Let’s be honest: you still need gifts, but you’re running out of time. Worry not! With pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens going upscale, you can put together a grab-and-go list of goodies that can piggyback onto that stop for Advil.
|For your jet set neighbor. Pick up flight-friendly treats: a mini-Marvis Cinnamint Toothpaste, $6, a tin of does-it-all Smith’s Rosebud Salve, $6 and an Essence Of Beauty Gel Eye Mask, $5. Total: less than $20, about the same as a bottle of wine, without the extra stop.|
|For a last-minute party. Skip the flowers and surprise the hostess with a potpourri of home products she’ll actually use: a charming, olde-time bottle of J.R. Watkins Naturals Liquid Hand Soap, $5, and room spray in a matching scent, $4 (or Mrs. Meyer’s, if you prefer).|
|The 8-going-on-18-year-old niece. Can’t find a Furby to save your life? Remain calm and pick up the Keeki Holiday Nail Gift Set, $45—it’s cheaper and cuter than that creepy furry thing, anyway. The kit comes with four biodegradable, non-toxic, water-based polishes (aka: kid-friendly) and one non-toxic polish remover.|
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