Shopping for last-minute Christmas gifts can feel a bit stressful, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With the holiday magic of Amazon Prime shipping, in-store pick-up, and high-quality subscriptions, you can find a great and meaningful Christmas gift just in the nick of time.
And, if you’re feeling a little bit guilty about giving a gift last-minute or late, try not to sweat it. The old “It’s the thought that counts” saying totally applies in these situations. “As long as the gifts are thoughtful and appropriate for the giftee, that is what matters,” says Jodi RR Smith, an etiquette consultant at Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting.
We researched and tested dozens of last-minute Christmas gifts, carefully considering shipping and delivery times, budget, function, and personalization, to find the best gifts you’ll actually want to give (and your loved ones actually want to receive). From classic Christmas gift options for the family, like a gorgeous silk robe from Fisher's Finery to last-minute gifts for co-workers (think: Yankee Candle French Vanilla Scented), we narrowed down the best gifts to make shopping on a time crunch a little less chaotic.
Vitruvi Move Diffuser
The Vitruvi Move Cordless Diffuser makes a great gift for anyone who enjoys invigorating aromatherapy and creating ambiance in their space. It’s also a good Christmas gift for yoga and meditation teachers, estheticians, and massage therapists. What we love about this essential oil diffuser is that it has the same sleek design as the company’s Stone Diffuser, but has the capability to move around, with no cords attached, so you can place it anywhere you want without having to worry about plugs. And, on top of that, it’s sold on Amazon, so you can use Prime shipping for your last-minute Christmas shopping advantage.
One of our home testers was pleasantly surprised that she didn't hear the diffuser while it was in use—"I've had other diffusers that are fairly noisy, and while that can serve as a sort of white noise when you’re drifting off to sleep, it’s nice to be able to run the diffuser silently," she explains.
Price at time of publish: $182
Santa's Naturals Fraser Fir Christmas Candle
Keep the spirit of Christmas alive even after December 25th with a festive scented candle from Santa's Naturals. This soy and beeswax candle burns for over 30 hours, spreading the nostalgic scent of pine all over your space. The tin features wintery motifs, including Santa himself, making it a great option for decorating mantles and tabletops as well.
Price at time of publish: $13
Grace & Stella Under Eye Masks
Grace & Stella makes perfect last-minute stocking stuffers for the skincare junkie (or newbie) in your life. The brand's best-selling under-eye masks. The shiny gold masks reduce dark circles and puffiness and prevent wrinkles with vegan, paraben, and sulfate-free ingredients including hyaluronic acid.
Price at time of publish: $27
HYC00 Travel Duffel Bag
For weekend getaways or daily trips to the gym, the HYCOO travel duffel bag does it all. The sleek design, the seemingly endless color options, and the affordable price make this weekender a no-brainer for gifting. Plus, it has multiple pockets for organization, a thick shoulder strap, and a water-resistant construction so it will last for years.
Price at time of publish: $34
GiftCards.com Gift Card
The easiest gift option just got easier with GiftCards.com. It takes less than 10 minutes to pick out a gift card to your recipient's favorite clothing store or restaurant and send it to them virtually. You can even choose to add a video or picture to make the gift more personal. If you still can't make up your mind, opt for one a multi-retailer gift card that puts the power in our recipient's hands to pick the perfect gift for them.
Price at time of publish: $25+
Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Saucepan with Lid
For someone who loves to cook, a new piece of cookware from Le Creuset is always a welcome gift. The brand's signature saucepan is available in 12 colors on Amazon Prime, making it perfect for last-minute gifting. The enameled cast-iron saucepan comes with a convenient handle and lid that are resistant to rust and stains, so bring on new holiday and New Year's recipes.
Price at time of publish: $268
Airbnb Gift Card
Give the gift of travel with an Airbnb gift card that you can send over email, so there are no concerns about your present arriving on time. An Airbnb gift card can be used for any getaway, experience, or online experience that the site offers, so your recipient can get a jumpstart on their 2023 planning.
Price at time of publish: $100+
Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen)
With fast shipping, you can still buy a stellar Christmas gift with little time—and the Amazon Echo Show 8 is a great gift option. Keep it in the kitchen for access to everything from your favorite TV shows on Hulu, Netflix, and other popular streaming platforms, recipes, reminders, and more. The Echo Show also has a built-in timer feature that, albeit not the most exciting quality, is the most used and cherished trait in her home.
Price at time of publish: $70
GenSwin Gray Glass Battery Operated Flameless LED Candles
Flameless candles are a great Christmas gift for friends and loved ones—especially the ones who love to set the mood. Instead of purchasing a plain set of candles, we recommend going with a more elevated feel. These Gray Glass Battery Operated Flameless LED Candles on Amazon come in a three-pack and are 10-key remote-control operated, allowing you to adjust brightness, create more or less flicker and set them on a timer.
Price at time of publish: $22
Theragun Elite Massage Gun
Athletes, busy moms, students, and more can benefit from this best-selling, highly-rated massage gun waiting underneath their Christmas tree this year. With five attachments and five speeds, it's easy to personalize your massage experience with the Theragun Elite. The handheld design makes it easy to target muscles that need a little extra TLC day to day.
Price at time of publish: $298
Lite Brite Wall Art Pop Wow
Whether you're gifting for the teen in your life or want to spark some nostalgia for a friend this holiday season, this new and improved Lite Brite is the perfect activity to complete while sitting by the fire this holiday season. The 16 by 16-inch Lite Brite comes with three stylish pop art designs to build and display for fun, universal decor for any age.
Price at time of publish: $83
Book of the Month Subscription
Subscriptions make the perfect last-minute gift and we love this option that's ideal for book lovers. Book of the Month shares the most popular new releases every month at a discounted price. You can choose the genre you like best, so your "to be read" list never ends. Choose from a 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month plan based on your budget.
Price at time of publish: $50+
superzero Ceramide Body Balm Bar
For a last-minute gift that's also sustainable, look to the brand superzero. The eco-friendly brand makes shampoo, conditioner, body, and hand-care bars made without harmful plastic packaging. The plant-based, vegan, silicone-free, sulfate-free, palm-free, and cruelty-free body balm bar moisturizes the skin and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Everyone on your list can benefit from a bit of extra hydration during the cold winter months.
Price at time of publish: $48
Niagara Chocolates Gift Box
When in doubt, go for chocolate. Niagara Chocolates makes it easy to share sweets with loved ones with delicious gift sets available on Amazon. Choose from caramel, almonds, peanuts, or pecans, all smothered in creamy milk or dark chocolate for the person on your list that's hard to buy for.
Price at time of publish: $17
Movsou Sunrise Alarm Clock
A Sunrise Alarm Clock is life-changing and an amazing gift for the person who is not a morning person but wants to be. Many high-quality options come with a price tag to match, but this one from Movsou is under $50 and comparable to more expensive options. It comes equipped with seven nature sounds, color-changing options, and a built-in phone charging port, too.
Price at time of publish: $37
Yankee Candle French Vanilla Scented
For a $25 Christmas gift, we recommend going with a nice, winter-inspired candle. The French vanilla-scented candle comes highly recommended by over 50,000 Amazon customers, who love the lingering scent and long-lasting burn. The 22-ounce candle is made from a high-quality paraffin wax that gives off a clean burn, plus it’s 100 percent recyclable through TerraCycle.
Price at time of publish: $20
DiMaggio Modern Acrylic Clear Vase
Chich and trendy home decor always make for a great gift. We love the DiMaggio Modern Acrylic Clear Vase because it has a sleek, minimalist design, adding a nice and modern touch to any space. With its $25 price tag and fast shipping, the last-minute Christmas gift is a great choice for friends or co-workers. It’s also a good choice for more DIY-friendly gifting, as you can create a custom winter floral arrangement to tuck inside.
Price at time of publish: $26
Alo Moves Annual Membership Gift Box
Subscriptions are great for last-minute gifting because they often require no physical product to arrive by a certain time. The fitness junkie in your life will love a one-year subscription to Alo Moves, the virtual app with hundreds of yoga and meditation classes you can do from anywhere. Alo Moves takes its subscription a step further with a luxurious gift box, the actual gift card, and an informational booklet on how to get started.
Price at time of publish: $100
Satechi Aluminum 2-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charging Stand
Keep all of your devices organized and charged with this charging stand from Satechi that can charge your iPhone and your headphones at the same time. Plus, you can keep streaming or scrolling while you charge with the handy upright stand that holds your smartphone at the perfect angle.
Price at time of publish: $60
Google Nest Cam 2-Pack
This Christmas, contribute to your loved ones’ home security with the Google Nest Cam 2-Pack, available at Walmart. These cameras are suitable for both indoor and outdoor security and are easily controlled with the Google Home app. You can also customize alerts and it’s smart enough to recognize familiar faces so you can truly see who’s coming and going.
Price at time of publish: $380
Shori Bake Banneton Bread Proofing Basket Set
Christmas is a fantastic time to give the gift of a new hobby. For the person in your life who loves to bake, they’ll surely love this Shori Bake Banneton Bread Proofing Basket Kit. Equipped with everything you need to make a homemade sourdough loaf, along with speedy Prime Shipping, this makes for a great last-minute Christmas gift for friends, family, and loved ones.
Price at time of publish: $45
Colsen Indoor/Outdoor Tabletop Fire Pit
For friends and family members who love to hang outside on their balconies, this tabletop fire pit is a fun and festive apartment-friendly gift. The portable fire pit is easy to use with a flame that lasts just under an hour, making it nice for cocktails on the deck or an after-dinner s’mores session.
Price at time of publish: $60
Core Meditation Trainer
If you've always wanted to try meditation but don't know where to start, look to the Core meditation trainer, a small device that uses soft vibrations, lights, and audio to help you relax and destress on a daily basis. The trained meditation experts guide you through the basics and even provide feedback after every session, so you're constantly improving.
Price at time of publish: $159
Furbo Dog Camera
For the busy dog owner, an at-home puppy camera is the best. The Furbo Dog Camera is our favorite because, not only can you keep an eye on your fur baby while away, but you can also give it love and attention from afar with its built-in treat dispensing technology. It’s a gift that dog parents and dogs themselves will love.
Price at time of publish: $210
Manifest: 7 Steps to Living Your Best Life
Jumpstart your New Year resolutions with this handy self-help book by self-development coach and 'Queen of Manifesting' Roxie Nafousi. The uplifting guide helps you feel more empowered and reach your goals in seven simple steps. It's perfect for the over-achieving friend or anyone who wants a fresh start in 2023.
Price at time of publish: $15
Sage Owl Grate Grill Scraper
If you’re shopping last-minute for your family’s grill master, this stocking stuffer grill scraper is a must-buy. The brass scraper works more effectively—and is much safer—than a traditional grill brush, and is ideal for most surfaces, including porcelain and Teflon-coated grates.
Price at time of publish: $19
Barnett’s Gourmet Chocolate Biscotti Gift Basket
When in doubt, give the gift of a box of chocolates. If you’re super behind on shopping, you can purchase a beautiful gourmet gift basket full of delicious chocolate from Barnett’s Gourmet on Amazon, and opt to have it shipped directly to your receiver’s door. The box comes with 24 chocolate biscotti cookies in a variety of flavors, including chocolate chip, caramel chip, nut crunch, and cookie crunch.
Price at time of publish: $36
We’re Not Really Strangers Card Game
The viral card game We're Not Really Strangers challenges two people to build a deeper connection through engaging questions to spark meaningful conversation. Buy for a friend, a pair of newlyweds, or for a romantic partner for a night of sharing and connecting on a deeper level. Buy on Amazon for a quick gift.
Price at time of publish: $20
MJ Premier Battery Operated Table Lamp
We can always get behind a home decor Christmas gift, and this battery-operated table lamp from MJ Premier is one we’ve had our eyes on for a while. We love that it’s battery-operated, so it can work anywhere in your home, or even outdoors, where plugs aren’t readily available. It also has a timer, which is always a nice feature. Plus, the decorative lampshade adds a nice, elevated bohemian touch.
Price at time of publish: $40
Keweis 5-Piece Scandinavian Natural Decor Acrylic Wall Decorative Mirrors
It’s always fun to gift something trendy—and these moon phase mirrors are both trendy and chic. The Scandinavian-inspired home decor is functional and stylish, doubling as wall art, with its five-piece set of mirrors. And, with its $25 price tag, it’s a good, more budget-friendly gift option, too.
Price at time of publish: $30
Fishers Finery 100% Pure Mulberry Silk Mid-Length Robe
One of our favorite silk robes makes the perfect last-minute gift because it's easily available on Amazon to take advantage of two-day shipping. The mid-length robe from Fishers Finery is made from 100 percent mulberry silk and comes in eight flattering colors. Our tester loved the breathable feel and stylish look of the robe that held up beautifully after multiple washes. Plus, it comes at a reasonable price compared to other silk options.
Price at time of publish: $139
Ivation Foot Spa Massager
Whether your loved one is known for their at-home pedicures or is in need of serious, at-home relaxation, a foot spa makes for a good last-minute Christmas gift. Our testers recommend this foot spa because it offers a deep massage with easy controls and even includes a bubble feature. And, since it’s available on Amazon Prime, shipping times are fast so you don’t have to stress about gifting late.
Price at time of publish: $81
Give a sweet gift to just about anyone in your life with Sugarwish's extremely easy gifting service. Your recipient will receive a code to pick their own gift, from candy and coffee to salty snacks and popcorn. The code just takes a few minutes to send, so it's perfect for last-minute gifters.
Price at time of publish: $23+
Knack Build Your Own Spa Kit
Relaxation looks different for everyone, so let your mom, grandma, or wife choose their own relaxing spa day with this gift box from Knack. The site guides you to pick one cleansing product, one for nourishing, one accessory, and one scented product to set the mood. Let your recipient choose the best products for their skincare routine for a completely personalized gift they'll love.
Price at time of publish: Varies
Gourmet Gift Baskets A Taste of Christmas Gift Basket
For last-minute gifting to friends and family that live in another town or state, opt for a gift basket from Gourmet Gift Baskets. With one-day shipping available until December 23rd and hundreds of food gifts to choose from, you're guaranteed to find a gift your recipient will love. We recommend the taste of Christmas gift basket that comes complete with popcorn, cookies, and other chocolate-covered treats.
Price at time of publish: $40
Instead of gifting one necklace or one pair of earrings, gift a membership to Rocksbox, where your recipient can explore new and beautiful pieces every month. They have the power to choose the pieces they want, wear them for a few weeks, and choose to return them or purchase them for themselves.
Price at time of publish: $49+
Hero Cosmetics In Case of Everything 2022 Holiday Kit
Hero Cosmetics has the perfect emergency skincare kit for holiday mishaps and last-minute skincare disasters. Thanks to Target's curbside pickup and same-day delivery, you can guarantee bright, sparkling skin in time for Christmas. The kit includes acne patches from Mighty Patch, rescue balm lotion, illuminating serum, and a case to carry everything.
Price at time of publish: $20
Winc Monthly Wine Club
If you truly don’t have time left to shop but don’t want to skimp on a gift, a subscription to Winc Wine makes for an excellent last-minute Christmas gift. The affordable online wine club allows members to customize a monthly vino delivery with a variety of white, red, sparkling, rosé, and even vegan options to choose from. It’s also a fun gift option for new wine lovers, as the subscription allows new at-home sommeliers to learn with their own curated tastings.
Price at time of publish: $60+
Tipsy Scoop Boozy Favorites Collection
If you can't make the trip to one of Tipsy Scoop's in-person locations in New York City, you can still give the gift of the delicious boozy ice cream through Goldbelly. We love the boozy favorites collection that comes with six pints of delectable ice cream flavors infused with 5 percent alcohol by volume, hence the name. Be aware that shipping may take up to four days, but it's still a great option for gifting late in December to someone staying at home for the holiday.
Price at time of publish: $130
UrbanStems The Darling Bouquet
For a simple last-minute gift that's still plenty thoughtful, go with a tried-and-true option and send a beautiful bouquet of flowers as a surprise. Urban Stems make it easy to send gorgeous blooms to anyone in the country as quickly as the next day. Choose your delivery date and time window and write in a special message to your recipient. Even if the winter holidays pass, they also work as a "sorry for forgetting your present" gift.
Price at time of publish: $70
Nostalgia MyMini Personal Waffle Maker
Your friends and loved ones are sure to love the MyMini Red Waffle Maker. This under $20 Christmas gift comes in four different colors and makes the perfect single-serving waffles. Gift it on its own or add it to a gift basket along with pancake mix, maple syrup, tea or coffee, and a festive mug for a more curated feel.
Price at time of publish: $15
Magic Bullet 7-Piece Mini Blender
The Magic Bullet Mini Compact Personal Blender is a great, high-quality last-minute Christmas gift. Not only does it arrive quickly through Walmart (with the option to pick it up in-store, if needed), but it’s also an incredible blender that boasts the same abilities as full-sized options without taking up a ton of space. This Christmas gift comes with the Magic Bullet motor base and cross blade, as well as the brand’s part mug, short cup, comfort lip ring, and a resealable lid for on-the-go sips. For something extra, we recommend adding it to a gift basket along with a smoothie recipe book—such as this one from Amazon (hello, Prime Shipping!)—and some fresh ingredients for their first smoothie creation.
Price at time of publish: $25
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker
If you’re shopping for someone who loves to cook, you can’t go wrong with a new kitchen appliance. We love the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker because it allows you to make delicious meals in a pinch. It’s a rice maker, slow cooker, pressure cooker, steamer, warmer, and more, and an appliance you can use every day. The Instant Pot is also available for purchase at Walmart, with fast shipping and store pick-up available.
Price at time of publish: $99
Nine Arches Legacy Edition
Nine Arches combines the fun of a choose-your-own-adventure game with the magic of tarot for an energetic board game that encourages players to get outside and explore. Perfect for family game night, Nine Arches has players ages 9 and up draw cards to inspire an adventure in the outside world. You must use your creativity to interpret the cards to inspire hours of unforgettable bonding time with your friends or family.
Price at time of publish: $37
Hydro Flask 24 oz. Mug
Perfect for cold weather, the Hydro Flask travel mug keeps coffee, tea, or hot chocolate warm for hours with added insulation and makes for a final addition to a gift basket or a stand-alone Secret Santa present. Amazon has tons of size and color options available, and they're also available for in-person shopping at REI, Dick's Sporting Goods, and more.
Price at time of publish: $25
MagicMakers Back Neck Shoulder Massager
Give the gift of deep relaxation with an amazing back and neck massager device. This one comes top-rated with a cult following, where customers rave about its various features, deep tissue massage feel, and price. And, since it’s sold on Amazon Prime, you can get it super fast and just in time for gifting.
Price at time of publish: $50
What to Look for in a Last-Minute Christmas Gift
Delivery Time and Availability
“Supply chain challenges aren’t going away, so the most important thing to check is if the item is actually in stock,” says Emi Yamamoto, Senior Buyer, Jewelry, Accessories, Apparel & Wellness at Uncommon Goods. In addition to checking if something is in stock, delivery time is also important. If a gift is last-minute, you might need to opt for express shipping options. You can also shop from online retailers—such as Amazon or Walmart—with quick delivery times or in-store pick-up options.
Price is another important thing to consider when shopping for a Christmas gift, including last-minute gifts. Whether you forgot to shop or missed someone on your list (we’ve all been there!), don’t allow your guilt of last-minute holiday shopping to speak for the price. Instead, carefully consider what your gift budget is and stick to it. Thoughtfulness will always outweigh the price, anyways.
You probably don’t have time to add custom personalization to a last-minute Christmas gift, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make it personal. “Shopping around someone’s hobbies or interests creates a natural connection,” says Yamamoto.
Yamamoto also recommends keeping function at the forefront, as it’s important to select a gift that someone will actually use. Instead of rushing to find any gift, give your purchase some extra thought and consider whether or not the receiver can use it.
What else can I get someone instead of an actual Christmas present?
Instead of a physical Christmas present, Yamamoto recommends going virtual with an online class. Uncommon Experiences offers everything from cocktail classes to cooking tutorials to tarot card readings. You can also give the gift of learning from world-class artists, leaders, and icons across a range of categories with an annual subscription to Masterclass. And, for in-person experiences, Airbnb has tons of amazing options to choose from, whether they’re local to the recipient or for an upcoming trip.
What can I gift someone if I’m on a super tight budget?
If you’re on a tight budget, Yamamoto says it helps to sort gifts by price, so you can stay within budget. She also recommends taking a look at stocking stuffers, which typically have lower price points without losing quality and thoughtfulness. Another option is to make your recipient something. You could bake them a batch of your famous cookies, create a scrapbook of shared memories, or—if you’re crafty—knit them a scarf.
Is cash an acceptable Christmas gift?
“Cash can be a last resort, but it’s always best when we can give something a bit more thoughtful and personalized,” says Yamamoto. If you want to gift money and make it personal, you can always opt for a gift card to the recipient’s favorite store or restaurant. Or, you can give them money toward an activity, such as a gift certificate to the local driving range, DIY studio, or museum.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Julia Fields, a lifestyle writer for The Spruce covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, and the holidays. She's also covered similar topics in other roles, including toy reviews, product roundups, crafts, and more. For this gift round-up, we consulted gifting experts Jodi RR Smith, an etiquette consultant at Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting, and
Emi Yamamoto, Senior Buyer, Jewelry, Accessories, Apparel & Wellness at Uncommon Goods.