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“There’s Still Time” Holiday Gifts

By Isabel Kallman

Photo by Michel Filion
Is all the talk of “Last Minute” holiday shopping making you twitchy? Yeah, I understand.
My friend Elizabeth of Busy Mom put it best when she tweeted that she likes to think of it as “there’s still time.” And, why yes there still is!
Here are some gifts ideas I would consider even if I weren’t in a time crunch against Santa’s fast-approaching sleigh. Membership
Researching and constructing your family tree is surprisingly fun and addictive on The fine folks at this company invited me to their offices and opened my eyes to a service that is so filled with data and pictures of ancestors that it makes you feel guilty that you haven’t done this before. The key is that they have sophisticated algorithms that pull up information for you– like an automated genealogical librarian. I think it’s a perfect gift for that meticulous family member that’s always chatting up the elders at holiday functions. Plus, it’s a great activity to tackle when its cold or things are slow at work the week between Christmas and New Year’s.
You can buy a three- or six-month membership at $49 or $89 respectively. There’s no formal gift card program but what the Ancestry folks suggest is that you just buy a membership in your name with your credit card, then give the recipient the user name/password you set up. To present this gift, I would find a gorgeous photo card with antique-styling and just write in the URL, login & password.
Giveaway! has given us one World Deluxe Membership (worth over $300) to give away to one lucky reader. Just email us at [email protected] with “Ancestry” in the subject line by Weds, Dec 23 at 10am EST. We’ll randomly select the winner and announce the winner on Weds, Dec 23 by noon EST. Follow our contest rules detailed here.
Customized Family Album by Blurb
Blurb is our go-to source for family albums. It’s professional quality at consumer prices. Each year I make my husband a Year in Review Album and was thrilled to be notified that this year there’s even more time left to make one at Blurb. That’s right! We all now have until Sunday. Order one to three books within the Continental U.S. by Noon PST on December 20 and get your books by December 24.
Shop Gift Hero
We’re in love with the hand-picked and kid-tested selection at online retailer Gift Hero. AND! Wherever you live, there is still time to buy your holiday gifts from them. Check out their shipping page for the Holiday Delivery Schedule. You can order as late as 11:59PM on December 21st and get your gifts by Christmas Eve. Just choose the 2-day express option.
Some of our favorite items include the Buddha Board Laptop (our review), Miss Brittany’s Organic Fun Dough, Wooden Stringing Beads, Paper Fashions, and the games U.S. Bingo and Great States Jr. (which we recommended before).
Buy Local
Yes, shop your local mom and pop shops. Remember the good ‘ol days when you did that. Also, our friends at Cool Mom Picks had the genius idea of searching Etsy for artisans in your area allowing one greater shipping flexibility.
Amazon is your friend almost until the end!
Yes, the Google of the shopping world, is almost as good as your local department store for being dependable until the end. Below’s a screen shot of the cut-off dates and times for Christmas delivery.
Also, a truly special gift is the Kindle (which comes with FREE 2-day shipping). I adore mine particularly since I can buy and start reading whatever book within minutes of deciding to do so. It’s special, special, special.

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Published December 18, 2009. Last updated August 21, 2013.
Isabel Kallman
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Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.


Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.

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