Episode 141 – Procrastinators’ Purchasing Portfolio

Ho Ho Holy Cow, I’m Late! Ever have one of those times you can’t quite figure out what to get someone and you’re crunched for time? The Procrastinators’ Purchasing Portfolio is our last minute gift guide to help you out in these uncertain gift giving situations. Isabela, the fearless intern, joins me and Rhonda to share some great gift giving ideas.

Let us know in the comments if you have any suggestions for our gift giving categories.

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Until next time, game on!
Regina, Rhonda & Isabela

The Unexpected Guest

You have everything planned and prepared: food, decorations, music… Then you learn someone is bringing a new girlfriend, a college roommate, or an unexpected relative is in town. What can you buy to put under the tree with their name on it so they feel welcome?

Scarf
Gender neutral
Goes with everything
Lush fabric like cashmere

“Significant Other” starter kit
You may not know the new boy/girl friend but you know your friend. So the new interest can get to know your friend better give them your friends favorite movie or book.

Windowsill herb starter kit

For that Special Someone

You are a terrible gift giver. You always wait until the last minute because it stresses you out so much. What are some gift ideas that will keep you out of the doghouse?

Electronics
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
Mini JamBox by Jawbone

Music
Movie Soundtracks
“Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1” CD or LP

Appliance
Keurig K10 Mini Plus Personal Brewer

Toys
Lego Movie Lego Sets

On the Way!

You’re already on the way to the party and you’ve got to get one more thing to bring: a hostess gift, white elephant, etc. What can you do that is not a Walmart container of Christmas cookies?

Host
Sparkling Cider, Olive Oil, Coffee Beans, or Tea

Play
Playing Cards, Five Crowns, Novelty prints

Toast
Peppermint Patty kit – hot chocolate mix, peppermint schnapps, whipped cream, holiday sprinkles

For Those Far Away

Who ships at the last minute? Well, almost anyone if you’re willing to pay for it. Here’s what I found in my research. Shipping costs are almost always calculated when you go to check out and delivery times are always with asterisks.

Amazon

  • Shipping page, not a lot of detailed information on the page.
  • Christmas ordering deadlines.
  • Standard shipping options (have shipping charges):
    • Standard = 4-5 days
    • 2-day shipping
    • 1-day shipping
  • Prime accounts still have free 2-day shipping.
  • Free standard shipping for orders over $35.00

Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet

ThinkGeek

 

  • Shipping page
  • They ship on Monday – Friday; no weekends.
  • Standard shipping = 2 – 6 days ($7.00)
  • All orders are subject to an additional 1 – 2 days processing
  • Shipping upgrades shipped same day if ordered before 1:00 pm:
    • Expedited = 2 – 3 days ($13.00)
    • Express = 1 – 2 days ($25)

R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set

Target

  • Shipping page
  • Free Standard shipping (3 – 5 days) if ordered by December 20
  • Add 1 – 2 days processing before shipping times kick in
  • Shipping upgrades, if ordered by 1:30 pm CST, Mon – Sat:
    • Express = 1 day
    • Premium = 2 days

MakerShed

  • Shipping page
  • Wonderful, unique gift ideas
  • Free shipping for orders over $50.00
  • Apply 1 – 3 days processing before shipping time kicks in
  • 2-day and overnight shipping availble

Lock Picking tools

10-pc Hex Key Set (SAE)

One thing I know is that my allies and I had just obliterated the largest hoard of rabid zombies I have ever encountered and then suddenly ChiefWiggum49 and Haloismybitch12 decided to frag me!

– Ichabod Crane in “Sleepy Hollow”, Season 2, episode 6

Regina is the founder and lead ambassador of The Geek Embassy. Studying and writing about geeks and geek culture is Regina’s favorite thing to do when she’s not reading student papers, dancing an excessive amount of calories away, or chasing after her daughter. Inclined towards mobile and social gaming online, Regina also loves a good round of 7 Wonders, Qwirkle, Small World, or Lords of Waterdeep. Someday, she hopes to actually take part in a D&D campaign so she can officially “roll” a character and role play her as a devious, highly intelligent mischief maker, which would be nothing like she is in real life.

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