Last minute gift ideas and is it last minute already or is that next week?

From CB: Christmas is coming so fast and I didn’t even finish decorating my tree yet! I don’t know what the hell happened to this year, but at least I know which gifts I’m getting for people, thanks to doing these posts. I’ve got so many ideas for thoughtful gifts. Here’s a link to Amazon’s gift guide again and here are some ideas from Hecate and me.

From CB: Affordable all-natural shampoo and conditioner for curly hair
About two weeks ago I got a free sample from Sephora for Ouai leave in conditioner. It was very perfumey but it made my hair soft. Around the same time I noticed that my hair was coming out a lot, which I assumed was due to menopause. Earlier this week I realized that my scalp was itchy after I showered and applied the Ouai. I googled it, and apparently your hair can fall out due to an allergic reaction to products. I’m so mad! I didn’t change my shampoo and conditioner, I have been using Garnier Sleek and Shine for years, and I didn’t change my styling products. Anyway I threw it out of course, but this made me realize I also need to move to more natural shampoo and conditioner. I have wavy to straight, fine, not curly, hair, but my mom uses this wonderful Hask Curl Care shampoo and conditioner. I used it when I visited her at Thanksgiving and loved the smell and how it made my hair feel. I just bought this from Amazon and it’s surprisingly affordable at less than $14 for both full size shampoo and conditioner! You would pay that for just a shampoo at the salon. This has 4.2 stars, almost 600 ratings and a B from Fakespot. People call Hask better than much more expensive salon products, say it “makes my hair look healthy, voluminous and clean,” and that it “revived my very fried hair after bleaching and then repeatedly coloring.” Hask also comes in repairing, biotin thickening (I should have bought that), micellar anti-residue, color protection and so many other formulas, all at this same price point.

From CB: An indoor herb garden kit that comes with a beautiful planter
I use herbs for cooking often but I’m not a gardener, I dislike even pulling out weeds and it shows in the sad state of my yard. Plus there are so many rabbits in my neighborhood that I know they would figure out a way around any rabbit deterrent in an alternate universe where I garden. The individual fresh herbs can be expensive. I would love a little set of grow-your-own herbs like this and it would also make a nice gift. This indoor herb garden set comes with basil, parsley, cilantro and chive seeds along with soil disks, plant markers, a wooden box, pots and instructions. It’s $35 and has 3.8 stars, 61 ratings and a B from Fakespot. People say it’s the perfect gift, that their herbs grew quickly and that it looks really cute on a windowsill.

From CB: A special chilling hat for headache relief which migraine sufferers love
I just realized this product existed and am glad I don’t have a consistent need for it. It would be great to keep on hand, though, for my son who gets headaches and also for my neck! This is a special headache hat you keep in the freezer which is like a cozy ice pack you can wrap around your eyes. I have ongoing issues from whiplash after a ceiling fan injury two years ago and often need to ice my neck. This converts so you can use it on your neck, back or wherever you have issues. This has over 1,200 ratings, 4.4 stars and an A from Fakespot! People say it works perfectly to treat chronic migraines, and that it’s been a life-changer for them. One lady wears it at work around the top of her head. Some people say it’s best to get two so you can swap them out. You might be able to just buy more ice inserts for it as well. I’m getting this as a gift for my aunt and hope she doesn’t see this!

From Hecate: Stockings for your furry friends!
I’m in the final stages of my holiday shopping, which means my main focus is stuffing stockings. First up: fur babies! For your precious kitties, a 14-toy stocking for $13. It got 4.4 out of 5 stars with an A from Fakespot. One cat parent said, “JUST RIGHT FOR MY FUR BABIES” and I think all caps says it all. For dogs, there is this four-toy stocking for $11 it got 4 out of 5 stars with 47 ratings but only a C on Fakespot. One Grandma weighed in saying, “When her gifts arrived from “Grandma” (that’s me!) – she had the time of her life.” I like the selection but it’s also nostalgic for me because it has a plastic newspaper and when I was growing up, our Irish Setter got a plastic newspaper every year in his stocking.

From Hecate: A stylish tea mug with infuser for the tea drinker on your list
I just learned how to properly brew a cup of tea last year. And now that I know how, I’m pretty precious about it. I like this set because it includes a sturdy infuser and lid to keep the tea hot or to place the infuser and spare your desk a ring. Plus I love the mint color but it also comes in clear, yellow, orange and white. It’s just $15 and has 4.7 stars, 88 ratings and a B from Fakespot. One review said, “I can fit my entire hand comfortably and easily.” Another said that after using hers for two weeks, “I just ordered 3 more so I have a set of 4!”

From Hecate: A set of sensory toys for kids to help with anxiety and stress
This earned 4.6 stars with 445 ratings and an A on Fakespot. Plus it’s just $19 for 22 different toys. There’s a really good assortment here with a lot of different textures. One reviewer said, “I thought this fidget set is good only for the kids but when I looked at it, there are some items in the box that are useful for adults like the squeeze ball it helps stress relief and the magic cube brainstorming game.”

From Hecate: A telescoping magnetic pick up tool for $7
This looks like something I desperately need. The magnet can hold up to 15 pounds and is good for grabbing those nuts and bolts that fall behind the workbench. One of the Amazon pics shows it being used on something that fell into a car engine. For me, I can also use it to retrieve pins and needles that fall on the floor that are near impossible to pick up with my acrylic nails. This has 4.5 stars, 1,759 ratings and an A on Fakespot. Reviewers said, “This thing is crazy powerful” and another said, “I can’t imagine a better pickup.” One also gave the great suggestion that you can use this to grab those darn hangers from behind your washing machine – sold!

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  1. Doodle says:

    Both my kids have anxiety and I can tell you that fisher box looks awesome. We have a bunch of the items in there and they have been amazing. As an added bonus, my kitten loves chasing after many of those items as well so I suppose they are dual purpose…? Lol! Not so fun for us running after him and trying to find them all to put back in the fidget box! We have fidgets at home, in the car and I have a bag in my purse to help with my daughter’s OCD. This set looks amazing.

  2. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    The fidget box looks awesome to this adult! I have ADHD and anxiety.
    *adds item to cart*

  3. jbyrdku says:

    What the hell kind of ceiling fan injury gives you ongoing whiplash lol?!

  4. IMUCU says:

    Just as I think I’m done shopping you show us that cooling hat!! I have to get one for my mom too, who has migraine headaches.

  5. Giddy says:

    I am ordering the migraine hat immediately! In my area December brings a particularly heinous allergy known as cedar fever, and it gives me headaches that last for days. Here’s hoping that the hat helps!

    • Lindy says:

      Oh my gosh, are you an Austinite, too? It’s started early because of the warm fall and it’s so miserable already!

  6. Jas says:

    Co-signing Hask. Pretty much the only non-salon line I use.

  7. Kaye says:

    I love these posts! I don’t think I’ve bought anything featured yet, but I always read them first and then come back later when people have had time to comment.

  8. manda says:

    I get sinus and tension headaches, so ice on my head is the last thing I would want. I wrap my heat pad around my head and neck, sometimes I shoot my face with my hairdryer. Heat is what usually works for me

  9. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Last minute gift buying is December 24. 😏

  10. AnnaKist says:

    Id like to get the chill cap for my daughter, and for me, that magnetic pick-up tool. As for the furries, they’ve done their dash. My daughter had lots of wrapped gifts in two large tubs – the ones for people we’ll see on the 26th. The two pups, siblings, decided to have an early (midnight) Christmas. They ripped the wrapping off many gifts, and ate Mrs Next-door’s Scottish shortbread and Auntie’s large Lindt chocolate gift box, despite being warned repeatedly that “chocolate is not good for dogs”. Santa will not be coming to them.

  11. Marianne says:

    I just want to buy my dad 1 or 2 more things, and then I just need to wrap/put stuff in bags. Otherwise Im done.

  12. Kim says:

    I have the headache hat and it is amazing!! A lot of times wearing it is the only way I can get things done (I have chronic migraines). It is worth every penny. I cannot recommend it enough to anyone who gets migraines/headaches and finds that ice helps. My brother actually used it on his back after surgery and said it was the best ice pack he tried because of the coverage. I got mine for Christmas last year – it is an excellent gift for any migraine/headache sufferer.

  13. Bunny says:

    Hask is awesome! I just bought some, but will save the link for next time. Going to order the kitty toys & migraine hat right away, though.

  14. Meg says:

    I was going to say, is it last minute already??

  15. Seeker542 says:

    I’ve been buying and using Hask on my hair for the last 4-5 years and I can’t think of many other brands that are natural/ junk-free, well priced and widely available. I almost never have issues with my scalp getting too oily since I started using the brand.

    The thing that irks me about availability is the selection of products being different across stores. Ulta will stock certain varieties but Target/Walmart/Walgreens will get exclusive varieties and packaging.