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- If you’re a super-last-minute gifter, you still have a chance to get a thoughtful and unique gift that feels like something you thought of weeks ago.
- Many are subscription services or e-gift cards, while others are from Amazon, where two-day Prime shipping or even 1-day shipping may swoop in to save you this year.
- And if you’re worried that items won’t arrive in time or that your recipient won’t have a physical item to unwrap, this clever hack ensures they’ll still have a gift to open.
- Still feeling stuck? Check out our holiday gift guides for more ideas.
We’ve all been there – the holiday season starts creeping closer and closer, your schedule starts getting more chaotic, and suddenly it hits you. “I forgot to find a gift for someone!”
Whether it just slipped your mind to prepare ahead of time or you decided to give gifts last-minute, we’ve got you covered. This list proves that last-minute gifts can still be thoughtful and unique, from clever subscriptions to useful gift cards and everything in between.
Most of these can be e-mailed to the recipient just in time for Christmas or your gift exchange, while some are available on Amazon Prime where 2- or even 1-day shipping might come in clutch, or Best Buy where in-store pick-up might be a viable option for your schedule. As a last resort, this clever hack ensures they’ll still have a gift to open.
- A Disney+ gift subscription
- An Amazon Prime membership to make life easier
- A box from Fanchest filled with their favorite team’s gear
- A Book of the Month subscription for bibliophiles who like to hold books in their hands
- A ClassPass gift card for the fitness enthusiast
Check out our 28 picks for last-minute holiday gifts they’ll think you pored over:
This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by NakedWines.com; it also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.*
A Disney+ gift subscription
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It gives them unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox, and costs just $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year after a free seven-day trial. Read everything there is to know about Disney+ over here.
And if they need some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.
An Amazon Prime membership to make life easier
The gift of Amazon Prime is always one that’ll be met with extreme appreciation given that it is both practical and actually thoughtful. If the recipient already has a membership, the money will convert into a gift card that they can use on anything they want from the site.
A 12-pack of wine from an independent winemaker for under $100
Looking for a last-minute gift that’s perfect for just about anyone over 21? We recommend a few bottles from NakedWines.com. Every winemaker on the platform has been “funded” by “Angel” customers, meaning you feel like you have a more direct stake in the wine you gift – and they’re all affordable and high-quality.
For a limited time, you can get an assortment of wines for even cheaper. Simply use the promo code “AWIN100” to get $100 off your first box of 12 wines. Insider Picks reporter Mara Leighton tried the service and found it to be a great value. Read the full review here.
*Sponsored by NakedWines.com
An e-gift card to Everlane for anyone who appreciates the basics
Everlane is our go-to for all things considered “closet staples” – from cozy cashmere to classic button-downs, comfortable cotton tees to casual denim. We can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t be able to put an Everlane e-gift card to use, especially when they can start shopping as soon as they open the e-gift card confirmation email.
An e-gift card to Warby Parker for the daily glasses-wearer
- Warby Parker
Glasses have become a means of helping people to express their individual sense of style, a trend only bolstered by stylish online glasses retailers. Warby Parker has managed to make prescription glasses affordable (a baseline pair starts at just $95, including lenses), but even if your giftee doesn’t wear prescription glasses, the company also makes non-prescription sunglasses that are equally as good-looking. Digital gift cards are delivered to your recipient’s email immediately.
A BarkBox subscription for anyone who’s just a little too obsessed with their dog
Whether they just got a new puppy or they’ve had one for a while now, you can’t go wrong with a BarkBox subscription for any dog parent. To give it as a gift, simply input the name of their pup and its relative size (small, medium, or large), and select a one-, three-, six-, or 12-month increment. You can send the box directly to their house or purchase a digital gift card, which can be redeem immediately.
A wine subscription for new bottles delivered right to their door
Winc is a wine delivery subscription that brings the good stuff right to your recipient’s door. Users take a quiz and share information about their taste preferences before receiving expert recommendations about bottles they may like. They can choose what to include in their box, and since each bottle is priced individually, they can control the cost of each delivery. Gift cards can be emailed to the recipient and used toward the cost of a box (or a few, if you’re feeling extra generous).
A ClassPass gift card for the fitness enthusiast
ClassPass is a membership service that allows you to explore boutique fitness classes at a lower price. Give your fitness enthusiast giftee the jump-start they need to join with a gift card with an amount of your choosing. Classes are generally $15 or less through the service, so we recommend gifting at least that much.
Right now, ClassPass is offering new members a free one-month trial, so you can even sign them up for one just before you exchange gifts and then tack on the gift card. Here’s how it works, and here’s how to sign up.
A Hulu gift card for the TV-obsessed
Hulu, like Netflix, is a must-have for TV fiends. Whether or not they already have a membership (which you may or may not mooch off of), this gift card can be used to sign up or pay for their next few months with the service.
A Fandango gift card for frequent movie-goers
Film buffs and the occasional movie-goers alike will definitely put this last-minute gift to good use. Fandango allows you to purchase cards in pretty much any amount, and even gives the option of “dinner and a movie” cards with partnering restaurants like Olive Garden.
A gift card to frame their art or photos
Everyone appreciates having a beautiful frame for their photos, posters, or artwork – but no one actually likes paying for it themselves. Anyone will enjoy the chance to custom frame something for their home with Framebridge.
A fun and convenient way to freshen up their wardrobe
- Stitch Fix
It’s natural to settle into a dressing routine, but if you sense that they’re no longer excited by their closet, a Stitch Fix gift card is the perfect solution. They can try out different brands and styles that they wouldn’t ordinarily buy, and it’s easy to return pieces with the provided prepaid shipping labels.
A travel-planning service that does all the work for them
An expert trip designer will curate the perfect travel experience based on their interests and preferences, and can even help make hotel or restaurant reservations.
An electric toothbrush with recurring brush head refill deliveries
Give them the gift of better oral hygiene with a Goby toothbrush, which pairs with an automatic subscription so they’ll always be brushing with the most thorough and efficient brush head.
A customizable suitcase
Ordering a piece of luggage that best suits them will take too long if you’re strapped for time, plus you might not know exactly what they like. You’re better off giving a gift card so they can choose from plenty of fun options. From confetti to marble patterns, CALPAK offers suitcase designs for every traveler.
An Echo Dot for the smart-home enthusiast
Amazon Echo Dot, $24.99 on sale (originally $49.99) [you save $25]
If you have an Amazon Prime membership and at least two days’ worth of foresight (or two days before your’re exchanging gifts), the Echo Dot is a great last-minute gift that won’t require you to pay for expedited shipping. Whether you know for a fact that they have just started outfitting their home with smart capabilities, or you at least have a suspicion that they’d enjoy the convenience of having Alexa around to answer questions and play games, the Dot is a great pick.
A gift that’s as uniquely sweet as they are
Holiday gifting just got a little bit sweeter. You choose the number of treats, and Sugarwish takes care of the rest. The recipient chooses which treats they want to receive once they redeem the gift, so it’s the perfect last-minute item for a picky eater.
A Birchbox subscription for beauty and skin-care lovers
There’s a reason Birchbox is so popular – it’s a super affordable way to find and learn about new beauty, skin-care, and grooming products without the risk of spending too much on full-sized options the recipient might not like. For $45, you’ll be able to gift three months’ worth of boxes right to their door. For a more substantial option, you can gift six months for $84, or 12 months for $156.
A box from Fanchest filled with their favorite team’s gear
Chances are, if the person you’re gifting is a serious fan, they’ll love anything you get them with their team’s logo emblazoned on it. Fanchest delivers boxes full of licensed memorabilia for NHL, MLB, NBA, NCAA, and NFL teams at a great value, and even has an option for babies. They also offer overnight and two-day shipping.
A coffee subscription to help them stay caffeinated
- Atlas Coffee Club
Atlas makes some of our favorite coffee out there, and it fresh roasts each batch before sending it out so you know the coffee you’ll get hasn’t been sitting on a shelf for six months. Any caffeine fiend will love receiving beans or grounds direct to their door each month, giving you extra brownie points each time.
A Blue Apron subscription
- Blue Apron
Blue Apron’s meal kits are the perfect last-minute gift for anyone who enjoys cooking but lacks the time or foresight to do the planning and prepping involved . It costs $47.95 for two servings of two recipes each week, so they’ll save time shopping and prepping meals, which is arguably worth more than the price of the subscription.
A perfume subscription for the scent-obsessed
Scentbird is a subscription perfume and cologne service that delivers scents right to their door each month. To give it as a gift, your recipient will be able to select their favorite fragrances or try something new for any increment of three, six, or 12 months. You can also just give a gift card or purchase a gift box of three pre-selected scents that you can choose based on their personality for $59.95.
A flower subscription service for freshly delivered blooms
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Send beautiful bouquets on a regular basis at the rate of your choosing – weekly, every two weeks, monthly, or every two months. Choose from a variety of floral themes, from farmers’ market fresh blooms to gorgeous rose arrangements. This new twist on a classic gift is one that’ll keep on giving.
A salami of the month club for the meat lovers
You know the type – always orders a charcuterie board, could survive on prosciutto, prefers savory over sweet. Spoil your giftee with a salami delivery every month, and hope they invite you over for a dinner party soon.
An Amazon Kindle for book lovers who travel frequently
Kindles make the perfect last-minute gift for voracious readers. Even if the recipient swears by the feeling of a real book in their hands, once they see how much easier it is to travel with one thin tablet instead of six thick novels, they’ll be grateful you introduced them. The Paperwhite has a backlit screen with zero glare, so they can read it as easily outside as in bed with the lights out. Another plus? It’s waterproof.
A Book of the Month subscription for bibliophiles who like to hold books in their hands
- Book of the Month Instagram
If the Kindle just isn’t their thing, the Book of the Month Club might be a perfect alternative. The subscription service narrows a selection of new releases down to five options, and the recipient will be able to choose which hardcover book they’d like to receive each month. If they don’t like any of that month’s selections, they can also opt to skip and wait until next month’s choices come out.
A hot sauce subscription for heat seekers
They’ll get fired up for this quarterly delivery of small-batch hot sauce, which is curated by Fuego Box and filled with gourmet picks from all over the country. Each box contains three five-ounce bottles.
The only all-in-one kitchen appliance they’ll ever need
Knowing that they’ve been eyeing both an air fryer and a pressure cooker, you can impress them by gifting the multi-cooker that does it all. Albeit a bit large, the Ninja Foodi performs each of its seven functions really well. If you order it online, it won’t arrive until after Christmas but there’s an option to pick up the item in store.
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