The 41 Best Last-Minute Gifts You Won’t Be Embarrassed to Give
Don’t dillydally—shipping cutoffs are closing in.
Updated Dec 19, 2022 10:00 PM
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At the start of the holiday season, our good intentions to cross everyone off our shopping list early are plentiful. But then November turns into December, delivery windows stretch to a scary January 1, and “sold out” stickers are a dime a dozen—especially as the final days of the Christmas countdown officially creep in. Instead of panic buying something at a pharmacy around the corner, consult our list of the best last-minute gifts you can still get your hands on this week.
After scouring the web, we rustled up a plethora of eleventh-hour ideas you won’t be embarrassed to present: gift cards that feel intentional, unique subscriptions that digitally deliver, and crowd-pleasing products that promise to ship in time to be tucked underneath the tree. Some sites are offering free expedited services along with sitewide discounts, while others will cost you a little something extra for souped-up shipping and handling. Whichever route you choose to take, be warned: Many of these best last-minute gifts have shipping cutoffs that expire within the next 24 hours, so don’t dillydally.
Best Last-Minute Fashion Gifts
There’s a lot to love about Cariuma’s kicks: top-rated, sustainably made, comfortable, good-looking, and free-express-shipping eligible. Just pop in the code LASTCHANCE to gift these canvas high-top OCAs to a lucky recipient on December 25—they’re covered in the Pantone color of the year, Viva Magenta.
Not only is Matches—a stylish hub for both fashion and home gems—offering expedited shipping on last-minute holiday orders placed by 3 p.m. GMT on December 21, but there’s an up to 60% off sale going down on-site. While there’s certainly no shortage of unique homewares on marked-down offer, we’re eyeing this artful wool-blend scarf by JW Anderson. You can’t beat that 60% off price.
There’s still time to gift the robe-coat hybrid that gained pandemic-era fame with the fashion crowd. OffHours is offering holiday express shipping on orders received by December 20 (tomorrow!) with delivery guaranteed by December 24. For those unfamiliar with the Homecoat, it’s a substantial piece of loungewear: crafted from an outer shell of soft French terry cloth and an inner lining of sanded-cotton jersey with a velvet finish, and stuffed with a filling of recycled polyester quilting.
Best Last-Minute Food Gifts
Fly by Jing’s soup bases and condiments have become pantry staples in many a Domino editor’s kitchen, and you might even recognize the stovetop steamer from our gift guide for food lovers. If you have a friend or family member who loves to amp up the flavor profile of a weeknight meal, take advantage of the company’s expedited shipping, which will give you a buffer up until December 20 to gift umami in a jar. (Note: It may cost you $34 extra.) We recommend going with one of the preselected sets that will arrive already boxed up so you can skip the wrapping paper.
The squeezable EVOO duo (one for cooking, one for adding flavor) is a perennial Domino reader favorite. The gourmand and lazy chef alike can enjoy Graza’s olive oils, plus you can save 10% on the two with a subscription; they’ll never run out of this status pantry item again (though they can skip the monthly frequency or cancel anytime). Knock multiple people off your holiday shopping list in one fell swoop by purchasing multiple sets—when you spend more than $60, the whole thing will ship for free. According to the website, Graza is doing its best to get shipments delivered by December 24 if you order ASAP.
No address, no problem—you can rush order someone’s favorite sweet on Goldbelly as long as you have their email address. Sure, everyone’s munching on frosted sugar cookies this time of year, but a chocolate babka from a New York City cultural icon? It would be tough to top that.
If caffeine is your giftee’s vice of choice, then you can’t go wrong with a prepaid card to Breville’s Beanz program. Choose a custom increment starting at $20 that will allow them to redeem a one-off bag of beans (there are hundreds of options categorized by three main flavor profiles: fruity, caramelly, chocolaty) or set up their own subscription with one of 47 award-winning roasters from across the country. Everything is packaged within days of ordering, so their cup of joe is always fresh.
Brightland is offering speedy shipping: You can get your gift in three business days ($15) or as soon as one business day ($70) if you really waited until the last minute, as long as you’re willing to pay the extra fee. Though being able to see your giftee’s face light up when they unbox a pretty bottle of EVOO or vinegar paired with a practical brass spout will be priceless. Just be sure to do so by tomorrow, December 20.
Not everything eligible for Prime shipping over at Amazon is…tacky. There are plenty of hidden gems hanging out at the mass e-tailer, like Menu’s superchic salt and pepper grinders. Masquerading as ceramic bottles, these little silicone objects with walnut tops can macerate all sorts of spices and grains—just open them up and give them a turn. Depending on the destination, the pair may even ship as fast as in one day.
A great gift for tea-drinking pals is Art of Tea’s specifically curated monthly boxes. It ships 2 to 4 ounces based on preferred types, whether that’s caffeine-free, herbal blends to wind down at night, or rare single origins sourced from across the globe. It takes the pressure off you having to pick and allows them to try something they otherwise might not.
Best Last-Minute Home Gifts
Tory Burch has a hidden-gem home section that’s filled with Cotswolds-style treasures worth gifting to worthy aesthetes—like these darling pressed wine goblets in a garden-party green. Orders placed by December 20 are eligible for two-day shipping ($20), or next-day shipping for orders placed on December 21 ($30). Our runner-up last-minute gift—because it was hard to choose just one with such a compelling Tory Burch sale selection on offer—is the little needlepoint bird card pocket for 61% off, featured below.
According to a little green banner at the top of its site, Modern Sprout says there’s “still time” to score 48-hour expedited shipping on last-minute gift orders. Our carts have been charmed by this $20 winter bulb kit, which comes equipped with everything your giftee will need to grow a fresh bouquet of paperwhites within just a few weeks. Contents include a lovely glass vase, three premium bulbs packaged inside a recyclable paper bag, grow medium, and care instructions.
If you’re stuck in a last-minute-gifting pickle, then it might be time to finally pull the trigger on the Frame TV. It doesn’t get much easier than being able to order this baby online and opt for in-store pickup at the closest Samsung retailer to you, on any date or time of your choosing. Plus there’s also still an option available for you to order online and receive it by December 23.
A MoMA Design Store find, but at Ban.do, you have until December 20 to take advantage of the online retailer’s $10 holiday shipping. Your giftee can do more than tap this chic diminutive lamp for a wireless, ethereal glow. It doubles as a phone charger. Just detach the magnetic silicone base to replenish the battery. Plus it’s currently 30% off during the sitewide sale with the code SAVE30.
In addition to offering December 24 delivery for “premium shipping” orders placed on December 20 by 11:59 p.m. (ET), Saks is also extending 25% off orders of $250 or more with the promo code ENJOY25SF. We clocked Bearaby’s 20-pound cotton Napper blanket as a shoo-in for a last-minute gift they’ll never guess was ordered in the eleventh hour of Christmas week.
If you missed the holiday shipping cutoff over at Dusen Dusen, you can still score a few of the Brooklyn-based designer’s eclectic homewares at Urban Outfitters. You can have this cheeky tissue box—an item many a reviewer has obsessed over: “If you have to have an ugly cry, at least have a cute tissue box”—rush-ordered to arrive by Christmas until December 21.
Another big practical gift idea: a fancy yet affordable bidet. Internet-beloved bidet brand Tushy is offering free express holiday shipping with the promo code HOLIBIDET. Surprise your giftee of choice with its best-selling bidet model, the Classic 3.0. More than 15,000 reviewers rave that it’s a “life-changing” product, easy to install, effective at getting “the job” done—and keeps a low (some might say minimalist-chic) profile inside bathrooms.
A few items over at OKA are eligible for two- and one-day rush delivery, including this set of four hand-stamped side plates that should arrive just in time to dress up a holiday table.
Know someone working remotely who, for some reason or another, refuses to purchase a proper desk chair? We suggest gifting them this armless Amazon seat that went viral for one simple yet compelling reason: You can sit crisscross applesauce in it. It has sold out more than once since gaining Internet fame but has been recently restocked and will still arrive in time for Christmas. It’s our top pick for a more practical big gift.
All you have to do is spend $150 or more at Courteney Cox’s Homecourt to qualify for free expedited shipping. These mini candles would make for great stocking stuffers; otherwise, you can’t go wrong with dish or hand soap, as well as the surface sprays for the cleaning obsessives in your life. Seriously, help your giftee properly get their Monica Geller on for Christmas with the full collection—it’s $20 off for a limited time.
An end-of-year-deal that’s also eligible for one-day shipping over at Wayfair: This oscillating air purifier by Dyson doubles as a white noise machine if you stick in it the bedroom (can scrub a room up to 800 square feet) and offers a bit of cooling relief during the hotter (and subsequently dustier) months. Check out the rest of Wayfair’s big End of Year clearance sale here.
As long as you spend $99 at Food52 today, standard shipping will place your product at your doorstep by December 24. Otherwise, you can pay $30 extra for express shipping, which should send a parcel in two days, depending on where you live. We’d recommend this personal fireplace from Flîkr—all you need is a few drops of rubbing alcohol and a lit match for instant warmth. A past purchaser described it as an “awesome addition to our outside seating area,” which is “really easy to get going and delivers a sweet ambience to our outdoor dining table. I will definitely be buying these for gifts!“
Don’t let your olfactory-loving pal splurge on a luxe candle on their own. Instead, set them up with a subscription to Keap: a zero-waste maker based in Kingston, New York. Its program allows your giftee to light up different restorative scents based on their fragrance preferences or the season each month.
A handful of Overland’s items qualify for free two-day shipping, including this extra-cozy Australian sheepskin rug that our deputy commerce editor, Samantha Weiss-Hills, confirms looks better draped across your sofa or bed than on the floor. Otherwise, the brand’s site notes that orders of in-stock items received before 2 p.m. CT will typically ship out that same day.
Aside from the fact that the miniature Mesa may be Solo Stove’s most versatile offering, it also ships in its own carrying case—cute—and, more importantly, is eligible for two-day or next-day shipping options that will deliver it to your doorstep right in time for Christmas. Tiny enough to plop on a tabletop, this smokeless firepit is the only one offered in five cute colors aside from stainless steel. A customized color, like creamy white or saturated sage, will make this gift feel even more personal to all the friends and family members who’d rather be hanging outdoors. (It’s a great time to take advantage of Solo Stove’s up to 40% off sale, too.)
There are plenty of subscription boxes out there to delight your green-thumb pal, but for aspiring plant parents, Horti has a program that’ll teach your giftee how to properly take care of the new leafy friend that arrives each month. They’ll have access to expert advice on everything from repotting to propagating to grooming for six or 12 months (they can modify as needed). Some packages may even ship with a surprise gardening tool, which is just another reason why it’s one of our all-time favorite plant subscription boxes.
Best Last-Minute Beauty and Wellness Gifts
Tatcha is a stalwart brand for die-hard skin-care buffs—and not only is its entire luxury lineup 15% off, it’s eligible for free two-day shipping on orders of $125-plus. Just toss any number of its highly gift-worthy holiday sets into your basket along with the promo code GETINTIME to score the savings.
The New York–based skin-care company offers rush overnight delivery on all orders placed by noon (ET). We’re eyeing the brand’s top-rated Soft Skin Set as prime last-minute gifting material—it features a stacked lineup of nourishing complexion essentials, from buffing bars to comforting cleansers to smoothing solutions.
You have until midnight on December 21 to order gifts from the Standard Dose, which is stocked aplenty with practical presents, from relaxing bath salts to a canvas journal filled with anti-anxiety prompts, tips, and exercises by therapists to keep stress levels low. First-time orders get 10% off with the code WELCOME.
Another stressless gift idea? A subscription to Headspace. You can either personalize a gift card or send a redemption code to your loved one with three months ($39) or a year ($70) of access to the app and hundreds of guided meditations and mindfulness tools.
As we’ve previously written in multiple guides, the Theragun Mini makes for a great gift for those who need to loosen up taut muscles after a long run or lifting session. It’ll help your giftee safely knead out knots on their own at home. And today only (December 19), the brand has extended its holiday sale to include free expedited shipping (one to two business days).
Elorea—a Korea-inspired fragrance brand—recently launched its first hand-care products: Joy Hand Wash and Joy Hand Lotion. The pair has all the makings of a luxe gift, as long as you order by December 20 to receive it by December 24 with rush shipping.
Gifting beauty products can be a risky affair since it can be such a personal part of a daily regimen. Instead of guessing whether your giftee has oily or dry skin or hair, they can pick out the right formula with a gift card. Personally, we’d recommend sourcing one from French-made brand Doré—all of its products are EWG certified, and its packaging is delightfully green just like the digital card that’ll arrive in their inbox.
Let your pal pick out their polish with a gift card to an in-house service at a local salon you frequent. For those in New York, that’s Chillhouse. Not around those parts? Grab a couple of sets to get the iconic designs at home wherever they are, with free two-day shipping. (P.S. Checkers forever.)
Best Last-Minute Experience Gifts
Gift a dream backyard with one of Yardzen’s packages (starting at $650) via gift card. The online offering will connect your giftee with a digital design team that will help them narrow down their style preferences and figure out a budget, as well as provide step-by-step guidance on how to achieve their suggested landscape redesign.
For someone who’s pulling their hair out trying to figure out how to redecorate or renovate, gift them a one-on-one consultation call with their favorite interior designer, even Sarah Sherman Samuel herself, with a gift card to The Expert.
Know someone who just moved (or will soon move) to a new city? Gift them a membership to a local museum. For New Yorkers, access to the Museum of Modern Art (and a discount on its designer-stocked gift shop) is a no-brainer.
Get two memberships for the price of one when you gift someone MasterClass this holiday. Access to these classes can be redeemed online, whether you know someone who isn’t sure how to rearrange their furniture (Kelly Wearstler can help with that) or wants insider tips on how to bake a perfectly crisp loaf of bread (Apollonia Poilâne can walk them through it).
Purchase someone an airport security–line bypass with a gift card from Clear, which they can use to redeem an annual membership. Plus it will arrive instantly via email, or you can schedule it to appear in someone’s inbox on Christmas morning for a true surprise.
Best Last-Minute Entertainment Gifts
Cinephiles are likely already dropping by the theater on a regular basis, but a gift from Mubi means they can stream or download their favorites (or discover new films hand-selected by the service) to rewatch again and again. It’s $30 for three months, or just $80 for the entire year (though some rates may vary depending on your location).
Tired of your adult children always asking for your log-in info or asking a friend if they finally watched that show you recommended to them a month ago? Gift them their very own streaming account—Netflix, Hulu, Showtime—or send them an Apple Store gift card to use on AppleTV.