7 Last-Minute Christmas Gifts That Rock

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas is around the corner, as in, just a few days. Are you in a pinch to find the perfect gift? I’ve got seven last-minute Christmas gifts that rock. BUT, let’s be realistic. In this late hour, your gift will most likely be a gift certificate you ran out to purchase or printed off the printer or even something like these custom silicone rings but hey, that’s okay.

Delicious, Boneless Pork Chops in My Butcher Box. I Topped it with Garlic and Rosemary Butter.
Delicious, Boneless Pork Chops in My Butcher Box. I Topped it with Garlic and Rosemary Butter.

Give the Meat Lover a Box of Meat
Free bacon. Now that I have your attention…

I am transitioning to a keto nutrition plan which includes a lot of meat, specifically grass-fed and hormone-free meat, and I recently subscribed to Butcher Box, a monthly (or bi-monthly) subscription box of well, meat.

Choose from beef, pork, or chicken, or a combination of all. Add-ons are available, like steaks! Boxes are curated and different each month. My first box included ground beef, pork loin, roast, steaks, chicken breasts, and sugar-free bacon!

As I mentioned, you can schedule Butcher Box to be delivered either monthly or every-other-month. It’s easy to cancel or pause your box AND, if you use my link, you’ll receive $20 off your first two boxes AND free bacon for the life of your subscription! Learn more and –> order here<--.

Or, if you’re reading this and it’s not the eleventh hour, head out to the store for a nicely packaged gift box from Hickory Farms. What meat eater doesn’t enjoy their summer sausage, jalapeno and cheddar cheese, sweet mustard, and their strawberry bon bons?

Flies I Received in a PostFly Subscription Box. A Great Gift for Anglers.
Flies I Received in a PostFly Subscription Box. A Great Gift for Anglers.

Gift the Angler a Fishing Tackle Subscription
Have an outdoorsman or outdoors woman on your gift list? A couple of years ago I re-energized an interest in fly fishing and wasn’t quite sure what tools of the trade I would need, on top of a rod, reel, and line. Sure, there is a local fly shop near me where I can chat with the owner and guides who work there but my schedule doesn’t always mesh.

To make things easy and fun, there are fishing subscription boxes and Postfly and Lucky TackleBox are two I have subscribed and have enjoyed the selection of tackle.

Postfly is specifically for fly fishing and includes flies, gear, and accessories for tying. The box can be customized for trout, saltwater, warm steelhead and salmon, or fly tying. It can be changed (I’ve changed to mix things up), paused or canceled at any time. Learn more and –> order Postfly here <--.

Lucky TackleBox offers fishing subscription boxes for bass, crappie/panfish/trout and ice fishing. Learn more and –> take $5 off an order of Lucky TackleBox here <--

That's Me! It's Pure Joy Watching the Dogs Play During the Airbnb Experience in Berlin - Walk with the Dog-Whisperer. Thank YouThomas Dornbusch of Hunde-Mobil for the Photo and Walk!
That’s Me! It’s Pure Joy Watching the Dogs Play During the Airbnb Experience in Berlin – Walk with the Dog-Whisperer. Thank YouThomas Dornbusch of Hunde-Mobil for the Photo and Walk!

Gift the Minimalist (Or Anyone Who Has Too Much Stuff) an Experience
Call me a romantic but Christmas should be magical and what generates more magic than an amazing experience?

I recently met up with my parents in Washington, D.C., to attend the 2018 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, and I tried to make it as special as possible. It was their first time to D.C. so everything was new and I hope, magical. The Tree Lighting Ceremony is a ticketed event which made it a pretty special experience, it was just so dang cold!

Some experiences to consider giving through purchasing a gift certificate include a fishing trip (if you’re in Southwest Florida, my friend Capt. Debbie Hanson of SheFishes2 is a freshwater guide), a guided kayak trip, participation in a Harley-Davidson Riding Academy, a guided walking tour, a visit to a craft brewery, a favorite restaurant, an annual pass to a local state park or an annual National Park pass. Or, there’s Groupon where you can get more bang for your buck.

Some of the trusted companies I have used that deliver on offering magical experiences include Intrepid, Context, and AirBnB Experiences. Consider gift cards (I’ve seen AirBnB gift cards for sale at Publix) or booking a specific AirBnB Experience. I had an amazing Airbnb Experience in Berlin when I met up with a professional dog walker. I’ll remember that experience for the rest of my life.

Make the World Better for the Globe-Trotting Traveler
Let’s face it, traveling, especially long-haul travel, discharges emissions into the air which can accelerate climate change. A gift from Cool Effect can offset a portion of air travel by supporting programs that reduce Nitrous Oxide, Methane and Carbon Dioxide. Cool Effect is a non-profit crowdfunding platform that provides an avenue for people to support carbon emissions reductions.

How? Through funding projects from across the globe that verifiably reduce carbon pollution to fight climate change. They have put together some fun gift bundles including:
* Travel Offsets. For the jet-setting traveler in your life (or maybe a gift for you!)
* The Poo Package. Give a gift that doesn’t stink.
* The Big Fan. Give a gift that will blow them away.
* Happy Holidays, Happy Health. Give the gift of clean cooking.

Learn more and secure the environmentally-conscious cool gift from –> Cool Effect here. <--

Be sure to view the video above!

The Patriot Will Love Apparel that Shouts Freedom
Does the guy or gal in your life need another T-shirt. Probably not, but how about one that oozes with patriotic pride? Let me introduce you to Grunt Style, a veteran-owned and run company with designs that inspire patriotism made in the U.S.A. I have given one as a gift – he loved it! – and I have several in my collection. (That’s me in the photo above.) I’m a fan of their V-neck T-shirts, they simply fit me better. In addition to T-shirts, they sell other apparel and some gear. Grunt Style also has a monthly T-subscription service called Club Grunt Style. Check out and –>order Grunt Style here.<--

Give Something Pawesome for Christmas. The Gift of Teddy the Dog.
Give Something Pawesome for Christmas. The Gift of Teddy the Dog.

Give the Dog-Lover Something Pawesome.
Teddy the Dog is well, “pawesome” and ideal for the canine-loving guy or gal in your life. Teddy’s designs are “punny” with phrases such as “bark side of the moon,” “the more the terrier,” and “I make pour decisions.” Pick of the Litter collection are limited run designs on shirts and other items such as bags, wine glasses or towels are available. Pick of the Litter ensures there are new, fresh designs frequently. Check out and order –>Teddy the Dog here.<--

Don’t Forget Your Dog
How about a monthly subscription box for your dogs? I have given BarkBox away as a gift and I recently ordered a Grinch-themed one for my dog Radcliff. Although I have not tried others, what I like about BarkBox is you can indicate any dietary needs (I try to keep chicken out of Rad’s diet), it includes two toys based on the dog’s size, two bags of all-natural treats, and a yummy chew sourced in the USA. Check out the video above and –> order a subscription, whether a month, three months or year to BarkBox here <--

The Best Gift is YOU!
Again, it may be too late to pick up something tangible but you can print out a certificate or image (or, if it’s an experience, find a magazine or book that fits with it), wrap it up to make a nice presentation, and rock someone’s world! Remember, don’t sweat the gifts. Your presence is the best present. Merry Christmas!

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Author: Solo Travel Girl

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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