Y'know, we all have those "hard to buy for" people on our gift list. Some of us also procrastinate on the whole gift-buying scene.

As we head into the final shopping weekend before Christmas, I have taken the liberty (and some base suggestions from this Time Magazine article) and attributed it to shopping locally in the Southwest.

1. Gift a home-cooked meal that you can be frozen for use at a later date. Think about it - some night, you get home from work, and you don't feel like preparing a huge meal for your family. How nice would it be to pull out a frozen, homemade lasagna for the freezer for the fam-jam?!

2. A subscription to the Blenders Concert Series.

3. A subscription to the Swift Current Allied Arts Concert Series.

4. Visit Etc. Etc. in the Swift Current Mall - not only do they have sweet kitchen gear, they also have a huge selection of luxury Crabtree & Evelyn products for the special person in your life!

5. Do you like doing a deep clean on your carpets? ME EITHER. Gift a residential carpet cleaning to someone you care about from ServiceMaster Clean in Swift Current.

6. Donate to the Salvation Army... the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation... the Swift Current SPCA... or The Center! - in the name of someone you love.

7. A gift card from the spa at Home Inn & Suites!

8. Know an athlete - or an armchair athlete? Ticket packages for the Swift Current Indians, Swift Current Broncos, golf passes to Elmwood Golf & Country Club, or even a gym membership to Training Zone could be a great gift! Also, one I would love, as a runner... gift a marathon entry fee to the runner in your life! They're often pricy and some don't go on sale till the new year (like the Queen City Marathon in September) so do some research. It's a cool idea.

9. Tanning sessions or Mystic Spray tans from Fabutan in Swift Current - an awful lot of people are heading down south this winter. Maybe you know someone who's planning a trip. The tanning gift would be thoughtful and it's one size fits all.

10. The Sundrops just released a live CD. How amazing are those kids? Music lovers in your life would enjoy this album!

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