68 Creative Last Minute Christmas Gifts That Win Every Time
Can you hear the crescendo of the Carol of the Bells reminding you the time is now – Christmas is here.
You just need a few really creative last minute Christmas gifts…. Yikes!
Here’s a list of tried and true (cool and unique) last minute Christmas gifts that you can throw together pretty quickly and will be much loved (and maybe even the most memorable gifts this season!)
Merry Happy Holidays..
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Creative Last Minute Gifts
Last Minute Gift Ideas for Parents
Basket of Jams – create a morning treat baset and include all the varieties of jams and spreads you can find or try companies like Jam Box or Salt Spring Kitchen
Movie theater gift cards in small increments $25 – $40 so people can have a date night. Regardless of all the streaming services, a movie on the big screen is still awesome. Really great for teachers, coaches, etc. Everyone loves watching movies.
Authentic, rich, amber Maple Syrup like Maple Roch from British Colombia, Canada. It’s not sugary sweet and artificial tasting but flavorful as if it were harvested from the tree and boiled right in front of you. Definitely high quality and super awesome on waffles. They also sell Maple cotton candy which is an obvious yes.
A set of dice or a dice tray or nice deck holder Check out Wrymwood Gaming for gorgeous die related products, they even have blueprints to craft your own. This creative last minute gift will be adored by the gamer in your life, and look beautiful displayed on the coffee table, ready to inspire a quick game of Yahtzee.
House cleaning service
Darn Tough Socks. Nothing like a pair of good wool socks. Just have a few pairs on hand to give out, what’s the worst that could happen is you end up wearing them?
Really nice toaster – no one ever buys new toasters
Hallmark Keepsake Ornament – those can be worth money
Expensive toilet paper, the 3ply double plush stuff – wrap it up with a bow and viola! They will use it. Or better yet get your hands on luxury rolls of Hanebisho tp from Japanese brand Mochitsuki, it’s hand rolled. Handmade toilet paper for your delicate self. You deserve nothing less.
Cool Last Minute Gifts for Friends
Petit Fours. Luscious little layer cakes that are adorable and delicious and sound super fancy.
Candy – all kinds, use it as stuffing, fill a bag, wrap it up. Does. Not. Matter. People love candy and it’s immediately consumable and a creative last minute Christmas gift.
A high quality salami log, delicious cheese block, a few dollars and a joint. What a way to take the edge off during the holidays. Swiss colony, Hickory Farms, Wisconsin Cheeseman, make your own from the local deli (obviously, weed will need to be purchased separately).
Coffee & Tea packs. Easy to find, unique flavors, a range of price points, and safe, practical gift to give to unexpected guests, or as stocking stuffers.
Socks. Socks. Socks. People really love socks. Plain socks, thick socks, funky patterned socks.
Beer – make it a case you know they love or put together a sampler pack of unique and different Craft beers
Goodies, a soft blanket, and a movie – perfect trio!
$50 Uber Voucher
Hangover bag. Aspirin, water, ice tea mix (trust me), ear plugs, specifically gum or mints (not sure who the sadists are who put mouthwash in a hangover kit!), some sort of light blocking object like sunglasses or face mask, a nip of alcohol (those little mini 50ml they sell at the checkout, yea these are for the morning time), water, visine, water, and french fries (or just a McDonalds or Skip The Dishes gift card).
Creative Last Minute Gifts for Her
Creative gifts for creative people. Good quality sketchbook and Prismacolors, goes a long way to helping with costs and fueling a hobby. Micron pen set or set of metallics. Arches watercolor block. Painting palette, charcoal sticks, clay, acrylic paints (you only need 3 primary colors to make all other colors), calligraphy pens. Just not the pre packed art boxes or kits because the quality is not always very good.
Electric blanket / Heating pad. As practical as this product is, not many people own one.
A hand steamer for clothes. Sure beats ironing.
Super plush throw – go the extra mile and have it embroidered with their name.
What do you call this most beautiful fabric? They call it cashmere.
A subscription box themed to their hobbies. Curiosity box, Murder Mystery, sewing a quilt, murder mystery in a quilt. Plus a subscription box keeps on giving. It’s a great idea for kids, too. Whoever the receiver is will think of you more than just the holidays and kids won’t end up playing with a toy for ten minutes and then moving on to the next big thing.
Emergency car kit. These are legit and built for winters.
Make a basket of nice smelling soaps. This is the time of year when you can find soap for all seasons for sale. Here’s how I choose what to put in my basket of soaps (based on 6 scents): 1 lemon or citrus scent, 1 floral scent, 2 fresh scents, and either sweet/ sugar if I know the like that smell or more musky/smoky scent, 1 seasonal smell
Gift card to Apple App Store or Google Play Store so your family and friends no longer have to endure ads in any of their favorite apps.
Thoughtful Last Minute Gifts for Him
Gift Card to a Butcher – Meat. An easy last minute Christmas gift.
Lego Set. Made for absolutely every age 3 to 99. Any set is a fun gift to build and create, especially during the dark days of winter. There are so many cool things to build nowadays, check out these cool lego sets.
Mind teaser puzzle or book of crosswords, word searches, brain teasers. These last minute Christmas gifts are entertaining and simple.
Books from a secondhand or used book store. Look at libraries as well, they often have book sales year round. Especially great for little kids who devour reading or books out of print and hard to find. For lovers of Christmas Historical Fiction check out these 9 interesting reads.
$50 worth of bacon – pair it with some Motts Clamato a jar of pickled asparagus and bottle of vodka and you’ve got the hair of the dog and a New Year’s cocktail gift all rolled into one
Tile. Find your things. Find your phone. Use this nifty little fob that pairs with either Apple or Android and attach it to commonly lost items like electronics, backpacks, phones, wallets. Use the app to quickly access it’s location and avoid the epic meltdown that comes with searching for lost items.
Nerf guns for the family. What an epic battle. Don’t’ forget extra ammo. A last minute family showdown !
Toblerone Bar – like the super mega size
Oil Change gift certificate
Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Need we say more.
Oodie. A step up from pajamas. It is the warmest, most scrumptious and utterly buttery piece of clothing you will ever own. We use ultra soft flannel fleece paired with warm sherpa fleece so you don’t have to worry about the cold. Some think it’s a blanket. Some think it’s a hoodie. Either way we know you’re going to be cosiest in The Oodie.
Fancy leather notebooks like Rhodia and a fountain pen. The paper is divine. Moleskine 5” x 8/25” or Leuchtturm notebooks – check out Portland Leather Goods for unique and creative last minute gifts.
Groceries gift card. Food is expensive. It’s a big help.
Car wash gift certificate or car detailing package.
Fluffy bath towels and super soft bath mat
You can always just Wrap your presence. (gift to hang out)
Or give a heartfelt exchange of nothing.