Unique Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for the Late Shopper

We’re down to just a few days before Christmas and yes, we all know the feeling when you realize you may have missed someone on your list! Other times we have so much going on in our lives that we wait until last minute and the window for online shopping has long passed. Either way, you are racing against the clock (and store inventory!) in order to find the perfect gift that will be sure to delight your loved one. Fortunately, you have come to the right place! The Jacci Group has assembled a list of not-so-basic gift ideas that you can find with ease and leave a smile on someone’s face. 

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Gifts for the Home

When it comes to gifts for the home, you can’t really go wrong. Most of us would love a revolutionary kitchen gadget or even a fuzzy blanket to warm up with. Sur La Table at Market Street has a wonderful selection of exciting gifts – from a gourmet herb kit to a handy tofu press! Visit The Woodlands Mall and you will find a cozy throw blanket that is perfect for wintertime. Pottery Barn always does it right, but you can also find them inside most department stores on sale.


A Book from a Local Bookshop

If you’re person loves to read, this one is easy! Just grab something off the 2018 GoodReads Choice Awards and they will be thrilled. You can also stop by a local bookshop such as Brazos Bookstore in Houston. The employees at Brazos leave little reviews on much of their books so you can get a better idea of what to pick. Don’t know if they are into reading? No problem. If they love to cook, consider a cookbook. Are they into art or fashion? Look into getting them a book about that!


Custom Jewelry by Barbara Parker

Looking to give something extra special this year? Barbara Parker’s Diamond Vault has you covered. This stunning custom jewelry store, located in Conroe, offers a wide range of one-of-a-kind pieces for every budget. You can trust that Barbara’s jewelry is of the highest quality and completely unique!


Give an Experience

Think about what that person loves to do. Dining out at restaurants? Taking the kids to the Zoo? Or maybe they need a break and would love to have a spa day. Below are links to some great ideas that will be sure to create memories that will last!


- Houston Zoo

- Museum District

- Woodlands Children’s Museum

- Local Golf Courses

Live Entertainment:

- Tickets to an event at Cynthia Woods

- Go see a show at the Houston Theater District

- Take them to a Houston Sport Event

Woodlands Spas & Salons:

- Get a blowout at the new Dry Bar at Market Street

- A luxurious facial at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa

- Mani/Pedi’s at a Local Nail Salon

Many of us need to have our gifts shipped, which really doesn’t leave us much time. The UPS Store is offering to wrap and ship gifts for you which will save you even more precious time. At UPS, you can choose which shipping option works best with your holiday schedule. Also, visit USPS.com for more easy shipping options.

Going Out to Eat on Thanksgiving: What's Open?

Don’t feel like cooking an elaborate homemade meal on Thanksgiving Day? No worries. There are plenty of excellent restaurants that are open on November 22nd in The Woodlands. You’ll want to make your reservation ahead of time to ensure a spot for your party! Thankfully, making a reservation is easier than ever with sites such as Open Table.



Join TRIS on Thanksgiving from 11am to 4pm for a new one-of-a-kind Chefs’ Market Gathering style Thanksgiving Feast! Featuring a Chef action station/buffet-style lunch with traditional Thanksgiving offerings. Kids under 5 years of age eat for free!


CRU Food & Wine Bar

From noon to 9pm a three-course Thanksgiving dinner will be served for $42 a person (kids 12 and under will be half off). Enjoy a steaming basket of fresh baked bread while each guest chooses their own favorites for each of the three courses!


The Kitchen

Enjoy Thanksgiving in the comfort of your home with delicious food from Hubbell & Hudson’s The Kitchen! With all your favorite traditions such as turkey, ham, sides, and desserts, The Kitchen’s got you covered this year! Just pick it up, heat, and enjoy.


Babin’s Seafood House

The Woodlands

“Gobble ‘till you Wobble”! Babin’s Seafood House will be open Thanksgiving Day from 11am to 6pm and will serve To-Go Packages (order by 11/19) and is also taking reservations.


Buca di Beppo

Spend less time in the kitchen, and more time with family and friends by having your Thanksgiving dinner catered by Buca di Beppo. Catering menu packages include everything you need for a memorable holiday meal!


Del Frisco’s Grille

Now showcasing their special Three-Course Fall menu for the season! With classic fall flavors and unique modern options served in a sophisticated atmosphere, Del Frisco’s Grille makes for a wonderful Thanksgiving Day choice.


Landry’s Seafood House

Offering a thorough Thanksgiving Feast to take home! From turkey to pumpkin pie, Landry’s has your family covered this year. Final order deadline is 11/19 and pickup is from 9am to 11am Thanksgiving Day.


Honey-Bee Ham & Deli

Order ahead for the most delicious Thanksgiving turkey, ham, sides, and desserts! This local deli will not disappoint. Order soon!