Shopping at the last minute is tough. Not only is it busy everywhere you go, it’s hard to get inspired when you’re under pressure. Our guide to last-minute gifts is meant to inspire you to finish up your shopping so you can sit back and relax.
Our gift guide assumes you have the time left to shop and line and get it shipped to you or your recipient before Christmas, but we also have a few ideas you can throw together at the very last minute.
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For the Kitchen
For the health and fitness minded, cooking healthy meals is very important. Having the best gadgets and appliances means that cooking delicious meals is a breeze. If you’re stumped for ideas, consider getting your loved one of these top gifted kitchen tools.
The Instant Pot is one of the must-have items of the year. If you haven’t heard of it, the Instant Pot is a nifty device that does the work of several small appliances, including slow cooker, rice cooker, pressure cooker, and more. If the person you’re gifting is a cook, is trying to eat healthier, or recently moved out or bought a house, the Instant Pot will be a welcome and meaningful gift.
The spiralizer is another hot item this year, and it’s especially useful for healthy cooking. This gadget turns veggies into noodles for delicious, low carb meals. The possibilities are endless. There are several affordable spiralizers out there, so you can find the best one that’s on budget and that will fit in your loved one’s kitchen.
For smoothies (and after workout margaritas), a good blender is a must-have. This Ninja is well-reviewed and priced well under $100. It includes to-go cups with lids, so your loved one can make smoothies to go and stay healthy all day.
Depending on their favorite activities, there are tons of gifts to choose from that will help your gift recipient reach their goals. Whether you want to splurge on a wearable device or help them update their cold weather workout gear, there’s something for everyone. Here are a few of our favorite ideas.
The Charge 2 is one of Fitbit’s most popular devices, and it makes an excellent gift. It tracks activity, sleep, and heart rate, and there are several options for personalizing the style. The app is great, and overall the Charge 2 is great for anyone who wants to take their health and fitness seriously.
A cool way to stay warm and listen to music all winter long, this bluetooth beanie has two speakers and connects to your smartphone. This is a fantastic gift for outdoor runners, winter hikers, skiers, and anyone who spends time outdoors in the chilly winter months.
Know someone who is getting serious about getting fit? The Fitbook is designed to help you tackle all the elements of a healthier way of living. It has space for goal setting, measurement and food logs, and reflections. While there are plenty of apps that can do the same, there’s something about the physicality of a log that makes it more fun to jumpstart goals and keep track of progress.
Whether they want to read an inspirational memoir, catch up on the latest fitness magazines, or watch yoga videos on YouTube, the Amazon Fire tablet does it all — and it’s way less expensive than some other tablets that will remain nameless. Tip: If you’re buying for someone who hates technology, get the whole device set up and preloaded with their go-to apps, favorite books, and magazine subscriptions, so all they have to do is turn it on to get started!
Pajamas are fun, functional, and cozy. Whether you go for a traditional set or a silly animal onesie, the gift of pajamas says, “I want you to be warm and comfortable.” I’m not sure who wouldn’t love get some comfy pajamas (except maybe not your boss — that might be weird), so definitely consider this for (almost) anyone.
Some of the easiest ways to tackle last minute shopping (especially when you’re out of time) is to give a gift to be used later. Planning a trip or an outing is just one idea. You can also give a gift card, buy tickets to a concert, or give a monthly subscription box. Instead of stressing out about what you don’t have to buy, use your last minute planning to give the recipient something to look forward to!