The sleigh bells are jingling and the clock is ticking! The holidays are quickly approaching and the time to buy Christmas gifts is melting away. Last-minute shopping can be stressful. But fear-not, procrastinators! We put together this comprehensive guide to last-minute Christmas gifts that will cover everyone on your list. These gift ideas have quick delivery options or are available in major stores across the country, so you have plenty of time to buy your gifts and wrap them too!
Before you run to the store in a frenzy, here are some things to keep in mind when doing last-minute shopping.
Tips for Last-Minute Christmas Shopping
- Check online stock before driving to the store
- Your gift might not be available at the closest store, but most retailers will tell you if a nearby location has it in stock
- Double the estimated shipping time just to be safe
- Shipping in 2020 is predicted to be slower than in previous years. Play it safe and double the shipping time you’re given.
- Look for gifts that are delivered virtually, like an eGift card or digital subscription
- See our note about shipping times above
- Bags are easier than wrapping!
- Pick up a few gift bags and packages of tissue paper while you’re out shopping. It will only take a minute or two to get your gift ready.
- If you’re not sure if your gift will arrive in time, it might be safer to go with a gift card that has the brand or store on it
With those tips in mind, here are ten last-minute Christmas gift ideas. All of these gift suggestions are either delivered virtually or can be bought at major stores that have locations nationwide.
Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas
1. Subscription Boxes
Subscription boxes deliver themed bundles of products to your door on a periodic schedule (monthly, quarterly or yearly). They’re a great last-minute Christmas gift because you can start the subscription literally the day of your party and include the gift receipt with your Christmas card. Plus, the gift can be ultra-personalized! For stylish men, get a monthly SprezzaBox for the most dapper accessories and bespoke beauty products. The candy-lover in your life will love Bokksu, a box full of authentic Japanese candy delivered to their door every month. KiwiCo is a great activities box to engage kids in fun monthly STEM projects. Subscription boxes are a gift that keeps on giving and with so many options available, you’re bound to find one for everyone left on your list.
Buying it Last-Minute: You can order online and enter your recipient’s address at checkout. Pair the gift receipt with a card and bow! (Boxes are delivered to the recipient’s door, typically within 2-8 weeks to align with the next subscription delivery cycle.)
2. eGift Card
A tried and true last-minute gift is a gift card. No matter who is left on your list, they’ll find something they’ll love with the Happy Holidays Card. This eGift card is redeemed online for an eGift card to Fanatics, SpaFinder, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Hard Rock Café, Wayfair and H&M. Since this is a virtual gift card, it will be delivered to your recipient’s inbox within minutes in most cases! (Or you can deliver it to your own email address and include the printed eGift card in your Christmas card.)
See more Happy Cards to find one that suits your recipient.
Buying it Last-Minute: Electronic cards are usually delivered within minutes of placing an order. However, delivery can take up to 48 hours if there are issues that require us to manually handle an order.
3. Groupon Experience
Sometimes the best things in life are not things, they are experiences! Some of the easiest last-minute gifts for anyone on your list are tickets to an experience. Groupon has a large selection of deals on Things to Do in cities across the country. Get a golf outing for Dad, a spa day for Mom, paintballing for a group of friends or an architecture tour with your significant other. There are experiences for people who are outdoorsy, adventurous, intellectual, artistic and everything in between.
Buying it Last-Minute: Tickets are delivered instantly to your email and events are scheduled for a later date.
4. Gift Basket
Last-minute gifts don’t have to be small or boring! If you’re shopping at a local department store or grocery store, combine items related to your recipient’s hobbies and interests for a personalized gift basket. Put together grilling tools for outdoor chefs. Go to Barnes & Noble and buy the top-sellers for your bookworm friends. Combine popular beauty palettes and tools in a cute makeup bag for beauty queens. To make the gift even more special, include a gift card related to the hobby they can use to buy even more cool stuff. Throw it all in a basket and slap a bow on it. They won’t even know you just bought it the day before!
Buying it Last-Minute: Combine small items at a local department store and wrap them in a gift basket or bag.
>> Check out our Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for tons of ideas for men, women, teens, co-workers, sports fans…literally everyone!
5. Breville Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine
If your partner’s mantra is “But first, coffee” then a Breville Vertuo espresso machine is the perfect Christmas gift. Great for any coffee-addict on your list, the Breville Vertuo can make all their favorite lattes and cappuccinos for a fraction of the cost of buying one at a coffee shop. The Vertuo is easy to operate. You can brew a tasty drink with just the push of one button. It only takes a few seconds to deliver a mug of their favorite blend!
If you like this idea but don’t have the budget for it, check out our complete budget gift guide for over 40 gift ideas under $50.
Buying it Last-Minute: Available in-store and online at Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy and Target.
6. Luxurious Bathrobes
After a long and hectic holiday season, everyone will want to unwind. Get them started with luxurious, matching bathrobes they can curl up in while relaxing at home. You’ll find super-comfy robes at Macy’s and Bed Bath & Beyond that you can pick up in-store. If your family does matching pajamas for the holidays, this is a cute step up within that tradition. Just add a cup of hot cocoa and the holiday stress practically melts away.
Buying it Last-Minute: Pick up in-store at Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond or another local department store.
7. Instant Pot
Instant pot, instant gift! (See what we did there?) But seriously, the Instant Pot is a kitchen wonder. This is a must-have gadget in any kitchen because of how versatile it is. There are settings for soup, ribs, yogurt, rice and more. Cook one-pot meals and cut down on clean-up after dinner. Any adult on your list needs one of these if they spend any time in the kitchen cooking.
And if you’re shopping for a home chef, check out our foodie gift guide for 10 awesome gift ideas.
Buying it Last-Minute: Available in-store and online at Target and Bed Bath & Beyond.
8. Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace
Buying jewelry for your mom or wife can be tricky, but this Kendra Scott necklace is sure to dazzle. The Elisa pendant is a bestseller from this popular jewelry designer. The dainty stone comes in a variety of colors, including most birthstones. No matter their style, this beautiful pendant will match any occasion whether day-to-day or more formal.
We have even more gift ideas for women who have everything if they happen to already have this necklace in their collection.
Buying it Last-Minute: Buy it at a local Kendra Scott store or at department stores like Nordstrom.
9. Group Strategy Games
Give a gift everyone can enjoy on Christmas day! There are tons of games that both kids and adults can enjoy. A popular game is Villainous. Play as one of six iconic Disney villains and try to complete your evil scheme before anyone else. Villainous is a unique strategy game that’s just as much about how your opponents play as it is about your gameplay decisions. If you’re doing last-minute Christmas shopping, run to a local Target or Walmart and check out the gaming section for other fun games like What Do You Meme?, Family Feud, Exploding Kittens and more.
Buying it Last-Minute: Available in-store and online at local retailers like Target or buy it at your local board-game store.
10. Rachael Ray Create Delicious Cookware Set
Available at a variety of stores, this is a great gift for anyone who needs a cookware refresh or for the young adult who is cooking for themselves for the first time. This Rachael Ray Create Delicious set has 13 pieces and comes in a variety of colors to match any kitchen décor. If you’re working on a smaller budget, pick up individual pots or pans that will be just as useful!
If you need more ideas for the food-lover or chef on your list, check out our foodie gift guide for some tasty inspiration!
Buying it Last-Minute: Buy it locally at Target, Kohl’s or Bed Bath & Beyond.
The trick to choosing a great last-minute Christmas gift is to think of something they will use often, or to buy something that aligns with their hobbies and interests. Pair your gift with a card to make it extra thoughtful. Use one of these Christmas card messages to save some time as you go dashing through the stores!
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