Calling all procrastinators! If you tend to leave things to the last minute (including holiday shopping) then no worries — we’ve got you covered. 2020 has been a wild year, and you aren’t alone if you feel like holiday shopping is adding to the chaos. If you’ve been putting off bracing the department stores, here’s the good news: we’ve curated a list of quality, meaningful gifts that can all be ordered online and shipped directly to you — and fast. Most of these products ship within three days with standard shipping, or even faster if you’re willing to pay a priority. I know you’re in a hurry, so I’ll cut to the chase; here is our list of the best last-minute (but still meaningful) gifts to give this holiday season.
Two Good Genes is better than one — one to gift, and one to get. Good Genes is Sunday Riley’s fan-favorite chemical exfoliator, featuring ultra-gentle lactic acid as the primary ingredient. With daily use, this leave-on treatment clarifies, diminishes the appearance of texture, and visibly plumps fine lines and wrinkles, making this the ultimate power product for any skin concern.
Headband & Face Mask Set
A coordinated headband and face mask seem like something you thought-out well in advance, but in reality, these two come together as a duo and can ship out lightning fast. Choose a fun print, add some gift wrap, and you’re all set with a gift that seems carefully calculated.
This plant kit in-a-box is perfect for the amateur chef and plant mom alike. This Harvest Gift Set by Modern Sprout includes all of the materials you need to start a mini herb garden on your kitchen countertop. It’s as easy as hitting add-to-cart, but still evokes a sense of thoughtfulness if you’re the recipient.
If you’re looking for a last-minute gift for someone who has a Pandora bracelet, then an alphabet charm is an elegant, bespoke gift that ships quickly (and comes with holiday gift wrapping). Order their initial (or yours, so they’ll always think of you) and it’ll seem like you’d been thinking of this gift since last Christmas.
Astrology-inspired jewelry is another personalized option you can give without the wait time of an engraving or monogram. Just choose your loved one’s Zodiac sign from the list of choices and have it shipped straight to you. These necklaces are lightweight, so they ship quickly and cheaply.
These Dagne Dover backpacks are a huge hit and come in a variety of sizes and colors to choose from. Make it personal by stuffing it with your loved one’s favorite candy, a new book, or a “winter survival guide” with a blanket, hand warmers, and hot cocoa powder. This is an easy, meaningful gift you can easily throw together in just a couple of days.
Every family and friend group has a host or hostess — the one who’s always making the charcuterie, fulfilling home cocktail orders, and putting up the most gorgeous holiday decor. As a last-minute gift, give your favorite host or hostess this elevated copper bartender kit and a bottle of their favorite alcohol with a note that says you can’t wait for their next party once it’s safe for everyone to gather. It’s thoughtful, useful, and can be put together in a single day if you pick up a bartender kit from your local department store (or within two days if you order from Amazon).
Coffee Press and Mugs
My boyfriend and I have our coffee together every morning — it’s special quality time that I’ll never take for granted. So when he gifted me this French press and mug set last year, it didn’t even occur to me that he could have ordered it two days before Christmas. Instead, I just thought about how meaningful that time must be for him, too. Honestly, it’s a brilliant idea — if you’re looking for a last-minute gift for the coffee lover in your life, send them this with a special note about how they make you feel like your cup is always full.
Perfect for anyone who takes their self-care very seriously (as everyone should), these cozy slippers are completely microwavable. Give them a quick zap and you have yourself a little slice of heated heaven for the person who has everything.
You’ve probably heard of using light therapy to treat breakouts, but light therapy is actually used in psychology, too. The idea is that exposing yourself to the bright, warm-toned light (which resembles that of the sun) emitted from this “happy light” can trigger centers in your brain to make you feel more awake, improve mood, and even treat jet lag. If you know someone with a less than ideal work from home set up in a windowless room or fluorescently lit kitchen table, a light therapy panel is an inexpensive, fast-shipping, genuinely thoughtful gift.
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