15 Best Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

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Shop these thoughtful last-minute Christmas gift ideas!

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Did you wait too long again this year for gift shopping? We’re here to help! 

Trying to think of last-minute Christmas gift ideas? We’re sharing our favorite thoughtful ideas for anyone & they’ll never know you just bought it. 😏

Best of all, you can still score all of them on Christmas Eve if you’re really down to the wire! 🙌🏻🎄🎁

Check out our genius & thoughtful last-minute gift ideas:

1. Make a Walgreens photo book and pick it up the same day.

hand holding open photo book

Walgreens Photo Book
Only $9.99+!

Score 50% OFF photo books with promo code PHOTOBOOK50 (valid thru 12/23).

Christmas Delivery Info: “Many Walgreens locations will be open on Christmas Day. Check with your location prior to ordering to confirm Same Day Photo Pick-up is available and order as late as Christmas Day, at least 2 hours before you need your gift & at least 2 hours before closing. Otherwise, order as late as 2 hours before closing on Christmas Eve for Same Day Pick-up in time for Christmas Day. Need to ship the gift instead? You have until December 18 to order rush next-day shipping.”

Take the time to personalize a custom photo book at Walgreens and you can pick it up on the same day! That means you still have plenty of time to design this thoughtful gift idea and you can even score them for 50% OFF until December 23rd! 😱 Grandparents, significant others, and really anyone on your list would love this last-minute Christmas gift idea.

“I’ve done this as a last-minute birthday gift idea and it turned out great! Plus, the Walgreens photo book layout tool is super easy to use so you can have this done in no time.” – Emily, Hip sidekick

2. Design a custom poster print that you can also pick up on the same day at CVS.

woman moving a 16x20 Repositionable Poster from CVS

CVS 16×20 Repositionable Poster
Only $31.99!

Score Buy One, Get One Free posters with promo code BOGO23 (valid thru 12/30).

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Woman using 1Password

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4. Storyworth will be the most meaningful gift you’ve ever given.

storyworth book with pages open

Storyworth $99

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Christmas Delivery Info: Storyworth arrives instantly in your recipient’s email so you can order as late as Christmas Day and still receive this gift on time!

Document the story of someone’s life this Christmas with help from Storyworth. This company will help you record their stories and give you the finished book to keep!

It’s such a unique experience and such an amazing way to grow closer and learn more about someone you love. Better yet, if you’re in need of a last-minute gift idea for Christmas, Storyworth is quite possibly the BEST option, as there is nothing to ship (at least not right away) or even wrap!

It’s undoubtedly the most meaningful gift you’ll ever give according to Collin and her sisters after gifting one to their Dad, so make sure to read more about their experience if you know you’d love to gift this to someone special this year. ❤️

5. Save 10% on gift cards from GiftCard.com.

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Save 10% on restaurant gift cards through 12/31/2023 with code HOLISAVE or
Save 10% off $100 Game and Grub gift cards through 12/20/2023 with code FESTIVEFUN

Shopping for a foodie? Through December 31st, you can score 10% off restaurant gift cards as GiftCards.com. Receive the gift card in the mail or send it instantly to the recipient! Some of the yummy restaurants we’ve seen on this site include Chipotle, Texas Roadhouse, Panda Express, TGIF Fridays, Red Robin, Morton’s Steakhouse, and more!

6. Amazon gift cards arrive the next day!

amazon envelope gift card

If you didn’t know, Amazon has a series of adorable, festive gift card options that ship ASAP and arrive the next day! Considering that almost everyone’s wish list can be found on Amazon, this is a practical yet appreciative gift. There are so many cute Amazon gift card options; one even comes with a reindeer ornament!

If you do miss the cut off…

custom photo gift card

Amazon eGift cards do not have to be boring; if you’ve found yourself waking up on Christmas morning mid-panic because you forgot to buy for someone, Amazon has eGift cards that include photos, videos, and other interactive, fun designs!

7. Speaking of gift cards, this easy DIY snow globe is a fun & unique way to present them.

Woman holding up two mason jar diy snow globes.

Christmas Delivery Info: Gift cards are readily accessible at most retailers or eGift Cards are typically available immediately upon purchase via email.

When all else fails, you can never go wrong by giving some gift cards. In fact, it’s something many people love receiving so they can spend money on something they’ve really been wanting. If you want to make the presentation for this last-minute gift idea super special, consider making some easy snow globes to go with them and it could be essentially FREE if you already have all of the materials at home!

Don’t have time or these materials? Buy any of these unique gift cards to really wow them:


Christmas Delivery Info: These eGift cards are available up to 4 hours after your purchase via email.

  • Etsy – endless handmade & small shop options
  • Uncommon Goodsunique & unusual finds you won’t find anywhere else
  • Uber Eatsso much more than food delivered right to your door
  • DoorDashfor the foodie who loves to stay home 
  • eBayone card, all the possibilities
  • Uncommon James – simple jewelry & clean skincare
  • Disneyfor kids or kids at heart
  • Southwest Airlines – for the travel lover with wanderlust
  • Build – A- Bear – for the “tiny tots with their eyes all aglow”
  • Thrive Marketorganic & sustainable home essentials for the eco-conscious homebody 

8. Grab some Wondershop items from Target for last-minute stocking stuffer ideas.

a womans hand displaying a wondershop hot cocoa ornament

Target Wondershop Items
Starting at 50¢!

Christmas Delivery Info: “Opt for Same Day Delivery by 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve to get it in time for Christmas. Shipt delivery fees are $9.99. Delivery time slots will be limited so opt for Curbside Pick-up by 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve (if available) to guarantee you’ll receive it in time or shop in-store until 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve. All Targets are closed on Christmas Day.”

From snow globes to affordable ornaments and everything in between, Target’s Wondershop collection offers tons of seasonal items starting as low as 50¢!

“I always start my Christmas shopping ridiculously early but then end up grabbing last-minute things through Target pickup the week of Christmas! They usually have good deals this time of year on their Wondershop treats, which I always end up grabbing a few last-minute stocking treats to gift!” – Jenna, Hip sidekick

9. While at Target, scoop up some Favorite Day Christmas treats.

Favorite Day Holiday Sugar Cookies

Target Favorite Day Treats
Starting at $1!

Target’s Favorite Day brand makes some of the most mouth-watering holiday treats you can buy! From Christmas cookies to snack mixes, there is something for everyone. Best of all, you can scoop up these goodies for as little as $1!

10. Gift an experience from Groupon to someone who enjoys making memories. 

Groupon Local Deals
Only 99¢+!

Christmas Delivery Info: Groupon arrives instantly in your email so you can order as late as Christmas Day and still receive this gift on time!

There’s an endless amount of giftable ideas you can shop on Groupon. From restaurants, kid activities, sightseeing & tours, and a plethora of options well under $25, there’s something for everyone on your list! If you don’t believe me, check out what one Hip Sidekick was able to score for her family:

“I bought a few experiences with Groupon for my family’s Christmas gifts! I was able to score my sister a massage, my mom a facial, and Sky Zone passes for my younger siblings!”

11. Surprise someone with tickets to a show thanks to Event Ticket Center.

people at a concert

Event Ticket Center
Use code ETCTICKETS10 at checkout for 10% off any $150+ purchase!

One of the easy last-minute gifts for Christmas is to buy some tickets for an upcoming event. These types of gifts are almost always a hit. We like buying through The Events Ticket Center which offers you guaranteed ticket delivery or else you get a 100% refund. They offer tickets to some of the hottest events around like concerts, sporting events, and theater shows. Buy a ticket up to the time of the show thanks to their eTicket feature. Plus, you can also sometimes find tickets to previously sold-out events!

12. Create one of these easy DIY Mason jar gift ideas.

bite of banana bread in a jar

Some of our favorite last-minute Christmas gifts are DIY ones! Try one of our super easy Mason jar gift ideas that include Christmas potpourri, banana bread in a jar, DIY snow globes, a manicure set, and homemade apple butter. Each idea only takes a few items to make. These thoughtful, homemade gifts are sometimes some of the year’s most memorable!

13. Gift them access to over 4 million titles with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.

holding kindle showing Amazon bookstore screen

Can’t wait for delivery? Choose one of the top digital gifts instead. One of our favorite virtual gift ideas is gifting a Kindle Unlimited subscription. It grants the recipient access to over 4 million titles of eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines. If the recipient doesn’t have an actual Kindle device, that’s okay! Just have them download the FREE Kindle app to their phone!

14. Give a loving mother a very special necklace. 

woman wearing mama gold necklace holding box with new necklace inside

Mama Necklace Dainty Necklace$18.99 (regularly $22.49)
Clip the $1 off digital coupon
Final cost $17.99!

Amazon members may still have time to scoop up this meaningful “Mama” necklace that’s plated with 14k gold. It’s a favorite accessory of Hip2Save’s Chelsey. She loves hers so much that she bought one for a friend too!

15. This experience gift box is the gift that keeps on giving year-round!

time christmas new years idea – the finished gift box under a tree

Gift of Time
FREE to make

This DIY gift allows you to experience quality time with the recipient by coming up with an activity you can do each month! Life is short, and giving experiences as gifts will mean the world to any loved one.

Happy holidays! ❤️

Now check out these 15 easy Christmas gift-wrapping ideas!

About the writer:

Kara is a writer and photographer from the Midwest. Her creative work has appeared in various publications over the past decade. With a background in finance, she loves to be money-savvy.

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Comments 5

  1. Susie

    Is there a trick to uploading photos in better resolution on Walgreens? I used to get very nice picture gifts there, but the last couple times have looked less than impressive even though I didn’t do anything differently

    • Mruss

      I’ve had that problem too, especially with the color, everything is too red! I just picked up the free 8×10 from yesterday and they cut a whole person out of the picture, well her hand was still there haha!

      • Susie

        Oh that’s terrible! They would probably fix the cropping issue for you if you ask. Idk about the redness 😬 Mine is just lower resolution, less clear. I was wondering if there’s some way to change the settings for uploading or something

  2. Jane

    I paid for three 5x7s tonight and there was half a person in them. He wax cut off the edge. It was the same print. They were hours behind so not all that of my things were finished. I didn’t have time to wait debating if I should even go back tomorrow. This is a different Walgreens than I usually go to. I thought this one might be better than my normal store. Nope.

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      Bummer! So sorry to hear about your experience with the photo prints you purchased, Jane! Hoping you might be able to contact the store and have them re printed. 🤞❤️

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