Even when we make our lists and check them twice, we’re bound to come up short a gift or two during the holiday season. It happens to all of us. Maybe we forgot to pick up something for the host of a holiday party, didn’t know our son was bringing his new girlfriend to Christmas Eve dinner, or learned our book club was having a gift exchange after we’d already finished our shopping. Instead of rushing to the mall at the last minute, pick up a few of these simple gifts during your next shopping trip. Keep them on hand so you’ll always have a gift for anyone during the holiday season or throughout the year.

Wine or Champagne. If you’re going to serve wine at your holiday celebrations, simply pick up a few extra bottles. Looking for a fun but easy way to wrap a wine bottle? Wrap it inside a colorful kitchen towel, put it inside an oven mitt, or simply attach a colorful ribbon and tag.

BBQ Sauce Assortment. Here in Kansas City, nearly every grocery store stocks a variety of delicious sauces from local restaurants. Select a variety of local brands and arrange them in an inexpensive basket.

A Cozy Blanket or Throw. These are easy to find at most stores this time of year, but if you’re crafty or have sewing skills, you can make your own.

Holiday-themed Mug Set. Add a few packets of hot cocoa mix, some gourmet coffee, and/or a box of herbal tea bags.

A Blank Journal or Notebook. Choose one with a somewhat generic cover so it can be gifted to anyone. Throw in a fancy pen!

Scented Candles. Holiday scents such as cinnamon, peppermint, or pine are always nice this time of year, but stock up on some more generic aromas if you want to keep these on hand to be gifts year round.

Coasters. Nobody ever has enough of these, and they’re fairly inexpensive and easy to find.

Cookie Mix in a Jar. Do you have a favorite cookie recipe? Layer the dry ingredients into a 32-ounce mason jar and seal tightly. Decorate the jar with a ribbon and attach a tag that lists the complete recipe and baking instructions.

A Picture Frame or Photo Album. Everyone can use a frame! Pick one with a simple design that will match any décor.

A New Cookbook. You get bonus points if it’s holiday themed.

Adult Coloring Book. These books are a popular trend, and coloring is thought to be stress-relieving. You can find nearly any theme, from abstract designs to pictures of animals to landscapes and more. Add a set of colored pencils.

Chocolate Anything. Seriously. Anything. It’s chocolate.

There are plenty of shopping days left in the season, so print this list, grab a neighbor from the Lazy Acres senior living community in Belton and make a day of it!

It’s easy to get into the holiday spirit with friends and neighbors at Lazy Acres senior living community in Belton. To learn more, give us a call during regular business hours at (816) 331-4886 or fill out our online contact form anytime!