The key to last minute gift buying is to make it look like you didn’t scramble at the last minute. My picks for top gifts to give on the fly all have unique qualities that make the special. You recipient will feel the love and they will definitely think that you put a lot of thought into the gift that you selected just for them!
Gift the Gift of Story (the BEST gift I’ve ever given!)
I’ve written about this one many times but that’s truly because it IS the best gift that I’ve ever given and I so wish that I had these books from each of my grandparents, what a gift that would be!
Read more about why I love Storyworth in my Storyworth review post.
Give a Hello Fresh Subscription
This is my newest obsession. Seriously. If you tried Hello Fresh in the past, consider revisiting it. We recently started receiving Hello Fresh shipments again and I have to say, they have taken the whole meal membership thing to the next level.
Plus, right now – you can score 16 FREE meals + FREE shipping + 3 FREE gifts.
What I love about Hello Fresh is that not only does it provide delicious meals, but it creates a fun experience of creating meals. My teens have loved putting meals together for our family. Hello Fresh makes it so easy – plus my kids are learning cooking skills at the same time! That’s a win/win!
FREE 8×10 Photo Print from Walgreens (pick it up TODAY!)
Here’s a fun FREEbie offer that you can easily turn into a wonderful gift! Score a FREE 8×10 Photo Print from Walgreens here with coupon code: FROSTY8X10
I also have to mention that Walgreens has some pretty sweet photo gift ideas right now, and some huge savings. Here are some coupon codes that could sweeten your photo gifts:
- 12¢ 4×6 Prints on 75+ | Enter code SNOWFLAKE4X6 at checkout thru Dec. 25
- 40% off Everything Photo | Enter code FESTIVEFORTY at checkout thru Dec. 25
- 50% off Same Day Canvas & Floating Frames | Enter code JOLLYPRINTS50 at checkout thru Dec. 25
I have to say, I LOVE their floating frames and with this offer for 50% off, it makes them super affordable and an amazing gift.
See all of the Walgreens photo gift ideas and deals here.
Gift Someone a Craftsy Membership
We LOVE Craftsy! It’s an online source for just about every type of creative class you can think of: cooking, baking, sewing, painting … even dancing!!
Plus right now you can get a YEAR Craftsy membership for only $2.49 (reg. $80!!) That’s an insane value for less than the price of a cup of coffee. So heck – gift this one to yourself, if nothing else.
FREE LEGO Magazine Subscription
Totally FREE and such a fantastic magazine for kids! My kids enjoyed this magazine for so many years – it’s packed full of games, activities, stories and more! And yes, it’s TOTALLY free!!
Sign up for your FREE LEGO magazine subscription here. Kids love getting mail and this is such a fun one!
People Magazine subscription for 90% OFF the Cover Price (at the last minute!)
Get a one year subscription to People Magazine (that’s 50 issues!) for just $34.75. No coupon code needed.
Such a rare deal and a fantastic gift idea (or use it to renew your existing subscription!! Hurry though, this offer expires tonight, December 22nd, 2019 and I doubt we’ll see the one again for quite some time.
If People magazine doesn’t work, consider one of the many other 100s of titles that you can find on sale right now at DiscountMags! DiscountMags even allows you to select a cute e-gift message to send to announce your gift.
In the past, I’ve picked up some cute oven mitts at the Dollar Store and paired them with a cute note announcing the gift subscription to a cooking magazine.
With just a little creativity, you can turn a last minute gift into an awesome gift idea!
Amazon Last Minute Gifts
Gift Cards on Amazon
And don’t forget GIFT CARDS!! Amazon has some darling gift card holder and gift card options, but if you are really down to the wire, they also have printable gift cards which are always a GREAT way to save the day!
OR here are a few other gift ideas that you can purchase from Amazon (that will arrive immediately!)
- Gift someone an Amazon Prime membership
- Give an Audible Gift membership
- Whole Foods Delivery (varies by location but delivery can arrive in around 2 hours!)
Give the Gift of a Family Disney Vacation
How crazy is it that you can actually purchase a last minute gift like a DISNEY VACATION!!? Thanks to the amazing deals and layaway offers from our friends at Get Away Today, you can do just that! For just $99 down, you can hold your Disney vacation plans totally interest-free and need not worry about final payment until 5 days before your vacation.
If you pull off this last minute gift idea, high five my friend! You just went from zero to hero gift giver!!
Gift them with a Disney+ Membership
It’s not a trip to Disneyland but it’s kinda similar!! Give them the gift of a Disney+ Membership!
With a Disney+ membership they’ll get favorite movies, shows, and sports for one low price. There’s something for everyone. Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for just $12.99/mo
FirstLeaf Wine Subscription
Gift someone with the gift of selecting out their own custom wine order! *yes, you can make this look like a brilliant gift idea!
The process is fun and easy and best of all, right now you can score 6 Wines for $34.95 shipped!! No coupon codes needed!
The Gift of St Jude
One commitment that we make as a family is our monthly gift to St. Jude. I’ve shared my love and experiences with St. Jude before but I also wanted to add this as a great last minute gift option – and one that gives all year long. Each month when I go over my credit card statement, this is the one charge that I’m incredibly proud of.
Find out more about how to donate to St. Jude and the This Shirt Saves Lives campaign here.
Last Minute Homemade Gift Ideas
And of course, don’t forget that sometimes the very best gifts come from the heart. I think there are always ways to make someone feel like you put a lot of love and care into the gifts you give them – and sometimes that just means taking the time to make something!
Here are some of our favorite Homemade Gift Ideas that I’ve shared over the years on the blog.
My daughter loves paper quilling, so last year we shared quite a few of our favorite quilled paper projects.
We also shared this cute Nativity craft ornament how-to:
I’m in love with these DIY Homemade Simmering Jars. Great gift for the person who has everything – super easy to make – and a wondeful way to fill your home with holiday fragrances:
Making gifts for littles? This cute Playdough Snowman will be a hit. This would also make a fun activity for a holiday party or gathering:
For the movie lover (or a great family gift idea) how about this Holly Jolly Movie Night gift idea (and free printable):
One of my favorite super cute and affordable gift ideas is this We WHISK You a Merry Christmas gift idea.
Also fun, check out this FREE printable for a Mistle Toes nail polish gift idea:
I also love the idea of having kids make gifts for friends and grandparents. Here are some that have been popular with my kiddos over the years:
If you are up for trying more handcrafted ornaments, make sure to check out this Easy Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree ornament that I recently shared.
Check out this fun handmade Lifesaver Candy Train! We’ve enjoyed making these for years – my kids loved them when they were young, and now they love making them for younger friends and cousins!
A great companion craft to the candy train is this darling Santa Candy Sleigh Christmas Craft:
One of our very favorites are these fun Reindeer Candy Cane ornaments! Fun to make, hang on the tree and these also make GREAT package toppers!
Last Minute Gift Christmas Cookie Recipes and Baking ideas?
Of course, you just can’t go wrong with baked goodies and treats. If I’ve shared a recipe here on the blog, you can count on the fact that it’s tried and tested AND most of the time it’s going to be fairly easy – that’s just how I role.
One of our very favorites during this holiday is this treat that we call our Reindeer Chow recipe, which is basically a holiday themed version of Muddy Buddies. SO good but warning, it’s addicting – so you might want to double (or triple!) the batch size!
Speaking of reindeer.
How darling are these Reindeer Lofthouse Cupcakes?
OR how about these cute (and super easy!) to make Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats?
Eggnog Cookies anyone? If you have eggnog fans, these are a must make … my family loves these!!
Eggnog enthusiasts will flip over this wonderful eggnog cookie recipe! This eggnog cookie recipe is so easy to whip up, and so yummy when served with milk on a cold winter day!
This Homemade EggNog Frozen Yogurt Recipe is wonderful addition to your holiday festivities! It is easy to make and delicious, especially when paired with warm cookies or brownies!
This Rice Krispie Tree recipe is fun and edible gift that makes a sweet little treat for teachers, neighbors and they look wonderful as the centerpiece on a tray of Christmas cookies!
Try these delicious Peppermint Oreo Truffles!
These Cornflake Wreath Cookies are a family favorite around here and I love to use them for cookie exchanges and cookie trays as well because they keep so nicely and they add a lovely touch to a platter of cookies.
The season of sweets is upon us, so why not head to the kitchen and cook up something tasty? Take a peek at this oh so yummy recipe for white gumdrop fudge, perfect for serving to your holiday guests.
If you are looking to add any FROZEN charm to your holidays, check out these FROZEN Themed Cookies: Snowball Cookies!
To be honest, I can’t believe how many fun Christmas recipes and crafts we’ve shared over the last twelve years!
Don’t forget about my 2019 Gift Guide along with my super specific Gift Suggestions … literally something for everyone on your list, but you might have to hit the mall – but hey, at least you’ll be armed with ideas!