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The Complete Holiday Gift Guide for Last-Minute Gifts

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December 16, 2016 · 2.2k Views

The holidays can be a hectic time of year and you inevitably left someone off your holiday gift list. This always leads to rushing around like a maniac trying to figure out the perfect gift at the last minute. These gift ideas are perfect for that last-minute gift for someone you forgot about or just an extra something special for a friend or family member. Your days of panic shopping are over with these best last minute gift ideas.

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the complete holiday gift guide for last minute gifts

  1. Slippers
    Here is the perfect gift for someone with cold feet whether literally or figuratively. Slippers work for both men and women are always something that a person forgets about getting for themselves. A nice pair of slippers will keep your friend’s feet warm and they will think of you every time they slip a pair on. Try these Muk Luk Women's Amira Slippers ($40) and Men's Gavin Slippers ($32) that are both cozy and stylish for men and women.
  2. Gloves
    While this seems like a practical gift, gloves can be luxurious if done right. Whoever you are giving them to will appreciate having an extra pair as they always seem to get lost or left somewhere. Isotoner gloves (starting at $11.95) are a good option for men or women or for the winter survivalist a pair of gloves from The North Face (starting at $17.99) is the ideal gift to hit the slopes or brave the cold.
  3. Pajamas
    Who doesn’t need a new pair of pajamas for Christmas? This seems to be on everyone’s wish list and there are so many cute styles to choose from. With fun sayings, flannel or plaid, they are sure to delight come Christmas morning. Not only is this a thoughtful gift, it is one that will get plenty of use. Get the whole family a matching pair with these fun pajama styles from Target (starting at $4.99). You’ll start a new family tradition in the process and this will make for some great photos on Christmas morning.
  4. Scarves
    Scarves can be fashionable and you can never have too many of them. Anyone, you get this last-minute gift for will love it. There are tons of styles, colors, and fabrics to choose from that really make this a thoughtful gift. Select one that matches a favorite shirt or sweater of your gift recipient and you will have a successful gift giving idea. Go for a pashmina if you are looking for a cozy style or keep it funky with an infinity style. You’ll find a wide selection of scarves from Macy’s including options for men, women, and children.
  5. Picture Frames
    Picture frames are a great way to create a memorable gift for a friend or family member. You can select a Christmas design and put a favorite photo of you and your friend or even your family in it. This makes for a special gift that will be treasured by the gift receiver. You can even add a holiday photo to the frame to keep the memory of this year’s Christmas alive. Kohl’s has plenty of picture frames (starting at $3.99) to choose from with holiday designs or traditional styles.

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  6. Candles
    Everyone loves candles and one with a holiday smell of evergreen, berries, or sugar cookies make for a great last minute gift for someone you are unsure of what to give. You can find good quality candles at a variety of retailers but for ones that have the latest seasonal scents you’ll want to try Bath & Body Works’ holiday collection of candles (starting at $4.50). With scents, such as toasted peppermint and cinnamon caramel swirl you are sure to spice up your friend’s home with a new scent.
  7. Ugly Christmas Sweaters
    Have a little fun with this one and get a good laugh when your friend opens this gift from you. An ugly Christmas sweater will make them cheer with delight as they can get in on the latest in Christmas wear and this fun holiday tradition. Get one from the ultimate ugly Christmas sweater retailer Tipsy Elves (starting at $48) and you’ll have a hit on your hands with this last-minute gift.
  8. Blankets
    A comfy and cozy blanket is a wonderful gift ideal to keep your loved one warm on those chilly winter nights. Imagine them curling up in front of the fire with a blanket from you wrapped around them. They will think of you every time they use it and if you pick one just right it will be their go to throw for everyday use. Try one of these festive holiday blankets from Target (starting at $10).
  9. Games
    Playing a game with the family can make for some fun moments for all ages. This last-minute gift is perfect to give on Christmas eve so the whole family can enjoy it and create some family memories along the way. Try Pie Face ($19.99) for some laughs or if you have an adult crowd Cards Against Humanity  ($25) is good for plenty of laughs.
  10. Chocolates
    Who doesn’t love chocolate? This gift will find the way to everyone’s heart especially if you choose chocolates that are divine. To make hearts melt this Christmas go with chocolates from Godiva. Whether its truffles or chocolate-covered strawberries, whoever you give this last-minute gift to will thank you as it literally disappears in their mouths.


These last-minute gift ideas will make your holiday shopping a lot easier this year and the friends and family on your gift list will be grateful for anyone of these thoughtful gifts. From cozy to practical, you’ll find something for everyone that will make this holiday season more special than ever before.

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Dawn is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer that is a self-confessed shopaholic - always on the lookout for a great deal. She loves food, travel and binging on Netflix. She has a background in marketing and worked as editor-in-chief of a monthly magazine. Currently, she focuses her time on crafting copy that her followers love to read.