As the advent calendars open up and you get closer and closer to Christmas, you might realize that there are still a few people left on your list to shop for. Last-minute Christmas gifts can be tricky, so we’ve put together the ultimate list of the best gift ideas that don’t take weeks to track down.
In the past, cash would have been the go-to option, but thanks to technology, you can gift all kinds of unique items without having to run to the ATM. Now you can find thoughtful gifts even at the last minute. It feels a little more personalized than an envelope with a few bills. So double-check your list, see who is left, and find something that fits them on our list. We have things for your best friend and the coworker you picked for a secret Santa exchange. These last-minute Christmas gift ideas will cover everyone, so rest easy and know that you have options.
Gift Hours of Enjoyment With Adventures From Scratch
Choose between the family edition and the date edition of the Adventures From Scratch book. It’s filled with different challenges that your loved ones can participate in whenever they are looking for something to do. Each adventure has a hint and then you scratch it off to reveal what the challenge is. It’s a fun way to make memories and get outside of your normal routine a little. The date edition is a great gift for newlyweds to give them some new date ideas. Families love the adventures in the family edition as well.
The Ultimate List of Last-Minute Christmas Gifts
Everything on this list can be purchased, shipped, or picked up with just a few days’ notice. If you are getting close to Christmas and you still have some people on your list that you haven’t found gifts for, this list has all the ideas you could need. We’ve got kids gifts, family gifts, coworker gifts, and any other adults in your life.
Gifts Available With Last-Minute Shipping
The following gifts are traditional, tangible presents available at retailers who offer 1, 2, and 3-day shipping. Be sure to check sites for specific shipping deadlines and be reasonable with timelines, especially since stores cannot control seasonal delays or guarantee delivery in time for the holidays.
Amazon Prime has great two-day shipping options (and sometimes same-day delivery) that allow you to shop for millions of different items and have them delivered to you or your loved ones before the weekend holiday parties. They offer gift wrap options and make returns simple if something doesn’t fit.
For the Kids on Your List
Whether you are shopping for nieces, nephews, friends, or your own children, there are a ton of options that are perfect for kids of all ages. These are a few classics that are sure to be big hits this holiday season.
Paint By Sticker Books
For kids that love to put stickers all over the place, these Paint By Sticker books would make a great gift. Each page is a different outline with different numbers in each space, on a different page, there are stickers that match up with those spots. Kids can match up the stickers with the right spots on the page to create the final product. There are options for dinosaurs, unicorns, animals, and more.
If you’re looking for a classic toy to gift, pick out a LEGO set. You can find something for any aged child. Duplos are the larger building blocks that work for younger children. There are more complicated sets for older children. Each creative playset shows the ages, time it will take to build, and amount of pieces that are included so you can pick the best choice. There are Disney sets where popular scenes from movies and shows are recreated. You can also find all kinds of different vehicles, animals, Harry Potter, and Star Wars sets. There is something for everyone.
Crystal Growing Kit
Science kits are great for kids who love learning and being hands-on. This deluxe crystal growing kit combines a little geology and chemistry and is created for kids aged 10 and up. There are different-sized crystals and some that glow in the dark. Kits like this are unique gifts and enjoyable for the whole family, and once the crystals are formed, they can be displayed forever.
Amazon started out as an online bookstore and continues to be one of the top sellers of books for all ages. Lucky for last-minute shoppers, prime shipping can get these options to you quickly!
Choose from thousands of different books for kids of all ages. Everything is grouped by age group and genre, so you can easily find a top-rated option for the kids on your list. All the classics are available like Dr. Suess and Roald Dahl books, plus all kinds of brand new releases.
Moon Lamp and Glow in the Dark Stars
One of the coolest ways to decorate a kid’s bedroom is adding some nighttime decorations that are educational at the same time. This moon lamp resembles the surface of the moon and comes with a remote control that can switch colors to seven different options. The glow-in-the-dark stars are the perfect compliment to that because children can put them up in any different pattern. They can display different constellations or patterns.
Bring the fun of the sandbox inside without the mess. Kinetic sand is moldable and fun to play with and create with, but it’s easy to clean up and only sticks to itself. The gift sets come with 2 pounds of sand plus a small sandbox to keep it in and molds and tools to help build different things. It looks like real sand, but it moves more like a liquid. There’s nothing else like it and kids love it. Parents will love it too because it won’t create a giant mess.
In the last year, Magna-Tiles has made the top of almost every list of gifts for young children. It’s a 3D magnetic building set where kids can create all kinds of different shapes and structures. Even if the giftee already has a set of these, the more the merrier because it means they can add on and build bigger structures. The sets come with squares and triangles in different sizes and colors.
Make Your Own Slime Kits
Kids love slime. There are thousands of different YouTube videos on how to make slime at home. This holiday season, you can gift the Elmer’s Celebration Slime kit or one of their other kits that come with everything they need to make slime. This makes five different batches of slime. It’s better for older kids that can be careful with the mess because, unlike the kinetic sand, this could make a bit of a mess.
Christmas Gift Ideas for New Babies and Their Parents
New babies won’t really have many memories of their first few Christmas’ but they can be really fun to shop for. It’s best to get something that will be helpful and useful to the parents whenever possible. We’ve got a few ideas that can get you started.
Fisher-Price Blocks and Stack Toys
These classic colorful toys are a favorite for the littlest kiddos and have been for decades. It helps develop hand-eye coordination and dexterity for babies. These are easy to bring along too to help the parents keep babies occupied while they are out.
A Diaper and Wipe Restock
Diapers are a huge cost for new parents. If you want to get them something practical to free up some of their funds, gift them some diapers and wipes. It isn’t the most fun gift to pick out, but parents will appreciate the boost to their supply.
Puzzles are a great gift for all ages, but wooden puzzles are great for the littlest people on your list. Just make sure you check the ages on them to make sure there are no tiny little pieces that young kids could swallow.
Bath toys are another popular hit for babies. There are so many options to choose from. These colorful little animals squirt water and come in eight different ocean species. You can also find different games like the Octopus Ring Toss game that even parents could find entertaining. And for the gift that just keeps on giving, you can get this swimming bath toy that sings the “Baby Shark” song. The parents will love that!
Help those babies with their teething with some great little teething toys. This four-pack comes with a giraffe, a banana, and some freezer-safe, flexible teethers for babies to chew on. There are tons of options available in all shapes and colors, but anything will help those kids soothe their sore gums.
Gadgets and Gift Options for Tech Lovers
If you have some tech lovers that you are buying for this Christmas, check out one of the following items!
With 1 billion people using iPhones globally, Apple accessories are a popular gift choice. AirPods are the wireless earbuds that Apple released a few years ago and have a variety of different case options. Many people lose their AirPods to a teenager in the family, so getting another pair would be a treat.
Another practical gift is a charging station. With all the devices we live on now, there seems to always be a need for a charger. You can find stations in all different shapes and sizes with options for watches, phones, tablets, and other random accessories. Help make the day a little less annoying for your friend who is always looking for a charger for their phone.
Give the gift of music anywhere, anytime with a Bluetooth speaker. These easily connect to phones and other devices to play music wherever you are. They are perfect for the beach, camping, hanging out in the backyard, or having the music move with you through the house while you’re doing chores. They range in size and quality, so you can find the one that best fits your range.
A Mini Projector
Movie lovers will have so much fun with a mini projector. This device hooks up to a laptop or anything with a USB or HDMI cord. That means you can stream items from your phone or computer to a larger screen in your backyard or anywhere with a blank wall. There are built-in speakers so you don’t need any other equipment to use this.
Fewer and fewer people are printing off photographs anymore to display at home. Everything is on the computer or phone now. Digital frames are an easy solution. There are options where you can just email new photos to the frame and it will automatically update. It’s a great gift for grandparents and family members who live further away as well.
The Echo Dot
Amazon’s Alexa is enabled in the Echo Dot which has multiple generations that each have different looks. The newest option is perfect for your nightstand with a clock and different alarms and timers. You can ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, and check the weather before even getting out of bed. This is a great gift because it can be used in any room in the house and will be compatible with any other Amazon smart home products that they might already have.
Gift Options for Adults
When it comes to friends, neighbors, siblings, or other adults, it can be hard to find things that they will like and need. These easy gifts are perfect for the grownups on your list.
Calendars or a Planner for the New Year
Calendars are a very useful gift and there are so many to choose from. You can get funny desktop daily calendars or monthly calendars that feature far-away destinations. Planners are a great gift for people who have a lot going on and need to stay organized. There are specialized planners for parents, teachers, students, and more.
Upgraded Coffee Maker
If you know someone that is still using a decade-old drip pot, you can upgrade their coffee maker to something a little more high-tech. The Keurig is a favorite for people who just need one cup. There are beautiful options for drip coffee as well with vintage-looking machines or different colored small appliances. There are also some beautiful pour-over coffee makers that you can wrap up and gift so they can try something new.
A Nice Holiday Candle
If you are struggling to come up with ideas for someone, a candle can be a great gift. The holiday season comes with many incredible scents in candles like the Sweet Water Decor Sugar Cookies Candle or the Christmas Tree Soy Candle. You can pair these with a nice lighter, matchbox, or even a fancy candle wick trimmer. Candles are an easy choice for many people that might be on your list.
Think about their favorite cocktail and order some drinkware to elevate their at-home cocktail situation. You could get these colorful martini glasses along with some gourmet olives. If cocktails aren’t their thing, you can find some beautiful stemware for wine and nice thick beer glasses that can be stored in the freezer for a frosty glass.
An Indoor Herb Garden
If you have someone on your list that loves to cook, help them get their own indoor herb garden started at home to provide the herbs needed for their favorite recipes. This indoor herb garden starter kit comes with everything needed to grow basil, cilantro, parsley, sage, and thyme. It is sold by a family farm in Oregon and everything is certified USDA organic. It will bring a little greenery to the kitchen window.
Great Comfortable Sweatshirts
Sherpa fleece pullovers are great for everyone especially as the weather is getting colder. There are great options for women like the ZESICA Women’s Autumn Winter Long Sleeve Fleece Sweatshirt Pullover with many different colors and sizes for less than $40. For men, you can get sherpa-lined hoodies or sherpa pullovers.
There is also a great collection of vintage sweatshirts with different sports teams and travel destinations on the front. There is a sweatshirt for everyone on your gift list, so check some people off and help them stay warm and cozy this winter. Throw in some fleece-lined leggings or sweatpants to make it a full outfit perfect for lounging.
Kindle Paperwhite for Reading
Amazon’s Kindle is the most popular e-reader available. It’s lightweight and easy to read in any lighting. Anyone that receives a kindle will have access to tons of free ebooks from their local library, plus they can download and purchase books from Amazon and have them instantly delivered to their device. This is a great gift for people who are constantly carting around heavy books or wishing they read more often. It’s small enough to fit in a purse or bag to be taken anywhere.
A New Cookbook
When it comes to cookbooks, you can find something for everyone! There are hundreds of dessert cookbooks for the bakers and wannabe bakers. There are tons of great options for vegans and vegetarians. On the other hand, there are books that only talk about meat and different ways to cook it. If you can’t decide, a book about cheeseboards and party platters is always a hit, especially for those who enjoy hosting.
Good Coffee Mugs
Even non-coffee drinkers can use a good mug for tea or hot chocolate (or maybe a hot toddy). You can even add a bag of coffee or a package of hot cocoa to go with the items. There are vintage designs, sports mascots, funny sayings, famous tv characters, and cartoon animals gracing the sides. There is a mug to fit every personality so have some fun with it.
Adult Party Games
Cards Against Humanity is a crowd favorite and the perfect gift for anyone that likes to entertain. The best part about this gift is that there are so many versions of the game now that you can purchase expansion packs to add to their current game and make sure you aren’t getting something they already own. There are packs that feature things from the internet or 1990s nostalgia.
Joking Hazard and Bad People are other fun adult party games if you want to try something new. Any of these games are easy to play and will have everyone laughing hysterically. Bring some inappropriate humor and competition to your friends and family members.
Give the Gift of Self Care
Another popular option for holiday gifts is something the recipient can treat themselves with. The holiday season can be busy and hectic, so gifting something that can be relaxing and soothing is the perfect option.
Most people have used more hand sanitizer in the last 18 months than ever before. Between that and all the hand washing, we could all use a little more cream on our hands. La Chatelaine Hand Cream Trios have multiple scents and come in a really beautiful gift tin.
Do you have anyone on your list who works out or is training for any sporting events? Massage guns are a great gift to give anyone the ability to do some self-care at home. These gifts are handheld and come with different attachments to do deep tissue massages on different muscle groups. There are tons of options for different price ranges. You can also find different neck massagers or different pads for back massages.
A Himalayan Salt Lamp
Salt lamps make a great gift because they help attract indoor air pollutants like allergens, mold, and bacteria, and release negative ions that help with alertness and mental energy. Plus, the ambiance they give off is beautiful and cozy. This Himalayan Salt Lamp at Amazon is made from crystals mined in Pakistan which is known for having the cleanest salt on earth. The color of the light changes colors and with multiple options.
The Comfy is a wearable blanket made of microfiber and sherpa that was featured on Shark Tank. It’s one of those gifts that people will love, but would never buy themselves. You can curl up and get cozy in this hybrid of a sweatshirt and blanket. It comes in multiple colors, so you can order them for the whole family.
Essential Oil Diffuser
Diffusers are filled with water and a few drops of the essential oil of your choice and they release the oils into the air. Oils can help with stress relief, adding some moisture to the dry air, and just adding some good smells to the room.
There are many different options and styles available, but keep in mind that pets (especially rabbits, birds, and cats) are extremely sensitive to essential oils. If your giftee lives with animals, this might not be the best option.
Set of Facial Masks
Sheet masks are great for anyone who loves a little self-care. Order a variety pack for the person on your list and they will be able to treat themselves to a few different masks to possibly find their new favorite. These Tonymoly packs come with 10 different sheet masks.
Slippers or Cozy Socks
With the winter weather settling in, any gifts that help people feel cozy and warm are appreciated. Slippers are a great gift and you can never have too many pairs. There are hundreds of styles available to order, so you can find a look that works. Everything from bunny-shaped slippers, buffalo plaid slippers, and even options with a hard sole that can handle walking outdoors if needed. Cozy socks are another great option and would make a great stocking stuffer.
Motivational Water Bottles
Give the gift of hydration with one of these popular 1-gallon motivational water bottles. They give people goals throughout the day with timestamps to help the recipient consume a healthy amount of water. There are multiple colors available, so you can order different options for different members of the family so they don’t get mixed up.
Gifts the Whole Family Will Love
If you have some families on your list, grab a gift that everyone will love and can use together to create some new memories.
A miniature fridge is a great addition to any movie room or game room. You can store 6 cans in the fridge, so it’s perfect for a six-pack of beers or sodas. Some people use these mini-fridges for skincare because cooler products can feel really good on your skin. It’s also a popular choice for anyone breastfeeding because it’s the perfect size to store breastmilk while pumping.
A DIY Fresh Cheese Making Kit
Most of us eat cheese in our meals without ever thinking about how it is made and where it comes from. If you are shopping for a family that loves spending time in the kitchen and enjoys experimenting a little, consider purchasing them the D.I.Y. Fresh Cheese Making Kit from Fermentaholics. They can use whichever type of milk they would like and then experiment with different herbs and spices to create their own cheese. It’s good for kids of all ages because the cheese is ready in an hour or less so you don’t have to wait days to try the final product.
Classic Board Games
If you are picking something out for a family, consider gifting a classic board game to give them something to do together as a family. Monopoly, Scrabble, Pictionary, and Clue are great classic options. There are many different themed board games that you can find so even if they already have a version of the game, it would still be something new. Monopoly probably has the most variety with options about dogs, National Parks, and different movies.
An Indoor S’mores Maker
The Nostalgia Indoor Electric Stainless Steel S’mores Maker is a fun option that allows the family to make their own s’mores without needing to build a bonfire. It utilizes an electric flameless heater that just needs to be plugged in. There are trays around the outside to put your graham crackers and chocolate so you have everything you need to build the perfect s’more.
Whether or not the family is into camping, a camping hammock can be a great gift. They come with straps so you can hang them from trees in your backyard or any sturdy posts in your house. They pack down to tiny little bundles, so it’s easy to take them along to sporting events or anything where you want the option to hang out and relax a bit.
Instax Camera and Film
The trendy little Instax cameras are popular for people of all ages. It brings back the fun of taking polaroid pictures and having an instant printout. This is a fun item for the family to bring on vacation and capture small moments. The cameras are battery operated and you can help the family get started with a couple of boxes of film. You could also include a photo album or frame that is made for photos of that size.
Knee Hockey Set
Do you have any hockey lovers that you’re shopping for? Knee hockey is a fun indoor activity that the whole family can play. This game set comes with 2 adjustable hockey sticks (and you add more so each person gets one), 2 hockey balls, and a smaller goal. The balls are soft and can be used inside, so it’s a fun way to get some energy out without destroying walls and breaking things.
Sega Genesis Mini
This classic video game console was a favorite of many people who grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Now, you can get this miniature version of the Sega Genesis that comes with 42 games loaded on it plus two wired controllers so you can introduce a new generation to some of your favorite Sega games. The HDMI cable is included so this can be plugged into any TV and families will have a blast playing Sonic the Hedgehog.
You can also get a retro Nintendo system that is similar and comes loaded with games. Either option is great for families that like getting a little competitive together.
Like the S’mores maker, a pizza oven is a gift that the whole family can enjoy together. Each person can build their own pizza and add the toppings they love the most. There are countertop pizza oven options that are easy to use and perfect for locations that are colder outside. The other popular option is the outdoor pizza oven. These come in higher-end options that are more expensive, but they make some great pizzas.
A karaoke microphone is a gift that can provide hours of entertainment for the family. There is a built-in speaker, recorder, and 48 LED lights that light up with the rhythm of the music. It works with Bluetooth so you can take it with you anywhere. You can put on a full concert and then take your show on the road with you. It’s a perfect gift for families that love to perform and have fun.
Fun New Party Games
Each year, new card and party games are released. Get the family on your list one of these hilarious party games. Pun Intended is a new game that features all your favorite puns. It’s described as silly, witty, and painful at times. Another fun new option is the Sriracha: The Game. This is a fast-paced game like Spoons where players will slap the deck for pairs. This game is great for families with younger children.
One more fun option for families is Beat That! It’s a game with 160 challenges like throwing a ball across a room or working with a partner to complete tasks with cups on your hands. It sounds ridiculous, but it’s very highly rated and can be played by up to 8 people.
A Dog DNA Test
Do your friends have a dog that is mixed breeds or was rescued? Consider the Dog DNA Test that helps identify which breeds the pup is from over 350 possibilities. The family can even discover other dogs that share a high percentage of the same DNA. It’s a fun way to learn more about the four-legged members of the family.
Food and Drink Make Great Last-Minute Gifts
If you’re running to a holiday party and need a last-minute host gift, grab one of these food or drink options. You’ll never go wrong bringing something that can be enjoyed and consumed.
A Bottle of Wine or Six-Pack of Beer
Red, white, or rose. Grab a bottle of wine or some sparkling champagne. This is a great host or hostess gift if you are heading to a party or a gift that you can leave under the tree for the recipient to treat themselves at a later date. This is an easy and quick gift that is a hit for many adults.
If beer is a better option, grab a six-pack of something fun and new for them to try. Many stores will let you mix and match, so you can pick out a few things that you think your friend or family member will like. During the holiday season, many of the items at the liquor store come in gift sets that include glassware or cocktail mixers. Those make great gifts as well.
Nice Chocolates or Candies
Stop into a candy shop and grab a box of chocolates or a bag of some high-end candies. Sometimes the best gifts are items that people won’t buy themselves but would love. Fancy candy fits perfectly into that category. Sugarfina has great gifting options with adorable square boxes and tons of flavors. Most grocery stores have a decent candy selection too if you’re running late. You can find some gourmet chocolate bars with all kinds of different flavors.
Ice Cream Treats Delivered to the Front Door
Jeni’s Ice Cream is one of the best ice cream shops in the country with locations in a few different states. The flavors are creative and tasty. Even if there isn’t a Jeni’s in your city, you can order a box of the current flavors to be delivered right to the front door. This is a great gift. The current holiday flavors include Mexican Hot Chocolate, Brown Butter Almond Brittle, White Chocolate Peppermint, Salty Caramel, Sugar Plum, and Cognac with Gingerbread. Treat the ice cream lovers in your life.
Homebaked Goods Are Always a Hit
The Christmas season is synonymous with cookies and baking activities. Bake your specialty cookies and deliver them to some of the people on your gift list. Presentation matters, so package them in a beautiful box or tin that can be reused. If cookies aren’t your thing, you could try to bake some fresh bread or cook a large batch of soup and drop it off with instructions on how to be reheated. The holidays can be busy, so any food that can be easily heated and ready to eat is a blessing.
Purchase a Gift Card for a Local Restaurant
Treat someone in your life to a free meal while also supporting a local restaurant. You can stop by anytime the restaurant is open and purchase a gift card. Many of these smaller businesses offer deals during the holidays where you can purchase a certain dollar amount in gift cards and get an additional gift card for free. This gives someone an excuse to have a dinner out (or pick up take out) and take a break from preparing dinner themselves. It feels more personal because it’s for a specific place.
Stock Up on Coffee at the Local Spot
Does your friend visit the same coffee place every day? Consider stopping there and picking up a gift card along with some of their specialty coffee beans. Some places have offers for refillable cups where you get a discount on your coffees going forward. Gifts like these show the person that you pay attention to their routine and it will probably help make their life a little easier.
Best Gift Card and Online Options for Last-Minute Christmas Gifts
If you don’t even have time to wait for 1 or 2-day delivery (talk about last minute!), there are a few options you can purchase from your phone on your way to a party. These gift options are unique and outside the box a little.
Let’s Roam Gift Card or Explorer Pass
Give your favorite people memorable experiences! Let’s Roam offers last-minute shoppers the opportunity to buy special last-minute gifts that are ideal for explorers, adventurers, travelers, or simply people who love to have fun. Gift cards and e-certificates can be redeemed for any of the activities available within the highly-rated scavenger hunt app.
Options include both in-home and outdoor adventures like app-guided tours of city attractions, pub crawls, art walks, and ghost tours in locations throughout the U.S. and all over the world! Vouchers can be redeemed in any location, and there’s sure to be an option for anyone. Explorer Passes offer unlimited scavenger hunt tours and virtual game nights with 5 (indoor) or 15 (at-home) guests per activity.
Cover the Cost of a Streaming Service for the Year
Many of the popular streaming services offer gift options for yearly memberships. Many people have watched more TV since the pandemic started and might be on the hunt for new shows to try out. Disney+ and HBO Max both offer a full-year subscription that is easy to gift. It’s a gift that keeps on giving as more and more content is added throughout the year. You can also purchase a gift card for Netflix to help cover the cost of an app they are probably already using.
Give the Gift of Calm
Meditation apps have become more popular over the last few years as more and more people need to find a little quiet in their day-to-day routines. Headspace is one example where people can follow along with guided meditations and breathing exercises. Calm is another app that includes meditations and bedtime stories to help people fall asleep quicker. You can purchase a month or two of a membership or pay for a full annual subscription.
Sign Someone Up for a Masterclass Membership
Masterclass is a website that offers different online classes taught by experts. You can purchase a yearlong subscription and the recipient will have access to a huge variety of different offerings. Gordon Ramsay teaches cooking classes complete with some of his famous recipes. There are leadership courses about American Politics with teachers including two former presidents and first ladies. You can even take a course from RuPaul on self-expression and authenticity. It’s perfect for someone that is constantly trying new things and learning.
Buy Them a New Pair of Shoes or Slippers They Can Pick Out
AllBirds is a sustainable and comfortable shoe brand that is releasing a new line of slippers soon. You could purchase an online gift certificate to give. It’s more thoughtful than cash because you are giving them a specific item, but allowing them to pick it out and make sure they get the size and style that they want.
Treat the Superfan in Your Life to a Personalized Cameo Video
Cameo is an app where celebrities, music artists, sports stars, and other famous people record short personalized videos that you can save and send directly to the person. This is an unforgettable gift. You can scroll through all the different people that offer their services. Some celebrities open up requests every once in a while to raise money for charity. There are a lot of reality stars and online personalities that are available all the time.
When you log in, you’ll be able to filter and search using multiple factors. You can sort by different price points and turn around time. It’s good to remember that some of these people take a while to record their videos, so you’ll want to find someone with a quick turnaround for a last-minute gift. From Real Housewives on Bravo to the patriarch of the Roy family on HBO’s Succession to a collection of WWE stars, there is a wide range of options to choose from.
Send the Gift of Food Delivery
Food delivery services, like Grubhub and Doordash, are available in most of the United States and have become more popular during the pandemic to help support local restaurants without having to leave home. Consider gifting someone on our list a credit for their next meal or two. This gift allows them to order from their favorite places on you. It will give them back some time in their day and bring the joy of some tasty hot food delivered right to their door.
Fun Gift Subscription Boxes to Order
The holiday season is a time filled with different gift giving occasions and the fun usually wears off after the New Year. Subscription boxes are a great way to buy the perfect gift now that your loved one can enjoy throughout the year. You can simply put the note in a card that the giftee will be receiving certain treats in the future and it gives them something to look forward to.
Date Nights in a Box for Couples on Your List
There are many different subscription boxes that curate date nights each month to send to couples. The DateBox Club has monthly themes and includes an activity or game as well as a snack or food item to enjoy. Crated With Love is another option where you can purchase a monthly subscription or even just order a one-time box. Each of their date nights includes everything you need for the activity and focuses on different relationship qualities like support or embracing growth. These gifts will be fun for newlyweds or couples that have been together for years. It gives them an excuse to plan an evening at home together.
Cheese of the Month Club
Treat someone with a Cheese of the Month Club from Murray’s Cheese which is a famous shop in New York City. They offer five different options and you can prepay for 3-months ahead of time or just one month. Choose between classic cheese of the month, the cheesemonger’s picks of the month, mac and cheese of the month, the perfect pair of the month, and the cheese board of the month. Each option has different options, but any foodies will love the opportunity to taste some new items and treat themselves to a monthly cheeseboard.
Help Start Each Day With A Good Cup of Coffee
Coffee subscriptions are a wonderful gift for the coffee lover and enthusiast in your life. So many people start each day with a hot cup of coffee, so you can gift a subscription from Blue Bottle Coffee which allows you to send different sizes and types of coffee to the recipient. Blue Bottle is a popular coffee brand with locations in some of the major cities in the US, but it would be a treat to anyone that doesn’t get to visit the location often.
If you want to send a little more variety, you can purchase your loved one an Atlas Coffee Club membership. This company selects coffee beans from 50 different countries around the world. This is a fun way to get some variety in flavors. Along with each bag of beans, your loved one will also receive tasting notes and a postcard from the country each month.
Gift New Socks Throughout the Year
Socks are one of those practical things that people are always needing more of because they wear out throughout the year. There are some great subscription services that will send your friend or family member new socks each month for the whole year. Sock Fancy is one option that sends some very colorful pairs to brighten up the recipients’ mailbox.
Accessories and Beauty Goodies
Do you have any ladies on your shopping list that are so hard to shop for? The FabFitFun box comes with a mix of fun items like makeup, skincare, home goods, snacks, and accessories. There is a new box each season, so you can purchase a one-time delivery or a full year of gifts. Most of the items in the box are consumable, so it’s also a great option for those people who don’t have much space for extra things.
Boxes for the People Who Have Everything
Bespoke Post is similar to FabFitFun with the subscription boxes offered, but there is an option for both men and women. You’ll find all kinds of different themed gift boxes. There is everything from hot sauce collections to shoe polishing gift boxes for guys. There are also cigar gift boxes, a full Mexican hot chocolate set up, and even an Oyster shucking kit. The site offers discounts for anyone that is a member, but you can also just purchase one gift box if there’s one special one that you have your eye on for someone. The website is a great resource any time you’re trying to find a gift for an adult on your list.
Keep Their Tea Drawer Stocked with a Tea Subscription
If your friend or family member drinks tea, consider purchasing a subscription for the Dollar Tea Club or Sips By. Each service ships out a certain number of tea bags or loose leaf samples each month. It’s a fun way to get to try new flavors and find new favorites without having to buy a whole box at the grocery store. Plus, a gift like this saves them money throughout the year by sending them something they would normally buy themselves frequently.
Provide a Plant Delivery For Your Loved One
Fresh flowers or greenery, you decide. There are multiple services for different plant subscriptions so your loved one can get something new each month for as long as you choose. The Bouqs Co. Flower subscription lets you pick the frequency that you want fresh flowers delivered with different arrangements to choose from. You can set it up to deliver weekly through the winter or once every few months throughout the year.
If you want something that lasts a little longer, gift them a subscription to The Sill. There are multiple options that you can choose from for the length and type of the plants (for example, you can select only pet-friendly plants). If you know someone that loves to fill their home with greenery and plants, this would be a great gift.
Send a Little Self Care Each Month
My Therabox puts together a monthly box of items selected by therapists to help inspire people to live happier lives. There are 6-8 full-sized items each month. Some of the items you might find in one of these boxes include essential oils, journals, relaxing wellness goodies, and mindfulness activities. Each month has a different theme. You can choose to purchase one month or as many as you want.
Gift a Craft Beer Club Membership
There are multiple options for you to choose from if you have someone in your life that loves sampling different craft beers from around the country. The Original Craft Beer Club sends 12 beers each month for $44.75 plus they send three free gifts. You can choose anywhere from 1-12 months as a gift. Each shipment has four different styles with three beers each, so they can share it with a friend or family member.
If you want to customize the order more, you can use Beer Drop. This service allows you to choose five different styles from options like hoppy, sour, dark, lagers, Belgian, malty, and fruity. They will use those selections to pick some incredible options for the recipient to try. You can purchase a gift card for the service for a few months.
Jewelry Subscriptions Are Like a Bottomless Jewelry Box
Rocksbox is a popular gift option for anyone that has a particular taste. Instead of you having to select pieces of jewelry for them, the gift recipient is able to pick out the pieces that they want to receive. It’s a rental service so the users have access to a constantly updating jewelry collection. They can decide to have a stylist help them select pieces or choose for themselves and then they will receive a credit to purchase any pieces that they love. This is a great alternative if you’ve been wanting to pick out some jewelry but you’re intimidated.
A Book of the Month Club Membership is Perfect for a Bookworm
For readers, getting new books delivered monthly is a really fun treat. The Book of the Month Club features five different titles each month (usually bestsellers) and the member gets to pick which one (or more) they want to be delivered to their door. To gift this membership, you can choose between gifting three months, six months, or a full year. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.
For young readers, there are also book clubs where they will receive new books each month. One popular choice for kids is Lillypost. With this service, you select the child’s age and they will receive either four board books or three picture books each month. The company also donates books to kids in need, so you’re helping share books with multiple kids.
There are plenty of subscriptions that will fit all kinds of reading preferences. Coffee and a Classic sends a classic book along with a fun coffee flavor to try. My Thrill Club features horrors, mysteries, and thrillers. And for teen readers and young adults, And the Story Begins has great handpicked options each month. If you have someone on your list that likes to listen to books instead, gift them an Audible membership to download audiobooks.
Send a Bottle or Two of Wine to Try Each Month
For wine lovers on your list, you can obviously just stop at the wine store and pick a bottle or two, but you can also give them a wine box subscription where they will receive some fun selections for a month or more. Winc offers gift cards for a one, two, or three-month subscription. Another company to check out is Firstleaf. It gives you the option of bundles of pre-selected wines to send or a gift card for a club membership. By opting for a gift like this, you won’t have to worry about selecting the wrong type of wine at the store.
Help Elevate Their Home Office or Workspace with Work-Space-Spark
Cratejoy offers the Work-Space-Spark box that sends a monthly box filled with inspirational and motivational decor and other items for professionals. This can be a great option for anyone on your list that is returning to their office for the first time in a while or if someone needs a little pick me up for their home office. The items in the past have included zen gardens, snacks, calendars, inspirational desk plaques, and books about leadership. This could be a good option if you have employees to purchase for.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you need timely presents, concentrate your shopping on retailers that offer quick shipping options or select a subscription box, gift card, or e-certificate. This last-minute gift guide should help!
Some last-minute Christmas gifts for children include books, games, puzzles, and toys that are guaranteed to be delivered on time. If you’re a true procrastinator, consider a year of Disney+ service!