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Something from Publix's Extensive Gift Card Offerings
I'm often baffled by the huge range of gift card offerings available at Publix. Depending on the location you pop into, you might find cards for restaurants and stores as diverse as Bob Evans, Hooters, Bass Pro Shops and Best Buy, plus cards for digital retailers like Amazon or Google Play. You probably won't wow anyone with $25 to the Darden restaurant of his or her choice, but it's something, I guess? Pop it in a funny card, be upfront about how lazy you are, and, if the person loves you, he or she should still appreciate the (minimal) effort you put forth.
Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey
My husband’s aunt, almost 100 now and still a joy, always brought a good bottle of whiskey to Christmas dinner. I’ve always thought it was classy and way more fun and original than a bottle of wine. Even people who don’t drink whiskey seem delighted to have a good bottle on hand. Lucky for me, the Publix Liquor Store at Broadway Promenade stays open until 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Target Gift Card
When it comes down to the wire, a gift card from Target, in any amount, is a good last-minute move. Everyone heads to Target for something sooner or later…easy, quick, and highly practical.
Starbucks gift cards and mugs are a good go-to when I have a last minute gift to give. Who doesn’t love a fresh cup of coffee and a beautiful mug? Even if your friends or family don’t like coffee, they're bound to find something delicious on the menu worth going to the drive-thru for.
Flowers and a Bottle of Wine From Trader Joe's
We love Trader Joe's for many reasons, not the least of which is the varied and inexpensive flower and wine selection. At the holidays, you'll find rosemary trees, amaryllis bulbs, eucalyptus and evergreen wreaths, too; in June, their peony bouquets—this editor's favorite—are well-priced and last forever. Grab a bottle of wine and a pretty card and depending on how busy the store is, you can be in, out and on your way to the festivities in 10 minutes.