Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Anyone on Your List
Technology| | By Sierra McCleary-Harris
The holiday season is upon us again. And even though we know it’s coming, we somehow manage to wait until the last minute to shop for our loved ones — every year.
You tell yourself, “I’ve got plenty of time! There are weeks and weeks left!” That is true, for approximately two weeks, and then you’re officially in crunch time. Fast forward to the week before Christmas, when shipping fees are climbing, the mall is a war zone, and stores are selling out.
Everything we’ve featured below is available via Amazon Prime, so you get it ASAP. Kick back, relax, and click your way to a finished shopping list. Happy Holidays!
For Tiny Humans…
Are there some kids in your life you forgot to shop for? That’s no way to win Aunt or Uncle of the Year, guys. You’ve got to do better. In the meantime, look to the classics. Most toddlers can be appeased with an adorable stuffed bunny.
Have an older kid on your list? A sensible set of mini wooden blocks is fun, classic, and educational. The one shown above has 100 pieces and comes with a storage tray. You can’t go wrong.
No offense to Bath and Body Works, but no adult should be giving a BBW gift set to another adult. This is not 2005. (We’re absolutely here for the candles, though.) That doesn’t mean that all bath-and-spa sets need to be forsaken, though. The spa set shown above includes bath bombs, soaps made with essential oils, moisturizing lip balm, bath salts, a Konjac sponge, a headband, tea, and a glass votive candle. If you do decide to get one of these, can you send me one, too?
Your feminist friends are sure to love the plush stuffed uterus from I Heart Guts. It’s super soft, adorable, and hilarious. Best of all? There is a full line of stuffed organs available from the company. Go crazy!
These three options offer something that almost any of your foodie friends can appreciate. For those who like desserts and appreciate homemade goods but don’t really have the time to make them completely from scratch, The Mason Jar Cookie Co. sells a variety of cookie mixes in mason jars and pouches. Having the dry ingredients already measured cuts down prep time and gets you that much closer to enjoying some warm, gooey treats. Make sure you get invited over to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Friends who like something a bit more gourmet will enjoy Bean Box’s Gourmet Coffee and Chocolate Deluxe Gift Box. It includes eight coffee roasts and eight chocolate bars, best enjoyed together. There’s a biscotti option, too!
Arcade games are timeless. Just because you preordered Nintendo Switch or go on deep-sea AR adventures in your living room, it doesn’t mean you love Galaga any less. So why not get the Pac-Man lover in your life a heat-changing mug to remember the good ol’ days? When the mug is filled with hot coffee or tea, an image of Pac-Man mid-game slowly appears.
Remember Cards Against Humanity? Well, meet its raunchier, more offensive cousin home from college, WTF Did You Say. In fact, it’s so hilariously inappropriate that we can’t even relay the instructions.
For Electronics Lovers and Binge Watchers…
The newest iteration of the Amazon Fire TV Stick lets viewers launch and control content with the Alexa-enabled remote. You can take bingenwatching and laziness to a whole new level, not even bothering to press the buttons on your remote! The stick is portable so your stream-loving friends can take their shows with them anywhere they go, even picking up where they left off. Even if a friend has Amazon Fire TV or a Roku, the Fire Stick’s portable nature still makes it a great gift for almost anyone.
If you’re into giving multiple gifts, pair it with this super sweet “Loading” pillow. There’s a joke to be made there, but we’re too busy researching last-minute gifts to follow through.
Is anyone on your list into gadgets? Amateur photography? Living for the ‘gram? This quality, inexpensive camera lens kit works with most smartphones. With a 12.5X macro lens and detachable clamp, they’ll be shooting DSLR-quality photos in no time!
For Office Secret-Santa Swaps…
Finding a good gift for office Secret Santa or White Elephant swaps can be torture. You typically have a minimal budget and struggle to get something worthwhile that isn’t cheesy or just irrelevant. There are a few things, though, that make great universal gifts. Anyone who eats lunch at their desk or ever snacks (gotta keep up those metabolisms, people!) will appreciate a mini broom and dustpan. Sure, you don’t regret eating those Pringles, but you also don’t want to stare at the crumbs or sweep them onto the floor, where they’re likely to attract Mickey and his friends.
Settling on an office temperature that pleases everyone is impossible. As soon as Sally is comfortable, Jim is melting. The cycle is endless, but it doesn’t have to be. Gift your coworker a mini desk fan to help them stay comfortable. No outlets? No worries. This fan connects to the computer via USB. You may even want to grab one for yourself!
You can’t go wrong with a simple personal planner. Yes, there’s Google and it’s the digital age and blah blah blah. There’s still something so satisfying about writing something down and physically checking it off or crossing it out. Give the gift of organization. It’s not thrilling, but it’s practical and we guarantee it’ll go over well. Plus, this one is kind of glam; peep those gold accessories.
Similar to the Foodie Dice mentioned above, these Mixology Dice make great last-minute holiday gifts for any of the men on your list, whether it’s a coworker, bro, or relative. The set includes eight laser-engraved birchwood dice that provide cocktail inspiration. It comes with an instruction booklet that has recipes for the classics, along with some fun facts. Don’t worry if your recipient doesn’t drink. Swap in some seltzer for the alcohol and enjoy delicious mocktails. Win and win.
Though this is listed under the bro section, any Star Wars fan is going to love the Death Star Waffle Maker. How could they not? The waffle maker is nonstick to help minimize messes and maximize nerdtastic breakfasts. Can we score an invite?