Last minute christmas gift

Running out of time and still want a gift that will wow your family and friends? No need to fret: there are plenty of good last minute gift ideas that you can make yourself. From stationary to succulents, you can find something that works for you; whether it’s a personalized Christmas gift, an office thank you or a birthday present. We’re sharing 46 last minute gift ideas that will give you both inspiration and DIY tips.

As you decide on your gifts, think about items that’ll be truly appreciated and enjoyed. Don’t forget: if you’re looking for last minute gifts around the holidays, be sure to pair it with a unique Christmas card!


1. Decorative Bottle Stoppers

Source: A Beautiful Mess

Create unique bottle stoppers for wine and liquor by wood burning each piece. If you don’t have a wood burning kit, you can paint the stoppers instead.

2. Monogram Planter

Source: Shutterfly

Take a simple cube or planter and personalize it with your friend’s initials. Then, run by your local garden store to pick up a beautiful and low maintenance plant.

3. Salt and Pepper Shakers

Source: A Beautiful Mess

Add a dash of personality to any kitchen or dining room table. Decorate salt and pepper shakers with simple etched designs.

4. Colorful Wall Art

Source: A Side of Sweet

Brush a blank canvas with joyful colors like yellow, pink and blue. Choose an uplifting quote or phrase for a personalized touch.

5. Lavender Heat Bag

Source: A Spoon Full of Sugar Designs

Great for relaxing aching muscles or warming up on a chilly day, make a heating bag for a well-appreciated gift. Place lavender and wheat inside fabric then sew it securely so nothing falls out.

6. Specialty Cupcakes

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Whip up a batch of chocolate or vanilla cupcakes, then top them with special treats like fresh berries and crushed candy bars. Package them in a gift box for a professional presentation.

7. Fresh Baked Bread

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Everyone can appreciate some gourmet bread fresh from the oven. Stop by their favorite bakery and grab a loaf of something special. Wrap it in a personalized tea towel for a special touch.

8. Clay Jewelry Dishes

Source: She Wears Many Hats

Form beautiful jewelry dishes out of clay. Line the edges with acrylic paint for a decorative touch. The lucky receiver will have a place to store their earrings, rings and other jewelry.

9. Tree Pendant Necklace

Source: Lady with the Red Rocker

Fashion a pendant that resembles a tree out of wire and beads. Hang it from a chain to create a custom, earthy necklace.

10. Crocheted Jute Coasters

Source: Delia Creates

Make a set of coasters by crocheting jute twine into small disks. These coasters fit well with other rustic and farmhouse decor.

11. Mason Jar Flower Bouquets

Source: Eighteen25

Paint the outside of mason jars to create colorful vases. Fill them with fresh blooms or fabric flowers depending on the season.

12. Colorful Stationery

Source: Elegance and Enchantment

Who doesn’t love having stationery on-hand for birthdays and anniversaries? Design your own stationery and place the cards and envelopes in a sleek box.

13. DIY Candle Holders

Source: Fall for DIY

Blend two colors of clay together to make a marbled effect. Form candle holders out of the clay and brush them with an enamel finish.

14. Personalized Notepad

Source: Hello Little Home

Customize a notepad for jotting down memories or writing to-do lists. Design your look on a computer then print the number of pages you want.

15. Homemade Perfume

Source: Hello, Wonderful

Floral and herb perfume can be simply made with water and essential oils. Add fresh herbs and flowers to the spray bottle for a fuller scent.

16. Citrus Extracts

Source: A Beautiful Mess

Place citrus peels and alcohol in mason jars to make your own extract. Try lemon and orange—both of which are great for baking and cooking.

17. Wrapped Bottle of Wine

Source: Clever Little Mouse

Grab a bottle of red or white wine and your gift is almost complete. Wrap it in a custom wine bag or tea towel then head to the party!

18. Gemstone Earrings

Source: Pretty Simple Ideas

The best jewelry gives off a bit of flair and personality. Secure gemstones or rhinestones to earring backs for quirky jewelry your mom or sister will love.

19. DIY Ocean Painting

Source: Darice

Put your artistic abilities to use by painting a canvas with an ocean scene. Blend blues, greens and whites for this dreamy wall decor.

20. Wine Toppers

Source: Pretty Fluffy

Securing an open bottle of wine with a cork helps preserve it for future sips. Glue figurine dogs, cats or rhinos to simple toppers for all of the animal lovers in your life.

21. Mason Jar Herbs

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For the friend that loves being in the kitchen, grab some popular fresh herbs like rosemary and mint and plant them in a simple mason jar. They’ll be able to keep it on their windowsill for easy maintenance.

22. Painted Wooden Utensils

Source: Little Bit Funky

Enhance a set of wooden spoons and spatulas by dipping them in colorful paints. Choose one color for the whole set or mix it up for variety.

23. Healthy Muffins

Source: Eighteen25

Whether they’re banana nut or whole bran muffins, these sweet and healthy treats will be appreciated. Package them in a gift box and add a clever tag.

24. DIY Flower Magnets

Source: Lulu the Baker

Liven up someone’s refrigerator or office with these floral accents. Adhere fabric flowers to small magnets for an easy, yet beautiful last minute gift idea.

25. Hanging Cork Board

Source: She’s Kinda Crafty

Line the edges of a corkboard with a patterned fabric like one with polka dots or stripes. Secure a strip of the same fabric to the back of the board to create a hanger for a bedroom door or kitchen wall.

26. Fruit Basket

Source: Life Should Cost Less

Fill a basket with all sorts of fruits: apples, bananas, kiwis and mangos. Some of the most appreciated last minute gift ideas are simple and practical.

27. Homemade Journal

Source: A Beautiful Mess

Have a friend or coworker who loves to write? Make them a personalized journal with a cover that will inspire them.

28. Potted Succulent

Source: I Heart Naptime

Succulents are both beautiful and easy to maintain. Plant one in a mason jar then add a ribbon for a special touch.

29. Apple Cinnamon Dog Chews

Source: Pretty Fluffy

Looking for last minute gift ideas for your pet-loving friends? Bake a batch of healthy chew sticks using ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen, like applesauce and cinnamon.

30. Beaded Jewelry

Source: Savvy Homemade

Think about the style of the person you’re gifting. If they wear neutral colors, fashion jewelry out of those tones. If they’re more eclectic in their style, bead a bracelet with bright colors.

31. DIY Soap Stones

Source: Room for Tuesday

Fancy soaps aren’t just found in boutiques. You can make your own soap stones out of a few simple ingredients. Add essential oils to the mix, like lavender or rose extract, for a relaxing fragrance.

32. Mini Donuts

Source: Eighteen25

Make or buy donuts for one of the most delicious last minute gift ideas. Create a cute tag to secure to your gift bag or box.

33. Fabric Covered Vases

Source: I Heart Naptime

Wrap a piece of fabric or tea towel around a glass vase. Tie twine or string around the center to hold it in place. Don’t forget to add fresh blooms like lillies or tulips.

34. Dalmatian Stationary

Source: Pretty Fluffy

With a marker and blank note cards, you can create cute, classy stationery. Try the dalmatian look or go for simple polka dots.

35. DIY Pillows

Source: Sarah Hearts

Sew custom pillow covers for a friend’s living room or bedroom. Choose neutral fabrics or ones you know will match their decor perfectly.

36. Sundae Kit

Source: Must Have Mom

Pack all of the sundae essentials into a box: chocolate syrup, peanuts, candy and cones. Any family member or friend will love receiving this tasty kit!

37. DIY Dog Toy

Source: Pretty Fluffy

Repurpose a pair of bright socks to make a fun dog toy. Your human and canine friends alike will appreciate such a playful gift.

38. Mint Extract

Source: The Prairie Homestead

Homemade extract is a delicious addition to any baking recipe. Place mint leaves and alcohol in a mason jar to create your own.

39. Cookies in a Jar

Source: Sarah Maughan

Layer the ingredients for chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies into a mason jar. Write the baking instructions on a note card and attach it to the lid.

40. Simple Earrings

Source: Savvy Homemade

Beautiful, dangling earrings aren’t hard to make. With only a few supplies, you can create several sets in a matter of minutes.

41. Comic Book Magnets

Source: Crafts by Amanda

Clip images from a newspaper or comic book to make superhero magnets. Include a mix of action shots and conversation bubbles.

42. Organic Chapstick

Source: The Elliott Homestead

Stir together the ingredients for an all-natural chapstick: beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil. Add a flavor like mint for a yummy accent.

43. Fun Coupons

Source: Elegance and Enchantment

Need last minute gift ideas for him or her? Create a set of coupons for date nights, massages and taking on extra chores around the house.

44. Pom Pom Necklace

Source: White House Crafts

String yarn pom poms on a necklace chain. Your chic homemade jewelry can be worn by mom, grandma, sister or best friend.

45. DIY Wire Bracelets

Source: Savvy Homemade

Start with memory wire and an arrangement of beads to form your own bracelets. Design your beading pattern ahead of time to end up with professional-looking jewelry.

46. Tile Coasters

Source: The Cottage Mama

Personalize coasters using tiles as your foundation. Adhere scrapbook paper—whether it’s floral or rustic themed—for unique decor that can be used in the kitchen or dining room.

Don’t forget that the best gifts are both practical and personalized. If you’re still unsure of a last minute gift, try a custom cutting board or a canvas tote bag. Whatever gift you pick, don’t forget a personalized note card, and you’ll have the peace of mind that they’ll appreciate the thoughtfulness.

50+ Last Minute Handmade Gifts You Can DIY in 60 Minutes Or Less!

Christmas is just a few days away, and if you are anything like us, time has gotten away from you and the panic is starting to set in! Who wants to battle the mall in the week before Christmas (not us) and we all know that handmade gifts mean so much to the recipient! We decided to pull together 50 of our favorite handmade gift ideas that can be made in an hour or less! These gift ideas are perfect for any time of year, so make sure you PIN THIS POST so you can refer back to it throughout the year!

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Ready? Clear off the dining room table, pull out your mixing bowls (or pinking shears) and let’s “get our creative on” making amazing handmade, homemade, heart-made DIY Gifts!

50 Last Minute Handmade Gift Ideas in 5 Minutes or Less-

Kleenex holder (5 minute project)

Flower Push Pins (5 minute project)

5 Minute Fabric Scrap Bookmark (5 minute project)

Homemade French Onion Dip Mix (5 minute project)

DIY Gold Wine Glasses (5 minutes project + 30 minutes for baking to set design)

Essential Oil Beard Blend (5 minute project)

Dip Mix Ornaments (5 minute project)

DIY Power Cord Keeper (5 minute project)

Nighty Night DIY Bath Salts (5 minute project)

Skillet Handle Cover (5 minute project)

Marinated Feta in a Mason Jar (5 minute project + at least 1 hour for marinating)

Last Minute Handmade Gift Ideas in 15 Minutes or Less-

Chocolate Dipping Spoons (10 minutes + time for chocolate to set)

No sewing machine required fabric flower brooch (10 minute project)

Homemade salted caramel sauce (10 minute project)

DIY Bath Bombs With A Toy Hidden Inside (15 minute project)

DIY Vanilla Honey Chocolate Sugar Scrub Recipe (15 Minute project)

Recycled Sweater Vase Cozy (15 minute project)

DIY Washi Tape Stickers Decorated Notebook (15 minute project)

DIY Winter Chai Sugar Scrub (15 minute project)

Photo mounted to canvas (15 minutes active time plus drying time)

Essential Oil Diffuser Locket (15 minute project)

Hipster Rudolph Shirt (15 minute project)

Gingerbread Cookie Scrub (15 minute project)

DIY Kitchen Tablet Holder (15 minute project)

Handmade Tic-Tac-Toe (15 minute project)

Neon Pom Pom Ring (15 minute project)

Flavored Salt (15 minute project)

Mr & Mrs Rudolph Hand Towels (15 minute project)

Cocktail Cherries (15 minute project)

DIY Sensory Playdough (15 minute project)

Happy Holidays Tea Towels (15 minute project)

Stencilled Pillow Cover (15 minutes + drying time)

DIY Hard Lotion Bar (15 minute project + cooling time)

Kid’s Infinity Scarf (15 minute project)

Last Minute Handmade Gift Ideas in 30 Minutes or Less-

Mocha Mix Test Tubes (20 minute project)

Paint Dipped Wood Candle Holder (30 minutes + drying time)

Mason Jar Sewing Kit (20 minute project)

Teapot Coaster (30 minute project)

Mint Chocolate Whipped Body Butter (30 minute project)

Adult Infinity Scarf (30 minute project)

Homemade Fudge (30 minute project)

Hanging Phone Charging Station (30 minute project)

Homemade Lemon Pepper (30 minutes active time + 60 minutes of oven time)

Hot Wheels Wallet (30 minute project)

Embroidery Hoop Photo Mobile (30 minute project)

Last Minute Handmade Gift Ideas in 60 Minutes or Less-

Honey Sweetened Cinnamon Marshmallows (45 minutes + 8 hours to set before cutting)

Scalloped Sunglass Case with Felt Flower Accents (45 minute project)

Customized size laptop cover (60 minute project)

Fish In A Bag Soap (60 minute project)

Heart Collage Photo Display (60 minute project… print the photos on your home printer to avoid ordering time)

Kids Blanket/Play Mat (60 minute project)

A Year of Dates (60 minute project)

Cable Cozy (60 minute project)

Photo Lampshade (60 minute project)

Tell us… Do you make handmade gifts for friends and family? Which of these would you love to try?

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If you need a gift for someone friends or family that live far away, mail-order gifts are a great option. TODAY lifestyle contributor Elizabeth Mayhew joined Lester Holt to share us her top picks for the best gifts you can order from the comfort of your home, and that will arrive beautifully packaged for the holidays.

The best holiday gifts you can order from home

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1. Vermont Smoke & Cure: The camp box ($72.95)

Vermont Smoke and Cure started as a family business in 1962 and to this day they continue to smoke meats for local Vermont farmers. While they have a wide assortment of gift packages, “the camp box” includes a little of everything, which is sure to please the meat lover on your holiday list.

The box includes: thick-sliced bacon, a quarter ham, summer sausage, smoked pepperoni, Vermont maple sausage, Vermont-grown breakfast sausage, Vermont-grown Italian sausage and Vermont-grown hot Italian sausage.

2. Lillie’s Q BBQ Sauce: Three-bottle gift box ($40) or six-bottle gift box ($60)

From award-winning BBQ master Charlie McKenna comes Lillie’s Q BBQ sauces that range from tangy to sweet, smokey to spicy. Each flavor Lillie’s offers pays homage to the deep-rooted BBQ traditions of specific Southern regions.

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3. Grey Ghost Bakery: Cookie gift boxes ($35)

Grey Ghost Bakery owner Katherine Frankstone named her cookie company for the “Grey Ghost” that legend has it alerts residents of Pawleys Island, South Carolina or impending storms. All of the company’s cookies are make from scratch from premium, all-natural ingredients, and each gift box is packed in a custom-printed corrugated shipper with three-dozen cookies of the following varieties: cranberry orange pecan, chocolate cayenne bacon, lemon sugar, cinnamon pecan, chocolate espresso and molasses spice.

4. Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery: Set of 4 mason-jar cakes ($36)

These molten chocolate cakes come shipped frozen in glass mason jars — all you have to do is pop them in the oven for 15 minutes! The cakes are made with all organic ingredients including a whole bar of 70 percent dark chocolate in every cake, and they even make a vegan version.

5. Griottissimo Patisse: branded cherries ($33.90 per 1-liter jar)

Griottissimo Patisse’s brandied cherries are the secret ingredient used by some of the best bartenders in the country for their Manhattans (they’re also delicious over ice cream or apple pie).

6. King Bean: Coffee roasters holiday gift packs (blend lovers or holiday blend) ($32.99)

King Bean’s founder Kurt Weinberger began the company in his parents’ South Carolina garage in South Carolina when he was only 23 years old. Today, the company roasts coffee in their 60-kilogram Petrocini roaster all day, and their coffee is all still packed by hand. You can order their coffee either as whole beans or ground for a drip-coffee maker, and have a choice of three holiday blends or three traditional blends for $32.99.

7. Uproot Wine: Wine gift packages ($65+)

All of Uproot Wines selections are sourced from California grapes in Napa and Santa Ynez, and aged in French oak. They even offer a few flavor-palette specialized gift packages:

  • Sauvignon Blanc & Skillet Sampler Pack: includes a 2012 bottle of Sauvingnon Blanc and Skillet sampler dips and condiments, including a bacon spread and chipotle pumpkin ketchup.
  • TCHO & Uproot wine and chocolate: A great pairing for anyone with a sweet tooth.
  • Vine-to-go: Perfect for the person who loves a picnic or afternoon on the beach, this gift option includes a 2013 bottle of Grenache Blanc with a Vinnebago wine thermos.

8. Pinhole Press: Personalized gift box ($54.99)

Choose from two personalized gift boxes, both of which feature a custom photo card with a personal message and photos, which is then packaged with assorted gourmet treats that fit with your basket’s theme. The Spicy Gourmet box includes White Whale Filthy Liar cocktail mix (just add gin), all-natural Krave Jerky in Sweet Chipotle and Garlic Chili Pepper and Habanero Heat pistachios from The Gilded Nut. The Breakfast Buddy Box includes Paromi Hibiscus Berry tea, two Marge Granola on-the-go snack packs, and a Pinhole Press personalized Filmstrip List Pad.

Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy shopping: Today’s your last day to ship gifts in time for Christmas

You’d better hurry.

Angela Lang/CNET This story is part of Holiday Survival Guide 2019, featuring tips on the best ways to manage the holiday season.

If you’re trying to ship a package from Amazon or another retailer with fast shipping, today’s your last day to get guaranteed two-day shipping delivered by Christmas Eve.

If you’re going to be sending or receiving a package through any of the three major shipping services, the only options you have left for delivery ahead of Christmas are the most expensive next-day, overnight services.

You’d better get a move on. Now. We’ll walk you through some last-minute gift ideas and your remaining shipping schedule. Let’s go get you taken care of.

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Last-minute presents you can still buy

We won’t sugar-coat it for you. Some of your choices might be limited — popular items can run out of stock, and some just won’t make it in time even if you make the cutoff, especially if you’re buying through one of Amazon’s third-party sellers.

Here’s our roundup of last-minute holidays gifts you can still get in time for Christmas (some with killer deals).

If you’re really tapped out on time and imagination, remember you can always give gift cards. Amazon has a wide range of gift cards available, some of which you don’t even have to wait for shipping (they include a digital code you can print out yourself).

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Retail shipping deadlines you need to know

Earlier this year, Amazon made a big push to drop two-day shipping for Prime members down to just one day, which set off something of a shipping war with rival retailer Walmart. Best Buy has gotten in on the next-day shipping action too, this year, saying the speedy service is available for up to 99% of Best Buy customers.

This year, Amazon has an even more aggressive set of Christmas shipping deadlines than last December, helped in part by Christmas falling on a Wednesday rather than a Tuesday, as it did in 2018.

Amazon’s recent push to provide one-day shipping on many items means you can technically wait until Dec. 23 to order and still get your items in time to wrap them up for Christmas.

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If you’re buying a Hanukkah gift, you’ll have missed the first nights, but will still be able to ship presents before the holiday ends on Sunday, Dec. 29 (it begins tonight.)

Here’s what that shopping schedule looks like.

Amazon shipping deadlines

Retailers such as Walmart, Target and Kohl’s generally all have identical, and in some cases longer, shipping windows, depending on the items ordered.

Best Buy is promising overnight delivery for 99% of customers, however if the item you want or the ZIP code you’re shipping to doesn’t allow for it, shipping times will likely mirror these as well.

Ordering deadlines (that you haven’t missed) for most online store (for the lower 48) are:

Most other retailers’ shipping deadlines

Shipping speed Order by this date To get it by this date
Next-day ($35 minimum) Dec. 23 Dec. 24
In-store pickup Day ordered Day ordered

Deadlines for the big three shipping companies

If you’ll be shipping gifts to loved ones yourself, or buying from merchants other than Amazon, such as those with stores on eBay, you’ll need to know which services guarantee delivery by Christmas.

Note that, in the case of orders from eBay or other retailers, these dates don’t include handling time, so you may need to factor that in as well.

Here are the published shipping deadlines (that you haven’t missed) for the three biggest package couriers in the US, FedEx, USPS and UPS in the lower 48 are:

FedEx shipping deadlines

Shipping speed Ship by this date For delivery by this date
Overnight Dec. 23 Dec. 24
Same Day Day ordered Day ordered

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USPS shipping deadlines

Shipping speed Ship by this date For delivery by this date
Priority Mail Express Dec. 22 Dec. 25
Dec. 24 Dec. 26

UPS shipping deadlines

Shipping speed Ship by this date For delivery by this date
Next Day Air Dec. 22 Dec. 25
Dec. 24 Dec. 26

Make a list and check it often (twice won’t cut it)

‘Tis the season of gift list-making, gift-wrapping and, of course, gift-giving. To make sure you don’t leave anyone in the lurch this season, consider using an app to create your lists for maximum organization.

For your gift list, make sure you consider everyone in your life, from family and friends to coworkers and others you see every day.

If you participate in any Secret Santa-style gift exchanges, you may not need to buy for everyone that you, for example, work with — just be sure not to fall for any holiday-related scams, like the “Secret Sisters” gift exchange with strangers on Facebook. Be sure, too, to come up with a budget for everyone overall, as well as specific dollar amount for each category of recipient.

When making a list of whom to gift this year, be sure to consider:

  • Family, both immediate and extended
  • Friends, but decide how big of a circle you want to include
  • Coworkers (check to see if you have a Secret Santa exchange before buying everyone a gift)
  • Your boss (check to see if your coworkers have organized a team gift)
  • Service professionals you interact with regularly (housekeepers, nannies, hairdressers, etc.)
  • Church or social organization members and leaders
  • Your children’s education team (teachers, assistants, etc.)
  • Anyone you encounter regularly (banker, a favorite restaurant server, etc.)
  • Pets (maybe consider a subscription box for your dog?)

Deck the halls, the living room and the kitchen too

Nothing sets the holiday mood like decorations, but if you’ve been putting off dressing up your home in holiday garb, with only two more weekends before the major winter holidays, time is definitely running out. If you need some inspiration, here are seven apps to help you decorate for the holidays, six high-tech decorating ideas and five cheap ways to decorate your home for the holidays.

The centerpiece of many indoor holiday scenes is the Christmas tree, and online retailers are there to help with that, too. This year, considering ordering a fresh-cut tree from Amazon. Both fresh cut and artificial trees are also available from Wayfair and a few other sellers, who also offer tree removal services for low-stress post-holiday cleanup.

Don’t forget wrapping paper — and tons of tape

It’s easy to get wrapped up in shopping for gifts and forget the one holiday essential that makes giving (and getting) them so much fun — wrapping paper! Here’s a checklist of all the supplies you might need to give your gifts that extra little touch of holiday cheer:

  • Wrapping paper
  • Gift bags
  • Tissue paper (for filling gift bags and boxes)
  • Ribbons and bows
  • Cards and tags
  • Cellophane tape (like Scotch brand)
  • Individually wrapped, small candy

For other tips, tricks and help getting through the holidays, check out our Holiday Survival Guide 2019 for the latest in party planning, gift giving and other ways to destressify your holidays, including how to clean your shower head before holiday guests arrive (no elbow grease required), apps for managing holiday stress and tips on finding the perfect host and hostess gifts for all those holiday parties you still have to attend.

The deadline for Dec. 24 delivery on USPS Priority Mail is Dec. 21 this year.


Originally published earlier this month.

Here are the best last-minute holiday gifts that won’t break the bank

It’s officially crunch time for buying gifts before the holidays arrive. If you haven’t yet begun your shopping, it’s time to start now, because if you wait much longer, it’s possible that your gifts won’t arrive on time — or you’ll pay much more for them to be delivered. On the other hand, you’ll probably appreciate that most retailers are offering the year’s best deals on the most popular tech products right now.

Before we get to the deals, here are some important cutoff dates to keep in mind if you plan to buy gifts online:

  • Amazon: December 23rd is the absolute final day to have items shipped via Prime with One-Day Delivery.
  • Walmart: Walmart’s NextDay shipping cutoff is December 23rd at 12PM ET.
  • Best Buy: If you live in select areas, you can order later and still have items arrive on time. Otherwise, your best bet is to pick up items at your local store.
  • Target: You’re out of shipping options from Target, so the best advice we can give is to buy what’s available at your local store.

Here are a few more important dates if you’re buying gifts in a store and shipping them yourself:

  • Shipping via FedEx: December 23rd for overnight services
  • Shipping via UPS: December 23rd for Next Day Air services
  • Shipping via USPS: December 23rd for Priority Mail Express

Now, for the deals. We’ll be keeping this list up to date as new deals come in and old ones expire.

GameStop is selling the Xbox One X for $249.99 ($250 off) today only. Its bundle includes NBA 2K19 and a free white wireless controller. These bundles have usually sold for $299 during the holiday sale period, so this is an especially good deal.

The seventh-generation iPad with 32GB of storage is still $249.99 (usually $329.99) at Target and Best Buy. They’re the only retailers to have this model in stock, and the only ones still running the excellent Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal. Same goes for the 128GB model. It’s $329.99 at Target and Best Buy, which is $100 off.

The Sonos Beam soundbar is down to $319 at Amazon, a price that we saw pop up during Black Friday, and it includes a free $20 gift card with purchase.

Sony’s WH-XB900N noise-canceling wireless headphones are $148 at Amazon right now. This model is usually $248, so $100 off right before the holidays is a great deal.

Fitbit’s Versa 2 is $129.95 at Best Buy. This is $70 off of the usual price. You can have it shipped before the holidays, or swing by a local store to pick it up yourself.

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SimpliSafe’s eight-piece home security kit is $133.49 (usually $266) at Amazon. This is the model that we recommend for most people who are looking for a system that’s easy to set up and use.

If Google’s Nest Hub is on your shopping list, or you just think it’d make for a nice gift, it’s currently $79 at Target, and you can get two Google Nest Mini smart speakers for free with purchase. Just add them to your cart, and they should show as free inclusions.

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 is down to $649.99 at Amazon. It was $50 less a few days ago, but if you need it as a last-minute gift, this is a good price for the unlocked version.

The Status Audio BT One over-ear headphones are 40 percent off at Amazon when you apply the code THEVERGE40 at checkout. That brings the price down from $98 to $57.82 (before tax). We found that they’re comfortable, have strong Bluetooth connectivity, charge via USB-C, and boast great, clear sound quality.

Death Stranding (PS4) is $35 at Amazon, as well as online and for pickup in store at Walmart and Best Buy, $39.99 at GameStop.

Amazon’s third-generation Echo Dot smart speaker is $34.99 and includes two Philips Hue Bluetooth-ready white smart bulbs with purchase.

At Target, the Google Pixel 4 comes with a $300 Target gift card when you activate it with a carrier. You’ll also get a free Google Nest Hub display with your purchase.

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Bowers & Wilkins PX noise-canceling wireless headphones are $229.99 (usually around $299.99) at Amazon.

Sony’s WF-1000XM3 truly wireless headphones are $198 at Amazon. These have seen a similar $30 price drop before, but it’s back again in time for the holidays.

Still scrambling for gifts? Here are your best last-minute options

Beware, last-minute shoppers — the holidays are practically here, and your chance to lock down the perfect gift is almost gone.

Between Hanukkah kicking off on Dec. 22 and Christmas on Dec. 25, there are only a few more days to cross the last items off your list.

The bad news: the last day to have gifts delivered by Canada Post is long gone. The good news: there are plenty of big-box stores across Canada that offer a convenient service called in-store pickup.

READ MORE: All the best gift ideas under $25

As the days count down, shopping malls get more crowded, lines get longer and selection gets spotty.

By reserving your items online, you can skip all of that and walk right to the cash register. At some stores, you won’t even need your wallet — you can pay online and simply walk out with your purchase hours later.

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Find some of our favourite items below, some of them available for pickup as soon as later today.

For the party host

For most people, the holiday season is a seemingly endless blur of parties hosted by friends and family. To avoid showing up empty-handed, it’s helpful to have a few small gifts in your arsenal. From holiday tea towels to a marble mortar and pestle, stores like Hudson’s Bay, Indigo and even Canadian Tire have just what you’re looking for — and most items are available for in-store pickup as late as Dec. 24.

Hot chocolate mug set, $19.99, available at The Bay

Holiday tea towel, $7.50, available at Indigo

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Granite mortar and pestle, $34.99, available at Canadian Tire

10-piece cheese tool set, $29.99, available at The Bay

Swarovski crystal 2019 annual ornament, $64.99, available at Costco

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For topping off your stockings

Sometimes, the stockings are better than the gifts under the tree. Wow your family on Christmas morning with small presents that pack a punch.

Best Buy is a big-box store with locations across the country, and it offers the ever-efficient option of reserving the tech that interests you online before you go to the store. When you arrive, you can skip the crowds and the rush and head right to the checkout line.

JBL GO 2 waterproof bluetooth wireless speaker, $29.99, available at Best Buy

Friends trivia game, $14.99, available at EB Games

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Coal and Canary wood wick candle (set of five), $50, available at The Bay

Herschel passport holder, $32.99, available at Sporting Life

Ecocube orchid tree, $10, available at Indigo

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For the tech lover

If you like your speaker, you’ll be glad to know there are tons of cool new ways to make your home smarter and more efficient moving into 2020. Head to stores like Canadian Tire and Home Depot to see all the ways you can incorporate tech into daily life, from smart lights to digitized locks and robot vacuums. If a tech lover is on your list, you can’t go wrong with one of these options.

Merkury 4-port charger with wireless pad, $49.99, available at Canadian Tire

iRobot Roomba 667 Wi-Fi connected vacuuming robot, $299.99, available at Costco

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Google Nest Hub with Google Assistant, $89, available at Best Buy

Phone lens kit with three lenses, $14, available at Indigo

Apple TV 4 32GB, $199, available at Walmart

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For the athlete

For the person on your list who exercises every day, you can’t go wrong with a practical accessory to help them stay on top of their workouts. From foam rollers to polarized sunglasses, these gifts are sure to please. Costco has so much more than you probably know — even exercise equipment! — and you can reserve the items you want online, skipping the crowded in-store experience entirely.

Tapout three-piece deep tissue roller, $33.99, available at Costco

Sunto 3 fitness watch, $174.97, available at MEC

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StrideSport smartphone carrier, $39.99, available at Sporting Life

Oakley silver sunglasses, $92.88, available at SportChek

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For the proud pet parent

For some people, pets are like children. Show them you care with a plush new bed or a snazzy pet cam that dispenses treats on your command. Pet stores like PetSmart and Pet Valu both offer online reservation options until December 24!

Personalized stainless steel dog tag, $20.59, available at Walmart

Dogness smart cam pet treat dispenser, $239, available at Best Buy

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Personalized pawprints ornament, $14.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond

Top Paw fuzzy donut pet bed, $29.99, available at PetSmart

Essentials extendable soft crate, $119.99, available at Pet Valu

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house not a…present was stirring, not even a stocking stuffer. Yeah, that’s because you kinda, sorta, definitely procrastinated your holiday shopping this year. I mean, is it your fault that one day it’s Thanksgiving, and the next it’s December 24? (If that’s some kind of Santa Claus magic, no thank you, sir.)

But before you go into meltdown mode—it’s too cold for that, anyway—remember the beauty that is Amazon Prime. It’s chock full of last-minute Christmas gifts for literally everyone on your list. Not to mention, they’re so awesome (I’m talking smart-home devices, people!), no one will know you waited ’till the last minute.

That’s right, the Amazon Prime elves and fa-la-la-la-la-free-two-day-shipping are here to deliver some holiday cheer—and in record time. So, without wasting another second, here are the 40 best last-minute Christmas gifts for all your friends and family:

1. For the person who has everything: Cozy Slippers

Cozy Body Slippers Intelex amazon.com $19.99

No one can pass up a new pair of comfy-cozy slippers, okay? Even if they already have a pair—and pretty much everything else—anyone can benefit from something soft under their feet.

2. For the person who loses everything: Tile Pro Key Tracker

Tile Pro Key Tracker Tile amazon.com $34.99 $25.00 (29% off)

Got a friend or family member who’s always scrambling before they leave the house? (There’s always one…) Help them never be late again—or at least, not for that reason—with the Tile Pro. All they need to do is use their smartphone to make the tracker ring, and voilà!

3. For the hygge lover: Weighted Blanket

Weighted Blanket YnM amazon.com $64.90

Not much can make you feel more calm and comfy during the winter months than a weighted blanket. With more than 3,500 five-star reviews on Amazon, this one is bound to become their bestie as they’re bingeing Netflix and sipping hot cocoa(with extra marshmallows, thank you very much) .

4. For the tech-obsessed: 3-in- 1 Charging Hub

elago 3 in 1 Charging Hub elago amazon.com $24.99 $20.99 (16% off)

Friends don’t let friends go out with a half-dead iPhone, Apple Watch, or Airpods, right? Or at least, you never will again after gifting them this multiple-device charging station. It can charge their tablet, smartwatch, and any other tech they absolutely can’t go a day without.

Need another reason to love Amazon Prime? Check out this video on what it’s like to snag last-minute gifts IRL:

5. For the world traveler: Compression Packing Cubes

Compression Packing Cubes Gonex amazon.com $36.99

Even the most seasoned packer could use a little help making sure they’ve got everything they need (and a few things they probably don’t) before their next vacation or business trips. These packing cubes easily compress whatever’s in them so they never have to worry about leaving something behind.

6. For the one who always plans game night: Sushi Go!

Sushi Go! Gamewright amazon.com $14.99 $8.95 (40% off)

They’ve had enough of Monopoly and Settlers of Catan, and they already own cult-favorite What Do You Meme. But chances are they might not have heard of this card game that’s a fast-paced twist on the classic “Go Fish.” (And yes, you can take all the credit for introducing them to their new favorite game.)

7. For the nostalgia queen: Fujifam Instax Mini

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Polaroid Camera Fujifilm amazon.com $69.00 $55.99 (19% off)

Get them this ’90s throwback so they can capture picture-perfect moments in real time. No #filter needed (though they might want to post their pics to Instagram later, anyway…).

8. For the Starbucks addict: Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine

De’Longhi EN80B Espresso Machine DeLonghi amazon.com $149.00 $108.00 (28% off)

Get this for anyone who believes life only begins after their daily coffee run. They’ll love whipping up their favorite espresso drinks a-latte. Oh, and the $$ they’ll save!

9. For the blowout lover: Drybar Round Ceramic Brush

Half Pint Small Round Ceramic Brush DRYBAR amazon.com $36.00

Give the gift of a good hair day, every day. Drybar’s signature ceramic brush uses ionic technology to help reduce frizz and add shine while styling, so she’ll always have a perfect blowout.

10. For the culinary champ: Vitamix Blender

Vitamix 5200 Blender Vitamix amazon.com $395.00

The recipient of this gift will love you forever (and ever) because this beauty is basically the Ferrari of blenders. Whether they use it to make soups, smoothies, or sauces, they’ll always have you to thank.

11. For your sister: Lucky Brand Basel Booties

Basel Booties Lucky Brand amazon.com $129.00 $77.62 (40% off)

Your sis could always use a new pair of winter-ready kicks, and this leather pair comes in 38 different colors. (On that note, when was the last time you treated yourself to some new boots? Maybe snag a pair for yourself, too.)

12. For your bestie: Oversized Sweater Dress

Loose Turtleneck Oversize Long Pullover Sweater Dress Pink Queen amazon.com $33.99

Your BFF deserves the best, and—with 359 five-star reviews—this sweater dress is it. Not to mention, it comes in eight different colors and patterns. Hello, new winter wardrobe staple!

13. For your workout buddy: High Waist Fleece-Lined Leggings

High Waist Fleece-Lined Leggings 90 Degree By Reflex amazon.com $28.99

At $25 a pair, you and your running pal can hit the pavement in matching warm and fuzzy fleece-lined leggings. Plus, with nearly 400 five-star reviews, you can rest assured they’ll last her all winter long.

14. For your coffee-loving coworker: A Clever Mug

Chaos Coordinator Fueled By Caffeine Mug Brooke & Jess Designs amazon.com $18.95

If your work bestie literally runs on Dunkin’ (or whatever their preferred source of caffeine might be), they’ll love this cute gift. And if it doesn’t inject a dose of cheer into a blah office, nothing will. Bonus: It doubles as a perfect White Elephant gift if you “forgot” to pick one up.

15. For the dog lover: Embark Dog DNA Test

Embark Dog DNA Test – Breed Identification Kit Embark amazon.com $119.00

Got a pal with a shelter pup? They’ll love this doggie DNA test that screens for over 250 dog breeds. Not only can they find out their doggo’s exact breed mix, but they can even see their dog’s family tree back to great-grandparents. Pretty darn cool, huh?

16. For your brother: Bomber Jacket

Midweight Bomber Jacket Amazon Essentials amazon.com $42.00

If your bro needs an outerwear upgrade (and chances are, he does), this bomber jacket will help him nail the perfect balance between casual and sophisticated. And besides, making sure your sib looks good will def land you on the Nice List this year.

17. For the baker: Delish Insane Sweets Cookbook

Delish Insane Sweets: Bake Yourself a Little Crazy: 100+ Cookies, Bars, Bites, and Treats Houghton Mifflin Harcourt amazon.com $22.99 $15.99 (30% off)

Not only will your giftee be able to bake next-level luscious cookies for Santa, but they’ll also be equipped to serve up one-of-a-kind treats, like Samoa Cheesecake Bars and Moscow Mule Cupcakes, all year round. Best part? They pretty much have to share whatever they whip up with you.

18. For the one who’s always busy: 2020 Planner

2020 Planner Tullofa amazon.com $12.99

You know that one friend who always seems to have a bazillion different places to be at once? Yeah, they’ll hard-core appreciate this planner that breaks down their year week-by-wee and month-by-month. Plus, there’s a section for all their new contacts—perfect for any social butterfly.

19. For your parents: Roomba Vacuum

Roomba Robot Vacuum iRobot amazon.com $299.99 $199.00 (34% off)

Let’s be real: If you waited this long to get your mom and dad a present, well, you better get them something nice. That’s exactly what you’ll get with the Roomba robot vacuum. Not only is it the gift that keeps on giving, but it’ll make up for all the messes you made as a kid (well, almost).

20. For your mother-in-law: Bath Bombs

Bath Bombs Gift Set LifeAround2Angels amazon.com $38.95 $26.80 (31% off)

Your MIL might be hard to please…until now. Cross the toughest person off your holiday gift list with this therapeutic and moisturizing bath bomb set that have received nearly 5,000(!) five-star reviews on Amazon.

21. For your father-in-law: Whiskey Decanter And Glasses

Italian Crafted Crystal Whiskey Decanter & Glasses Set ELIDOMC amazon.com $59.99 $35.99 (40% off)

The perfect addition to your father-in-law’s whiskey collection is a crystal decanter and whole new set of glasses that’ll make his man-cave time even more enjoyable. (And hey, you might just become his new favorite child…)

22. For your grandma: Interlocking Circles Necklace

Interlocking Circles Necklace for Grandmother EFYTAL amazon.com $39.95

Simple, sweet, and sophisticated all at the same time, this sterling silver necklace will go with everything in Grandma’s wardrobe. Not only will it show your unending love for her, but she can always keep her favorite grandchild (a.k.a. you) close to her heart.

23. For your niece or nephew: Wooden Stacking Boards

Lewo Wooden Stacking Board Games – 48 Pieces Lewo amazon.com $11.99

Talk about gifts that keep on giving—family gatherings just got way more fun with this colorful version of Jenga that everyone can play. (Plus, it’s about time you passed down that “healthy” sense of competition, right?)

24. For the new parents: “Best Gift Ever” Onesie

“Best Gift Ever” Holiday Onesie Outfit Hudson Baby amazon.com $14.99

They’re going to take a million pics of their little one’s first holiday anyway, so you might as well make sure the kid’s dressed to the nines, right? (Especially since you’ll likely be seeing allll those pics on social media…)

25. For the cat lover: Cat-tastic Makeup Bag

Cat Makeup Bag LParkin amazon.com $8.99

Your cat-obsessed pal will love this kitty-covered makeup bag that can fit all their essentials. (Because crazy cat lady, who?) Even if their mascara collection isn’t five tubes’ strong, they can still use the handy case to store other toiletries, or even pencils and pens (or “catnip”? LOL).

26. For the new homeowner: Echo Dot

Echo Dot Amazon amazon.com $49.99 $34.99 (30% off)

This may just be the perfect last-minute gift because it totally doesn’t seem like one (I mean, you ordered this weeks ago, right?). Plus, your friend who just moved into their first house has enough to do already. Let Amazon’s Alexa take care of playing music, setting timers, checking the weather, order groceries, and more.

28. For the nature lover: Wenzel Alpine Tent

Alpine 3 Person Tent Wenzel amazon.com $50.09

Tell your loved ones to take a hike—but, like, in a good way. With this three-person tent, the whole crew will be able to enjoy outdoor adventures anywhere, from a National Park to their own backyard.

29. For the runner: PowerBeats3 Wireless Headphones

Powerbeats3 Wireless In-Ear Headphones Beats amazon.com $199.95 $89.99 (55% off)

Have PowerBeats wireless headphones, will travel—by foot, that is. Give these (heavily discounted!) wireless headphones to the marathon runner in your life and make sure they never get tangled up in pesky cords ever again. Plus, the sound quality is A+++.

And, if you really love the runner in your life, grab ’em a pair of these winter running shoes.

30. For the person who has no time to cook: Instant Pot

Instant Pot 8-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker Instant Pot amazon.com $149.99

If you’ve got a friend who lives on takeout or frozen dinners, do them a huge favor by gifting them the cult-favorite Instant Pot. Next thing you know, they’ll be whipping up meals in a flash all year long (and hopefully sharing that deliciousness with you!). (P.S. There are colored versions now, too.)

31. For the bookworm: Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite Amazon amazon.com $129.99

Your friend or family member who always has the best book recommendations is sure to love a Kindle. You can even give them Kindle Unlimited so they can read as many books or magazines as they want for just $9.99 a month.

And speaking of book recommendations, check out our best true-crime ones:

32. For the person who loves fried food: Airfryer

6-Quart Air Fryer OMORC amazon.com $89.99

Every French fry lover (so, tbh, everyone) needs an air fryer in their life. Give the OG one to your fried-food-loving friend, and watch them whip up healthier versions of their faves using way less oil.

33. For the fashionista: Belt Buckle Fedora Hat

Belt Buckle Fedora Hat Lisianthus amazon.com $16.45

Even your most trendy friend will approve of this effortlessly cool fedora that also just happens to be a #1 bestseller on Amazon (what, like it’s hard?). It’s the perfect accessory for those milder days when a knit cap is just a bit too much. A true fashion maven will love the ability to dress any outfit up or down in an instant with this go-anywhere hat.

34. For the one who can’t live without their Apple Watch: Protective Case

Case for Apple Watch Series 4 1Anberi amazon.com $18.99 $11.99 (37% off)

From early morning sweat sessions to late nights out with friends, Apple Watches get put through a lot. So, help your friend’s wrist accessory stay safe with this sleek case that’ll protect it from scratching and scuffing. Oh, and did I mention it comes in six colors?

35. For the music lover: Bose Micro Bluetooth Speaker

Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker Bose amazon.com $99.00

All the crisp sound Bose is known for in one convenient—and super portable—package. This small but mighty device is waterproof, lasts for six hours with a rechargeable battery, and has a wireless bluetooth range up to 30 feet. It also features a built-in speakerphone, so you can take care of business—even at the beach.

36. For the fitness junkie: Fitbit Charge 3

Fitbit Charge 3 Fitness Activity Tracker Fitbit amazon.com $149.95 $99.95 (33% off)

Give them a head start on their New Year’s resolutions. They’ll be able to track workouts, monitor sleep, count their steps, check their heart rate, see caller ID, and, duh, check the time throughout the day.

37. For the history buff: Deal or Duel Game

Deal or Duel: An Alexander Hamilton Card Game Card Games Random House amazon.com $23.00 $17.70 (23% off)

Got a friend who’s basically a living, breathing history textbook? This game will put their American Revolutionary War knowledge to the test as they try to achieve a seemingly simple objective, inspired by Alexander Hamilton: get all the money or die trying.

38. For your boss: Gourmet Biscotti Box

Gourmet Chocolate Biscotti Gift Basket Barnnets Cookie GIft Baskets amazon.com $25.99

This isn’t a normal gift basket, it’s a cool gift basket. Why? Because biscotti is a sophisticated, slightly unexpected twist on the classic food gift. And even if your boss isn’t into the Italian treat, their S.O. and kids probably will be, making you the real hero of this holiday season.

And now that you’ve impressed your boss, you should probably request those vacation days ASAP. It’s good for you, after all.

39. For the person who needs some peace and quiet: Bose Noise-Canceling Headphones

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Bose amazon.com $349.00 $279.00 (20% off)

Noise-canceling headphones are the perfect gift for anyone who just can’t with all the craziness this holiday season. Help them take a break from the world—even if they’re sitting in a busy coffee shop or on a plane full of screaming children—by listening to music or watching Netflix marathons. They. Will. Thank. You.

40. For the TV devotee: Amazon Fire Stick 4K

Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote Amazon amazon.com $49.99 $34.99 (30% off)

Make sure they have unlimited access to all their favorite shows wherever they go with an Amazon Fire Stick (a travel-friendly streaming media player). This model will make sure the picture is clearer than crystal with 4K Ultra HD streaming. Plus, it includes an Alexa Voice Remote, so they can get to the good stuff faster.

Lindsay Geller Lindsay Geller is the Associate Love & Lifestyle Editor at Women’s Health.

30 Last Minute Gift Ideas That It Will Look Like You’ve Put Hours Of Thought Into

By January Nelson Updated December 11, 2018 If you still haven’t finished your holiday shopping, you should think about buying these last-minute gifts suggested by Ask Reddit. By January Nelson Updated December 11, 2018

1. Mason jar + equal parts granulated sugar and veg oil + either a few drops of essential oil OR some lemon zest OR vanilla extract = boutique grade body scrub.

2. Buy tickets online for a upcoming play, dinner & show, concert, game, etc. Print out page of ticket confirmation and put it in a nice Christmas card envelope. It’s an awesome gift because people tend to love it more than clothing or other junk you usually give. And if you’re parents are like mine, they barely take the initiative to go to these type of events themselves or don’t even know about them. Experience > material goods.

3. Run to the grocery store, pick up chocolate morsels, butter, and cream.

Takes about five hours to make 200 chocolate truffles. Easy to make them different flavors as well. (Orange, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and Cinnamon Honey are the good with milk chocolate. Peppermint, Khalua, and Matcha are good with dark chocolate. Peppermint and matcha are fantastic with white chocolate.)

4. At least for men, my go-to is always a beard or personal grooming kit. It’s likely something that they wouldn’t buy themselves, and many haven’t felt the exhilaration of a peppermint shampoo. Men deserve a little pampering and self care too!

5. I think mugs make a good last minute gift because they’re available at most stores, pretty cheap for a gift, and will actually be used by the recipient.

7. Most people I know don’t have bluetooth hook ups in their car, FM Transmitters are absolutely fantastic, they’re relatively cheap and life changers for folks that like to listen to music while driving, Probably $15 and under.

One of those copper chef/gotham steel type skillets. They’re fantastic, less than $20, endless use.

8. Cookie/brownie mix in a mason jar with instructions on a card and a bow.

Or a visa gift card.

9. Fancy pasta, fancy jarred sauce, nice block of parm cheese, in a serving bowl with a kitchen towel. You can do this as expensively or as cheaply as you want.

I also loved a book called The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer 8 Lee (basically, a woman exploring Chinese food in the USA as well as her own Chinese roots, and the history of fortune cookies… really fascinating). She talks a lot about soy sauce in that book, so I’ve given that book with a bottle of “real” soy sauce many times. I love sharing things I love with other people, so that’s a gift I love to give.

10. Subscription box. Like coffee? Subscription box. Board games? Subscription box. Make up? Subscription box. Ties or socks or yarn or hot sauce or tea or beer or wine or Japanese candy or marvel or harry porter or fitness? Subscription mother-fuckin box.

11. Go to the dollar store and grab some over the hand oven mitts, then head to the grocery store and get cake & brownie mixes, hand write the baking directions on a decorated index card or slip of paper. Personalize each one with a message or somesuch. Bam.

12. If it’s someone you’re fairly close to, print out a photo of the two of you and put it in a frame. It feels thoughtful, but can also be done in less than an hour and is cheap.

13. Depends how well I know them, or if I’ve used the same trick before – but it’s probably a cast iron skillet. Costs $20 for a good one (rhymes with dodge), and I always get thanked for it, like a year later.

14. Aldi.

A million calories of chocolate for about twenty quid.

Enough to distribute to everyone.

15. Here is what I do every year.

I go buy gift certificates for my favorite restaurants, and gift cards from Best Buy. I then put them in Christmas cards with no name on them.

I keep some in the house and some in my car.

If someone gives me a gift, I say “Wait a minute, I have something for you too” and go get the card. I quickly write their name on it and hand it to them.

Its worked out perfectly for me for years. I give everyone that gives me something, and if I end up with extra gift certificates or gift cards, I just use them on myself.

16. I make them an elaborate Christmas card with an etymology of their name. It’s always a hit and has more meaning than a gift card.

17. Good pair of headphones.

18. I make very good gingerbread cookies and decorate them very elaborately, like I’ll draw a portrait of them in frosting or I draw a cartoon character they like. Im pretty good at it.

19. Chia pet. So many varieties. ‘Ironic’ gift for those recipients, awesome gift for the others.

Either way you are a hero!

20. Those soft-ass blankets you find in any store around Christmas time. And then I buy one more for me. Every goddamn year

21. For girls: anything from Anthropologie. They have a great gifts and the quality/craftsmanship is decent. That and they gift wrap beautifully for free! I use this for last minute birthday gifts quite often and it always impresses.

For guy: gift cards or booze. Guys appreciate utility.

22. Nail place… Women will go wild over a free mani-pedi.

23. A bottle of their favorite spirits, or for non-drinkers/kids, a book.

24. BOOKS!

There is a book on literally any topic ever.

Fan of Formula 1? Book.

Fan of Jujitsu? Book.

Like economic news? Book.

Porn? Book.

Lonely? Book.

Want to improve yourself? Book.

And you can get books everywhere. Online, in store, thrift stores, little free libraries, everywhere.

25. Houseplants!

I usually have lots of spiderplant babies and keep a few small pots on hand. Great for all occasions.

26. Those Hickory Farms meat and cheese gift boxes.

27. For a family – Get a tin bucket of gourmet holiday popcorn (caramel / chocolate flavored popcorn) to share.

For a dude – Get a bottle of fancy champagne or other booze like whisky or bourbon.

For anyone younger than 30 – Get an Amazon gift card.

For a kid – Give them a $50 dollar bill. They likely never handle money and if they do, the $50 looks so much better than the $20. Easy way to become the cool uncle.

For a girl – Get them a gift certificate to a local salon, a big blanket, or fun warm socks (not regular socks but those nicer holiday woven socks).

For your mom – Get her an ornament that has sentimental value, or, go to the mall (who does that anymore) and get them to hand paint an ornament on the spot with the family name & year on it.

For your dad – Get him NFL or NBA tickets.

28. Things that are consumable… everyone has way too many junk trinkets just because someone felt they had to buy something.

Ground coffee from a local coffee shop (if you know the person has a grinder, get whole bean, but not everyone does). They usually have fun Christmas flavors this time of year.

A bottle of dry wine or champagne.

Nice candles (go for ones that are soy based and have lids) or liquid hand soap.

29. Who wants lottery tickets?!?!?!

30. If we’re talking non-money gifts you know what’s a great go to? TJ Maxx. They are just a hodgepodge of random stuff and they have bailed me out so much when it comes to gift giving because with all the things they have you are bound to find something for everyone.

31. Home made egg nog, Irish cream, or Kahlúa. Most people will love one of the three, they are easy to make, made by hand, affordable, and our gifts that go away.

32. I’d bake a bunch of stuff or make fancy looking caramel apples. If I give people food, they seem to be satisfied.

33. I’ll do a blanket/candle/bottle of wine/nice beer and fudge,

OR a movie/board game and stop by the dollar store for a shower caddy, fill it with popcorn, movie candies, etc if it’s for a family. Do a caddy and filler per family member.

34. Starbucks gift card. Everyone loves Starbucks.

35. Lego. Lego for the nephew, lego for dad, lego for mom, lego for granny, lego for EVERYONE!

36. Spicery subscription for three months. Print out the confirmation and chuck it in an envelope. I’ve gifted this twice and both recipients said that they never wanted any other present from me – just for that subscription to repeat.

37. If it’s last minute, I tried to go to a clothing store I know they have clothes from. Throughout the year I’ll ask “bro, nice jacket, where’d you get it?” Then I remember their spot and get them a gift card.

Then to cover my ass cause some people are weird about gift cards I say “I saw a _____ while shopping but I couldn’t remember your size/didn’t know what color you’d like/etc.”

38. Magazine subscriptions. The New Yorker. Times Literary Supplement. New Scientist. Private Eye. Done them all.

39. Mom – Candles and epsom salts.

Brother – Steam/eShop card, or go to a second hand store and find a game I think he’d like.

Dad – Itunes Gift Card or some kind of sports paraphernalia.

Girlfriend – something that reminds me of her, or that I think she’d love (last Christmas it was a pair of socks that said ,”I’m a delicate fucking flower”).

40. I buy ten copies of the best book I’ve read all year and wrap em in newspaper.

Proof of success: I do this every year

41. A brick of batteries. Everybody needs batteries, nobody will say no to batteries, and they will think of you when they are in a pinch and realize you got them a BRICK of batteries.

Great practical gift.

42. Throw blankets from the 24-hour drugstore. They’re $15 and nice enough that I use them myself. This is also my go-to for any gift swap at the office/with people I don’t know super well.

43. Pictures! Take a picture of something the receiver will like, or find one you might already have, throw it in a cheap frame and WABANG

44. Go to CVS and get a gift card (they have Amazon, iTunes, random others). Swing buy a restaurant and grab a gift card for that place. Last ditch, don’t have time to get a hard copy of a gift card- just buy one online that you can email.

45. Luxury kitchen stuff.

There’s a great kitchen & dinnerware shop within walking distance of my home. I can get pretty dinnerware, flatware, glasses and linens in a range of styles, and they have durable, high quality cookware for the more practically minded people. It’s my go to gift-shop, because everyone eats.

46. Lava Lamp!

No one has one.

They’re 20$

Oh, and it’s neat.

47. I’d bring them all to a restaurant and pay for their meal-> easy way to make a party and present at the same time without having to worry about what to buy them since they can order themselves what they want

48. Pharmacies always have cheap last minute crap like travel manicure kits and hot sauce samplers.

49. You get a box of chocolate! You get a box of chocolate! And you get a box of chocolate! Everyone gets a box of chocolate!!!

50. Cash, candy, and/or alcohol.


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