Candles are a good bet, so long as you steer clear of anything that smells like a cheap and cheesy air freshener. This one's great since it comes in a pretty glass bell jar-type container; plus, who wouldn't want her home to smell like just-washed sheets 24/7?
patriot candles jar candle in home linens, 2 for $18, walgreens.com
One of Maybelline's latest and most buzzed-about product launches, these look like lipstick bullets in the tube—but open to reveal rich, super-pigmented liquid lip colors infused with moisturizing balm.
maybelline color elixir by color sensational in signature scarlet, $8.99, cvs.com; amethyst potion, $8.99, cvs.com; and captivating carnation, $8.99, cvs.com
The fun thing about DVD-hunting at your local drugstore is that you truly never know what you're going to find. A browse through Rite Aid's entertainment offerings, for instance, unearthed copies of District 9, The Faculty, Contact and Elf—winners, all.
Candy's what most of us reach for first at the drugstore anyway (right?!), so why not gift it during the holidays? You can go one of two ways with this one: pick up the fancy stuff (Ghirardelli, Lindt, Ferrero Rocher) or opt for the tried-and-true comfort sweets. I tend to prefer the latter, but to each her own. Also of note: while most drugstores offer boxed chocolates, I think it's way cuter and more personal to buy big bags of several different kinds of mini candies, divide them into little cellophane bags and tie each one up with ribbons. It's a gift that says "I definitely bought this at the last minute, no two ways about it—but at least I tried with the presentation."
heath milk chocolate english toffee bar miniatures, $4.59, cvs.com; york peppermint patties snack size, $1.27, cvs.com; reese's peanut butter cups mini, $4.39, cvs.com; hershey's kisses with caramel, $4.39, cvs.com; kit kat minis, $4.39, cvs.com
eos smooth lip balm sphere holiday ornament gift 3-pack, $9.99, drugstore.com