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Heyo, Procrastinators! These Last-Minute Christmas Gifts Will Deliver On Time



The gifting window is closing, so let the mass procrastinator panic commence. Will the monogrammed necklace for your sister make it in time? What about that hand-knit sweater you were eyeing for your S.O.?! When the shipping cut-off odds are no longer in your favor, it’s time to scrap plan A and jump ship to speedier plan B: last-minute Christmas gifts that will actually deliver.

They may not be the most personalized presents, but each of these easily obtained options is a solid, wrap-worthy option that’s more thoughtful than a wad of cash — from covetable gift cards to the most unique subscription surprises, dedicated charity donations, and more. Ahead, the hail-mary miracle gifts that are ready to deliver on saving your procrastinating-Christmas ass.

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Nordstrom Otherland Canopy Candle

Fret not, last-minuters: Nordy’s currently got you covered. Just enter your zip code to see if your preferred gift is available for in-store pick-up at your closest Nordstrom. We’re stocking up on these nostalgically-scented Otherland candles for our besties (and for ourselves).

Otherland Canopy Scented Candle, $, available at Nordstrom

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Save The Children Donation

Lucky for the “Last-Minute Lucys” among us, a donation is the type of gift that feels meaningful from the moment you hit “send.” So this year, in lieu of 11th-hour department store shopping, consider donating to Save the Children and offer relief to kids across the globe living through poverty, pandemic, conflict, and natural disaster. According to the site, as little as $50 can provide enough food to keep 3 or more children from going hungry for a full month — so pay what you can, and know that, however small, your contribution is meaningful.

Soothe Massage Gift Card

Looking for something with a personal touch? Well, it doesn’t get much more tactile than a healing massage. Online platform Soothe enables you to gift your loved one with this time-tested physical therapy by connecting them with a practitioner in their region (which includes most major metropolitan areas in the United States and a few in Canada, Great Britain, and Australia). Customers can also book an at-home facial or haircut if they’re more of an above-the-neck type.

Soothe Massage Gift Card, $, available at Soothe

Bala Bangles Limited Edition Ombre Weights

You can cough up for overnight shipping (a small price to pay for the procrastinator’s lifestyle) or simply saunter to your nearest Free People to pick up a covetable gift like these limited-edition wrist weights from culty, design-forward equipment imprint Bala.

Bala Bangles Limited Edition Ombre, $, available at Free People

Blue Footed-Booby Virtual Adoption

Through the World Wildlife Federation, you can “adopt” an endangered animal like the tres chic blue-footed booby — funds will go towards the agency’s ongoing conversation efforts, and you can opt for a digital certificate that confirms your everlasting bond with this mighty creature.

WWF Blue-Footed Booby Symbolic Adoption, $, available at WWF

& Other Stories Ribbed Mohair Beanie

The uber-cool retailer has tons of chic gift options for your most discerning friends and relatives — and you get can still get delivery by Dec. 24 if you order by December 21 with express shipping.

& Other Stories Ribbed Mohair Beanie, $, available at & Other Stories

Sfolgini Seasonal Pasta Subscription

Food52 has a whole collection page of subscriptions aimed to please your foodie friends. We specifically love this seasonal pasta option because who doesn’t appreciate surprise noodles sent straight to your door?

Sfoglini Seasonal Pasta Subscription Box, 3 months, $, available at Food52

Haus Pomegranate Rosemary

Give them the gift of luxe Apéritifs; packed with complex flavors, ideal for sipping all afternoon or evening long. Enjoy it on the rocks, or as a mixed cocktail — either way, it’s bound to be a delicious cap to your day. You can pair your gift with an added membership. And although guaranteed Christmas delivery has passed, if you’re ordering to LA, San Francisco, or surrounding areas, you can check to see if local same-day or next-day delivery is an option here.

Haus Pomegranate Rosemary, $, available at Haus

Disney+ 1-Year Subscription Gift

This epic streaming platform boasts enough content to entertain your recipient for months, from nostalgic trips like “DuckTales” and “The Simpsons” to the white-hot, of-the-moment shows like “The Mandalorian.” With the winter of quarantine not letting up anytime soon, a gift subscription to the platform is sure to please — and lucky for any procrastinators, its arrival is instantaneous.

Disney Disney+ 1-Year Subscription Gift Card, $, available at Disney+

Urban Outftters Grateful Dead Dancing Bear Socks

This crowd-pleasing stocking stuffer will be happily unwrapped by any recipient between the ages of 15 and 85, regardless of their actual Deadhead status. (And, lucky you, it’s also available for curbside pickup at your local Urban Outfitters.)

Urban Outfitters Grateful Dead Dancing Bears Crew Sock, $, available at Urban Outfitters

Our Place Gift Card

It’s no secret that we’re big Our Place fans over here and likely your giftee is too. Let them pick out their favorite product to spice up their kitchen. At check out, you can even schedule the time the recipient will receive the gift card in their inbox.

Our Place Gift Card, $, available at Our Place

Vuori Performance Jogger Pants

These turmeric-hued joggers are an under-the-radar customer fave — in their reviews, REI customers advise would-be buyers to “believe the hype” and compare wearing the pants to “living in a silky river.” (OK!) They’re also available for curbside pickup — check the product page for any item in REI’s outdoors-y inventory and you’ll see fulfillment options and any shipping restrictions noted near the “Add to cart” button.

Vuori Performance Jogger Pants, $, available at REI

AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case

Despite what anyone might say, everyone wants a pair of AirPods. Especially the newest model with 24-hours of listening time, automatic connection, and Siri capabilities. B&H Photo currently offers free expedited shipping on orders over $49 so you’ll receive your gift in 1-2 days. You can also order any in‑stock Apple items by 5:00 p.m. on December 22nd for delivery by December 24th or snag in-store pickup. Win-win.

Apple AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case, $, available at B&H Photo

Airbnb Gift Card

Go beyond the material this holiday season and bestow an experience upon a wanderlust-lover in your life with Airbnb’s email-delivered gift cards.

Airbnb Gift Card, $, available at Airbnb

Lululemon Perfectly Oversized Crew

Whether it’s a chic and comfy layer, a hold-everything micro-bag, or a workout accessory that deserves to stay on display, we know there will be plenty of gift-worthy options at Lululemon. If you’re having a hard time deciding, it’s OK — you can place your order online for pickup at your local store within two hours.

Lululemon Perfectly Oversized Crew, $, available at Lululemon

Everlane ReNew Teddy Slippers

Everlane’s eco-friendly ReNew Teddy Slipper is currently ranking as a 2021 reader favorite, and it is selling like hotcakes. May we also recommend the brand’s new ReNew Fleece Slipper or The Cozy-Stretch Duster for your gifting needs? Whatever you choose, the retailer is lending a helping hand, place your order by 9pm PST today (December 21), and receive free express shipping.

Everlane The ReNew Teddy Slipper, $, available at Everlane

Amazon Magazine Subscription

Personal story: since the pandemic-imposed indoor lifestyle commenced earlier this year, I find myself actually finishing full issues of The New Yorker, instead of reading one article a week while falling asleep and letting stacks of unread issues pile up. Magazines are a great way to help pass the long quarantine hours, and Amazon offers tons of subscriptions to titles across all interests. Not only is it an instantaneous present — it’s a gift that keeps on giving all year long.

Conde Nast “The New Yorker” Annual Subscription, $, available at Amazon

Drizly Local Alcohol Delivery

Drizly partners with local beer, wine and liquor sellers to deliver booze locally — depending on the retailer’s capacity, some items can be delivered within the hour. You’ll want to check the site to see what is available in your recipient’s ZIP code at the 11th hour, but with partnerships in 31 states and 1500+ cities, we bet you’ll find something quaffable for your giftee.

Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whisky, $, available at Drizly

iRobot Vacuum on Amazon

TGFP (thank goodness for Prime). If you’re really looking for a physical last-minute present, click on over to Amazon’s stocked holiday gifting page and keep your eyes peeled for any inventory marked with a handy-dandy “arrives before Christmas” badge. We spotted this quick-shipping, highly rated robot vacuum — which also boasts a discount of almost 30%.

iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum, $, available at Amazon

Bouqs Floral Arrangement

For severe procrastinators, Bouqs will deliver one of their vibrant, beautifully curated arrangements all the way up to December 24. (They won’t ALL be available, but something special will be.) Or gift a flower subscription that will deliver fresh blooms to your lucky giftee each month.

The Bouqs Co Believe, $, available at The Bouqs Co

The Sill Monstera Deliciosa

If your giftee is more interested in being green (literally), may we suggest a sweet plant baby from The Sill? Place your order by December 15 for standard shipping or December 21 for express shipping on select items for delivery by December 24. A digital gift card is also a safe option for the plant-loving folks in your life.

The Sill Monstera Deliciosa, $, available at The Sill

Warby Parker Gift Card

Whether they wear a prescription lens, contacts, or just never leave the house sans sunnies, an e-card to Warby Parker will be well received.

Warby Parker Gift Card, $, available at Warby Parker

Mejuri E-Gift Card

A classic pair of hoops will never go out of style. Help your giftee invest in a staple with a gift card to jewelry favorite, Mejuri.

Mejuri E-gift card, $, available at Mejuri

Freshly 1-Month Subscription

Open up a loved one’s eyes to the world of healthy online food delivery with a one-month subscription to Freshly. All you have to do is cover their first batch of meals and the rest is up to them. No shipping and no last-minute present stress required.

Freshly Give Freshly, $, available at Freshly

Lord Jones The Best Sellers Gift Box

Give the gift of the finest in CBD with this gift set from Lord Jones, which includes a trio of their best-sellers: CBD gumdrops, body lotion, and royal oil. Place your order before December 22 for overnight shipping to arrive before Christmas.

Lord Jones The Best Sellers Gift Box, $, available at Lord Jones

Click and Grow Salad Lover’s Kit

Even the most plant-challenged of your friends should be able to manage the ease of a Click and Grow herb garden kit. Even better, it’s currently 25% off with code CHRISTMAS25. Select 2-3 day shipping at checkout to order one in time for holiday delivery.

Click & Grow The Salad Lovers Kit, $, available at Click & Grow

MasterClass Annual Membership

This educational streaming platform is overflowing with classes led by experts — everyone from Anna Wintour and interior design maven Kelly Wearstler to entertainers like Issa Rae and Jodie Foster. Help someone you love expand their horizons with the gift of an annual membership that gives them unlimited access. (New classes are added every month.) Bonus, MasterClass is currently offering a two for the price of one deal, so you can snag a membership for yourself while you’re at it. And of course, there’s no need to worry about shipping lead times.

Masterclass Masterclass Subscription, $, available at MasterClass

KiwiCo Gift Subscription

KiwiCo makes a host of top-rated, learning-based toys for children of all ages, which can be purchased via subscription or individually. Give the kid in your life (or just someone who is young at heart) the gift of a three-month subscription to toys that focus on everything from design to science to geography.

KiwiCo Gift Subscription (Three Months), $, available at kiwico

Uncommon Goods Upcycled Sari Robe

Thank goodness for this kooky retailer’s page devoted to gift guides (You get us, Uncommon Goods.) We’re obsessed with this boho patchwork robe, upcycled from repurposed cotton saris. Plus, the retailer has a slew of Uncommon Experiences like cooking classes and crafting kits perfect for the season. And if you’ve procrastinated a little too hard this year, there’s always the gift certificate route!

Uncommon Goods Gift Certificate, $, available at Uncommon Goods

Gorjana Bespoke Signet Ring

This California brand’s delicate jewels make for precious gifts — and there are so many goods ones to choose from that you may find yourself deliberating over pieces like an engravable signet ring or a chain-inspired stacker for far too long. That’s OK, because you have until Dec. 21 to opt for two-day shipping and Dec. 22 with overnight shipping to ensure that any baubles arrive in time to be unwrapped on Christmas morning.

Gorjana Signet Ring, $, available at Gorjana

Rellery Flower Necklaces By Birth Month

This whimsical pendant necklace is the type of crowd-pleasing bauble that we’re always on the hunt for. Thanks to its delicate and personalized design, it will jive with a variety of styles. If you’d like to browse the other sweet giftables in Rellery’s chic inventory, you have until December 20 with express shipping to make the call.

Rellery Bold Cherry Blossom Necklace – March Flower, $, available at Rellery

Verishop Cashmere Blend Crewneck Sweater

The multi-brand fashion, beauty, and home retailer has got us procrastinators covered — customers have until Dec. 22 to order gifts that will be delivered by Dec. 24. (Some exclusions apply, so be sure to double-check shipping windows in your cart.) Even better, Verishop is offering 20% off select fashion, home, and beauty (on orders over $50) with code MERRY21.

Bridge & Burn Owen Ribbed Cashmere Blend Pullover, $, available at Verishop

Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Vest

A toasty layer from Uniqlo makes for an unbeatable gift. You have until December 16 to decide which cozy layer is going under the tree this year.

Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Vest, $, available at Uniqlo

Brooklinen Classic Sheet Bundle

“The internet’s favorite sheets” can also be “the gift that will earn you serious accolades this year,” but today is your last day to order them in time for Christmas Eve delivery. Luckily, you can get 15% off anything on Brooklinen’s site, today only — including the brand’s amazing-priced bundles, which include a flat sheet, fitted sheet, four pillowcases, and one duvet cover.

Brooklinen Classic Hardcore Bundle, $, available at Brooklinen

Anthropologie Square Monogram Necklace

This square pendant necklace is the type of crowd-pleasing bauble that we’re always on the hunt for: thanks to a delicate and personalized design, it will jive with a variety of styles. If you’d like to browse the other sweet giftables in Anthro’s magpie-chic inventory, you have until Dec. 18 to make the call.

Serefina Monogram Square Pendant Necklace, $, available at Anthropologie

Madewell Gift Card

Does Madewell’s endless assortment of cozy and highly giftable inventory paralyze you with wish-list indecision? Yeah, us too. For a store that’s so fun to browse, a gift card is the equivalent of a Pretty Woman-style shopping spree, so reserve this for someone who will really enjoy combing through the brand’s inventory and deciding for herself what to nab. You also have until Dec. 19 to order any physical gift in time for Christmas delivery.

Madewell Gift Card, starting at, $, available at Madewell

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Cross that final, hard-to-shop-for person off your list by gifting them a lug sole combat boot with ’90s-grunge styling. (It’s a surefire hit.)

Vince Camuto Melnita Chain-Detail Bootie, $, available at Vince Camuto

Spafinder Gift Card

Give the card of access to a host of top-notch spas around the world offering treatments across the self-card spectrum, from facials to massage and more.

Spafinder Gift Card, starting at, $, available at Spafinder

Away Bliss Set

The luggage retailer is absorbing the cost of expedited shipping until the last possible second — Dec. 18, to be precise. We love their luxury-packed bliss set for any friends that are experiencing wanderlust in 2020.

Away Bliss Set, $, available at Away

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