Al and Peggy's Corner: WELL IT'S ALMOST 'PANIC TIME' CHRISTMAS 2012!


Last Minute Christmas Shopping 2012!
DESK CALENDAR WITH MAGNIFYING GLASS ON ITIt's something we never learn (remember Christmas 2009) and so it's time for us procrastinators to get out there and finish off the Christmas shopping!

Still thinking about last minute gifts or stocking stuffer ideas? Well here are a few that may help you:

  • How about some a custom photo book, the Clapper still brings laughs, the heart foundation has a calendar and chances to win prizes, now thats a gift that keeps on giving all year.
  • iPhone or android music docker
  • the new automatic Robo floor sweeper
  • gift cards are popular especially at this late date, but please be careful and read the rules of the cards, know the expiration dates and such
  •  still one of the best gifts you can give, to anyone is that of your time.  Quality time, given from your heart to your loved one or friend.

How about a special calendar? Not just any old calendar; a calendar with a date circled on each month. Attach an envelope to each month with instructions that it can only be opened on the 1st of that month. The envelope has a letter inside outlining the activities that special day will hold. 

Example: the calendar could be a gift to your Mom with the 15th of the month as the date chosen. The letter would state that on January 15th at 10:30 am you will be picking her up for a picnic in the park, a day of shopping, a spa day or whatever activity you have chosen that you know the recipient will enjoy. The whole day is theirs to enjoy in your company without distractions. Each month should hold a different activity or adventure. 

Believe us, this will be the gift they will cherish most.  It's a gift they will anticipate and it lasts all year long.  Just remember to mark your own calendar! This is one appointment you can not cancel!

If you have any last minute gift ideas can you share?  At this late date, we all need help

Last Minute Christmas Shopping 2012!



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Comment balloon 11 commentsAl & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers • December 15 2012 02:03PM


Al and Peggy,

I am a fan of, and shop on it for all the gifts.  Plus, if you have Prime Membership, you get free shipping, and it is so easy...A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 6 years ago

Luckily I only buy for Mickey and one other person and I'm done.  Mickey of course is lottery tickets and all her favorite goodies while she's watching her movies.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing the calendar idea and an even quicker version is a book of IOU's

Happy holidays to you.

Posted by Cooper Jacobs, Real Estate Brokers - Seattle (Looking For A Seattle Realtor? COOPERJACOBS.COM) almost 6 years ago

Al & Peggy, I bought my FIRST Christmas presents of the season TODAY.  Yes, we're running terribly late this year.  But to add to your neat list of ideas, a collection of spices or sea salts for the cooks in your family will probably be a huge hit!  Today purchased a variety of 10 different sea salts for a relative for under $40.  They covered the whole world too!

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 almost 6 years ago

There is so much I didn't get to this year, too many things got in my way. But, the gifts are done now, so I am happy with that.

The good news, I got to spend lots of quality time with my grandchildren doing Christmas activities, I am spent, LOL. But we had a fantastic time!

I love the calendar idea, that is fantastic!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 6 years ago

I am almost done shopping which is really someting on  my part.  I ususally don't start much before the 20th.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) almost 6 years ago

Hi Kids, I'm starting to feel the heat as I only have to make sure I buy for one person, and so far I haven't bought for that person. It could be a very cold winter if I don't get something nice

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 6 years ago

Al/Peggy: Finished the last of my Christmas shopping between showing a house to one client and writing a contract with another client today.  Busy as can be but no more stress about gift buying!

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) almost 6 years ago

The past 3 years, I had sent out 200 calendar/planners to a list of people.  Since, no one said anything, no referrals, no thank yous, no nothing, I decided this year NOT to send.  Well, this year I got TWO phone calls asking why I didn't send the calendars.  Both were relatives, so I didn't think that counted, but YOUR idea of sending calendars with your method sounds like THAT will work.  Have a wonderful Holiday Season! 

Posted by Bruce Hicks, Your Lifetime Friend/Helper! (Best Homes Hawaii) almost 6 years ago
For my farm...I got my calendars out in time. They've hit the farm's mail this week. That's an improvement for me. SOI getting something the works this week.
Posted by Frank Castaldini, Realtor - Homes for Sale in San Francisco (Compass) almost 6 years ago

It's that time of year for sure. So much to do, so little time. BLitz that's a great gift idea....salts!  Bruce we had the same experience with calendars for clients and so gave them up as well. Glad to hear everyone sounds organized, but Ed, you really better get busy!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 6 years ago