5 Fast Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas


    AAAH! With Christmas upon us, you’re seriously short on time for gift-buying. And forget about shipping. You need presents to give and you need them now.

    But fret not. Read on for five fantastic and fast holiday gift ideas.

    Last Minute Christmas Gifts

    Membership at a Favorite Brooklyn Cultural Institution

    Just sign up online, print out the membership confirmation and slip in a festive card. Memberships to the Brooklyn Museum start at $60 and include yearlong unlimited access to the museum, and exclusive invites to openings and other special events. A membership to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden — with unlimited entry, sunset picnics, guest passes, Garden Cocktail Nights and more — starts at $50. Memberships to the Brooklyn Academy of Music start at $85 but get you a whole host of goodies — mainly discounted film and theater tickets.

    Last Minute Christmas Gifts

    Fabulous Monthly Food Club Subscriptions

    For just $50, Dumbo-based indie food retailer Mouth will deliver monthly packages of some of the best independently made food around. From $105-420, you can get your loved one a subscription to Stinky Brooklyn‘s Beer of the Month Club — featuring a curated selection of the best international brews.

    Last Minute Christmas Gifts

    Gift Cards to Cool Brooklyn Classes

    A Brooklyn Brainery gift certificate is easy to buy, print and give — and you can spend anywhere from $10 to $5 million. When presenting this gift, we suggest you include a list of a few classes you think the giftee might enjoy — like cryptography, historic cocktail-making, or online dating tips and tricks. Brooklyn Kitchen also has some killer classes worthy of giving, with gift certificates starting at $100. Another delectable option is to give a chocolate-making class at Raaka Chocolate. For $50, students learn the ins and outs of cacao and leave with three bars they made themselves.

    Last Minute Christmas Gifts

    Make Your Own Curated Brooklyn Gift Basket

    If you have at least a spare hour or so, you might want to just pop on down to your local gourmet grocery or gift shop, buy a few goodies, and throw them in a basket or a box tied with a bow. BKLYN Larder in Prospect Heights has a selection of fresh and canned/bagged foods. Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store has a quirky selection of useful and funny little geegaws. Seriously though, a bottle of wine, a box of fancy crackers, some artisanal spreads and a basket is all you need for a sweet gift.

    Last Minute Christmas Gifts

    Subscriptions to Brooklyn-Based Magazines

    Here’s another option in the buy-print-give category. A magazine subscription can keep your giftee happy for a year — and there are a number of excellent Brooklyn-based options to choose from. For the literarily curious set, Cabinet Magazine is a must-have. Dads could get Kindling Quarterly. Brooklyn Magazine itself recently changed to printing 12 issues a year.

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