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If we had a dollar for all the times we said we’d get our holiday shopping done early, we’d have enough money to check off our whole list. But sometimes it pays to wait until the final countdown. Case in point: These 14 last-minute gift ideas that even the most hard-to-shop-for people will appreciate.


Goop Exfoliating Instant Facial

Good genes aside, Gwyneth Paltrow can thank this daily skin perfector for her flawless complexion. She uses it every single day, and soon the beauty buff on your list will too (lucky). Ship it directly to her doorstep and set her up with a monthly or bimonthly subscription so she never has to live another day looking anything short of GP.

Gift It ($125)

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Old Navy

Old Navy Puffer Coat

True, a black puffer is practical, but a mauve puffer is something that will make her smile on even the most frigid days. Expedite one online or pick it up in the store.

Gift It ($60)


Southwest Airlines Gift Card

They’ve been talking about taking that trip to Tulum for ages. You can help them make it a reality (and score an invite in the process) with a gift card that covers all or part of their airfare.

Gift It


Botkier Cobble Hill Crossbody Bag

Fun fact: Shopbop has a curated selection of its products on Amazon, which means you can take advantage of Prime benefits on most of the products. This Botkier crossbody comes in 13different colorways, so it will look like you got it custom-made just for one deserving giftee.

Gift It ($198)


MAC Cosmetics Shiny Pretty Things Goody Bag

Need something wrapped and ready in minutes? Order one of these no-wrapping-paper-necessary makeup goody bags and pick it up at the store. (They’ll even deliver it right to your car.)

Gift It ($40)

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Old Navy Boyfriend Tunic

The comfiest French terry fabric with the cutest little “out of office” text. She’ll wear this all winter break and every weekend after forever and ever. Worth it.

Gift It ($30)


Red Velvet NYC Subscription Box

He’s already famous for his double-chocolate cupcakes, and now he’ll be famous for, well, everything sugar-covered. Gift him a monthly dessert kit that includes all the ingredients for two treats each month. The only prerequisite? He must share everything with you.

Gift It ($49/Month)


gorjana Layer Set Necklace

Looks like a vintage heirloom that you graciously gave up just for her. (We won’t tell if you don’t.)

Gift It ($75)


Uber Gift Card

When you’re really last-minute (like, even past Amazon’s two-day shipping cutoff), it’s time to bring in the quickest (and most useful) of all gift cards. Send this one directly to their inbox minutes before you arrive at the holiday party and then slyly ask them to check their email so they can discover all the free rides and free food delivery they could ever want. Boom.

Gift It


Agnelle Pyramid Stud Leather Gloves

Even though gloves are totally necessary, they’re not the first item people think to buy for themselves. Gift this pair to someone who appreciates all things style and would like to retain use of her non-frozen fingers.

Gift It ($156)


Hygge Subscription Box

A true enthusiast will so appreciate not even having to leave the house to get new cozy items every month. You can’t get more hygge than that.

Gift It ($38/Month)

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Old Navy Patterned Thermal-Knit Sleep Set

Pick up a pair of holiday-themed sleep leggings (and the matching thermal top) and gift it to heron Christmas Eve. Even if it was a totally last-minute purchase, you can play it off like this was your plan all along.

Gift It ($35)

Saks Fifth Avenue

DH New York Cashmere-Blend Sweater

Last-minute cashmere? Oh, yes. Order select items through ShopRunner at Saks Fifth Avenue, and they’ll be delivered in two business days, free of charge.

Gift It ($188)


Anthropologie Poppy Set of 2 King & Queen Mugs

Place your order at Nordstrom for store pickup and pop by on your way to the holiday party. Then make another pit stop for some Baileys and hot chocolate, and you’ve got yourself the most festive gift around. (No one will have any idea you just thought of it an hour ago.)

Gift It ($21)

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