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Driving home for Christmas? Here are ten last minute petrol station gift ideas

It’s Christmas Eve, the countdown is on, and perhaps there’s one extra person you still haven’t bought a gift for yet

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Seoirse MulgrewIndependent.ie

Many people will be starting to relax and enjoy the festive season ahead of the big day tomorrow, but the last-minute shoppers among us may be starting to panic.

It’s Christmas Eve, the countdown is on, and perhaps there’s one extra person you still haven’t bought a gift for yet.

Some may try their luck and make a dash to the local supermarket, but time is of the essence this holiday season. If you have a long drive ahead, then stopping off at a petrol station may be the only solution.

Here are 10 cheap and cheerful last-minute gift ideas to look for while filling up.

  • Batteries

Every year, without fail, Santa forgets to deliver batteries to one or two homes, so this is the perfect gift idea for any gadget lover in your life.

  • Bottle of budget-friendly wine

You may prefer the expensive stuff but picking up a bottle of wine at your local petrol station might just do the trick for an ad hoc gift – at the expense of your potential hangover the following day.

  • Car air fresheners

Does the person in your life need to spruce up their car? Air fresheners may be a good way to start … I mean, who doesn’t want to smell nice?

  • Lottery tickets

This may be a cheap gift, but it could have a significant return. And who knows, they might even give you a slice of the winnings if they hit the jackpot.

  • Premium wiper blades

With the number of rain warnings we receive in Ireland, this is a practical gift and will not go to waste.

  • Sunglasses

Are they going on holiday next year? Then they will need a sensible pair of shades that they won’t care about losing.

  • Energy drink

Kick start their New Year’s resolution and grab them an energy drink, they may be glad of the pick-me-up on Stephen’s Day.

  • Chewing gum

Do they have a date over the festive period? If so, they’ll be glad to have some minty chewing gum at hand and if not, at least their breath will be minty fresh.

  • A card

Sometimes a nice card says it all, you could even write your own verse and let that special person in your life know how much they mean to you.

  • Gift card

You may discover that your local petrol station sells one-for-all vouchers. This is an easy fix and means they can spend it on whatever their heart desires.


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