12 Thoughtful Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas (You Still Have Time to Take Advantage of These!)

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Shop these thoughtful last-minute Christmas gift ideas!

wrapped gift with tree on top

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

Design your custom photo book at Walgreens
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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.”

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 Christmas! 😱 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 photo ornament that you can also pick up on the same day.

hand holding a cube shaped ornament with photos on the outside

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Only $24.99+!

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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.”

As another idea, while shopping at Walgreens, you could also make a custom cube photo ornament! It’s quicker than an entire book if you don’t have a ton of time on your hands…and chances are you don’t if you’re reading this post. 😉 Better yet, it’s also available for same-day pick-up!

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

holding StoryWorth book

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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!

Storyworth is 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. ❤️

4. Amazon gift cards arrive the next day!

amazon holiday gift cards on table

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!

5. Speaking of gift cards, this easy snowglobe DIY is a fun & unique way to give gift cards. 

starbucks gift card snow globe

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’re really wanting 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:

uber eats on phone

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
  • Sky Zoneendless trampoline fun for kids & kids at heart
  • Thrive Marketorganic & sustainable home essentials for the eco-conscious homebody 

6. Grab some Wondershop treats from Target for last-minute stocking stuffer ideas.

red bags of christmas holiday trail mixes on store shelf

Christmas Delivery Info: “Opt for Same Day Delivery 2 hours before closing 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 (if available) to guarantee you’ll receive it in time or shop in-store until 8 PM on Christmas Eve. All Targets are closed on Christmas Day.”

From holiday craft cocktail mixers to indulgent holiday snack mixes and everything in between, Target’s Wondershop collection offers tons of yummy & giftable treats starting at just a dollar and change!

“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 and some gourmet popcorn and snacks to gift!” – Jenna, Hip sidekick

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

family on a jeep tour

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!”

8. Grab some meat from your local butcher to surprise any meat lover.

steak shaped like a heart sitting in white and red casserole dish

Christmas Delivery Info: Check with your local butcher for hours of operation and available gift options. 

With meat prices rising, any meat-lover will appreciate a thoughtful gift of prime cuts. Head to your local butcher to stock up on some of their favorite meat or seafood and if you’re lucky like my Hip sidekick, Jessica, they may even have curated boxes to grab in a pinch!

“My dad and father-in-law are so hard to buy for and I was running out of time so we went to our local butcher shop and they actually had holiday boxes with all different cuts of meat! Both of our dads are big meat-eaters so it was the perfect solution for us and they’re easy to store in the freezer until Christmas.” – Jessica, Hip sidekick

Are your locations already closed? Consider this savory meat idea…

various meats inside a butcher box

If you know your giftee is a fan of high-quality, humanely-raised meat, they’ll be especially thrilled with a gift box from Butcher Box! They’re known for their variety of 100% grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken, heritage-breed pork, and wild-caught seafood options. Plus, their priority is to only work with meat processing facilities with the highest standards for quality.

Just keep in mind, your gift box won’t arrive by Christmas so you can let them know of the gift that is on the way, and even give the excuse that you didn’t have the freezer space to store until Christmas morning. 😉 Or if you’d rather purchase a Butcher Box gift card, you can discuss ordering one with a Butcher Box team member by phone.

Read more about why we love Butcher Box and why it’d make for a great last-minute Christmas gift!

Hip Tip: Get 1 pack of FREE ground beef with every box for your entire membership forever! Plus, score $20 OFF each box for your first 5 months. Cancel anytime.

9. Send the gift of easy meals for a week to your busy giftee!

woman pointing to Home Chef ready meal

Christmas Delivery Info: Meal delivery gift cards arrive instantly to your email so you can order as late as Christmas Day and still receive them on time! 

Consider gifting a gift card to any of our favorite meal delivery services! It’s a last-minute Christmas gift idea you’ll receive instantly, and it will definitely be appreciated by anyone! If we had to choose any of them, we highly recommend a Home Chef gift card since they remain #1 in customer satisfaction among all meal delivery services.

plate with carrots, rice and meat from every plate

Or a gift card to EveryPlate as they’re the yummiest & the most affordable meal delivery we tried. Either way, we know you can’t go wrong!

Hip Tip: Want to give something homemade instead? Check out all of our favorite recipes for the holidays!

10. Send a LEGO magazine subscription to any lego loving kiddo for FREE.

LEGO Magazine

Christmas Delivery Info: The LEGO Magazine ships 5 times a year, so sign up as late as Christmas Day to give this gift and let your recipient know they’ll receive these throughout the year!

The LEGO Life Magazine is chocked full of fun activities, comics, posters, and ideas for kiddos ages 5-9. It’s an awesome way to get them into reading and spending less time in front of their screens. Best of all, there’s no credit card required!

Not only will kiddos enjoy discovering all the exciting content in this magazine, but they’ll surely get a kick out of receiving mail with their name on it too!

To make it a gift, consider picking up a cheaper LEGO set in-store at Target or Walmart to pair with the exciting news about the upcoming LEGO subscription!

Hip Tip: Check out all these other FREE magazine deals you can score! There’s something for everyone on your list.

11. 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 your giftee 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. ❤️

12. When in doubt, utilize in-store or curbside pickup!

man with kohls curbside order

Stores like Kohl’s have a plethora of last-minute Christmas items you can score. You can actually order online on 12/24 by 1 PM to ensure in-store pickup by 6 PM that evening. Many stores are following this bandwagon, allowing you to last-minute pickup items on 12/24!

Need some inspo? Check out these Kohl’s Christmas Stocking Stuffers UNDER $10!

That’s a wrap! Now check out these 15 easy Christmas gift-wrapping ideas!

About the writer:

Kaitlyn has a Bachelor's Degree from St. John's University with 2 years of writing experience for LinkedIn, Celeb Magazine, and other various publications.

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Comments 4

  1. Lisa H

    Thank you for all of the wonderful ideas. Very helpful <3
    Just a heads up… as an additional option you can also print out Amazon gift cards 😉

    • Claudette (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Lisa H! Great idea for really last minute! 🎄🙌

  2. Jen

    Great post! Love the ideas. Just a caution on the Lego Magazine….I tried two different times in the past and never received it.

    • Claudette (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on these! It’s good to know what you have seen with the Lego Magazine.🥰

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