Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Typically, I have my Christmas shopping done weeks before the holiday. However, this year I slacked off. It’s Christmas Eve and I still don’t have some gifts done. I’m sure I’m not the only one so here are a few last minute gift ideas for this holiday season.

1.Cookies. You can never go wrong with gifting cookies on a holiday. I usually bake during the holidays anyway so this is always a gift for my friends and family. I put an assortment of cookies (peanut butter, chocolate chip, sugar, thumbprint, etc.) in a cute box, bag or basket and add a simple name tag. Sometimes I add in other dessert like brownies or cupcakes too. If you don’t have time to bake or are kitchen-challenged, pick up some cookies from a local bakery.

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2.Gift card/certificate. This last minute gift is easy because you can purchase gift cards almost anywhere. You could go generic and pick up an iTunes, restaurant, gas station gift card or you can think of what the person likes and tailor it to that. Most years I get my brother a gift certificate to a music shop because he is always buying guitar gear. The best thing is it’s online so I can print out the certificate and don’t even have to visit the store.

3.Alcohol. I don’t usually give alcohol as a gift but desperate last minute shopping calls for desperate measures. Last year was my first Christmas with my boyfriend and I had no idea what to get his mom. I hadn’t been dating him long and I didn’t know her that well. He told me she loved Bailey’s so I figured I would buy her a bottle and throw a bow on it. Luckily the liquor store had a gift set with Bailey’s glasses so I bought that. If you decide to get alcohol for someone this year, there’s three ways to go: a gift set, one expensive bottle or a bunch of cheap bottles. If you get one bottle you can put it in a nice bag but if you get a bunch of cheaper bottles you can throw them in a basket wrapped in cellophane.

4.Ornaments. If you’re stuck looking for a last minute gift, ornaments are a great way to go. You can pick one up for $2 or spend $20 on a more elaborate one and you can choose one that fits the personality of the person you’re giving it to. It can relate to the person’s hobby, favorite sports team, or even just be the initial of their name. Last year I got my dad some Grateful Dead ornaments and I bought personalized princess ornaments for my boyfriend’s nieces. I love giving ornaments because it’s something the person will use every year and they’ll always remember that you gave it to them.

5.Stockings. My boyfriend has 7 nieces and nephews and buying Christmas gifts for them is a nightmare. They’re all different ages and because there’s so many of them buying gifts usually means spending $100 on them alone. Last year I bought them all ornaments and I ended up spending $70 but this year I tried to get more creative. I picked up plain $1 stockings and used glitter glue to decorate each stocking with their names. Then I filled the stockings with candy, little toys and winter stuff like hats/gloves you can find in the dollar section of Walmart and Target. It’s a quick, easy and cheap way to give kids more than one small item and they’re sure to love it because it has candy in it. If you’re doing this idea for adults you can substitute the toys for lottery tickets and mini bottles of liquor.

6.Tickets. Concerts, sports events, comedy shows, movies, broadway shows…the list is endless. If you have money to spend you can get someone tickets to see their favorite musician or sporting event but if you’re sticking to a budget there are other options. Look at local theaters and see what they’re playing or pick up movie tickets to a new movie you know they’ll like. I bought my dad tickets to a comedy show at a local theater and it only set me back $50.


When did you finish your Christmas shopping? Do you have any last minute gift ideas? Let me know in the comment section below!




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