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21 Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for Everyone in Your Life

So you put off the holiday shopping again, eh? Well, what with all the stress 2020 already piled own you, give yourself a break and we’ll give you a hand.

We’re here to help with 21 last-minute Christmas gift ideas that will seem anything but last-minute (e.g. thoughtful). But you need to order now. Like right now. Or ideally yesterday. From the foodie to the fashion-forward fellow to the outdoorsman to the gadget lover, we’ve got you covered as long as you act fast.. Best of all, you can shop during Amazon Prime Day, which offers two-day shipping with a Prime membership.

For the Pet Lover: Chewy eGift Card

Do you have someone who is obsessed with their fur child? Cat lovers, dog lovers, or any kind of pet lovers will appreciate a Chewy eGift Card. Chewy has all the best pet supplies and it’s perfect for holidays, special occasions, birthdays, and more. If you know someone who adopted or fostered a pet during quarantine, help them celebrate their new friend with a Chewy eGift Card. Animal shelters can also use eGift Cards to shop for what they need most, any amount goes a long way.

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For Your Neighbor: Meat and Cheese Basket

Let’s face it: People love food. Cheese, in particular. One great gift that is sure to hit the spot is a traditional meat and cheese gift basket. You can make your own cheese basket or find one online such as this Hickory Farms Meat and Cheese Large Gift Box. It includes three signature beef sausages, a smoked gouda blend, a harvest cheddar blend, a farmhouse cheddar, a jalapeño cheddar blend, and a creamy Swiss blend. The great variety and inexpensive price makes this themed gift a must-have for anyone on your list— especially your neighbor. Did we mention you can get this ultimate gift for cheese lovers in just two days with Amazon Prime?

For Your BFF: Celebrity Shout-Out

Ask Wesley Snipes to send a Merry Christmas video to your best friend. Or maybe NBA player Dwight Howard, The Most Interesting Man in the World, or ultimate babe Emmanuelle Chriqui (Sloan on Entourage). Cameo lets you order a personalized celebrity shout-out from the athlete, actor, or musician of your choice. Choose from hundreds of A-listers or ultra-obscure celebrities for a gift that is hilarious, unique, and totally unexpected.

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For the Connoisseur

Whiskey Decanter Set

Much like your father, you do all your shopping the week of Christmas. Raise the stakes by shopping only two days before the holiday and doing it from your lounger. A whiskey decanter is a great addition to anyone’s bar cart. This handsome whiskey decanter set has two-day delivery on Amazon and is complete with six ornate cocktail glasses and an Italian-crafted whiskey decanter with stopper. It’s stately, old fashioned, and insanely affordable at $30.

Wood Coasters

Go Ron Swanson on Christmas and make DIY cup coasters out of resin and wood. Choose small cuts of quality wood and follow this tutorial by DIY Huntress. She says, “If I can do it, you most definitely can.” The result is a timeless, one-of-a-kind coaster that will make them think of you every time they’re sipping whiskey. For those who are not as handy with a saw and sander, the Rainmon Letter Wood Coasters are a great alternative. With 26 letters to choose from, there is a personalized pick for everyone.


Transform a plain beer stein like this one from Libbey into a personalized cup for your uncle. Clean it well, buy glass paint and a brush from the craft store, and get artsy. Paint their name, a design, or inside jokes, and let it dry. Tip: Avoid painting the mouth area so there’s no threat of toxicity.

For the Young (or Young at Heart): Sega Genesis Mini

sega genesis console

The countdown is on, and you’re freaking out. With four days to go until Christmas, think retro and order a miniature Sega Genesis replica that is ready to plug and play. The setcomes with two controllers and 40 throwback games loaded onto the console. It’s great for that nephew or cousin your completely forgot existed.

Holy Grail Ribeye Steak

Yes, this is almost surely the most expensive steak you will ever order online, but it’s also sure to be the best steak your giftee ever grills himself (or herself). Certified A5 grade 100% authentic Japanese Wagyu beef with intense marbling, these steaks are not mere meat, but are rather a life experience you can eat.

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Movie Night

If you’re short on time, do not — I repeat, do not — get your S.O. cheap slippers from Walmart. They will know, and you will suffer. Instead, take advantage of Amazon’s two-day shipping and buy a projector to turn your date nights into the ultimate movie watching experience. The Elephas 2020 Mini Movie Projector is a favorite among shoppers, thanks to its high color saturation, the fan’s noise reduction, and the amazing visuals and audio. If you don’t want to buy a projector screen, use a plain wall to get the ultimate cinema night. Get a card from the store and write out the movie name, date, and time, and add a cute note like, “Wear some comfy clothes. Pick you up at 8!”


Shopping last-minute forces you to get creative and give gifts they will actually use, like a subscription service that doesn’t come in a monthly box. Pay for an unlimited subscription to the meditation app Headspace, the streaming service Disney+, or Sirius XM Radio (any Howard Stern fans out there?). They will always find an excuse not to subscribe themselves, so surprise them with this unconventional but coveted gift.

For the Adventurer


Every outdoor enthusiast needs a good camera to capture all their adventures. This holiday season, help your special backpacker make their journey into the great outdoors a fun experience with the Force1 F100GP Drone with Camera. Great for adults and young adventurers alike, the drone captures videos and pictures in 1080p HD. While the camera does a great job of taking photos and recording your outdoor activities, the drone is also compatible with GoPro Heroes 3 and 4.

Cotopaxi Fuego Hooded Jacket

This is the puffer that proves puffers can look good while also keeping you warm. Like super warm, thanks to the 800-fill goose down that will keep your man warm even when damp. The coat packs down small and is the ideal layering piece whether for skiing, hiking, or hanging out.

Saucony Switchback ISO Trail Running Shoe

Trail running shoes in general are great as they can also be used on streets and, with light gear, for hiking. These water-resistant Switchbacks from Saucony feature the BOA lacing system which makes them ideal for cold weather, as a guy can secure or loosen the shoes quickly without removing gloves.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissChamp Pocket Knife

A fine Swiss Army Knife is something that a person will never want to be without once they have had one. Though, frankly, calling this a pocket knife is selling it short; it’s really a pocket-sized multitool that comes with everything from pliers to a corkscrew to a magnifying glass.

For Mom: Bath Bomb

Moms tend to wear many hats, so it’s not surprising they’re in serious need of some TLC. Help your mama unwind this holiday season with a gift like Dr. Hempster Natural Organic Bath Bomb set. The bath bombs are formulated with eucalyptus and lavender to aid in relaxation. She’ll be able to turn her bath into her own private sanctuary. If you’re into do-it-yourself (DIY) gifts, you can make some Epsom salt bath bombs for her to use at home. A recipe from the Epsom Salt Council yields two bath bombs and can be made 24 hours before gift time. You’ll need: Baking soda, corn starch, citric acid, Epsom salt, water, essential oil (her favorite scent or just go with lavender), coconut oil, food coloring, and two plastic ornament spheres. Follow these directions, and freeze overnight. 

For the Book Lover: Book of the Month Subscription

Book of the Month Club
Book of the Month Club

Buy a subscription for one year to Book of the Month, a service that finds the best new novels and ships one to read every month. Sign them up, and explain how it works on Christmas Day: Each month, five books are chosen. They go online, check them out, and choose the one they want to read. BOTM then ships it. Not interested in any? Skip any month, and the credits will carry over. This gift keeps on giving year-round.

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For Your Work Wife: Homesick Candle

homesick candle

Show your work wife you appreciate them by gifting a last-minute soy candle from Homesick Candle. Homesick designs candles for each state, curating a smell that is local and location-specific (and made in the United States). For instance, New York’s has the scents of the Adirondacks and the autumn fragrance of pumpkins and apple orchards, finished with sweet hay, a rushing river, and notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. Choose your work wife’s home state, and send one with two-day shipping. Add a note, like, “Thank you for making me not want to quit.”

For the Skincare Junkie: Foreo Luna 2

Do you have someone in your life who is always talking about the latest skincare products on the market and offering you advice for your annoying acne? While there are many beauty tools on the market, your skincare-loving friend will enjoy a facial cleansing device like the Foreo Luna 2. This award-winning tool has won the hearts of many, thanks to its thin silicone points that offer precise cleansing for every area of the face. The Foreo is rechargeable, so you won’t have to worry about buying expensive batteries. The Foreo Luna is also available for different skin types such as oily, combination, or dry skin.

For Grandma: Flower Delivery

Crap, you need to send flowers ASAP. Prioritize and get a gift for mom or grandma first. There are plenty of flower delivery services out there. At 1-800-Flowers, you can schedule a same-day delivery of fresh floral bouquets or chocolate-dipped fruit. Plus, they have Christmas-themed arrangements. Choose either the Holiday Flower Tree or Fields of Europe Winter Bliss arrangement. Since you’re not getting presents for anyone else, make the bouquet extra-large and include a short, sweet note.

For Friends: Handwritten Note

It’s two days before Christmas, and no present seems to communicate the right sentiment. Well, use your words. Grab a nice pen and a brand new notebook like the Bedsure Leather Journal, and sit down to write personal notes. Talk about the qualities you most admire in the person. What are your fondest memories? What are their strengths? What do you wish for them in the new year, and how have they influenced you? Keep the topic on them, and really get deep. The best present of all is feeling seen and loved. Remind people of their brilliance. Write two to three pages, wrap the notebook, and hide it in the Christmas tree or give it in-person for them to open in private.

For Anyone

Picture Frame

Picture frames are a fun and special gift that work for just about anyone. That’s why the Melannco Customizable Letter Board Photo Collage is our top pick. The rustic frame holds eight photos — four 4 by 6, two 6 by 4, and two 4 by 4 photos — and has a built-in message board that can be customized with quotes and memorable sayings. While the frame itself is a sweet gift, you can also rifle through photo boxes at home and personalize the frame by adding pictures. All your photos stuck on your phone? Get prints made within the hour at photo centers (i.e., Walgreens) or frame a piece of memorabilia like a concert ticket or a movie stub. The takeaway is to frame anything half-sentimental — it says you care about the little things.

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