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Oops! It’s Christmas Already? Save The Day With These 10 Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Christmas is just around the corner and everyone’s frantically trying to get their holiday shopping done on time. It gets so busy that even the most organized people need to do some last-minute shopping. If you’re one of them and have no clue what to get, don’t worry; there’s still time to choose some great last-minute gift ideas.

Shopping lists can get complicated fast because you have to buy presents for different personalities and tastes. And then, there are people you don’t know so well, like co-workers, friends, or family members you don’t see often or your kids’ teachers.

Here are 10 amazing holiday gifts that are useful, thoughtful, and don’t look like a rushed purchase.

  1. Planners and Journals

Planners and journals are the perfect personalized gift for your loved ones. As the year ends, the recipient can reflect on their accomplishments and set new goals for the future. For people on the go who use technology every day, digital planners and journals are the best presents.

You can also make a bullet journal yourself and give it as a gift to a friend or family member. You can add some pens, pencils, markers, stickers, and washi tape to complete the present.

  1. Scented Candles and Diffusers

This holiday season, give the gift of aromatherapy! Scented candles are easy to find in stores and online, so you won’t be stressed looking for last-minute Christmas gifts. There are some pretty festive scents that’ll remind the recipient of the magic of the season and help them relax and unwind.

Essential oil diffusers are another great option for wellness enthusiasts. Many diffusers come with included essential oils, so you don’t have to buy them separately.

  1. Gift Cards

Gift cards are great gifts for people who have everything. If you know the recipient’s favorite brand, coffee shop, restaurant, or online store, a gift card will make them truly happy.

Gift cards work for all types of relationships, be it family, friends, romantic partners, or co-workers. This is a thoughtful present that’ll show them you care and want to give them more of what they love.

  1. Amazon Prime Membership

Almost everyone uses Amazon, especially around the holidays, so when you’re stuck on time and ideas, an Amazon Prime membership is the perfect last-minute gift.

Who doesn’t love fast, reliable, two-day delivery on every Amazon order? You can choose a specific date for the present to be emailed to your recipient so it’s a proper surprise. If they’re already members, the gift will convert into an Amazon gift card so they can use it to buy whatever they like.

  1. Monthly Box Subscription

Monthly box subscriptions are all the rage, and they come in all shapes, forms, price points, and product ranges. They’re easy to customize, so you can give someone a truly meaningful and thoughtful present.

There are subscription boxes for beauty and skincare, coffee and tea, books, men’s health, wellness, socks, clothes, and pets. You can choose a monthly, quarterly, or yearly subscription and the recipient will get the box delivered to their door.

  1. Beauty and Skincare Sets

Beauty or skincare sets are great last-minute Christmas gift ideas when you don’t know the person well, but want to give them something nice and useful. If you know the recipient’s skin type, you can easily find the best set for their needs. Otherwise, go for something universal, such as makeup brushes, hairdryers, lip balms, body butters, and spa kits.

You can get these sets at your local pharmacy, a nearby mall, or online with next-day delivery. You can also get supplies and make a homemade set from scratch using natural oils and butters for a unique, thoughtful present.

  1. Mobile App Subscription

Mobile apps make our daily lives easier, so if there’s an app your recipient uses often, buy them a monthly or yearly subscription. You can also give them a subscription for an app they haven’t tried before, but you use and love.

There are apps for almost everything, so you can personalize the gift to the recipient. Some of the best app topics include:

  • Meditation

  • Cooking and recipes

  • Productivity

  • Shopping

  • Mental health

  • Music, video, and media

  • Newspapers

  • Games and entertainment

  • Travel and accommodation

  • Sports

The gift card will arrive in the recipient’s email as soon as you buy it so they can install it and use it right away.

  1. Winter Essentials

When you don’t know what to give someone, go for a winter or holiday-themed gift. Get them a pair of quality gloves, a winter scarf or hat, thermal socks, or a pair of festive pajamas. A fluffy robe will make anyone happy, and a pair of warm slippers will keep your recipient’s feet warm on cold winter nights.

Another great gift idea is a thick fleece blanket or a throw with a matching pillow. If you know the person well, you can give them an ugly Christmas sweater. Go for one that lights up to really make them laugh.

  1. Portable Coffee Maker

For the coffee lover in your life, there’s no greater gift than a portable coffee maker. They can bring it to the office and have a cup of their favorite coffee every day or on their travels, and think of you when they use it.

To make the present even more special, buy a bag of high-quality coffee beans or a monthly coffee subscription. Throw a funny mug in the mix and you have your last-minute gift sorted out.

  1. Something Homemade

If you’re on a budget but still want to give your loved ones something special, make something yourself. This can be homemade cookies, Christmas ornaments, desserts, candles, spa kits, knitted sweaters, socks, or scarves, gift boxes—the possibilities are endless.

Handmade gifts are even more special than store-bought because you put your time, effort, and heart into them. If you’re artsy, you can give people your paintings, handwritten calligraphy Christmas cards, or handmade flower pots. Finally, you can give your loved ones a gift card for your own services if you’re a photographer, graphic designer, musician, or writer.

Surprise Your Loved Ones for Christmas With These Last-Minute Gift Ideas

The holidays are a time for giving, but you don’t have to spend tons of money to show someone your love and care. These last-minute gift ideas will help you complete your shopping list and give the people in your life thoughtful presents for the festive season.

Want more holiday inspiration? Check out some of the other articles on our site where we share the best family and lifestyle tips.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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