Best Last Minute Christmas Gifts To Buy Everyone

Christmas is just a few days away, and you still haven’t bought your gifts… me too! What do you get someone when you only have a few days to buy it? This ultimate guide is a list of some of the BEST last-minute Christmas gifts you can get for your loved ones. Happy shopping! 

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Can you believe how quickly Christmas is approaching? It feels like December came out of nowhere, and I am NOT prepared this year. I have sop many people to buy for with so little time.

But don’t worry! I have some last-minute Christmas gift ideas that are perfect for you (and me). On my list, I have my husband, my kids, my parents, my friends… the list seriously goes on and on. I figured your list looked somewhat similar to mine, so I  sectioned off this gift guide just like that.

Each of these great gift ideas is ideal for your loved ones, friends, and neighbors. Get each person marked off your list for the year, and you can finally sit back and relax! 

Best Places to Buy Last-Minute Gifts

The week before Christmas, forget about shopping online unless you have Amazon Prime. Prime is amazing! Generally, you can get your gifts at your doorstep within 3 days, even up till Christmas. (Thank you, delivery drivers!)

Otherwise, if you are really in a bind, I would recommend ordering gifts directly from local stores like Walmart and Target. You can see what is in stock and literally go straight up and pick it up.

If you are brave enough, you can walk into the store. Although, I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re supposed to be somewhere in an hour and haven’t had a chance to pick something out yet. 

I’ll be with you in Christmas spirit 😉

I completely understand how it goes. Thanksgiving hits, and next thing you know, it’s time for Christmas parties and celebrations. That’s why I wanted to take a second to give you this last-minute Christmas gift guide to help out!

Take a look at some of these awesome gifts I found.

Last-Minute Christmas Gifts For Mom

You want your gifts for your mom to be thoughtful and loving. All of the ideas on this list will tell her how much you appreciate her, even if you are buying it the week before Christmas.

1. Personalized Canvas

Your mom is going to go crazy for this customized print. Use a special photo that she will cherish forever for a sweet surprise.

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2. Family Tree Frame

This is another option for your mom to display meaningful photos. The family tree is an excellent reminder of all the lovely people in her life.

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3. Ring Dish

If your mom wears a lot of rings and jewelry, she’ll love this darling ring dish. It’s cute and will look lovely on her dresser or side table.

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4. Neck Massage Pillow

Get your mom the gift of relaxation with this massage pillow. She will enjoy relaxing after a rough day. She can get the kinks out and will be reminded how much you care!

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5. Best Mom Ever Tumbler

If your momma loves to sip on some wine now and then, she’ll get a kick out of this tumbler.

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Last-Minute Christmas Gifts For Dad

Dads tend to really like anything edible, funny, or useful. You are sure to find something perfect for him on this list.

1. Jokes Book

Every dad needs some new dad joke material every once in a while. This book is a pretty funny last-minute gift idea!

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2. Handcrafted Spice Blends

If your dad is a foodie, he’ll appreciate all these tasty spice blends. These essentials are a great last-minute gift idea that’ll add a little oomph to his grilling!

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3. Beer Making Kit

You can’t go wrong with this awesome gift idea. If Dad likes to enjoy a bottle of beer, he’ll love whipping up his own brew!

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4. Personalized Motorcycle Art

If your dad is a motorcycle fanatic, he’ll love this framed art. Perfect for man caves, basements, and garages.

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5. Amazon Echo Dot

If you know someone who loves music, they will greatly enjoy the Echo Dot! Plays music, and you can even check the weather on it.

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Last Minute Gifts for Kids

1. Magnatiles

Truly a hit with kids of all ages – you can’t go wrong with magnetic building tiles. Even if your recipient already has a collection, more is always better with Magnatiles.

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2. Kinetic Sand Playset

Another popular kid’s gift idea, kinetic sand, is great for fairly mess-free play indoors, making it a perfect gift for the winter season!

Grab a kinetic sand playset on Prime or in tons of local retailers!

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3. Echo Dot Kids

Kids can have fun with Alexa, too! The Echo Dot for Kids was made with them in mind and includes fun designs, parental controls, and features just for them!

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4. Glow City Ball

Glow City’s line of glow-in-the-dark balls makes play extra fun! Football, volleyball, basketball, and soccer-loving kids, teens (and even adults!) will LOVE this last minute gift idea.

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5. Jibbetz Croc Charms

Crocs are all the rage with kids, so why not add some fun Croc charms to their collection? The options on Amazon Prime are endless, so you’ll get some just in time for Christmas!

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Last-Minute DIY Christmas Gifts

If you really enjoy making gifts yourself, these DIY ideas are really easy and won’t take much time. Make a big batch of them and hand them out to everyone on your list.

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DIY Bath Bombs

Homemade bath bombs are an elegant and thoughtful DIY gift idea for anyone on your list! After you make some, pack a few in a cute organza bag or gift box and gift away!

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Gold Initial Coffee Mug

These adorable coffee mugs are great for drinking out of or planting succulents in!

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DIY Painted Wood Slice Coasters

The options are endless when it comes to decorating these cute and classy wood coasters. Great for farmhouse or rustic-themed rooms.

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Upcycled Book Journal

Who doesn’t love upcycling? Making handmade journals is so much fun – and simple to do. Find an old, unique hardback book and make a DIY journal for a thoughtful gift.

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Holiday Cookie Gift Bag

These cookie sacks are a festive and adorable way to show how much you care! Fill them with homemade cookies and gift them to teachers, neighbors, co-workers, and friends.

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DIY Peppermint Vodka

This easy DIY peppermint vodka is a fun gift to make this season for white elephant parties or as a Christmas gift for coworkers or friends.

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Arm Knit Chunky Blanket

Imagine the smile on the face of the person receiving this gorgeous blanket! So thoughtful, too.

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Wood Burn Utensil Set

If you love using a wood burner, you’ll greatly enjoy making these utensils. Add some charm and elegance to them, and everyone will rave!

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60-Second Bath Salts

And if you need a really (REALLY) last minute gift idea – whip up some of these lavender bath salts in literally 1 minute.

Psst… Do you have a laser cutter? You wouldn’t believe all the last-minute DIY gifts you could create with one of these. Check out my post on the X-Tool M1 and why I love it so much – you may want to grab one for yourself this Christmas!

Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas For Everyone

Do you know those people that are really tough to buy for? Well, anything from this list will make them happy. These are things that pretty much everyone will enjoy.

  • Museum Gift Card – If you have a local museum that the person you are shopping for loves, then this would be a fantastic gift idea.
  • Concert Tickets – You’ll never go wrong with some fantastic concert tickets. Music lovers or those near a concert venue will be super excited to get such an amazing gift.
  • Movie Basket – Fill a basket with all sorts of movie treats. Popcorn, candy, pop, and some movie tickets would all be a great idea.
  • Subscription Gifts – You can pick a subscription such as magazines, wine of the month, Disney +,  or anything else you think the recipient will love. This gift keeps on giving!
  • Gift Cards – If you can’t think of anything else for a friend or family member, gift cards are always appreciated. Just purchase one that fits into their lifestyle, so it won’t get wasted.
  • Cheese Board – Entertaining is even more enjoyable when you have a lovely cheeseboard. Give this to the person who loves hosting get-togethers.
  • Moscow Mule Set- Anyone who enjoys a Moscow mule at the end of the day will love these cups.

Final Thoughts

It can be pretty stressful knowing you only have a few days to finish up your Christmas list.

But take a deep breath…It’s going to be okay! If all else fails, your loved ones will appreciate quality time with you. Merry Christmas!

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Tania Griffis is an accomplished writer, blogger, and interior designer with a Journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She started her popular blog, Run to Radiance, in 2011, demonstrating her design expertise through the personal remodeling of six houses to millions of readers across the globe.

Tania also owns The Creative Wheelhouse, a respected ghostwriting agency for bloggers, further showcasing her talent for creating engaging and informative content.

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