These Last-Minute Gift Ideas Will Help You Win the Holidays

Gifts so good, it'll seem like you've been planning for this moment all year.

last minute gift ideas 2018

Despite all of the prep work that you put into the holidays each year, doesn't it seem like the gift-shopping part is always put off until the 11th hour? We've all been there. Not to worry — here's your no-fail back-up list of 30 thoughtful last-minute gift ideas that'll help you save face when the relatives come calling.

Pro tip: Amazon Prime members, put that subscription to good use by taking advantage of their free two-day shipping service!

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Anker Soundcore Spirit Pro Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Gift fitness fanatics a little extra motivation with this set of wireless headphones from Anker. Whether they're primarily packing them in their gym duffel or work bag, a single charge allows for 10 hours of playing time, and the headphones' sweatproof build prevents moisture from corroding their exterior.

More: The Top Christmas Gifts That Are Sure to Impress in 2018

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Headspace app
Headspace Subscription
from $12.99 for one month


Maintaining a daily meditation practice takes commitment, and this introspective journey can feel a bit aimless if you don't know where to start. For the friend who has expressed interest in meditation, a gift subscription to the Headspace app is a thoughtful way to get him going.

The app features hundreds of guided meditations for general use, but also for sleep, anxiety, or focus, that can be accessed at any time. The paid version of the app even lets users track their progress, and sync up their meditation minutes to their Apple Health app, if they're an iPhone user.

Reindeer Christmas T-Shirt

We all have that one person on our list who's literally impossible to shop for. When all of your traditional gift go-tos won't do, get them a T-shirt that's equally as fun and festive as an ugly Christmas sweater (except they'll actually want to wear it!).

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JOCO 12oz Glass Reusable Coffee Cup

This last-minute gift idea is perfect for friends who want to ditch their disposable beverage vessels once and for all. The JOCO reusable to-go cup is great for both the office and the coffee shop crowd, made of sturdy borosilicate glass and covered with a silicone lid and sleeve for leakproof handling. All pieces are also conveniently dishwasher-safe.

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Kindle Paperwhite E-reader

Now they can take their massive library of books with them wherever they go — including the tub! The brand-new Kindle Paperwhite is the lightest and thinnest version of the best-selling e-reader yet, and is also able to be submerged in up to 2 meters of water.

As with previous iterations of the device, it gives users a convenient glare-free reading experience, lasting up to 6 weeks on a single charge. Its screen is backlit and allows users to adjust the font type, size, and boldness, and it has a high-resolution 300 ppi display, so the words are always crystal-clear. The device is available in a standard 8 GB version, or a 32 GB version to hold even more media.

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Framebridge gift card
Framebridge Gift Card
from $10.00


The friend with great taste probably doesn't need any help picking out her next art print ... but displaying it is a very different story. Framebridge is a custom framing service fit to tackle projects of any size, from finding the perfect frame to complement a prized piece, to an entire gallery wall consultation. Sending her a Framebridge gift card is the perfect way to help complete her space.

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SAD remedies
ClassPass Gift Credit
from $50.00


No more excuses! If they're in a workout rut, but don't want to cut ties with their current gym or studio, a ClassPass credit can be a great way to help them mix up their routine! They can activate their credit whenever they want, and gain access to fitness classes that they may never have known about otherwise.

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Flint Reusable Lint Roller

Though this product may seem simple, every pet parent's eyes will light up when they receive this rose-gold lint roller as a gift. When they realize mid-commute that their entire outfit is covered in cat hair, they'll have you to thank for arming them with this discreet, on-the-go essential.

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Winc Subscription
from $60.00


Keep the good times rolling and the vino flowing. Winc's monthly wine-subscription service sends a curated selection of bottles to the recipient, based entirely on their palate preferences.

Three bottles come with every package, and there are no surprises! While Winc provides suggested picks each month, users can also go off-the-board and choose something entirely different.

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Oulin's Mini Portable Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier
$18.99 (42% off)

Give them a little breathing room with this portable ultrasonic humidifier, which adds moisture to an uncomfortably dry atmosphere (making it a perfect wintertime gift idea!). It's an adorable device that has simple on/off button functionality, and diffuses water continuously for up to 12 hours, then automatically shuts off.

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Amazon Prime Subscription (Three-Month Option)


At this point, it's simply a necessity. There's literally no better last-minute gift than a subscription to Amazon Prime, which includes free two-day shipping, instant access to millions of videos, songs, and books, and free unlimited photo storage in Amazon Drive. You choose what day to have the gift emailed to the recipient, and if they're already a member of Amazon Prime, the gift will convert into a $99 gift card for them to use on anything they'd like to buy themselves.

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iRobot Roomba 690 Wi-Fi Connected Vacuuming Robot

Now they won't have to waste precious weekend moments vacuuming the house! The Roomba 690 is equipped with dirt-detection sensors, so it knows when it has to work extra hard to clean a specific area. Plus, its Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to keep an eye on its progress from your phone while you're away. And oh yeah, it's Prime-eligible for you last-minute gift-givers.

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Starbucks Gift Card
Starbucks Gift Card
from $10.00


Basic? Maybe. Appreciated? Always. If you're getting down to the literal last minute of gifting time, sending a Starbucks e-gift card (or picking one up in stores) is still a thoughtful gesture.

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Birchbox Gift Subscription (Three-Month Option)
Birchbox Gift Subscription (Three-Month Option)


Even if it is a last-minute gift, they'll be feeling the love for months to come with a Birchbox subscription. Birchbox Original boxes feature skincare and makeup picks from cult-favorite beauty brands. You pick the curated box to start, and then they can take creative control of their monthly samples after they receive that first one.

More: 12 Beauty Subscription Boxes She'll Love

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It's Lit Christmas T-Shirt

If you're really shopping at the last minute, this hilarious tree tee is available on Amazon, so Prime members can have it shipped to their doorstep in just two days!

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Ninja BL610 Professional Blender

Step their smoothie game up several hundred notches. The Ninja is one of the best-reviewed blenders on the market, thanks to its 1,100-watt performance. The pulverizing blades shred through fruits and vegetables and turn ice into snow in just minutes! Its 64-ounce liquid capacity mixes up extra-large batches, and the large spout is perfect for quick-serving without making a complete mess of their counter.

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Greetabl box
Greetabl Box
from $11.00


Don't risk giving a lackluster last-minute gift because you ran out of time to go shopping! Greetabl lets you select, package, and send your present from one easy online location. Choose a custom design for the outside of the box and fill it with your choice of sweet little gifts, from candles to jewelry. Then select your favorite photos of you and your recipient to have printed on the inside of the box, which will fold out into a collage (and personal note) for them to keep.

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warby parker gift card
Warby Parker
Warby Parker Gift Card
from $50.00


If they've ever commiserated with you over the high price of new specs, a gift card to Warby Parker might just be the perfect thing to get them. We love the eyewear brand's celebratory holiday packaging this year, which was designed by Chilean artist Camilo Hunica.

Warby's glasses and sunnies start at $95, and your lucky recipient can opt to try on up to five frames at home before committing to a pair!

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Bouqs Flower Subscription
The Bouqs Co.
Bouqs Flower Subscription (Monthly, Original-Size Option)
from $36.00


Bring a smile to their face with a recurring flower delivery that'll brighten their day every time. The Bouqs Co. allows you to choose anywhere from a weekly to a quarterly delivery (and everything between) of a variety of bouquet styles, starting at $36 per shipment. You can change your plan any time, choose to gift only for a certain number of deliveries, or select from any of their bouquets for a one-time shipment.

However, If you'd prefer to simplify things, you can also send them an e-gift card, which starts at $55.

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Spafinder Gift Card 
Spafinder Gift Card
from $50.00


No one ever says no to a relaxing day at the spa! Spafinder allows you to purchase a universal gift card that'll work at thousands of locations around the country. They can use the Spafinder website to search by location and service. You can have the gift card emailed or opt to print it yourself.

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HP Sprocket Photo Printer

This mobile, pocket-sized printer instantly prints their favorite pictures and 'grams via Bluetooth connection with no ink cartridges to worry about and no wires. It's compatible with iOS and Android phones and tablets, making it a perfect gift for the parent who's always asking you to print out that picture from Facebook.

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Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription (Three-Month Option)


Every coffee lover deserves a pick-me-up! Give the gift of caffeine with Blue Bottle's subscription program, which starts at a reasonable $24. Choose from a variety of sizes and types of coffee, including single-origin espresso beans, blend assortments, and even decaf.

More: 50 Appropriate Gifts for the Coffee Addict in Your Life

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Love With Food Subscription Box
Love With Food
Love With Food Subscription Box
from $7.99 per month


For the health-conscious friend who loves to sample new things, upgrade their stash of desk snacks with a subscription to Love With Food. You can choose from a variety of boxes (including a gluten-free option) and you can pre-determine the number of months you want to give.

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Everlane Gift Card 
Everlane Gift Card
from $25.00


Everlane's minimalist — but seriously sleek — selection of basics and bags is a serious game changer. At checkout, you can opt for an e-card (starting at $25, up to $200) so they can start shopping immediately!

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This is All I Got You T-Shirt

Even if this cotton tee is really all you got your recipient for Christmas, they won't know that you waited until the last possible second to click the "add to cart" button.

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fandango gift card
Fandango E-Gift Card


Film buffs and movie fans alike are always happy to get a free trip to the theater, but they're usually even happier when you offer to make a day of it. Give this card as a present your recipient can use in the future, and if you're willing to go the extra mile, top it off by treating them to dinner beforehand in addition to a night at the movies. The gift cards start at $25, or you can enter a custom amount, and it'll be delivered via email on a day you choose.

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Scentbird Perfume or Cologne Subscription
Scentbird Perfume or Cologne Subscription (Three-Month Option)


Scentbird is a brilliant subscription-based service that allows users to choose a new scent every month to fit into a reusable, refillable case that's delivered with the first order. If they like to switch up their fragrances, you can gift a 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscription that'll allow them to select their own scents from a vast selection — Scentbird offers over 450 designer perfumes and 100 colognes to choose from.

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Bedsure Faux Fur Throw Blanket PV Fleece Bed Throw
$33.99 (38% off)

A cozy throw is always a great, no-brainer gift! This faux-fur blanket is available on Amazon Prime in a variety of colors and fabrics, as well as two different sizes. It has excellent reviews from users who credit how soft and warm it is, too.

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Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock

Give them an excuse to kick back and relax by gifting an easy-to-install hammock that can be delivered within two days with Prime (certain colors aren't eligible; just click through to check which ones are!).

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Le Chateau Wine Decanter
$29.99 (30% off)

Wine lovers will swoon at the sight of this beautiful decanter, which can be gifted on its own or be paired with a nice bottle for an added touch. Use your Amazon Prime membership for two-day shipping on this crystal beauty!

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Olympia Provisions Salami of the Month Club

If meat-and-cheese platters are in regular rotation when they entertain, they'll be happy to see a salami show up in the mail every month. Portland's Olympic Provisions will ship a tasty new salami (or two, or even three!) right to their door each month, along with tasting notes from its maker. The price listed covers one year of shipments.