It happens to the best of us. We get so caught up in the holiday season that gifts for one or two (or three) people fall through the cracks. Don’t panic! There are plenty of gifts that show you care without having to wait a week for shipping, or spend days running around the mall. Here are just 18 of the best last-minute holiday gift ideas when you need something meaningful, but fast.
For the foodies:
Love With Food Subscription (starts at $7.99/month)
Come on, what did you think we were going to put at the top of this list? All-natural snacks every month, delivered right to your door – and you help contribute to ending hunger with every box. Sign your loved one up now and you’ll save $10 and get a free $20 box if you order a plan that’s 6-month or longer!
Winc Subscription (starts at $13 a bottle)
Flickr user smallkaa
What goes great with yummy snacks? The perfect wine. Winc will send your loved one different wines every month based on a taste profile. The more they rate the wines, the better suited the shipments will be to their tastes. And we’re not talking Barefoot Wines here. These are labels that they might not get to try anywhere else.
Flickr user yourbestdigs
Sometimes all a foodie needs to create something amazing is the right tools. Give your loved one a gadget or two that they might not think to buy for themselves, but will soon become one indispensable. We recommend an electric wine bottle opener (pairs nicely with that wine subscription), one of these doodads that will open literally any jar, a spiralizer (so hot right now), or a cookbook holder so you don’t have to flip pages while your hands are messy. All available on Amazon Prime, btw.
Cookie/muffin/cake/whatever mixes in a jar
Flickr user The Foodie Gift Hunter
Everyone loves baked goods during the holidays, but unless you squeeze in the baking on Christmas Eve night, freshly baked goods can be tricky. Instead, give the gift of ingredients! Fill a mason jar with all the dry ingredients needed for cookies or pancakes, and stick a cute bow on top. Mason jars run cheap (around $8 in-store at Target or Walmart), and the rest is up to you! All your giftee does is mix everything together and toss it in the oven! Cute, affordable and oh-so-simple.
For the one obsessed with HGTV:
Flickr user salchuiwt
Succulents are a great way to add a little color and class to a room without too much trouble, or commitment. Unless your giftee is a big green thumb, gifting big plants that need a lot of care is kind of more trouble than it’s worth. But succulents are easy peasy. They hardly need any water! You can find them at just about any garden store (or any store with a garden section, like Home Depot) and usually come in pretty little planters too. It’s like a gift that doesn’t even need wrapping!
Flickr user giacomodaros
You might have seen these floating around the Internet, and unlike many things you’ll find there, these are no joke. These candles are crafted to give off the characteristic scents from each state in the U.S., and are just the thing for someone who can’t make it home for the holidays.
The one catch with these candles is they take a bit longer to make and ship out, so if you’re looking for a gift by the 25th this one might not make it. But we all have those friends or family we see AFTER Christmas – and if their home is in another state, a candle that smells like home is the perfect reminder for when they come back.
Flickr user tommerton2010
This is seriously sweet. Havenly’s tagline is “the perfect designer for every room” and they don’t mess around. For $200 you can gift your loved one access, collaboration and recommendations on redesigning a room in their house from a REAL interior designer. There’s no pressure to buy furniture or other items, and your giftee will know exactly what they need for that redesign of their dreams.
For the fashionistas:
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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – subscription boxes are the procrastinator’s saving grace. And FabFitFun is so cool, it won’t even look like you just found it now. FabFitFun sends a box of cool home, beauty, fitness, fashion and wellness products right to your loved one’s house four times a year. It’s around a $200 value for just $50 a box. If you’ve got a friend or family member who always has to have the very latest and trendiest things, this is perfect.
Sort of like FabFitFun, but for clothes. StitchFix analyzes a profile for every customer (women AND men, by the way) with color, style and size preferences to send them a box of curated clothes and accessories every month. It’s $20 a month for the styling, but if your giftee buys something from the box, that $20 is taken off the price!
Flickr user kvanhorn
If you’d prefer to actually have something physical to give your loved one, you can’t go wrong with this trend. Enamel pins are blowing up, and they jazz up just any jacket or purse. Prices can range based on how elaborate the pins are, but most are around $6-$10. Best part? You can scroll through pages and pages on Amazon – and almost all of them ship right away with Prime!
For the techie/geek:
Flickr user stevendepolo
Here;s the problem: People who love phones/tablets/iPads live in cold places, and you can’t use those devices with regular gloves. Here’s the solution: Buy your tech-obsessed loved one gloves with finger pads that let them type away all day. You can grab them for $20 on Amazon Prime right now – and they even come in cute patterns.
Flickr user zappowbang
Let’s be real here: Keyboards get GROSS, especially if you’re someone who works on a laptop or desktop all the time. Snag your techie a cool keyboard cover to make sure their keys stay pristine. You’ll also help them make a statement, because Amazon Prime has some seriously cool-looking ones right now that won’t break the bank!
iPhone utility case
Flickr user Kevin Steinhardt
For anyone who says Swiss army knives are lame…they haven’t seen this one in a phone. It has a nail file, tweezers, scissors, toothpick, two screwdriver heads and two pens, all inside the case!
Travel phone charger
Flickr user simbiosc
You never know when you might get stranded out of range from a wall plug, and if your techie loved one is more dependent on their phones than the rest of us, watching their battery run out is even more painful. Travel chargers like this sweet one by Jackery can charge an iPhone 6 three times AND up to three devices at once.
For the wanderers:
Scratch travel map
Flickr user Lindblom
While Google Maps eliminates the actual need for maps, using them to track your travels is just cool. A scratch map (like this one) is just what it sounds like: you scratch off the top layer for whatever country or city you’ve visited, and underneath is another color. Sometimes they’ll even have fun facts about the locations!
Travel lenses for iPhone
Flickr user wZa HK
Chances are, if you have a friend or family member who loves traveling they love taking pictures too. And even though iPhone cameras keep getting better and better, they still can’t always compare to photos from an actual lens. That’s where attachable lenses come in, like these. They’re easy to carry and even easier to snap onto your phone and get the perfect shot.
Airport lounge pass
Flickr user TravelingOtter
Even the most experienced traveler has nightmare airport stories. If you know a loved one has a big trip coming up, gift them the luxury airport experience with a one-day pass to a swanky airport lounge, so they can start out their journey relaxing in style. You can buy them for $59 at the Admirals Club at American Airlines and the United Club at United Airlines for $59, and for the Board Room for Alaska Airline for $45.
Flickr user kodomut
If you have a loved one who’s always taking long flights, gift them some free entertainment with a Scribd subscription so they’ll have access to all the latest and hottest books, audiobooks, news and magazines on their Kindle, phone, or whatever device they bring on those crazy long flights. A year subscription will run you $100, but you can always let just see if they like it with a three-month subscription for $25.
Have any other last-minute holiday gift ideas that don’t look last-minute? Tell us in the comments below!