Last Minute Shopping Ideas

Joe Pritchard of Pritchard Music Academy shows off a collection of instruments that make great gifts for the music lover on your list.

If you’ve made your list, checked it twice, and realized you have some last-minute Christmas shopping to do, you better not pout, you better not cry because it’s not as bad as you think. There’s no need to stress about getting to the mall or braving traffic on the Pike with the rest of the late shoppers — you can stay home for the holidays by shopping right here in the neighborhood and finding some unique gifts for everyone on your list.

For the wine lover:
With four wine stores in Kentlands, it’s easy to find the perfect bottle of wine, winter-themed beer, or festive champagne at any price. At the Wine Harvest, you can customize a gift basket for the wine lover on your list, or pick up a 2010 bottle of Baujolais Nouveau. Every November, a new bottle is bottled and sold through the holidays — start an annual tradition for your favorite wine enthusiast.

For the health nut:
Kentlands Nutrition offers “Gifts of Health” packages ranging from $8.95 to $27.50. Package themes include Sport and Energy, Immune Boosting and a Teacher Package (which includes a Vitamin C moisture spray and hand sanitizer), or customize your own basket. If your health nut has a sweet tooth (or you need a party dessert), order a fresh protein pumpkin pie for $15.

For the music lover:
Pritchard Music Academy covers everything from stocking stuffers (metronomes, music charm bracelets, magnets, note cards) to less expensive instruments (harmonicas, recorders, ukuleles), to more expensive instruments (electric and acoustic guitars range from $175 to $650). You can also buy music lessons for all ages, all levels and all instruments, including voice lessons.

For the fitness buff:
Run to Fleet Feet for a wide variety of gifts for runners and walkers. Kentlands newcomer Fit to the Core offers gift bags that include different options for Pilates classes ($29 for group; $49 for private; $79 for both), a massage from Ace Foot Spa (another newbie, specializing in reflexology) and a pair of toe socks.

For the pet lover:
In addition to everything you could ever think of for your pet, Bark! offers gifts for humans, too. Select t-shirts for pet lovers are 50 percent off through Christmas, ranging from $8.99 to $12. They also have pet-themed mugs, cards and dog breed car magnets.

For the clean freak:
Don’t be afraid to give the gift of a vacuum cleaner, especially if the one you love loves to clean. Oreck has regular, handheld and car vacuums in addition to steam mops ranging from $79 to $179, a cordless iron for $79, a wide range of cleaning supplies (put a bunch together for a cleaning gift basket), odor absorbing candles for $24.99, and pure air candles for $12.

For the home decorator:
If someone you know needs a little help decorating their home or rearranging their furniture, L&M Designs recommends giving them a design consultation ($150 for one hour; $350 for three). L&M can provide help with accessorizing, space planning, or some much-needed inspiration.

Spa/Salon Packages:
A little pampering goes a long way. You chose from about a dozen salons in the neighborhood and give someone a treatment of their choice, but don’t forget about gift baskets of hair and skin products.

For her:
If she loves clothes, jewelry and accessories, Clover and Lipstick Lounge are a good spots for the latest trends. Because Lipstick Lounge is a consignment store, you can find great bargains. Used jewelry starts at $10 but can include precious finds like an 18-karat gold Cartier bracelet for $250. They also sell new jewelry — Kentlands jewelry designer Tish Moody is one of their top sellers. The same goes for accessories — you can find a $20 Coach purse or splurge on a hard-to-find Chanel bag for $850.

While you’re grocery shopping:
If you’re running into Giant for holiday meal ingredients, you can stop in the toy aisle for last-minute kids’ gifts. If you’re shopping at Whole Foods, they carry organic clothing and gifts for babies through adults.

Don’t forget the gift cards:
While you’re out, pick up a gift card to their favorite neighborhood restaurant, movie tickets, dry cleaning, coffee, dance lessons, classes for Mom and baby, or ice cream.