Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

End-of-year office parties, school plays, family gatherings, and don’t forget gift shopping for everyone on your list — it’s the busiest time of the year indeed! If the holidays have snuck up on you and still need to shop for gifts, here are 20 last-minute gift ideas that won’t put a strain on your budget.

1. Spruce up with skincare, haircare, or fragrance sets 

Stores like Sephora, Chatters Salon, Macy’s, and JCPenney have gift sets under $50 — and this time of year, you can find affordable, limited-edition kits at your local Pharmacies for even less.

2. Pass the winter months with fun board games

Board games are a great way to pass the time with loved ones, especially during chilly months when we tend to spend more time indoors.

3. Get competitive with a mini tabletop game 

Love tabletop games but are low on space? There are lots of miniature tabletop games like mini Air Hockey or mini Pool to give the gift of fun.

4. Cozy up with these accessories

If your giftee lives in a cold climate, a warm sweater, cozy gloves, colorful beanies, and stylish scarves are all great options.

5. Warm up with seasonal drinks

Whether they love coffee, tea, or classic holiday drinks, you can find assorted coffee sets, tea sets, or even seasonal hot cocoa mixes that’ll let them indulge in their favorite brews at home.

6. Toast with classy wine and spirits

You can’t go wrong with a festive bottle of wine. This time of year you can also find great limited-time drinks like mulled wine, eggnog, and more!

7. Savor sweet treats and baked goods

When all else fails, embrace the sugar rush, and who doesn’t love a good box of chocolates or a batch of freshly-baked cookies?

8. Make life easier with gift cards

Gift cards are a popular choice if you’re really strapped for time. Whether it’s a gift card for their go-to restaurant or their favorite store, your giftee will surely appreciate the savings.

9. Get comfy with these home essentials

If your loved one considers themselves a homebody, home gifts that help them stay comfortable are the way to go: scented candles, fluffy slippers, blankets, pajamas, you get the idea.

10. Cheers with festive wine glasses or mugs

Cheers to the new year with a new set of wine glasses or colorful mugs that show off their style. And why not give them something to put in that mug, like a homemade hot chocolate mix? Learn how to make it in our blog, 5 Handmade Gifts That Will Make You Go ‘Wow’.

Holiday Gifts Under $50

11. Make to-go meals more environmentally friendly

We’re back to spending more time away from home, and a reusable travel utensil set or travel drink tumbler will simplify mealtime while helping the planet. For more environmentally-friendly items, check out our guide 5 Eco-Friendly Products That Will Help Save the World and Save You Money.

12. Serve decadent treats on a charcuterie set

For that friend who loves to host, a charcuterie set or cheese serving board will be a surefire hit.

13. Keep the party going with a cocktail shaker set

Continue the festivities well after the holiday season by creating your own cocktails or mocktails at home with a stylish cocktail shaker set. We’ve got five festive drink recipes to get you started, Jingle All The Way With These Delicious Holiday Drink Recipes.

14. Help them relax with a percussion massager

Give the gift of relaxation with a percussion massager that’ll let them enjoy a massage at home at any time.

15. Form healthy habits with a personal smoothie blender

Make reaching for a healthy, homemade smoothie as easy as grabbing their favorite snack. A personal-size smoothie blender like the Magic Bullet is a great choice.

16. Set the mood with a color-changing smart lightbulb

An unconventional gift that’s full of convenience and all the mood-setting power — a color-changing smart lightbulb that can be easily controlled from an app on their phone! Simply replace their lamp’s regular lightbulb and let the fun begin!

17. DIY Smart TV with casting devices

Help them transform their plain, old television into a Smart TV without paying the big bucks. Casting devices like the Fire TV Stick or Google Chromecast are simple to install and extremely convenient.

18. Find misplaced items with a tracker tag

We all know that person that’s constantly losing their keys or wallet. Or perhaps they’re planning a trip and would like to track their checked luggage. Devices like the Apple AirTag or Samsung Galaxy SmartTag will give them peace of mind.

19. Answer all their questions with a smart assistant

A small smart home assistant like the Google Nest Mini or the Amazon Echo Dot is the right gift for those looking to add a bit of convenience to their day-to-day.

20. Make the best TikToks with a tripod ring light

Help them take their selfies, TikToks, or video calls to the next level! A tripod ring light with a phone holder will elevate the quality of any piece of content.

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