Last-minute shopping to do? Here you go

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It’s down to the wire, and almost half of Americans are still scrambling for gifts.

Justin Burr of Google says, “According Google shopping data that we have, 42% of people actually wait until the last minute to buy their gifts, and I’m part of that as well.”

Give back to the environment with eco-friendly gifts such as Bee’s Wrap sustainable food storage.

For the kids on your list, give the gift of learning with toys that teach such as the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit.

Bridget Carey of CNet adds, “Having stem toy doesn’t mean it has to be a boring toy. If you’re into Harry Potter, there’s a wand that teaches you how to program.”

Or the Labo Vehicle Kit lets kids build game accessories for the Nintendo Switch, one of the holiday’s hottest game consoles.

Carey advised, “So you might spend time snapping together cardboard for a steering wheel for a game where you’re driving around.”

Tech accessories such as wireless headphones are useful gifts for those already getting a big ticket item like a new phone or laptop.

Chaim Gartenberg of The Verge says, “Things like webcam covers which are great for privacy, extra long charging cables which is a personal fave of mine.”

While it may be tempting, experts say to skip the gift card rack.

Prof. Morgan Ward of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School says, “Don’t just get the Starbucks gift card. It’s impersonal, and it means I don’t know you well enough.”

Instead, an experience such as a spa treatment, cooking class or tickets to a concert may be more meaningful than a material gift, and you can get it quickly online as late as Christmas morning.

Emory researchers say more people would rather get nothing at all than get an impersonal gift. Also noted in the study, it’s not all about money!

Most respondents would prefer a low-cost gift that says something meaningful about the relationship over a more expensive gift that doesn’t have a personal connection.

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