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29 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Every Holiday Occasion

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The only thing worse than showing up to a party empty handed? Arriving with a gift that screams “I bought this at the gas station on the way over.” But if you forgot to pick up a thoughtful memento prior to your holiday party or family gift exchange, don’t fret. We schemed up 30 great last-minute gift ideas (that will arrive by Christmas) to help maintain your reputation as the most generous guest in your friend or family circle, including an artisanal olive oil duo, a plant subscription and even online class memberships.

Where to Buy Last-Minute Christmas Gifts

The best place to get your last-minute holiday gift really depends on just how little time you have left. If you have a couple days and it’s not yet Christmas week, chances are you can order online with expedited shipping and be fine. If you have one day or less, look for retailers that have in-store pickup, same day delivery or overnight shipping, such as Nordstrom, Amazon, Macy’s, Target, Walmart, Madewell or Anthropologie. And if you’re working with less than one hour before go time, digital gift cards or subscription boxes are a thoughtful and instant gift option with no shipping required.

brightland olive oil
Brightland

1. Brightland The Duo Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Expedited Shipping Options: One business day, three business days
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Dec. 22 for one business day delivery

Need a last-minute hostess gift? Bring these oils, which are harvested early from hand-picked heirloom olives in California. Processed in a certified-organic mill, they yield two distinct tastes: The 'Alive' bottle complements everything from salads to hummus to baked goods (and even chocolate), while 'Awake' is perfect for pastas, roasted veggies and stews. The artsy glass bottle is UV powder-coated to protect the contents from light, and it doesn’t hurt that it looks pretty on the counter. Plus, you can even use it on skin and hair for a major glow.

brooklinen gift card
Brooklinen

2. Brooklinen Gift Card

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Instant online delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: N/A

Let them pick some new bathrobes or bedding by giving them a gift card for up to $500. This digital card will be delivered to their inbox directly so there's no shipping required.

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The Sill

3. The Sill 3-month Classic Subscription

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Instant online delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: N/A

Send this gift to the friend with the green thumb so they can add a few more plant babies to their family. This digital card will be delivered to their inbox directly so no shipping required.

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MasterClass

4. Masterclass Membership

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Instant online delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: N/A

A membership for countless classes—from how to judge a good wine to learning to write for TV with Shonda Rhimes—is the gift that keeps on giving. They can choose whatever classes they're interested in and then brag to you about their new knowledge. This digital membership requires no shipping, and they can access by simply logging in.

5. Lovevery Subscription

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Instant online delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: N/A

Did you forget to pick something up for your 3-year-old niece (who also has a baby brother)? They'll love this: A kid subscription that delivers stage-based play essentials for ages 0 through 4. Each play kit includes toys created by child development experts that are specifically designed for your child’s particular learning stage. For example, 3- to 4-month-olds are given the Charmer Play Kit, a set of 11 toys that help babies develop their motor skills, learn to make sounds and use multiple senses at once. For 40- to 42-month-olds, it’s the Storyteller Play Kit that helps kids build a positive association with reading and math through puzzles, problem solving and imaginative play. Translation? That favorite aunt award is practically guaranteed.

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Disney+

6. Disney+ Membership

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Instant online delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: N/A

Send your resident Disney buff a year-long membership to the streaming platform so they can have access to all of their favorites, from animated Disney classics to Star Wars to Marvel.

Last Minute Gifts Houdini Ice Tray
Houdini

7. Houdini Ice Sphere Tray

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Same-day delivery, 2-hour in-store pickup
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: TBA

Whether you put ice in your rosé (we aren’t ashamed to admit it) or prefer a whiskey on the rocks, this food-safe silicone ice tray will create four perfectly spherical cubes, which not only look fancy, but also actually melt slower. And since these molds are soft, it’s also a breeze to pop the spheres out in mint condition.

matcha kit
Amazon

8. Jade Leaf Matcha Traditional Starter Set

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Same-day delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Dec. 22 for one-day delivery (free for Prime members). Dec. 23 for same-day delivery (available in select areas) at up to $12.99 per item for non-Prime members; free for Prime members on orders over $35

Matcha isn’t just a drink; it’s a lifestyle. From the stainless steel sifter to the bamboo whisk, it's the type of present that will elicit immediate hugs and “thank you” shrieks from the matcha lover in your life.

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Amazon

9. ‘The Mini Bar: 100 Essential Cocktail Recipes’

  • Expedited Shipping Options: One-day delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Dec. 22 for one-day delivery (free for Prime members). Dec. 23 for same-day delivery (available in select areas) at up to $12.99 per item for non-Prime members; free for Prime members on orders over $35

This is the perfect present for people who are always manning the bar. All eight of these small books are organized by base ingredient (whisky, rum, gin, vodka, tequila, Champagne, sherry and amaro), so every cocktail possible can be shaken up—or stirred.

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Amazon

10. Audible Membership

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Instant online delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: N/A

If you have a bookworm in your life, you can gift them up to a year-long subscription to Audible with access to thousands of books.

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Amazon

11. ‘I’ll Be There For You: Life According To Friends’ Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, Ross & Monica’

  • Expedited Shipping Options: One-day delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Dec. 22 for one-day delivery (free for Prime members). Dec. 23 for same-day delivery (available in select areas) at up to $12.99 per item for non-Prime members; free for Prime members on orders over $35

Ever wondered which Friends character you are? Or what kind of dating advice Joey would give you? This book includes all that, along with tips for mastering the art of the comeback with Chandler, recipes from Monica and in-depth profiles on each of the characters. It’s kind of like all six of the Friends are sitting in your living room with you. Could there be a better gift than that? (Buy a backup for yourself and thank us later.)

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CrateJoy

12. Cratejoy Therabox Self-Care Subscription Box

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Instant online delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Order by Dec. 15 to receive by Christmas.

A box full of self-care is our kind of gift. Select a one-, three-, six- or 12-month long subscription that's full of therapeutic activities and goodies to help your bestie unwind.

fitbit
Amazon

13. Fitbit Inspire 2

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Same-day delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Dec. 22 for one-day delivery (free for Prime members). Dec. 23 for same-day delivery (available in select areas) at up to $12.99 per item for non-Prime members; free for Prime members on orders over $35

Gym rats and mall walkers alike need a way to track their activity and this handy little bracelet will do just that. Grab them one of these before they sell out and it will be here before Christmas.

Last Minute Gifts Kodak Printomatic
Amazon

14. KODAK Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Overnight delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Dec. 22 for one-day delivery (free for Prime members). Dec. 23 for same-day delivery (available in select areas) at up to $12.99 per item for non-Prime members; free for Prime members on orders over $35

Limiting screen time is tough when our phones also function as our cameras. Instead, gift an instant digital camera to the host of your holiday celebration and watch guests have a blast taking photos the “old-fashioned” way. Everyone will go home with a memento from a fun night.

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Goldbelly

15. Goldbelly E-gift Card

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Instant online delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: N/A

Whether they're longing for a New York City babka or a Chicago deep-dish pizza, they can find whatever they're craving on Goldbelly and have it sent directly to their door. The gift card will be sent to their email.

16. Neuhaus Holiday Assorted 27-Piece Chocolates Tree Box

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Same-day pickup, 3-day shipping

When it comes to holiday parties, almost everyone will show up with a bottle of wine or some sort of dip (no judgment—we’ll be consuming both). While you may not have time to whip up your famous chocolate coconut almond bars, you can hit up the fête with an assortment of chocolates that everyone is sure to go nuts for.

weighted blanket
Amazon

17. Weighted Idea Cooling Weighted Blanket

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Overnight delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Dec. 22 for one-day delivery (free for Prime members). Dec. 23 for same-day delivery (available in select areas) at up to $12.99 per item for non-Prime members; free for Prime members on orders over $35

This simple gift is a caring gesture if you have someone who struggles with anxiety on your gift list, since weighted blankets can help people feel more grounded and secure. Choose from a variety of weights and colors.

Last Minute Gifts La Mer
Nordstrom

18. La Mer Mini Glowing Renewal Set

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Same-day pickup, next-day shipping, 2-day shipping
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Order by Dec. 23rd to receive by Christmas.

We don’t know a single person who wouldn’t get all heart-eyed over La Mer. As one of the most luxurious beauty brands on the market, using it is a treat—and receiving it as a gift is even better. This set includes four brand favorites (Creme De La Mer, Renewal Oil, Regenerating Serum and The Treatment Lotion) to replenish moisture and restore a youthful glow while making them feel like a total queen whenever they use them.

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HelloFresh

19. HelloFresh Meal Delivery

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Instant online delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: N/A

Have friends who aren't great at cooking? Send them their favorite dish in a prepped meal kit so they can learn step-by-step how to make it at home.

20. Modelones Gel Nail Polish Kit with UV Light

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Same-day delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Dec. 22 for one-day delivery (free for Prime members). Dec. 23 for same-day delivery (available in select areas) at up to $12.99 per item for non-Prime members; free for Prime members on orders over $35

Got a friend or loved one who always needs a flawless, chip-free mani, but is tired of spending $70 and two hours in the salon chair every few weeks? Gift them this gel polish kit, complete with seven soak-off gel colors, a base coat, a top coat, nail primer, nail tools and a UV curing lamp, and they can do their own professional gel mani at home.

21. PowerXL 5qt Vortex Classic Air Fryer

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Same-day delivery, 2-hour in-store pickup
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Dec. 22 for one-day delivery (free for Prime members). Dec. 23 for same-day delivery (available in select areas) at up to $12.99 per item for non-Prime members; free for Prime members on orders over $35

It’s scientifically proven that anyone who owns an air fryer will take at least 10 minutes out of every day to wax poetic on their love for the handy kitchen device. From baked goods to healthy fried apps, frozen meats and fresh veggies, there’s pretty much nothing an air fryer can’t tackle. Grab one for your friend who’s always complaining about not having time to cook, and watch as they become a convert.

22. Koccido 22-Piece Makeup Brush Set

  • Expedited Shipping Options: One-day delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Dec. 22 for one-day delivery (free for Prime members). Dec. 23 for same-day delivery (available in select areas) at up to $12.99 per item for non-Prime members; free for Prime members on orders over $35

Even your makeup guru bestie needs to swap out their old, busted brushes for some new ones every now and again. This cute, handmade 22-piece makeup set comes with 13 soft, high-quality fiber hairbrushes, a silicon face-pack brush, a sponge egg set, two silicone lip brushes, a brush cleaning egg and a silicone facial cleansing brush.

23. Sunhoo Durarange Pop-Up Golf Net

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Overnight delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Dec. 22 for one-day delivery (free for Prime members). Dec. 23 for same-day delivery (available in select areas) at up to $12.99 per item for non-Prime members; free for Prime members on orders over $35

The weather outside may be frightful, but your golf-loving buddy will find this indoor golf net to be a delightful addition to their basement. This chipping net comes with a turf mat, six driving range golf balls, six practice foam balls and a removal rubber tee, which will keep any golf bro in the swing of things all winter long.

24. Highball & Chaser Elite 6-Piece Cocktail Shaker Set

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Overnight delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Dec. 22 for one-day delivery (free for Prime members). Dec. 23 for same-day delivery (available in select areas) at up to $12.99 per item for non-Prime members; free for Prime members on orders over $35

Gift the aspiring cocktail connoisseur this beginner’s drink making set, which comes with an 18-ounce cocktail shaker, a laser engraved muddler, bar spoon, hawthorn strainer, jigger, bar knife and black bamboo stand.

25. Larcele Micro Building Blocks DIY Penguin Set

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Overnight delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Dec. 22 for one-day delivery (free for Prime members). Dec. 23 for same-day delivery (available in select areas) at up to $12.99 per item for non-Prime members; free for Prime members on orders over $35

Perfect for kids or adults who love puzzles and cute animals, this adorable 3D penguin brick set comes with 1,467 pieces, making it a fun holiday project for the whole family! If penguins aren’t your jam, you can also get a panda, a monkey or a cute white cat.

26. WOWOO 7” Toilet Stool

  • Expedited Shipping Options: One-day delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Dec. 22 for one-day delivery (free for Prime members). Dec. 23 for same-day delivery (available in select areas) at up to $12.99 per item for non-Prime members; free for Prime members on orders over $35

It’s stylish, discrete and has rave reviews; once you gift this toilet stool to a friend or family member, there’s a good chance they’ll buy one for every bathroom in their house. Trust us–this is a present that everyone needs.

27. HEMOPLT Self-Watering Planter

  • Expedited Shipping Options: One-day delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Dec. 22 for one-day delivery (free for Prime members). Dec. 23 for same-day delivery (available in select areas) at up to $12.99 per item for non-Prime members; free for Prime members on orders over $35

Great for plant people who take a lot of vacations, this self-watering planter will ensure that they never come home to a rescue scenario again. It comes with an outer and inner pot, and a specially designed cotton rope that absorbs water and nutrients from the outer pot to nourish the roots. There's also a built-in sensor that triggers an alarm whenever a plant lacks water, which serves as a handy reminder even when the plant parent is in town.

28. ASAKUKI Essential Oil Diffuser

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Same-day delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Dec. 22 for one-day delivery (free for Prime members). Dec. 23 for same-day delivery (available in select areas) at up to $12.99 per item for non-Prime members; free for Prime members on orders over $35

Diffusing essential oils is a great way to keep any house smelling fresh and fragrant, so this 5-in-1 aromatherapy device makes a wonderful gift. Featuring a 300ml water tank, seven different LED light colors and multiple modes for mist timing, this beautiful diffuser will be the centerpiece of their living room, bedroom or bathroom in no time.

29. Mecrowd Laptop Backpack with USB Charging Port

  • Expedited Shipping Options: Same-day delivery
  • Holiday Shipping Deadlines: Dec. 22 for one-day delivery (free for Prime members). Dec. 23 for same-day delivery (available in select areas) at up to $12.99 per item for non-Prime members; free for Prime members on orders over $35

A great gift for the workaholic whose 20-year-old briefcase is ripping at the seams, this vintage-inspired backpack is made of lightweight, tear-resistant Oxford fabric in three classic colors. It also fits a 15.6-inch laptop and is equipped to provide power on the go with a USB charging cable.