The Morning Blend


Still shopping? Don't panic. Here are last minute ideas

Posted at 5:44 PM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 19:44:15-05

  • FIND GREAT LAST-MINUTE DEALS ONLINE: Check out online marketplaces to stretch your gift-giving dollars and to search for unique gift items you may have never thought of. Local online marketplaces put money back into the community and can help avoid extra shipping costs.
  • WORK-FROM-HOME ESSENTIALS: With many adopting the work-from-home lifestyle this year, you can look for gifts that will make working from home more enjoyable from smart home tech upgrades to personalized stationary or a mug. You can even include coffee from their favorite local coffee shop.
  • REMEMBER THOSE STOCKING STUFFERS: Stocking stuffers are many times are often left to the last minute. Surprise your loved ones with sweet gifts like fun candy items or their favorite beauty items.
  • PRACTICAL ITEMS ARE ALWAYS A HIT: Think about gifts your loved one might need, for example did they just move to a new house or start a new hobby? Think about the recipient and what they will really enjoy. You can even peek their social media pages to get some insight and great ideas

Carmen Ordonez is leading on-air lifestyle and travel expert, TV Host, Spokesperson and founder behind Viva Fashion. She has appeared in several media outlets including The New York Times, The TODAY Show, Univision, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, CNN, Telemundo and InStyle Magazine to name a few. She is currently the host of "ION Style" on the ION Television Network and also shares her practical lifestyle advice on various TV shows including Telemundo's Un Nuevo Dia and Univision's Despierta America. Launched in 2008, Viva Fashion features the latest in fashion, travel, beauty and lifestyle. She's received several awards for her work including being named a "Next Generation Latina" by MasterCard and a Top 25 Fashion Influencer by LATINA Magazine. Today her goal is to empower women through fashion and helping them be the best version of themselves by also leading a purposeful life. She currently travels across the U.S. participating in conferences and speaking engagements.