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Last-Minute (BUT Still Thoughtful) Gift Ideas

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Thoughtful Gifts

Being a professional procrastinator, I have a lot of experience in the art of last-minute Christmas gift shopping. By the time I get done shopping for my kids, it’s nearly Christmas and I still have to buy gifts for half of my list. These last-minute gift ideas are still thoughtful enough that no one will know you waited until the last minute!

1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

The life changing art of tidying upMany friends have recommended this best selling book! Get it HERE on Amazon or HERE from Target.


2. Feather-Lined Booties
Feather-Lined Booties

These buttery soft Feather-Lined Booties are the perfect cozy gift!


3. Wood Leaf Serving PlatterWood Leaf Serving Platter

I’m in love with the look of this Wood Leaf Serving Platter!


4. Beer Brewing Kit

Beer Brew Kit

If you still need something for the beer drinker in your life, this at-home Beer Brewing Kit makes a fun gift.


5. Color Me Stress-Free Adult Coloring Book

Color Me Stress Free Adult Coloring BookAdult coloring books are all the rage right now, and we could all use a little stress-free zen coloring after the holidays, right? Get it HERE. In addition, grab a pack of colored pencils, too – then just put these items together with some ribbon for a nice gift idea!


6. Heated Throw

Heated Throws Heated Throws are an almost universal gift. Who doesn’t want a soft, warm blanket??

Savings Tip – extra 10% off these throws with code HOLIDAY on Target.com


7. Wine Bottle Holder & Wine Glass HolderWine Bottle Holder

Throw in a bottle of their favorite wine, and this makes a very thoughtful gift! Get it HERE.


8. Sushi Kit

Sushi KitHave a sushi-lover in your life? This Sushi Kit has great reviews!


9. Duct Tape Mania Book

Duct Tape Mania This Duct Tape Mania Book would make a really fun gift, paired with THIS decorative duct tape.


10. What I Love About You

What I Love About YouThis fill-in-the-blank book prompts you to say what is in your heart, but may not always be at the tip of your tongue. Get it HERE.


AND if you totally run out of time…

Kiwi CrateCheck out these Subscription Boxes for Everyone on Your List!


Or a magazine subscription…

magazine gift tagsYou can check out current Magazine Subscription Deals HERE, and then get these adorable Printable Magazine Gift Subscription Tags HERE.


Gift cards are a great option, too...

How to make a gift card snow globePick up some discounted gift cards HERE, and then see how to make these fun DIY Gift Card Snow Globes HERE.


Of course, wine is always a welcome gift…

Wine Bottles Wine is super easy to gift with these Printable Holiday Wine Tags!


Written by Danielle for Hip2Save. Danielle is a proud mom to 5 amazing kids in Utah, who lives for coffee and baking. She’s dedicated to balancing her own interests and passions, while encouraging her children to follow their own paths in life.

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Comments 39

  1. ros

    Anyone have that specific sushi set? Your thoughts?

    • Tuquyen

      We have this set and love it! Very easy to use!

  2. Adriaddiemom

    I LOVE The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up! It seriously is life changing!

    • Sheila

      Agreed. Amazing!

      • Amanda

        It’s absolutely wonderful! After reading it for the first time, my daughter and I got together at least 5 bags of things to donate. You feel so much better. This book is for everyone.

  3. Jennifer

    Great ideas! Love the duct tape idea for a preteen. I think Dollar tree gift cards are fun. Also, target has a wooden beer caddy with a bottle opener on the side for around $12. I filled that with beer and then applied Alabama Crimson tide decals to the sides to personalize it for a man’s gift.

    • Vanessa

      Thanks for the caddy gift idea.. I know a few people who will like this idea

      • jennifer

        Your so welcome!

  4. Jean C

    It’s not last minute yet… still over a week and besides, Amazon ships 2-day 😉 (Can you tell I’m still shopping)
    Love the duct tape idea too for my craft-loving girl.

  5. ej

    This year I’m having a difficult time buying gifts for my family therefore I have a feeling I’ll either not gift anything or buy items in this list lol

  6. Kim

    I love gifting box subscriptions! The total retail value of the items in the box is always more then the actual price of the subscription and there are so many different types of subscriptions to fit anyone’s interests.

  7. Nanci

    I want to get my mother a cell phone for Christmas but she isn’t tech savvy. Does anyone know where I can get a very inexpensive cell phone and cell phone plan with only calls and texts? if it includes data great but not really a must for my mother. Shes never had a cell before so I want something simple for her.

    • Allka

      Nancy depends on where you live, but Walmart has this carrier that is like somehow T-Mobile associated and their plans are super cheap. I have some friends who say it’s just like T-Mobile only cheaper. So if you have Walmart near by, stop by and find out if it might work for you.

    • Stacie

      Nanci – my husband and I both use a Verizon prepaid phone service. My phone is a texting phone with only calls and texts, no data. My husband does use data on his smart phone and I think it’s about $40/month. I pay about $35/month – no contract. I have had no issues in over 2 years. The only place I have had spotty coverage is in nowhere Kentucky. My in-laws use a cheap Consumer Cellular plan with smart phones but you don’t have to get a smart phone. I’m not sure that the coverage is great in rural areas though… would have to check that out.

    • thehenrydthoreau

      Target has Virgin Mobile PAYG flip phones for $10 – $20. There is a monthly unlimited text and phone plan for $20/month. I use it without complaints.

    • Jodi

      Nanci – check out Ting for cell phone plans. Some of their phones are also reasonably priced. Ting is on the sprint network. You pay based on how much you think you will use. If you use more it auto bumps you to the next bucket without a penalty. You choose your usage bucket for data, texts and phone calls separately.

    • Nanci

      thank you all for the info.! I am looking at all of these options and I am pretty sure ill find something good for my mother =) I aprreciate your help! Merry Christmas!

    • Kathy

      I love Tracfone; there are many phones to choose from on their website (and on Amazon, HSN especially, etc.), and they are pay as you go. Just make sure it will work in your mom’s area. I gave one to my mom years ago, have bought her new phones since, and put minutes on it for her, from afar. She had a flip phone at first which worked well for her, but insisted she wanted a smart phone last year. We bought her one, but she still has trouble with it, and “butt” dials me quite often. I’m thinking you can’t get cheaper than Tracfone, but things may have changed. Service is usually good, too; they borrow from other carriers.

      • Laura

        I ditto the Tracfone. You keep separate banks of minutes, text, and data, and they all roll over as long as you keep the phone active. I signed up for auto-renewal so I don’t have to remember to repurchase activation time and it is $18 every 3 months. I have a fully functioning android smartphone (got my LG Power triple minute phone two years ago on Black Friday deal for $10, and just got for my son triple minute LG Rebel this past Black Friday for $20). Tracfone’s been great for us and I haven’t heard of less than $6 a month anywhere else!

  8. kerri

    Any ideas for a thoughtful yet unique idea for asweet handicapped lady who lives next door. I all these ideas I see on here are great but, just not perfect ( if u know what I mean ). I’m totally stumped. I feel candy, and cookies and such are played out with her. I know she gets tons of that. Any help ??

    • JoJo

      Do you think she would like adult coloring books?

    • thehenrydthoreau

      What about a personal care bag or basket? How about making a coupon booklet to offer to shovel her drive or help with her garden in the spring? A warm blanket?

    • Lana

      As empty nesters who cannot do everything we used to anymore we mostly just want help. The best gift would be something like yard work, painting, cleaning windows, etc. We say this to our kids every year and still they do not understand what we need most.

    • CO Mama

      If she doesn’t drive or drive at night it might be fun to pack up hot cocoa & cookies and drive her around one evening to look at Christmas lights.

      • Annie

        That’s a wonderful idea!

      • kerri

        That is a really sweet idea.

      • V

        That is an amazing idea!!!

    • Katie

      I made like an ultra beauty box for my aunt. 95% of it was just left over stuff around the house. If I get an extra mascara or lotion or Chapstick I just set it aside. She loves the surprise factor and the update to her cosmetics.

    • mckeeversmom

      Kindles are so inexpensive so perhaps a Kindle would be a good gift. She (or you) could connect it to the library and she could read so many books for free. Just a thought.

    • KimR

      Another idea are word search puzzles or crosswords…my mother in law use to do them all the time. She had a big box of them she ordered. She use to say it kept her mind sharp. We use to compare…and laugh at all the words that didn’t seem like words. Miss ya B!

  9. kerri

    I can’t thank you all enough. I just might go with a basket. A co-worker suggested I put in 12 things to represent the 12 days of Christmas. I will be using some ideas. Hot cocoa, and I’m going to go with helpful things she might be “too shy” to ask for help with. I also thought of throwing a dog toy into the basket too cuz you can never show their “kids” too much love. Merry Christmas everybody !!

  10. Jennifer

    I think I will order the ‘what I love about you’book to put up for Valentine’s Day.

    • Danielle (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great idea!

  11. Dee

    I like doing something like a gift card for the grocery store along with some of the ingredients for a meal (say, pasta and a jar of sauce and a container of grated cheese), they can use the gift card to buy things like a salad and bread or the ingredients to make meatballs. Pack it in a colander with a dish towel or two, maybe a pasta spoon. Or, a fun set of cookie cutters along with some of the ingredients (chocolate chips, fun sprinkles, etc) and a gift card for the other ingredients. Sometimes I’ll write out a favorite recipe to go with them.

    • Christi + S

      I LOVE this idea!!! Going to save this for next year ❤

    • Danielle (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Such a fun and personal idea! Love it!

  12. Carla

    To me last minute is Dec 23, not Dec 16!

  13. Kathy

    Thank you again. I bought the feather-lined slippers to include in a gift bag for a friend.

    • Danielle (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re welcome!

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