13 Last-Minute Gifts You Can Still Get in Time for the Holidays

Two-day shipping, for the win.

December 18, 2020
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If you feel like Thanksgiving was only a few days ago, you’re not alone. The holidays seem to have snuck up on me this year—especially with the early shipping deadlines—which means I’m a little late to the game on ordering some gifts.

Thankfully, I have an Amazon Prime account—so I still have just enough time to get something for everyone on my list. Double thankfully, Amazon has basically everything, from small-yet-thoughtful gifts (like hot honey for my condiment-loving brother) to significant items (like an Instant Pot and a super-soft pajama set), I’ve rounded up the best gifts you can order at the very last minute and still receive by the holidays.

No one will ever know you left your shopping until crunch time.

1. Baggu Standard Reusable Shopping Bag


Remembering to bring your reusable bags to the grocery store is way less of a drag when they’re super cute, like this one with a colorful lox, dill, and eggs pattern (there’s also one with chocolate chip cookies!). These sustainable, eco-friendly bags are made of machine-washable ripstop nylon, can hold up to 30 pounds, and fold up easily into a tiny sack.

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2. The New Yorker Cartoons Day-to-Day Calendar


One witty, sharp cartoon for each day of the year is the gift that keeps on giving. The New Yorker has been home to a preeminent cartoon section for nearly a century, so each tear-off page is bound to draw a laugh.

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3. Mike's Hot Honey


This pure honey infused with chili peppers can go on literally anything for a sweet, spicy kick. A drizzle of this stuff brings the perfect amount of heat. If you want to become totally hooked, try a few drops on something cheesy, like pizza—there's no going back.

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4. Atahana Jade Roller & Gua Sha


Facial rollers have long been used to tighten and smooth skin, and nowadays it seems like they are everywhere (notably, Instagram). I'm not a scientist, so I can't confirm or deny results, but at the very least, facial rolling is a relaxing massage ritual that feels great.

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5. Urpower Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser


This essential oil diffuser will immerse a room in the pleasant aroma of your choice by creating a continual mist for a set period of time. In addition to its soothing effect, it doubles as a humidifier, hydrating the space. Plus, this one offers seven LED light colors to match the ambiance.

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6. Niubee Acrylic Picture Frames 5-Pack


These clear, acrylic picture frames are minimalist and simple, so they let the photos speak for themselves. Designed for displaying memories with no frills or distractions, they blend into any style home. You could even add in a few photos of you and the person you’re giving the frames to for a nice personal touch.

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7. Coleman 4-Person Sundome Tent


I know it’s hard to imagine in December, but summer outdoor adventures are just around the corner. This is the perfect entry-level tent for aspiring warm-weather campers because it’s spacious, easy to set up, and will keep you dry in case of rain.

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8. YnM Weighted Blanket


By stimulating the feeling of being held or hugged, weighted blankets help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. The YnM 2.0 has seven layers of Oeko-Tex-certified fabric, which means the materials are breathable and safe.

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9. Eberjey Gisele Pajama Set


Soft, cozy pajamas are a holiday rite of passage and can be enjoyed all throughout the year. This Eberjey set is classic in style and luxurious in feel, with simple piping and supple jersey material.

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10. Instant Pot Duo Evo


This decked-out iteration of the beloved Instant Pot is easy to use, and super customizable, so it’s ideal for both a first-timer and a devoted Instant Pot user who needs an upgrade. Think of it as 10 different appliances in one: pressure cooker, sous vide machine, sauté pan, slow cooker, rice cooker, food warmer, yogurt maker, cake maker, stock pot, and steamer.

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11. Bioderma Micellar Water


This might not seem like the most exciting gift to receive, but trust us, it is. This particular makeup remover is super gentle (perfect for the most sensitive skin, as well as everyone else), extremely effective, and a favorite of cool French women and beauty editors everywhere.

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12. A Pair of RayBans


It doesn’t matter how close to Christmas you ordered this gift—they’ll be impressed. There are a lot of RayBan styles to choose from, but these have a distinct cool-person vibe that’s one part compliment to the giftee, one part good-for-you for choosing them.

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13. Insulated French Press


Maybe you think French presses are a dime a dozen, but maybe you’re also mistaken. This one has an ultra-sturdy wood handle (kind of makes us feel like we’re making coffee in the wilderness), and is insulated to keep brewed coffee hot for hours. Glass could never.


14. Grady’s Cold Brew


Speaking of coffee, if you know someone who’s into cold brew, this brew-in-a-bag kit from Grady’s is the ultimate in complex coffee flavor—it also has a serious caffeine kick.

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15. Book a Cleaning Service

This one doesn’t even have to arrive for Christmas day, since it’s a promise of something in the future. I don’t know about you, but just about everyone in my life would go wild for a dedicated service to come in and deep clean all the baseboards, the bathtub, and every crevice behind the couch.

What's your go-to last minute gift? Let us know below!

This post was updated in December 2020 to add even more last minute gifts.

This post contains products independently chosen (and loved) by our editors and writers. As an Amazon Associate and Skimlinks affiliate, Food52 earns a commission on qualifying purchases of the products we link to.

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Sheree P. December 18, 2020
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