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Need a last-minute gift?

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Still searching for that last-minute present?  Use Chronicling America for tips/suggestions. 

Dolls are so last season.  If you want to win points this year, give a teddy bear instead.

                                      The Sun (New York, NY), November 4, 1906


For those with discriminating taste…

  •                                                 Pullman Herald (Pullman, WA), December 15, 1916


Or, how about the gift that keeps on giving? (Be careful what you wish for…)

                   Roanoke Rapids Herald (Roanoke Rapids, NC), December 7, 1939


Treats like chocolates are easy to find and usually appease the impossible to buy for.

                       Evening Star (Washington, DC), November 27, 1951


And who doesn’t love a train?

The Sunday Star (Washington, DC), December 9, 1951


And what’s a Library blog if we don’t promote a book?!

Evening Star (Washington, DC), December 20, 1931

For the person with a sense of humor, how about an ugly Christmas sweater?

Roanoke Rapids Herald (Roanoke Rapids, NC), December 19,1946


A re-gift (usually?) works.  But maybe steer clear of giving away the half-eaten box of chocolates.

Evening Star (Washington, DC), January 8, 1922

If you’re really in a pinch, you can just download this puzzle or this game of checkers and voila! instant gifts!  Or for the kids or kids-at-heart, maybe some coloring book pages! Have any favorite last-minute gifts?  Let us know in the comments!

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