Patch Picks: Last-Minute Gift Ideas For All

Need to find one more gift? We've got you covered.

Oh no! You forgot that one gift. How could this have happened? You need not fret, beloved readers—Patch is here to save the day. Here are some last-minute gift ideas, divided into five categories. Happy shopping! 

1) The Exercise Nut: Does your loved one exercise or stay active? You might want to consider a gym membership to or , two great workout facilities right here in town. If they love strengthening their core or easing their body of excess stress, consider a class package to . If you go either of these routes, I'm sure the folks at or the New Balance Shop at the would be happy to help pick the appropriate attire. 

2) The Book Worm: The great thing about books is that regardless of whether or not someone fancies themselves a reader, you can always find a title they'll like. If they aren't a regular patron already, you can sign them up for a library card with the of Hennepin County's wonderful library system. If you've got an omnivorous bookworm on your hands, is a sure bet to find a good read. Don't forget , whose modest selection consists of a number of interesting and worthwhile options.  

3) The Coffee Connoisseur: Has that person on your list ever said, "I'm not myself until I've had my coffee?" If so, chances are they spend a great deal of money on caffeinated beverages. Gift cards can be a cop-out, but coffee gift cards can be a godsend. Take your pick of coffee places in the Park. Take the Minnetonka Boulevard exit off Highway 100, where you can hit , or for your gift card needs. 

4) The Family Band: Whether that someone on your list just blew into a trumpet for the first time or has been playing guitar for years, you can get their gift right here in town. Head over to and sign them up for lessons, get them some new strings or simply inquire about what would best suit them. Maybe they're the family's elder, who used to listen to all of his or her music on the radio. If this is the case, the Christmas gift could be a future afternoon spent at the . 

5) The Morning Commuter: Most of us have some sort of commute to and from work, whether we drive or take the bus. Wouldn't it be great to get someone an old-fashioned book-on-CD from Half Price Books? Their drive to work could consist of being lost in a fictional world instead of being stuck in traffic. If they drive, they might even appreciate a gas card for the holidays. 

Congratulations, you're done shopping!

Michele Kolier December 23, 2011 at 05:28 PM
A personalized magazine cover that you can download and print yourself is a unique last minute gift idea. It is totally personalized with the recipient's photo and custom headlines all about their life. They'll think you spent months planning it, not that you just made it at the last minute. Available instantly online from www.yourcover.com.


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