11 Items to Keep on Hand As Last-Minute Presents

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It happens to all of us: You get swarmed up in a busy season, the weekend hits, and you suddenly realize you’re without a gift for that special occasion. Whether it’s a birthday, housewarming party, or dinner with the S.O.’s parents, there are certain events where you’re meant to bring something in hand along with just yourself.

It’s easy enough to pull out the old bottle of wine or gift card — which can be lovely. But, it’s always nice to give loved ones something a little more meaningful when possible. It shows your intentionality, and makes the giftee feel extra special, too. Luckily, there are lots of options that meet the mark — from self-care sets to unique card games and more. Check out these thoughtful gifts that you can keep on hand for any last-minute occasions to come.

Homesick Let's Toast Candle

Homesick Let's Toast Candle


On your way to a celebration? This Let’s Toast Candle fits the bill — whether it’s a birthday, engagement, or New Year’s party. Homesick’s candles are coveted for their long burn-times and beautiful aromas. This one in particular features notes of uplifting mandarin, apple, and champagne grapes (we’ll cheers to that!). You can even personalize it with a handwritten note on the packaging, which has cute and quick prompts.

Ember Smart Mug 2

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2,


For coffee and tea aficionados, an Ember Mug is sure to impress. The smart cup allows your giftee to set an exact drinking temperature which will maintain its warmth for up to one and a half hours — so their beverage is never too hot or too cold. Whether sipping at work or at home, this handy home tech is a sure bet, with 4.5 stars and over 6,600 reviews. Take your pick from sleek white, black, or gray colorways.

Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe

Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe


The cult-favorite Cloud Cotton Robe lives up to its name — light and plush to the touch like no other. Made from premium long-staple Turkish cotton, it has a soft and relaxed fit for ultimate comfort. Opt for rich cobalt and amber colorways for the bolder giftee, or soothing bone and rose hues for the chiller personality. It’s perfect for all homebodies and comfort-creatures.

Filtrum Home Mushroom Diffuser

Filtrum Home Mushroom Diffuser

Filtrum Home

For the scent or design enthusiast, this diffuser is immediately smile-inducing. Set in a cute mushroom silhouette, it adds a dose of playfulness while still maintaining a serene color palette. The bottom half glows during dark evenings, and even emits tranquil music for meditation and overnight use. Complete with a USB and petite form, it can be used at home or even in the car. 

Williams Sonoma Sicily Apron

Williams Sonoma Sicily Floral Apron

Williams Sonoma

We all know a host or hostess with the mostess. So when heading to a dinner party, bring this apron as a thank you, which they can use for all cooking extravaganzas to come. Featuring a stunning Sicily-inspired design, it showcases understated floral motifs and vibrant, sunny details. Two roomy pockets at the front can conveniently hold cooking utensils, as well. A bonus? Made from sustainably-sourced cotton, the apron is soft while still maintaining durability.

Blume The Basics Bundle

Blume The Basics Skincare Bundle


Know someone who could use a slowdown? Give them the gift of an at-home spa with this skincare bundle. Complete with Blume’s highly-rated Daydreamer cleanser, Whirl moisturizer, and Hug Me natural deodorant, it has all the goodies needed for a self-care refresh. Glowy skin and odor-free underarms await. 

Brightland The Mini Essentials

Brightland The Mini Essentials

Crate & Barrel

There’s nothing quite as handy — or indulgent — as some nice oil and vinegar for cooking-lovers. Brightland’s Mini Essentials kit comes with petite bottles of robust olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and champagne vinegar which easily elevate any dish. The kit is great for housewarming parties, too, or just as a thinking-of-you. It’s all set in bright, beautiful packaging to top it off.

We’re Not Really Strangers Card Game

We’re Not Really Strangers Card Game


You can’t go wrong bringing a game to an event. It’s something that can be used right away and adds some extra fun to the occasion — especially when it's We’re Not Really Strangers. The card game has garnered a cult-following for good reason: it forges deeper conversations and friendships. With three different levels — and prompts like “What was your first impression of me?” — it’s sure to become a cherished addition to any home.

Be Rooted Plan It and Achieve It Bundle

Be Rooted Plan It and Achieve It Planner Bundle

Be Rooted

Help graduates, or anyone going through a life transition (think: new job or moving away), embark on their next chapter with this bundle. It comes with a “You Got This” motif journal, colorful planner, and three affirmation pens which encourage and support their dreams. It’s as meaningful as it is aesthetically-pleasing, with gold details on the spirals and pens, and vibrant graphic designs.

Bed Threads Lavender, Sage & Olive Table Bundle

Bed Threads Lavender, Sage & Olive Tablescape Set

Bed Threads

Dinner party hosts and new home dwellers will find equal delight in this pretty, soothing tablescape set. Offered in a lavender, sage, and olive palette, it serves up all the soft, cottagecore vibes. The set comes with a tablecloth, four placemats, and four napkins all made from 100 percent flax linen for ultimate softness that only gets better with age.

Horti 3-Month Plant Subscription

3-Month Plant Subscription

Courtesy of Horti

If there's no more room in your gifting closet, this plant subscription can be purchased last minute from anywhere. Style-boosting and environment-enhancing, they are a sure crowd-pleaser. With this subscription from Horti, your giftee will receive a curated kit each month, complete with a plant, hand-painted pot, and plant-care tips. Just put in their address, and the gift will ship itself — no extra work needed on your end. Choose from three, six, or 12 month options to your liking.

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