Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas As Shared On Fox 5 DC

There is less than a week left before Christmas and if you are like me, this means it’s time to scramble to finish shopping. Being a last minute shopper doesn’t mean you have to give up creativity with gift buying.

On December 19, 2014, I will be on Fox 5 DC’s morning show Good Day DC at 10:30 am to share last minute holiday gift ideas. For the segment, I am sharing ideas from independently owned businesses that are local to the Washington, DC area. I am a huge supporter of shopping locally and supporting business owners, especially those in the early stages of growing their dream. The gift ideas I am sharing are either handmade or created by Washington DC locals for locals.

I am also going to share two gift ideas you can make with your kids because the gifts your kids make are the ones that mean the most.

My two tips for buying from these businesses are:

1.) Act Fast (remember there are only a few days left)

2.) Reach out to the owner before placing your order. The best part about shopping with independent businesses is that you can actually reach a human being and have a conversation to make sure you will get what you want when you want.

Here are my Last Minute Gift Ideas as Shared on Fox 5 DC (in no particular order)


Imagination Footstools – $99

Owner: Lisa Parisi


150imaginationfootstools logotempEvery footstool is handcrafted by Lisa. She starts with a wooden stool and then adds fabrics, shoes, and embellishments. All of her footstools are one of a kind. Everything listed on her Etsy page is in stock and ready for local pickup and/or delivery if you live in the Washington DC area.





Kid Trips Book – $12.20 for paperback

Owners: Micaela Williamson, Claudine Kurp and Amy Suski


kid tripsExpert parenting writers come together in this must-have guide for families living or traveling in Northern Virginia. This extraordinary resource provides useful information and secret Insider Tips for hundreds of family-friendly destinations, kid activities, and parenting resources. Want to avoid the crowds, find a nearby restaurant, or know which routes are stroller-friendly? You’ll find all that and more in the book’s local Top Picks including best consignment shops, great birthday parties, best toy stores, places to ride trains, favorite tea party spots, and more.  And, because the fun doesn’t stop at the shores of the Potomac, there are recommendations for the best Seasonal Events and family-friendly trips to nearby Washington D.C., and Maryland too. Order the book on Amazon by Monday for two-day delivery.



Eco Bathhouse – $12 to $16

Owner: Heather Paulding


ecobathhouseEco Bathhouse is for those who want to experience freshness in its raw form. They offer fresh, seasonal, and 100% Natural Fresh skincare products. Their products are made to order in small batches to ensure a fresh product! Heather uses quality ingredients that represent the “Eco” in Bathhouse. The Lavender Glitz Bath Bombs are Heather’s items of the season. Local Washington DC area residents are welcome to pick up their order if they contact Heather prior to ordering.



District Line Co. – $18 to $30

Owner: Lisa McLaughlin


district line coDistrict Line Co. designs and screen prints high quality t-shirts that celebrate the Washington DC area. On Lisa’s website it says, “We are Washingtonians who love our city. More specifically, we love what it means to be a local in this town. As a small, local company, we strive to support other independent businesses throughout every aspect of our company. This means when you buy one of our shirts, you are putting money directly in the pocket of independent designers, screen printers and distributors. We hope you love your purchase as much for these reasons as how it feels on your back.” Order your t-shirt by Friday, December 19 to ensure a timely delivery.



Happy Doh Lucky – $4.50 – $28

Owner: Heidi Drake


luck dohHappy Doh Lucky was created by Heidi, who is a former teacher and mom. Her smooth, colorful dough includes tiny treasures to spark your child’s imagination. Heidi has created a toy that is all natural, encourages open-ended play, promotes fine-motor development, doesn’t take up a lot of space like the big, plastic toys, and is eco-friendly.  You can pick up Happy Doh Lucky at many Whole Foods Stores and at a couple of boutiques. Check out their site to learn more.



Eme’s Braille Ornaments$10

Owner: Eme’s family

Website:  – Order here:

braille ornamentEme’s ornaments feature braille words and names that are set in Swarovski rhinestones by Eme’s mother. EmesArmy fights the good fight to save Eme’s sight. Emerie, “Eme” (em-E), was born with a rare degenerative retinal disease called LCA (Lebers Congenital Amaurosis) that has already left her blind. She is only 7. She walks with a white cane and is learning Braille. All proceeds go toward raising the millions of dollars needed to fund an investigational treatment for Eme’s rare disease that is causing her to go blind. is dedicated to fighting childhood blindness and is working to save Eme’s eyes. They ship everything first class or priority mail, but you can also contact them online to make arrangements if you live locally.



Picture This Photo Solutions – $200

Owner: Megan McCourt


photo organizingMegan is a professional photo organizer who is offering an Introductory Photo Organizing Package as a gift this holiday season. This unique and much needed service will make a great gift. According to Megan’s website, “A personal photo organizer will help you reclaim your family’s photographic memories in order to facilitate sharing your stories both now and as a legacy for future generations.”

The Introductory Photo Organizing Package includes:

  • ABC’s of Photo Organizing lesson
  • 3 hours of on-site photo organizing assistance
  • Large archival-quality photo storage box that holds up to 2,400 4×6 & 5×7 photos with folder for larger items.

Order your gift certificate here:


Homemade Gifts Your Kids Can Make

In addition to these amazing gifts you can buy, I am sharing two ideas of gifts you can make with your kids.

The first project is actually from one of my most popular posts. It is a Finger Paint DIY Photo Canvas. To see a tutorial click here.

finger paint photo canvas pinterest tutorial

The second homemade gift project is an idea I found on Pinterest. It is an artwork candle. I made these with my daycare kids this week and it actually worked. I love these candles! All you need is a white or cream-colored candle (which I picked up at the dollar store), toilet paper, wax paper, markers and a blow dryer. To see a tutorial click here.

Artwork candle


Tune-in to Fox 5 DC at 10:30 am to see the segment! I’ll share a link as soon as I can. Thank you for you support and happy gifting!






Nicole Dash is a writer, blogger and business owner who lives in the suburbs outside Washington, DC with her husband and four children. She started her career as a journalist and copy editor. She also managed public relations and corporate communications for a national franchise company, but in 2006 started a child care business. In 2012, she launched Tiny Steps Mommy, a lifestyle and parenting blog that quickly gained a following and connected her to an expansive group of women-owned businesses. In 2013, she started a digital marketing consulting business that focused on growing community in an authentic way. Through those connections she was inspired to open Play, Work or Dash, a coworking space that also offers onsite childcare up to three hours per day. It is where like-minded professionals pursue their business goals with the extra level of support parents desire; a place where you "bring your kids to work." She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community. She has been published on The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode and Pop Sugar.