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Still have gift shopping to do? Despair not

In just a few short hours, you will admire Aunt Edith's aluminum Christmas tree. You'll secretly feed her cat, Mr. Whiskers, chunks of fruitcake under the table and silently disapprove of your sister's boyfriend, the one with the spike through his nose. But wait, you still don't have presents, do you? Don't panic. You have options. Here are some suggestions to load your Santa sack, just in the nick of time:

For your mom

Hit Target for a nice picture frame. Dig through your old scrapbooks for a silly personal photo. Remember when you got soaked on the Disney World water ride and it looked like you wet your pants? Frame it up. She'll love the memory.

For your nephew

If anyone will appreciate the cold, impersonal feel of a gift card, it's the cold, impersonal teenager in your life. Several Web sites, like Amazon.com, Restaurant.com and Barnesandnoble.com offer instant gift cards you can e-mail or print.

For your boss

In these difficult times, nothing says you care like a straight-up bottle of booze. Visit your local grocery store for some nice wine. Package it in a decorative wine bag with ribbon. To really suck up, throw in a miniature box of Godiva chocolates.

For the one you forgot

Don't knock the drugstores. Many are open late and full of weird, wonderful gizmos. Think water filter, garden gnome or Designer Imposter perfume. Aunt Edith will love some Lady Stetson.

Open late: Most area malls open early and close at 6 p.m. Most Target stores are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Many Wal-Mart stores are open until 7 p.m., and Best Buy stores are open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many CVS and Walgreens stores are open 24 hours.

Visit the Deal Divas blog online for even more last minute holiday sales at blogs.tampabay.com/deals.

Still have gift shopping to do? Despair not 12/23/08 [Last modified: Friday, December 26, 2008 8:53pm]

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