Every year we tell ourselves the same thing: We’ll get all our holiday shopping done early so we can relax and enjoy the season. And every year, it’s December 20th and we still haven’t bought anything for our dad or our grandma. It’s time to admit the truth: We’re chronic shopping procrastinators. It’s probably because we want to find the perfect gift, something meaningful our loved ones will cherish for years to come. If you can relate to this gift-giving indecision, we have some welcome news: There actually are presents out there you can buy and pick up same-day that you’ll be proud to give (and grandma won’t even know you waited until the last-minute). Check out some of our fave picks below. Next year we’ll plan ahead…maybe.
Procrastinators, Rejoice! 10 Actually Meaningful Holiday Gifts That You Can Pick Up Same-Day
1. Photo Canvas Prints
When it comes to thoughtful gifts, you can’t go wrong with one universally-loved combo: personalized photos. Surprise and delight your friends and family with these high-quality photo canvases you can pick up same-day from Walmart Photo. The process couldn’t be more convenient: Just upload your photos either online, on the app, or in-store and choose from one of their many creative designs. All the 16- by 20-inch options are printed on museum-quality canvas with a satin finish and one-inch-thick gallery wrap. And oh, did we mention you can pick up your masterpiece in-store that same-day for free? From wedding photos and children to pets and vacation pics, the possibilities are endless (and on rollback pricing for the holiday season).
2. Inspirational Bracelets
These bracelets from Latinx-owned and operated brand Little Words Project aren’t only pretty, they’ll serve as a wearable reminder of self-confidence and love. Each bracelet comes with a tag inscribed with a code that can be used to register your bracelet on the Little Words Project app or website, inducting you into the Nice Girl Gang, a community of women dedicated to building each other up. They’re available at hundreds of Nordstrom stores, so chances are you can order online and pickup same-day at one right near you.
3. Herb Garden Kit
Give your favorite gardener/chef a gift to cultivate. This herb garden will guide them through growing fresh basil, cilantro and mint right in their kitchen. Each can-shaped planter includes soil, seeds and soil conditioner for mess-free indoor gardening, ensuring that their kitchen will smell amazing and their home-cooked meals will taste even better. You can easily buy the kit right now online and pick up same-day at your local World Market store.
4. Phone Sanitizer
Our phone is basically an extension of our hand, so it’s more important than ever to ensure it’s added to your sanitizing routine. This nifty device both charges and safely neutralizes up to 99.99 percent of germs using UV-C technology (and without harmful heat, liquids or harsh chemicals) in just ten minutes. It can fit phones of all sizes as well as ear buds, car keys, credit cards and more. Get it same-day at a Best Buy by you (they’ll even do curbside pickup!). Because there’s nothing better than a gift that’ll help keep your friends and family safe and healthy.
5. Homesick Candles
You know that nostalgic feeling when you catch a whiff of something that smells just like home? That’s what Homesick’s hand-poured candles are all about. There are specially curated scents for each state, as well as city, country, holiday and memory collections that’ll make anyone you gift them to smile. Pick one up in-store or curbside at your nearby Bloomingdale’s. We’re partial to Grandma’s Kitchen, with the smell of rich butter mixed with touches of apple, cinnamon, clove and a hint of sugar cookie. Yum.
6. Weighted Blanket
Remind your loved one to make relaxation a priority this holiday season. This weighted blanket from Casper can reduce anxiety thanks to its soothing pressure. Plus, it comes in three different weight options and is made of 100 percent cotton to circulate air and keep you cool. Bed Bed & Beyond offers free in-store or curbside pickup in one hour—score!
7. Fitbit Versa 2
Help your friends and fam keep track of their health with this smart fitness tracker. It tracks your workouts, heart rate, activity and sleep patterns, has built-in Amazon Alexa capabilities and hooks up to your phone to connect calls, texts and apps. Take it from us: Fitness watches are a great way to keep you accountable and add more activity into your day to day. And yep, no worries: You can do free same-day pickup in-store or curbside at your local Macy’s.
8. Mama Necklace
We love this chic and simple necklace—and so will any mother figure in your life. Not only will it add a little bit of bling to any outfit she pairs it with, but she’ll also think of you every time she puts it on. Plus, Nordstrom has your back with free same-day pickup.
9. Mindfulness Journal
This pretty planner is all about bringing mindfulness and manifestation tactics into your everyday life. Based on positive psychology research, it’ll help your loved one begin their day happier by focusing on the good with guided and structured affirmations and exercises. A nice reminder that the holidays are all about starting from a place of gratitude. Buy online and snag it in-store or curbside (you don’t even have to leave your car!) at Bloomie’s.
10. Monogrammed Serving Board
Gift your favorite host this gorgeous monogrammed serving board made of white marble and mango wood. It’ll add a personalized pop to any crudité or charcuterie masterpiece they whip up all season long. Each board is finished by hand in India, making every one as unique as they are. Crate & Barrel has you covered with free curbside pickup at your local brick-and-mortar.