to find the perfect holiday gifts for your loved ones, don’t fret! The following last-minute gift ideas will check items off the list for everyone you’re buying for!

Entertaining Gifts

Whether you're buying for a new homeowner, host or hostess, or a design enthusiast, they'll be sure to love any gift suited for entertaining. Corkcicle has many products — like a whiskey widge, beer chiller, and aerator that are perfect for serving a crowd. Need it in a pinch? Corkcicle can be found locally at Serendipity in Highland. 

Subscription Boxes

Subscription boxes are the gifts that keep on giving — literally! One of the lastest trends to hit the market, subscription boxes are curated monthly gifts that are designed personally for the recipient. Product options are endless, and can include beauty products (like Birchbox), coffee (like Blue Bottle Coffee), or even Wine (like Winc). Most subscription box gifts are by-the-month and can be gifted for multiple months. With all of the options available for subscription boxes, you'll surely find one to fit the tastes of all your friends! 

Tech Ideas

We all have that one friend who always wants the latest and greatest tech gifts, so here's a couple ideas to surprise them with! A Tile keyfinder attaches to your keys (or wallet, or anything, really) and syncs with an app on your phone to tell you the exact location of your item, which is super helpful on those mornings when you're in a rush. A portable battery is perfect for when you're on-the-go and devices are running low on juice. And a PopSocket is the gift you need for holding your device and propping it up for easy screen viewing. All items can be bought at local major retailers like Target, Walmart, and BestBuy. 

The Gift of Relaxation

With 2016 finally coming to an end, some of us are in desperate need of a good detox. Whether it's your mom, friend, boss or even yourself - a small splurge can make a big difference in our spirits! Indulging bath products from Lush, gift cards to a local spa (check out this HoCo fave), and quite possibly one of those ridiculously priced Brookstone massage chairs that are oh so worth it will all surely be appreciated this holiday season. Remember - having a fresh face is key to having a fresh start in 2017. 

Experience Certificates

When you don't know what to get someone, and you don't want to be impersonal with a gift card, gift cerificates for "experiences" are the way to go. There are so many interesting things to do in the area, and maybe your friend just needs a little push to get there. These hidden gems can end up becoming their long lost passion or just a fun night of laughter and bonding. Paint Nite has rave reviews and are fun to do with a friend or two. You don't need to be Picasso to enjoy this one, plus you can always get major discounts on Groupon. Skydiving seems to be on everybody's bucket list these days. Thank goodness for Skydive Baltimore for having the adrenaline junkie in your life covered, and again, check out Groupon to save a few bucks. Cooking classes are also a fun thing to do with someone else and lucky for you, Howard County is in no shortage of those. Check out Cook with Ben led by culinary chef, Ben Tehranian, who has 30+ years of culinary experience. Grab your favorite apron and get your cooking juices flowing. 

Don't Procrastinate on the Homebuying Process! 

Just because you waited till the last minute for your holiday shopping, it doesn't mean you have to wait to get started on the homebuying process. Let us help you get that jumpstart into 2017. 

Download: How to Kickstart the Homebuying Process

Topics: Buying a Home, Homeownership, home sweet hoco, home sweet hoco blog series, last minute holiday gifts howard county, hoco holiday gifts md

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