Choosing the perfect gift for loved ones, co-workers, and even those trickier recipients on our lists a joy. But in a season packed with parties, travel, and baking marathons, presents can be a forgotten priority. In an effort to save you from the dreaded mall dash (looking at you dad), we put together this curated guide of thoughtful, last minute gift ideas that are sure to be safely tucked beneath the tree come Christmas Eve.

“Last-minute” often connotes rushed, resulting in gifts that seem more like an obligation than a kind, loving gesture. But as someone whose love language includes giving cherished gifts, it was my pleasure and joy to shake the internet upside down and find the best last minute gift ideas for your down-to-the-wire shopping needs.

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23 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for the Procrastinator in All of Us

So let’s get to it—these are the surefire gifts that everyone on your list will love.

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Sydney Hale Co. Candle

Whether you prefer the nostalgic campfire scent of Woodsmoke + Amber, the comforting warmth of Bergamot + Black Tea, the fresh fragrance of Blue Spruce + Spearmint, or the earthy aroma of Oaked Bitter Orange—Sydney Hale delivers with its gorgeous, 50-hour burn candles.

Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription

For the coffee-obsessed among us, help them get their morning fill.

Aria Premium 2 Qt. Retro Style Ceramic Air Fryer

Cool, convenient, and worthy of the counter space it’ll take up—have you ever seen a prettier air fryer?

Headspace Gift Subscription

I’ve been using Headspace for three years now and can say with (blissful) confidence that the meditations help me ground in a way nothing else ever has. Who wouldn’t want more of that in the new year?

Letterfolk The Poet Letterboard

The perfect prop for writing cute, cheeky messages worthy of the ‘gram.

Cuisinart Pure Indulgence Ice Cream Maker

Because everyone could use more ice cream in their lives. With this genius little machine, it’s so much easier to make homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet than you’d think. How’s that for a dinner party dessert?

3 Months to Book of the Month Club

I gifted this subscription to my sister last year and she confirmed: it was my best present yet. When her book was delivered every month, like clockwork she’d call me and reiterate how much she loved the gift. As a little bonus for me, she’d proceed to send me the book after the finished it—this is the gift that truly keeps on giving.

Casa Zuma Handcrafted Wood Salad Bowl

This beautiful wood salad bowl is on our dinner table almost every night, filled with whatever leaves and veggies are in season topped with a drizzle of quality olive oil. Handmade in Vermont, these are heirloom-quality bowls that are made for sharing good food with great friends. The 12″ is sized for 2 – 4 people, while the 17″ is made for larger groups.

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Brightland The Mini Essentials

The entire Camille Styles team is obsessed with Brightland. From beautifully fruity olive oils to double fermented vinegars (and the best honey you’ve ever drizzled on a yogurt bowl), Brightland does it all to perfection. With this set, you’ll receive mini versions of some of their best-selling products: two olive oils, a Balsamic vinegar, and a Champagne vinegar that I’ve made a mainstay in all of my vinaigrettes.

Our Place Wave Trivet

For months, my partner and I got used to plopping an oven mitt down on the dining room table every time we hosted a family-style dinner party. We’ve since stepped things up and gifted ourselves this sculptural trivet. This stoneware stunner is hand-poured, hand-finished, and hand-stamped by artisans. It’s a true show-stopper.

Goldbelly 3-Month Subscription

For the foodie with an insatiable appetite for the country’s best handcrafted foods. Each monthly box is curated by their team with edible sweet or savory treasures that will serve at least four people. Maybe include a stipulation in your card—you get an automatic invite.

Styling Beyond Instagram by Robin Zachary

If you’ve ever wanted to get a behind-the-scenes peek into the fascinating, creative world of a prop styler, this is your ticket in. Stylist and creative director Robin Zachary shares everything to know about taking your passion from hobby to a fulfilling career. And even if you’re not looking to monetize your interest, this is a book to keep on your coffee table when you need a burst of inspiration.

MasterClass Gift Card

MasterClass is the ultimate online learning platform. No matter the skill you want to build, there’s a course for it available. The Art of Home Cooking with Alice Waters? Photography with Annie Leibovitz? Writing with Judy Blume? Yes, yes, yes—and so much more.

Poketo Creativity Journal

If you know someone who ever feels their creativity stifled (so… everyone), this engaging journal is the perfect present. With 61 prompts to activate their inner artiste, they’ll never find themselves short of inspiration ever again.

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

For the person who loves testing the shower’s acoustics and jamming out on the go. This portable Bluetooth speaker features 360 degree sound, an outdoor boost button to improve the outside listening experience, and it’s totally waterproof—for days when you want to chill by the pool.

BioLite Portable Solar Panel

Know any gearheads? This efficient, solar panel charger powers phones, tablets, and cameras to keep the adventure going.

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Cuisinart ® EasyPop ® Hot Air Popcorn Maker

No movie night or Netflix binge is complete without popcorn. Take the joy up a notch with a freshly popped snack. This air popper lets you make up to 15 cups at a time—all without any oil.

Homesick Winter Mantel Candle

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—might as well make your home smell like it.

The Sculpt Society Gift Subscription

If you haven’t heard, dance cardio is the new everyone’s-doing-it workout (step aside, pilates). Workouts range from 5-50 minutes and the app includes 400+ workouts plus LIVE classes every week. It’s fun, it’s low-impact, and it’s totally effective—if your giftee wants to get ahead of their resolutions, The Sculpt Society is the way to do it.

The Chili Lab The Homemade Hot Sauce Kit

For the person who discovered Fly By Jing far before the craze hit the mainstream. Your giftee will be in the kitchen for hours experimenting with all the blends.

Parachute Shearling Wool Clogs

Nothing beats the gift of comfort—particularly when it comes in the form of 100% wool slippers that you can wear in or out of the house.

Atlas Copper Pepper & Salt Mills

These copper salt and pepper mills are handmade in Greece in a tradition that dates back over 300 years. This is a unique gift that’ll quickly become their kitchen’s treasured centerpiece.

Crate & Barrel Cookbook Stand

Help them clear their counter space with this modern beechwood stand. Whereas other options are all about aesthetics, this stand features a clear acrylic panel that’ll keep their favorite cookbooks free of splatters while making it easy to read the recipe.

Avaline The Intro Set

Haven’t yet dipped your toes into the wonderful world of Avaline wine? The brand’s intro set is the perfect way to get started. The seven-bottle set includes two reds, two rosés, two whites, and a bottle of their refreshing sparkling wine.

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