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Last-Minute Gift Ideas

No matter how prepared (you think) you are, it always seems to happen: Someone who wasn’t on your shopping list shows up with a gift for you.

Our solution? Pick up extra items to wrap up and keep on hand just in case. We’ve got a few ideas that would be perfect for that forgotten friend, co-worker or neighbor.

Clockwise, from top left: Hoopla nail polishes, $8 each, from Hoopla. Mer-Sea & Co. “Saltaire” wrapped soap, $12, and salt soak, $15, from Clique. Tammy Smith KC pillow, $60 (cover alone, $35), from tammysmithdesign.com, Shop Beautiful and the gift shops of the Nelson-Atkins and Kemper museums. Give An Iota four-pack notecard set, $5, from Tulip, and Meri Meri Darling notecards and envelopes, $8 for set of 6, from RSVP in the Village. Handcrafted soap stones by Pelle, $9 each, from Black Bamboo. Polka dot fingerless gloves, $29, from Tulip. Kate Spade push pins, $25, and notebook, $15, from RSVP. Kris Nations gold horseshoe necklace, $45, from Feng.