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Awesome gifts you can buy this afternoon!

Beautiful handmade pastry
Beautiful handmade pastry by Prastavna Sinha Mehta

It only takes a few minutes to buy or create unique gifts

Are you short on time but long on a list of still needed gifts? Having difficulty deciding what to get the person who has everything? Well, you can give great gifts even if you’re short on time! Here are a few last-minute ideas that are purchased locally, are thoughtful and perfect for holiday giving.

Fairfax resident, Prastavna Sinha Mehta, believes in the gift of experiences. “So much research has shown that experiences make a much greater impact than things,” she says about gift giving. She offers gift certificates for her classic and modern cooking Classes. “Gift certificates can be used at any time that is convenient for the student, come beautifully and uniquely hand-packaged by yours truly, and are for classes that will be completely customized.” Students range from novices to professionals and vegans to carnivores. Class topics range from the art of Indian cooking to European cooking to Mediterranean cooking and more. Whatever the learning interest, experience level, and specialized taste of the student, the class will be tailored to fit their interests. Message Prastavna at or send her a message on Facebook at This is a gift that really does keep giving, since that student might want to make a special meal for you someday!

Have someone in your life who spends a great deal of time in the car with clients and/or kids?  Or someone who has a beautiful car that deserves a little TLC? Consider a gift certificate for Tier 1 Auto Detailing. Owner William Graves, a self professed “car guy” with over 10 years detailing experience, offers both online and in-person gift certificates for supreme auto detailing. Packages range from the 2 hour “quick detail” to the 5 hour full detail. He also offers a la carte services.  Online gift certificates and telephone purchases are available if you can’t visit in person. Tier 1 Auto Detailing is at 2301 Gallows Road in Dunn Loring, Virginia. Give William a call at (410) 446-1155 or visit online at

If you’re like me and my circle, you have plenty of friends, family and contacts with little ones at home. Why not give them a few hours of your time as a sitter? Select a cute gift card and write on the inside “Good for one evening of babysitting–no expiration.”  Then let them take you up on it! It will allow them to get some much needed alone time without worrying about childcare and show them you consider them special. My dear friend has given this gift to me before and it was perfect!

Hopefully I’ve inspired you to get creative with your last minute gift giving ideas. From everyone at Jennifer Mack Properties to you, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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