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Convenience store gift shopping

Convenience and drug stores aren’t the ideal place for buying holiday gifts. However they can be a terrific alternative if you are on your way to a holiday party or event and realize you forgot to buy a gift. Read on to find out how to find appropriate gifts at the last minute.  

7 Eleven store front

You don’t want to be without a gift for someone, but you also don’t want to give a tacky gift. Here are some appropriate gifts you can find at convenience stores and drugstores.


Many convenience stores carry wine and even champagne. If you are headed to a holiday party, pick up a bottle on your way, slap on a bow and you’ll be good to go. Just don’t pick out the cheapest bottle they have on the shelf.

Beauty products

Give her a pampering gift by picking up body scrubs, lotions, loofahs and other beauty products at your local drugstore. You can pack the products in a wicker basket or decorative box, and you’ll have an appropriate gift that won’t cost more than ten bucks.

Amazon gift cards

Believe it or not, gift cards are available in $15, $25, $50 and $100 denominations at grocery, drug and convenience stores across the country, including 7 Eleven, CVS Pharmacy and Walgreen’s. So if you are on your way to Christmas dinner and forgot a gift for the host, stop at the convenience store and get an Amazon gift card.

If you are stuck between giving something inappropriate or not giving anything at all — skip the gift. Tacky presents will just be put on a shelf somewhere or tossed out. Everyone forgets a gift now and then, so you’ll surely be forgiven for forgetting someone on your holiday gift list.

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