Christmas is 10 days away and there are still a few gaps in your gift list … or maybe you just haven’t had time to finish your shopping. The malls are packed, the parking lots are jammed, and there’s no way you can be in and out in just a few minutes. Here are some suggestions for gifts you can buy with a few mouse clicks, from the comfort of your own home, then print out a gift card and slip it into the lucky recipient’s Christmas stocking:

Family outings

Instead of buying a separate present for each family member, how about giving a single gift to the whole gang? That way, they’ll not only enjoy an outing, they’ll get to spend time together as a family. For instance, you could offer them admission to Tubes & Jujubes or the Canadian Museum of History and its IMAX Theatre, or a pass to one of the area’s many ski centres (Camp Fortune, Mont Cascades Resort , Edelweiss and Mont Ste-Marie) with online boutiques.

The ultimate gift: relaxation!

Everyone loves to kick back and relax, but somehow we don’t often find the time to do it. This holiday season, give the gift of relaxation! From a luxurious body treatment to a calming session in a thermal pool, no one can resist a present like this. Visit the websites of Studio 157, Nordik Spa-Nature and the Amerispa Spa Nordique Cantley and build your personalized “pamper package.”

On with the show!

Performance tickets make great Christmas gifts, and when it comes to live entertainment in Ottawa, there’s almost too much to choose from! No matter their taste, you’re sure to find the perfect show for everyone on your list. Start with a visit to the National Arts Centre website for a great selection of theatre, music, dance and variety. For the beer lovers in the crowd, how about a pair of passes to the Gatineau Winter Beerfest, coming up at the end of January at the Canadian Museum of History?

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