We’ve just about made it to Christmas and I’ve gotta tell you: I’m pooped! This has been one of the craziest holiday shopping seasons in recent history, with “Black Friday” starting a week early and then lasting approximately two weeks and sales upon sales upon sales. And then, when I thought there couldn’t be any more sales or coupons, well, there were more.
This is the home stretch though and if you’ve got shopping left to do at this point then you are most likely planning on heading out to the stores to do it in-person. Or, perhaps you’re going to buy online and pick up in-store, which is another great option! If you’re still committed to shopping online, however, here are 15 last minute gift ideas that can still be purchased and sent to your recipients without them ever having a clue that the gift *might* be a last minute purchase!
15 Last Minute Gift Ideas
Sending Kindle Books as a gift – you can even pre-schedule delivery so that they “arrive” on Christmas morning – couldn’t be easier or more thoughtful (assuming your recipient is a book lover). If you’re unsure what book to send, consider sending the recipient YOUR favorite book.
Another great option for your favorite book lover? A subscription to Kindle Unlimited, which costs $9.99 per month and includes access to more than 700,000 Kindle books!
Vouchers from Deal Sites
Sites like Rue La La, Gilt City, Groupon, and Living Social offer discount vouchers that can be redeemed at various stores. For instance, one of my absolute favorites that pops up on Gilt City from time to time is $25 for $50 at Vosges Haut-Chocolat. $50 worth of chocolate? Yes, please!
If time is short, check out these sites to see if they have any giftable vouchers available. I promise you that the recipient will love being able to go on a mini shopping spree!
Was there any doubt that subscription boxes would make this list?! There are so many box options available that you’re sure to find something for someone on your list and the best part is that nearly every box is available as a one-time thing, or in 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions.
Some of my recommendations include:
- PopSugar Must Have Box (for any woman)
- Hammock Pack (for any woman needing a vacation)
- Hamptons Lane (for those who enjoy cooking)
- Bark Box (for those with dog children)
- Taste Trunk (for anyone who enjoys good food)
Personal Styling Services
For your favorite fashionista (or fashionisto… what’s the word for men?!) there are personal styling sites like Stitch Fix (check out our Stitch Fix review) or Le Tote (check out our Le Tote review) for women and Trunk Club for men. A box from any of these sites will contain a selection of clothing items tailored to the recipient’s taste.
If you’re shopping for someone busy who enjoys cooking but doesn’t necessarily enjoy meal planning, a subscription to eMeals, a fabulous meal planning site, may be a life saver! Subscriptions cost less than $5 per month, so this gift definitely won’t break the bank!
Entertainment subscriptions are one of those things that everyone likes, but not everyone wants to pay for. If you know they enjoy movies and TV but aren’t willing to pay for a subscription for themselves, a Netflix subscription may be just what Santa ordered. Bonus: Netflix started offering traditional gift cards this year that you might be able to find at your local store!
Amazon Prime Subscription
I know everyone may not love Amazon Prime as much as I do, but I pretty much think it’s the best thing since sliced bread. Subscriptions now cost $99 per year, but I’m in the camp that believes an Amazon Prime subscription IS worth $99. Along with free two-day shipping on all orders, Prime members now receive one free pre-release Kindle book per month via the Kindle First program as well as access to the Kindle lending library, access to over a million streaming songs, and my personal favorite – access to Amazon Prime Instant Video!
Video Game… Rental!
If you’re shopping for a gamer, but don’t want to get one game that they’ll play until they beat it and then discard, consider a subscription to GameFly, a video game rental service! It’s like Netflix for video games.
Digital gift certificates can be sent from pretty much any website these days and a gift certificate is something that is pretty much always appreciated! If you know they have a smart phone, you can send them a Gyft Card (which we featured in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide). Gyft Cards are available for more than 200 retailers, and two of the perks to using this company is that you know they’ll never lose the card and you can also refill it on your end if you so choose!
A Night Out
Whether as a joint venture or a gift to send along to someone deserving, gifting someone with a night out is a sure way to bring a huge smile to their face! Personally, I LOVE going to the theatre and one of my favorite ways to save is by purchasing tickets through Goldstar. Goldstar is available nationwide and they offer discounted tickets to everything from theatre performances to concerts to sporting events and even things like sushi making classes!
Make a Donation
It’s not too late to make a donation to your favorite charity! I highly recommend Kiva, because it’s the site that keeps on giving. Kiva is a micro lending site, so, say you gift your recipient with a $25 donation that they can donate to someone in need trying to set up a business. Once that $25 is paid back, your recipient will be able to donate the $25 to someone else. This can pretty much go on forever.
Depending on your location – or the location of your gift recipient – there are so many different delivery services that can deliver items quickly! Amazon Prime members in some locations can get deliveries within an hour. Google Express offers two hour shipping. If it’s at a grocery store, Instacart or Peapod may be great options to check out. If you want to send someone a good meal check out Grubhub.
Wherever you’re shopping in the days leading up to Christmas, best of luck to you!
Do Tell: We shared 15 Last Minute Gift Ideas… what else would you add to the list?