Still wondering what to get who? We’ve got original gift ideas for you last-minute shoppers! With all the great shipping deals and discount offers (we’re talking 30 –50% off!), there’s still time to nail the perfect present for…

The Fashionista

She’s such a picky shopper that your first inclination is to buy her a gift card. But that’s what you got her last year and the year before. This year treat her to a fashionable DVD series (like Sex and the City), special statement jewelry or a subscription to her favorite fashion magazine. Still tentative? Go for a more one-of-a-kind gift card idea, like one for Rent the Runway. She’ll be able to rent dresses by celebrity designers such as Herve Leger, Nicole Miller and more.

The Artist

Whatever the medium, be it canvas or keyboard, there are loads of options for the creatively inclined. A class of his choice in art, digital multimedia, photography or craft at a design center like 3rd Ward is a thoughtful option. If he’s more of a musician, try a personalized instrument accessory like a pick or set of drumsticks. If all else fails, get him a membership at his favorite museum or tickets to the next nearby music festival.

The Beauty Maven

While a gift card to Sephora is heaven to any beauty junkie, switch things up with a certificate to a nearby nail salon or a facial at a relaxing spa. A gift certificate at SpaFinder is another fitting gift. She’ll be able to select her own spa and service.

The Athlete

Still stumped about what to buy to guy or girl on the move? Try a sporty armband for an iPod touch or sleek water-resistant gloves. Been there, bought that? Go for an experience-based gift at a place like Cloud 9 Living. Choose from mountain biking to learning how to fly a helicopter (for 50 bucks and up)!

The Bookworm

The most obvious gift is, yes, a book. This year, try an e-reader (look for one within your budget). If she has already got one, then purchase a chic e-reader case. If she’s more traditional and appreciates a book in hardcopy form, buy a book of collected essays from her favorite author or buy multiple books that fit the same theme, and package them in a cool basket with a bottle of wine.

The Techie

Anything that beeps, lights up or has a screen or app gets him jumping out of his seat. That’s why an iPod Nano watch band is a safe bet. Not much of a watch-wearer or doesn’t own a Nano? Then consider one month of movie streaming via Netflix or an iTunes gift card (they can shop for music, movies, TV shows, apps, audiobooks, and more).

Happy Holidays!

-Audra E. Lord

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  • Thanks for these tips. Just visted the Cloud 9 website. This is soo cool and I knew nothing about it..great info :)