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Last-Minute Holiday Gifting Television Host and Lifestyle Expert, Marisa Brahney partners with Ancestry, DoorDash, Duracell, Lindt, and PayPal to come up with her list of last-minute holiday gifts.

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Television Host and Lifestyle Expert, Marisa Brahney partners with Ancestry, DoorDash, Duracell, Lindt, and PayPal to come up with her list of last-minute holiday gifts.

The holiday scramble is something many consumers know all too well. Whether they’ve procrastinated on shopping or are crossing off the final names on their lists, Emmy-Award Winning Television Host and Lifestyle Expert, Marisa Brahney has compiled a last-minute gift list to help those looking for presents ahead of the big day.



As of December 1st, consumers have completed less than 45% of their holiday shopping. Brahney says now is not the time to worry. Whether you’re looking to send something locally or across the country, it can be done via DoorDash’s Gifting Feature in a flash, or pre-scheduled for a drop on a special day. The lifestyle expert points out that there are many gifts to choose from, like floral bouquets, homegoods, self-care, desserts, and wine, to name a few.

Brahney recommends DoorDash’s new Nationwide Shipping, where holiday shoppers can also order from iconic restaurants and retailers across the country. To gift someone, she says, “Simply open up your DoorDash or Caviar app and enter their address. Browse the list of stores — find the perfect gift — then, on the checkout page, click “send as a gift” to turn any order into a gift. Finally, share the link with your loved one so they can track the delivery.”

For more information, go to or or download the apps to a mobile device.


Empty shelves can spell trouble for many last-minute gifters. That’s why Brahney says her list is perfect for those searching for something special for loved ones. The lifestyle expert says this time of year is perfect for reconnecting and spending time with friends and family, adding, “Now’s the time to really get to know one another.”

She highlights Ancestry on her last-minute shopping list. “They are helping families learn more about each other by connecting them to family history, and billions of historical records, so they can build more meaningful connections to each other and their heritage.”

AncestryDNA is a best-selling kit that makes it possible for people to find their unique story — from precise geographic regions to the most connections to living relatives.

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Brahney says now is the time to really think about less traditional gifts, along with keeping track of your payments. “Managing spending and payments is very important this time of year, especially if you’re going in on a gift with others,” says the lifestyle expert.

With PayPal and Venmo, consumers can manage group expenses with digital payments — be it brunches with friends or chipping in for a group gift. PayPal also allows shoppers to send a free digital greeting and attach a gift of money so recipients can spend however they’d like, which is perfect for that last minute gift.

Additionally, new PayPal customers can earn five dollars just by downloading the app, signing up, and adding a payment method, and new Venmo customers can also earn ten dollars when they sign up for a new account.

Sign up online or download the PayPal or Venmo apps through the Apple or Google Play app stores.

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At this point, most consumers are aware of supply chain issues, however, there is another top concern Brahney says many often forget about each year. “In the rush to get the perfect present, many of us forget the batteries. Duracell Optimum batteries are my go-to.”

The lifestyle expert says battery-operated gifts are likely on a holiday list, adding, more than 1 of 5 toys on major retailer gift guides are battery operated! “When that ever-important gifting moment comes, you’re going to want to include the batteries that let those gifts truly shine.”

A recent survey finds the majority of parents agree that the most important battery-operated toys and gifts should always be given with the best, longest-lasting batteries. “For me, if a gift is worth giving, it's worth giving what I think are the best batteries – Duracell,” advises Brahney.

For more information, visit Shoppers can find Duracell’s family of batteries at their favorite retailer.

Facebook: @duracell

Instagram: @duracell  

Twitter: @duracell  



The last gift idea on Brahney’s list is chocolate. She says, “It’s perfect for loved ones or colleagues.”

Lindt, the world-renowned Swiss chocolatier, has an extensive holiday collection, including chocolate figures perfect for stocking stuffers and seasonal chocolate gift sets. However, the lifestyle expert recommends the brand’s holiday classic, LINDOR truffles. These iconic truffles with a smooth center surrounded by a delicate chocolate shell were developed more than 50 years ago, and the round shape was originally designed for people to use as holiday decorations.

She points out that they’re available in classic milk chocolate and other seasonal flavors, in festive bags or gift boxes.

For more information, go to, or find them at retailers nationwide.

Facebook: @lindtchocolateusa  

Instagram: @lindt_usa 


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