Uh oh – did you wait until the last minute to start thinking about finding a great gift for someone special in your life? Yikes! Last-minute gift-giving can be a serious headache. The time crunch, the pressure to find something special, and the guilt you feel for not being on top of it sooner can all be too much to bear.
Don’t worry, though. We’ve got your back. We know a thing or two about awesome gifts, and we’ve put together a list of awesome last-minute gift ideas that are sure to please. In fact, they’re so good, the person you’re gifting them to probably won’t even realise you waited until the last minute!
Amazing delivery gift
If you haven’t made the time to find that perfect gift and you happen to live far away – or you just don’t have the time to drive around town – you can make use of a fast and convenient gift delivery service. There are plenty of companies that will drop off a fun and interesting gift with next-day deliver – or even same-day.
Browse online and find the best gift basket delivery, then input your friend or relative’s address, and send them a box or basket of love – they won’t even know you did it last minute!
Carefully curated gift card
Alongside cash, gift cards are traditionally thought of as the go-to cop out gift. You don’t know what to gear to get that special someone in your life, so you just opt for money or money that you can only spend at a certain store. It’s boring.
But it doesn’t have to be. Instead of getting a catch-all gift card, like one to Amazon or Target, get one that represents a fun idea. Maybe that’s a Bath and Body Works gift card that you pair with a nice candle to treat them to a spa night, or a gift card to their favourite local restaurant you know they can’t get enough of.
These days, there are more companies offering subscription box deliveries than you would even believe. From men’s grooming and women’s makeup subscriptions to fun food items and even novelties and comics, there’s a subscription box for pretty much everything.
The best part about setting up a subscription box delivery? Most boxes arrive once a month, so you can pretend that you’re not even late delivering their gift; just say that’s the date the box comes every month. Is it sneaky? A little. Will it work? You bet.
For the avid reader in your life, there are few better gifts than an e-book service. Supply them with the medium where they can pick up that next page-turner (or, um, screen swiper?) so they can digitally delve into their next adventure.
This is a great option because it says “I know you like to read, but you’re probably best at picking out what books.” What could be more thoughtful?
Movie night bundle
Similar to the e-book option, but focused on the cinephiles in your life, a movie night bundle is a great way to celebrate someone even if you’re low on time. It’s pretty simple: just get them a gift card or subscription to a streaming service – be sure to pick an indie movie streaming service for real film-buffs – and pair that with a box of microwave popcorn, candies, and maybe a cozy blanket.
What’s not to love?
A fun night out
If your friend or SO has a birthday coming up and you’ve forgotten to purchase a gift or prepare, don’t worry. Why not plan a fun evening out on the town for them instead? It’ll only take a few minutes of planning (just Google a few bars, restaurants, or shows in your area), and the memories will last a lifetime.
Their favourite libations
When all else fails, you can always rely on booze. Is your gift recipient a beer snob? A sommelier? A lover of fine Scotch whiskey? Find out, then gift them an amazing bottle (or six) of their favorite libations. Nice alcoholic beverages make great gifts because they not only are delicious and a delicacy, they also have the potential to open the door to much more fun in the future once you get around to drinking them!
Use this list the next time you’re in a time crunch to find a great gift, and show your special someone you still care even though you’re a procrastinator!