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6 Places to Shop In a Pinch For Last Minute Holiday Gifts

Couldn't get to the mall or your favorite store to pick up a present for Aunt Emma? No worries, this list may come in handy.

It's down to the wire and your holiday gift list never got a glance. But no problem, there is hope in a pinch.

Last-minute gifts may be found in the most unlikely of places.

Here are six suggestions for picking out a gift for friends, loved ones, and even the mailman:

1. Drugstores: Most carry everything from cards and perfumes to electronics and books.

2. Gas stations: Yes, they often times carry stuffed animals, mugs and other trinkets.

3. Grocery stores: Who doesn't need a gift card to buy some of their favorite things or just every day staples?

4. Florists: Always great in a pinch for a bouquet of red roses or hand-designed arrangements.

5. Bakeries: Shops are typically loaded with cookies, cakes, and enough sweets you can even buy extra for yourself.

6. Hardware Stores: Some stores carry a lot more than nuts and bolts. Today's hardware stores have complete sections dedicated to home goods such as small appliances and knickknacks.

So, just when you thought you were no better than a lump of coal because you missed the boat on gift-buying, there is hope in the form of the most unlikely places for last-minute finds.

Frank Biafore December 23, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Tickets for future admission to Playland Not at the Beach in El Cerrito also make a great gift for those 5 to 95. One of the few local places you and your grandchildren can have fun together. www.pnatb.org
Jon December 24, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Printing and framing my favorite Patch articles has always worked for me as a great last minute gift.
Charles Ferrell December 24, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Since when is El Cerrito anywhere near Beaumont and Banning, I thought this was the "local" Banning-Beaumont Patch? Please keep stories local, Patch editors.
Lorraine Pozniak December 24, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Charles, it's obvious that Frank Biafore is promoting something that he's involved with. This wasn't put forth by Patch editors, anyway...
Frank Biafore December 24, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Charles, I apologise for this appearing on your Patch listing, I posted the infomation as a comment to an article that appeared on my local Patch, as many of our local Patch readers also support our local non-profit museum and family fun center.
Vito Spago December 24, 2012 at 09:14 PM
If you have not gotten all your gifts by now, then stop shopping and give that money to charity. Buying Christmas gifts is a waste anyway. Folks getting stupid things that they do not want anyway.

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