The 29 Best Last-Minute Gifts to Buy on Amazon (Starting at $12)

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While we’d like to think of ourselves as organized gift-givers who have everything wrapped and ready with plenty of time to spare, the reality is that we’re likely to be looking for some eleventh-hour holiday presents like these Amazon last-minute gifts. In case you’re in the same boat, we've scoured the retailer for 29 of the absolute best last-minute gifts to buy for anyone on your list, from Apple Airpods Max to luxurious sheets that even Oprah approves—and we’re going to help you make sure you get them in time for Christmas.

Only slightly more stressful than worrying about last-minute gifts is wondering if your loot will ship in time. Luckily there are some workarounds. If you’re not already a member, it’s worth signing up for Amazon Prime to get that sweet, sweet free one- and two-day shipping. Look for items that display the "Prime FREE One-Day" icon, or filter your search by “Get it by tomorrow.” While you can technically order gifts up until December 23 for next-day delivery on December 24, it’s best to err on the side of caution and not leave all your shopping that late. Amazon will always provide a delivery date, however, and will be clear if it won’t make it in time for Christmas.

What Are Good Last-Minute Gift Ideas?

A last-minute gift doesn’t have to look like one. Whether you’re searching for something practical, thoughtful, unique or all of the above, Amazon has you covered. With the abundance of items available for last-minute delivery—from the year’s must-have skincare, to the latest in home automation to a home appliance that is changing the cleaning game—there is no reason you can’t be a gift-giving hero this holiday season, even if you’re down to the wire. Here are 29 of the best last-minute gifts to buy on Amazon.

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Best for Skincare Fanatics

1. SolaWave Wand and Renew Complex Serum Bundle


  • Why We Love It: Recreates a spa vibe at home, reviewers say it really works

Who wouldn’t love to be gifted a little self-care? This TikTok fave is said to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, blemishes and more in as little as two weeks. It uses current dermatological trends such as a hyaluronic serum, microcurrents and red light therapy, along with some facial massage and an added bonus of therapeutic warmth for that blissful just-been-to-the-spa feeling. According to Amazon reviewers, it really works. One writes, "My skin is firmer than it's been in years. It's helped with some irritation as well and seems [to have] improved the overall health of my skin."

Best for the Fashionista

2. JW PEI Maze Crossbody


  • Why We Love It: Multiple color options, lots of space for items

This adorable JW PEI crossbody will suit the fashion lover in your life whether they’re up on the latest trends or tend towards the classics. The Maze bag comes in a variety of colors—from neutrals like almond and black to vibrant pops of color like the stunning grass green—so you can grab one for yourself, too. As one happy Amazon customer puts it, “The photos on Amazon don’t do this bag justice! Such a beautiful bag! I love it!”

  • Why We Love It: Kills 99.99 percent of the microbes on your phone, doubles as a charger

The last thing anyone wants is to get sick during the holidays. The PhoneSoap UV phone sanitizer claims to zap the bacteria right off a cell phone—a notorious (and often overlooked) source of germs. It also works as a charger, so you can plug your device in overnight and wake up to a fully charged, fully clean phone to start the day. This would make a great gift for teachers, health care or retail workers.

Best for the Neat Freak

4. BISSELL Little Green Cleaner


  • Why We Love It: Best-seller on Amazon, large tank means you can clean more between refills

The Bissell Little Green cleaner aims to work like magic on stains. The cult favorite cleaning machine (with almost 50,000 positive ratings on Amazon) is perfect for getting that lived-in look out of furniture or rugs—just the thing your friends and family will want for a rejuvenated living space. Writes one Amazon reviewer, “I found this product on Amazon, and let me tell you, as soon as I got it, I put it together and cleaned my couches! They look brand new! I’m impressed, it’s also so easy to carry around. Super happy with my purchase!!”

Best for At-Home Blowouts

5. Shark HyperAIR Hair Blow Dryer


  • Why We Love It: Three heat and three airflow settings, includes multiple attachments

The Shark HyperAIR isn’t just another vacuum company jumping on the hairdryer bandwagon, although this *is* a great alternative to the pricey Dyson Supersonic. It’s designed to dry hair quickly and smoothly while adding shine and preventing heat damage, plus, it comes with a variety of attachments (a diffuser, a concentrator and a styling brush) for targeting specific styling needs.

Best for Caffeine Lovers

6. Nespresso VertuoPlus


  • Why We Love It: Makes café-quality coffee at home, easy-to-use

It doesn’t get much better than making a great cup of coffee at home, and the Nespresso VertuoPlus makes café--quality drinks every time. Thanks to barcode-reading technology, just one simple button accommodates any of the sizes and varieties of drinks the Nespresso makes. As a bonus, the VertuoPlus comes with a milk frother, so you can put the perfect finishing touch on your morning latte.

Best for Gen Z

7. Apple AirPods Max


  • Why We Love It: Excellent sound quality, noise-canceling

If you’ve got a music lover in your life, the Apple AirPods Max will make for a pretty special gift. Similar to Apple’s iconic earbud AirPods, these wireless, over-ear Bluetooth headphones prioritize sound quality by offering noise cancellation and custom acoustic audio. They come in a variety of colors (check out the oh-so-pretty pink) and the knit-mesh canopy and memory foam ear cushions make them extra comfy.

Best for the Match Averse

8. Leejie Electric Candle Lighter


  • Why We Love It: Full charge lasts for hundreds of uses, suitable for daily indoor and outdoor use

This easy-to-use, rechargeable electric lighter is not only safer than a traditional lighter or match, but it’s also more cost-effective and environmentally friendly than a gas-fueled lighter that you’ll have to refill or replace over and over. The igniting spark is windproof, too, making it the perfect stocking stuffer or White Elephant gift for candle lovers, barbecue fanatics or outdoorsy person in your life.

Best for Frequent Entertainers

9. NEST Fragrances Moroccan Amber Candle


  • Why We Love It: Formulated to burn cleanly and evenly for 50 to 60 hours, vegan and made without animal testing

The gift of luxury is always appreciated, and the scent-loving, home decor enthusiast friend or family member will love this Moroccan Amber candle from New York fragrance powerhouse NEST. This clean-burning vegan candle adds ambiance in sight (it comes in a cute decorative glass pot) and in scent, with a subtle, cozy blend of Moroccan amber, sweet patchouli, heliotrope and bergamot—with a hint of eucalyptus for that elevated spa feel.

Best for Folks with a Backyard

10. Solo Stove Bonfire Pit

Solo Stove

  • Why We Love It: Easy to use, highly portable

Get yourself invited over for a backyard bonfire by gifting someone special the Solo Stove bonfire pit. It burns actual wood but boasts minimal smoke, making it great for even the smallest of outdoor spaces. It looks sleek and minimalist, and is portable enough to get lots of use in lots of places.

Best for the Person Who Wants a Smart House

11. Kasa Smart Light Bulbs


  • Why We Love It: Hands-free control of your lights with your voice, drives down energy consumption without losing quality

This four-pack of Kasa smart light bulbs makes lighting a home a breeze. You can control them from an app and even set them to auto-adjust their tone based on the natural light of the day, to name just a few easy automations. With a wide range of dimmable settings and colors, they’ll also add elegant ambiance to any space, whether it’s a movie night, a party or a holiday.

Best for the Athletically Inclined

12. JoncAye Pickleball Set


  • Why We Love It: Lightweight yet powerful, produced in strict accordance with USAPA standards

Pickleball is one of the trendiest sports in the country, and what better way to introduce your friends or family members to it (and maybe even get a little friendly competition going) than with this complete kit? It comes with four lightweight paddles, two outdoor and two indoor balls, grip replacements and a carrying bag. The game, which is like a cross between tennis, ping-pong and badminton, could be a great way to spend more quality time together. Apply the coupon code to score an additional $5 off.

Best for Night Owls

13. Eberjey Gisele Long PJ Set


  • Why We Love It: Multiple color options, 95 percent TENCEL modal, 5 percent spandex

A pair of luxe pajamas isn’t something that many people would splurge on for themselves. You can be a gift-giving hero with a pair of Eberjey’s classic Gisele pajamas, a buttery soft and lightweight modal-blend set that will likely be worn around the house for the entirety of the holidays.

Size range: XS to XXL

Best for Shutterbugs

14. Kodak Mini Shot 3 Camera and Photo Printer


  • Why We Love It: Connects to any mobile device to print straight from the photo gallery, easy to use

This sleek little Kodak instant camera not only takes pictures but can print them on the spot, making it great to have on hand at any party or gathering. The minimalist design isn’t the only thing that sets this apart from a regular polaroid camera, though: If you take a pic and don’t like it, you can delete it instead of printing it (or you can connect your phone to the printer via Bluetooth and print right from your photo gallery). Modern amenities with old-school charm? What’s not to love.

Best for Late Sleepers

15. Cozy Earth Bamboo Sheet Set

Cozy Earth

  • Why We Love It: Oprah-approved, premium 100 percent viscose from bamboo fabric

These Cozy Earth sheets have been on Oprah’s Favorite Things list for a reason: They’re comfy yet cooling, giving both cold and hot sleepers a great night’s rest. They’re also ethically sourced and produced, meaning you can give a gift with a conscience as comfortable as these sheets.

Best for Cinephiles

16. PVO Mini Projector


  • Why We Love It: Small and portable, equipped with multiple ports, including HDMI, USB, audio and other interfaces

Perfect for quiet family nights at home, bigger get togethers or even just entertaining kids, this PVO mini projector is an ideal low-stakes gift that works with a laptop (or phone via an HDMI adaptor) and doesn’t put the expectation of any major installation or set up on the recipient.

Best for Dental Care Obsessives

17. Waterpik Advanced Water Flosser


  • Why We Love It: Five color options, recommended by nine in ten dental professionals

A great gift for travelers or just those who don’t have a lot of extra space, the portable, cordless Waterpik has a built-in water reservoir instead of a separate water tank, making it easy to pack and keep tucked alongside your toothbrush. The rose gold color gives a chic touch to an otherwise utilitarian—albeit super important—tool.

Best for the Highly Connected

18. Courant Catch:3 Wireless Charging Station


  • Why We Love It: Eight color options, compatible with dozens of devices

Get rid of the tangle of messy cords and keep it classy with the Courant Catch:3 wireless charging station in a stunning Italian leather finish. The sleek mat charges up to three devices at once, but uses just one outlet, and looks like a part of a home’s decor as opposed to a disorganized mess.

Best for the Person with a Sweet Tooth

19. Yonanas 902 Classic Dessert Maker


  • Why We Love It: Easy to clean, perfect serving size

For the dessert lover in your life, the Yonanas dessert maker will turn any frozen fruit into an instant bowl of creamy, sorbet-like deliciousness. Feel free to freestyle based on favorites, or use one of the handy 36 included recipes to go beyond the bowl and make impressive desserts like pies and parfaits.

Best for Smoothie Makers

20. Beast Blender + Hydration System


  • Why We Love It: Monitors internal temperature to avoid overheating and blending of hot liquids, easy to clean

Whether they're an Oprah fan or just love a good smoothie, they'll adore this blender (which has had the honor of gracing the Favorite Things list in the past). It's unlike any blender we've seen, and it was designed to make silky smooth drinks and infused water every time. Not to mention, it's so sleek, it'll be hard for them not to show it off.

Best for Hands-Off Cleaners

21. iRobot Roomba i3


  • Why We Love It: Learns your home so you can direct it to clean any room you want, any time you want, nearly 10,000 positive reviews

Perfect for the germaphobe and/or non-cleaner in your life, this robot vacuum was designed to navigate itself and clean several floor surfaces on its own. It's also supposed to suck up 99.9 percent of dog and cat hair dander, so it's almost like you're gifting them with their very own floor-cleaning maid.

Best for the Sleep Deprived

22. Slip Silk King Pillowcase


  • Why We Love It: Multiple color options, made using mulberry silk that has been developed and refined for over ten years

We're gifting a few of these best-selling silk pillowcases to our best friends this holiday season. In case you don't already know, silk pillowcases are said to have anti-aging and hair benefits. Best of all, these are machine-washable.

Best for the Stylish

23. The Drop Avalon Tote Bag


  • Why We Love It: Multiple color options, easy to dress up or down

Got a niece, cousin or friend that's really into fashion? Get them this bag. The silhouette is so unique, and it has space for their phone, wallet and keys.

Best for Keeping Cozy

24. Ugg Women's Fluff Yeah Slide Slipper


  • Why We Love It: Multiple color options, made with 100 percent sheepskin

How could your bestie not love these best-selling Ugg slide slippers? They come in 34 colors and patterns, so you can pick the one that goes best with their style.

Best for Home Chefs

25. Instant Pot Pro Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot

  • Why We Love It: Easy to clean, tons of functions, including slow cook, sous vide, sauté and more

PureWow readers and editors are obsessed with the Instant Pot, and we bet anyone on your list (who doesn't already own one, of course) would be too. It's a pressure cooker, slow cooker, sous vide, sauté pan, sterilizer, yogurt maker, food warmer, cake baker and steamer all in one, and it makes cooking so much easier. So whoever you're buying it for can easily go from cooking short rib beef ragu to spiced apple cider.

Best for Setting the Mood

26. Vitruvi Stone Diffuser


  • Why We Love It: Seamlessly blends into any space and any style., 4- and 8-hour run times

Want to buy something a little unexpected? Scoop up this mighty diffuser, which is designed to scent up to 500 square feet with their favorite essential oils. It's ideal for the candle and home decor lover in your life, but we think just about anyone would appreciate it.

Best for Gym Buffs

27. Schwinn Upright Bike Series


  • Why We Love It: Enhanced Bluetooth connectivity, 16 levels of magnetic resistance for a wide range of workout intensity options

Maybe you can't buy them a Peloton this Christmas, but no worries. This is the next best thing. It has Bluetooth connectivity that lets them track their progress through an app, and it offers 13 workout programs and 16 levels of resistance for more intense workouts.

Best for Binge-Watchers

28. Fire TV Stick


  • Why We Love It: Access more than 200,000 free movies and TV episodes, 50 percent more powerful than the previous generation for fast streaming in Full HD

Anyone with a TV will love the Fire Stick. It makes streaming everything from Hulu to Netflix so much easier, plus it's equipped with Alexa, so they can use it to check sports scores and play their favorite music.

Best for Podcast Devotees

29. Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Gen


  • Why We Love It: Budget-friendly alternative to AirPod Max, convenient to carry

For a more budget friendly—but still exceptional—headphone, anyone on your list will love receiving Apple AirPods, especially the 2nd generation Pros. They're compact, so they're super convenient for people who are always on the go, plus the noise-canceling feature is perfect for zeroing in on podcasts and phone calls.

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