To make giving easy this year, Rite Aid has put together a list of last-minute present ideas to help you wow even the toughest names on your hopping lists – all without breaking the bank.
The first thing any last-minute shopper needs are the accessories to transform a present into a presentation: $22.45 (three-pack of seagrass baskets, $9.99; bag of 15 bows in various styles and colors, $2.99; multicolored tissue paper, $1.99; four-pack of ribbon, $2.49; pack of glitter pens, $4.99).
Then finish the job by creating a personalized gift theme catered to the recipient’s interests such as the following combinations created for personalities including:
- Aromatic Aficionados – Make a sweet-smelling gift by combining sample size perfumes or even removing the vials from one of several gift sets and stuffing them in a gift bag with colorful tissue paper: $15.47 (perfume/cologne sampler sets, $9.99-$21; individual sample scents, $2.49; decorative nylon gift bag, $2.99)
- Pedicure Lovers – Although Rite Aid carries several prepackaged pedicure gift sets, it’s also easy and affordable to stuff a stocking from scratch with the items needed for any pedicure. To really make this gift stand out, offer to personally paint the toes of the recipient by throwing in a hand-made gift certificate: $18.76 (two colors of nail polish plus top coat, $2.97; polish remover, $1.99; cotton rounds, $2.15; interlocking smiley face toe spreaders, $.99; 10-pack of emery boards, $1.99; nail file and shaper, $.99; Pure Spring body lotion, $1.69; pair of microterry slippers, $5.99)
- Entertainment Enthusiast – Get a universal remote control and program it for a loved one’s television, cable box, DVD player, stereo or just about any other entertainment device. Then wrap it in the current issue of a TV/entertainment magazine – tack on a year’s subscription if they’ve been good this year – and slip it in a stocking with a bow: $18.27 (universal remote, $9.99; four-pack of AAA batteries, $4.29; magazine, $3.99)
- The comfy-loving homebody (or anyone else all partied out from the holidays) – Fill a basket with movie theatre-style microwave popcorn, a DVD-rental gift card and the cozy gift sensation, a Snuggie. Or, for those with a love of the written word, substitute several best-seller paperbacks to tie in with the Snuggie’s free booklight: $30.88 (popcorn, $.89; movie rental gift card or two paperbacks, $15; Snuggie, $14.99)
- Car lover – Pick up a selection of wash and detailing products, arrange them in a plastic bucket and complete the effect with an over-sized bow or even a handmade gift certificate for the labor: $18.16 (pour-spout pail, $6.99; car sponge, $2.29; car towel, $5.59; high-foam car soap, $3.29)
- College student or other on-the-go diner (with an on-the-go metabolism) – Grab a mini stocking designed just for gift cards and load it with cards for popular fast-food and take-out restaurants. Let them think you drove store to store for the assortment, rather than disclosing that you found them all among Rite Aid’s one-stop selection of 200 retailers: $27.99 and up (stocking gift card holder, $2.99; gift cards for various restaurants in various denominations including $10, $15 and $20)
- Bath-loving girls – Jazz up a children’s blanket stuffed in an animal-shaped carrying case by adding a few bath items: $24.16 (pink blanket and pig shaped carrying case, $9.99; princess-themed seven-piece hair kit, $7.99; princess-themed berry bliss soap, $3.69; color-changing bath scrubbie, $2.49)
- A newly resolved fitness buff – Get a collection of fitness essentials including a blank journal to decorate as a fitness log and wrap it all in a white towel with bow: $32.26 (white microfiber towel, $15.99; eight-pack of meal replacement energy drinks, $7.99; multivitamins, $5.99; journal, $2.29)
- Any classic-candy-loving child (or child at heart) – Personalize a small red and white stocking with glitter glue pen and fill it with an assortment of nostalgic candies: $16.17 ($1, chocolate coins; $1, candy canes 10-pack; bag of prewrapped, assorted chewy candies and champagne mix hard candies, $3; six-pack chocolate-coated marshmallow Santas, $3; cola-flavored gummy candies, $1.69; holiday Pez dispenser, $1.49; 16-inch plush-lined stocking, $4.99)
- Fans of Christmas Past – Use ribbon to tie a stack of nostalgic board games and classic holiday movies and soundtracks together for a truly experiential gift: $27.97 (classic holiday movie such as “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” $12.99; family board game such as , $4.99; Thomas Kinkade holiday music sampler, $9.99)
- The devoted dog lover – Pick up a pet bed and fill it with items that will pamper his or her pooch: $21.96, (Pet bed, $9.99; Snuggie for dogs, $9.99; four pack of rawhide chews, $.99; assorted chew and tug toys, $.99)
Don’t forget you have until Jan. 25 to participate in Rite Aid’s Gift of Savings program by tallying receipts dated Nov. 22 to Dec. 24. You will earn $5, $10 or $20 gift certificates based on total purchases from $25 to more than $100. For details and rules, see in-store brochures or go online to https://riteaid.rebateplus.com/holiday/.