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Last Minute Gift Ideas You Can Buy Online

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Whether it's for your boss and mentor, a co-worker that helped you out this year, your favourite client or an adoring family member, we've all been there – we forgot to get them something.

The holidays get busy and our minds tend to focus more on the work we have to finish up than on the gifts we should have already had wrapped and ready to go.

Don't worry, there's always still time to do something special. You might need to get a little creative, but you can pull this together! Start by designing a creative card using an online tool like Canva and it will look like you had this planned months down the road. You can personalize the greeting and then add illustrations, photos or creative text with fun labels. Or just use one of their pre-designed formats and you'll be done in minutes! 

The gift portion will take a tad bit longer, but you can still be ready in a flash. Here are some interesting last-minute gifts for any business pro or tech lover that you can buy online. Again, print off a gift card or note to accompany the present, or in some cases you might still have time for expedited shipping. Support business owners around the world

This is a non-profit organization that helps support global small business development through microfinance loans. Loan as little as $25 to help support a person's business dreams. Kiva has had over $790 Million in loans and they have a 98% repayment rate. 

I received this as a gift last year and had a great experience learning about innovative business ideas in many different countries while I selected a business owner to support. I put the loan towards a Zambian businesswoman's goal of starting up a mobile money kiosk. Her loan was completely funded, and now she has begun to make repayments. I receive an email notification when a repayment comes through, and it's a good reminder to check in to see how things are going. The Kiva gift for me was a great way to gain perspective on the challenges of operating businesses in different economic conditions. Online courses and tutorials for virtually any software

Learn how to use a variety of designer, developer, photo, video, audio or animation software with this subscription service. Professional videos with expert narration and guidance show you exactly how to use all these tools. The courses and tutorials are constantly updated, and if you use it regularly you can always be improving your skill-set. This is a great gift for the right person. is also now part of the LinkedIn family, and the account can connect through your LinkedIn profile. Plans start at around $25 for one month of access, which is pretty great considering the bounty of content available. You can also get 3-month and 1-year subscription gifts. 

Think like a geek with gifts from ThinkGeek

You may have missed the boat to get these gifts shipped on time, but ThinkGeek's inventory and wow factor may make up for that. Call it a New Year's present if you must, and I'm sure any tech and gadget lover on your business gift list will give you a pass once they see what you got for them from this place.

Think Star Wars themed home and office supplies, 3D printing pens, Lego style mugs and video game shaped lunch kits. Whatever you think of, it's probably at ThinkGeek. Business Cards: For creative types or those who want to stand out

If you've never seen a Moo business card, then you might want to take a look at what they offer. Neat shapes, wonderful designs and stock that makes you wish we printed things the good old fashioned way just a little bit more often.

Moo has really grown their offering as of late, with multiple sizes and styles of business cards along with other printing services. You can add on some fantastic card holders as well, which will definitely draw some attention the next time you're at an event and someone asks for your contact info. The Moo cards will get you noticed.

Purchase the gift online with any value you choose. Moo will email the recipient with the gift card and voila, you're a superstar!

Pinky's Bakeshop: When all else fails, appeal to their sweet tooth!

There are many bakery, customer cake shops and cupcakeries around, so pick your favourite. No matter your choice, nobody would be disappointed with the gift of some deliciously decorated custom cupcakes!

Pinky's Bakeshop does custom decorations, so consider asking them to match your vendor's corporate colours or logo with some creative frosting. They offer gift wrapping plus delivery within Winnipeg, so if you're in a rush it may be possible to get those cupcakes out asap.

Order online at the Pinky's Bakeshop website, but make sure you get enough for your recipient plus everyone around them that will be jealous of this awesome gift. You'll be scoring some major points!

What other gift ideas did we miss?

Mark Glucki

Mark has been developing digital blog communities for 10+ years that connect business and tech pros with their inspirational stories. He developed a North American best practice on creating great experiences on social networks and spends as much time learning about entrepreneur success stories as he does producing content for others to enjoy. Mark is also a commercial photographer focusing on product and location images. His work can be seen at Wonderlab Photo.

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