You’ve been caught up with last minute work stuff, family stuff, and Covid news has you debating whether or not you should even attempt the mall. It’s too late for online shopping (unless you’re an Amazon Prime member you may still luck out for a seriously last minute delivery). Maybe shop local? That’s always a good idea! But if you’re really, really not wanting to go out on the final 24 hours – and who can blame you these days as Omicron is sweeping across the nation and probably across the street. I’ve got your ultimate last minute gift guide that is still fun!

Royal Ontario Museum Gift Membership: Perfect for families, friends, couples, a gift of a membership that will last throughout the year. Now is a great time especially since they’ve just opened up a brand new permanent exhibition. A family membership ($195) includes: Unlimited access for two named Members on cards, plus up to four children (17 years and under).  Free and unlimited admission to ROM galleries and exhibitions. See here for full list of benefits.

Storyworth: Great for parents and grandparents. This very popular “self publishing” memoir gift idea prompts the receiver with a weekly question for the next year. Each week, a question (as chosen by you) inspires the recipient to answer from their past memories. Then, at the end of the year, Storyworth’s busy helpers bring the stories together and publishes them in one nifty hardcover book. Pick the day you’d like the email gift sent (oh, Christmas Day! ) and if you’d like something to print out and slip into a box or card, it’s there too! ($99 US) Gift the gift of audiobooks for anyone on your list who loves to discover the next greatest read! I love listening to stories on my daily walks or while I’m cooking/baking up a storm. Gift an Audible membership (credits for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 12 month options available). Audible Plus membership offers a catalogue of thousands of originals, podcasts and audio books.

Etsy Gift Card: For the art lover/creative type on our list. This is a no fail gift that allows them to support artisans and selecting something they will truly cherish. From one of a kind jewellery, home decor, and designer threads, there’s so much to choose from. Available at a variety of denominations.

Crafty Ramen DIY Kits: For the noodlehead in your life, gift them noods! Great for students, families, couples. Especially great now that we are most likely going to stay home for a while. Gifts are available as a one-off (foodie kit, 4 DIY ramen kits etc) or a subscription.  The ramen kits are  excellent. Restaurant quality. Fresh ingredients. Easy to follow instructions to assemble. A variety of flavours to choose from. Available for Toronto/GTA. “Gift cards” are emailed to your recipient on the day you choose. Various price points (4 DIY ramen kits $55)

General Assembly Gift a Stack of Pizza: Yes, you can deliver great restaurant quality pizzas! Order up a stack of 4 pizzas (comes vacuum packed, flash frozen and in a cool box). Recipient is notified and they can select delivery date, choice of pizzas. ($49)

Periwinkle Florist Fresh Flower Subscription: bring a burst of sunshine over the coming cold weeks and months. Sold in sets of 4, you can select weekly or monthly. They can be picked up at their shop or delivered (discounted delivery price) to the door. Card is provided with the first in the set and will show the future dates for delivery. Toronto only.