10 Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

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Tick, tock. It’s coming down to the wire, and you still have shopping to do! No matter who is still left on your list, these ten versatile ideas will help you finish up your holiday shopping, without breaking the bank. And your friends and family will never suspect you didn’t have these presents wrapped and under the tree weeks ago.

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(This post is part of a special project produced by CafeMedia's branded content team. We hope it helps you find something for everyone on your gift list!)


Elizabeth Brownfield is a food and lifestyle writer who has been on the staffs of Metropolitan Home, Martha Stewart, Domino, and Every Day with Rachael Ray magazines.

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  • Hot Chocolate Collection


    This hot cocoa sampler looks so festive, it doesn’t even need wrapping. Individually sized cocoas come in delicious flavors like gingerbread, candy cane, hazelnut, and dark chocolate. A perfect grab-and-go gift for the coworker or neighbor you forgot to put on your list.

    $12, walmart.com

  • Cashmere Scarf


    When in doubt, go with a luxe gift like this unisex cashmere scarf, which comes in seventeen vibrant colors.

    $50, uniqlo.com

  • Photo Gifts


    Just because you’re shopping last minute doesn’t mean you can’t still pull off a personal gift. A mounted photo like this is gift-ready, and is available for pickup the same day you place your order.

    $20, walmart.com

  • Gift Subscriptions


    Psst…we’ll let you in on a little secret. Order a gift subscription (like a beauty/grooming kit delivered monthly from Birchbox), get an instantaneous notification sent out to both you and your giftee, and they’ll never suspect it wasn’t your plan all along.

    From $30, birchbox.com

  • Foot Massager


    Busy parents with little “me” time, commuters and workaholics, even older folks who aren’t as mobile as they used to be…anyone who wants a little pampering will love a heated shiatsu massager.

    $95, walmart.com

  • Mobile Photo Printer


    Do you remember when we used to print and display photos, not just store them in the Cloud? This compact printer lets you print peel-and-stick pics straight from your smartphone. (Buy one for yourself, and you’ll be set up to make your own last-minute photo gifts.)

    $130, urbanoutfitters.com

  • Initial Gifts


    Monogrammed items require some planning, but there are other options for personalized gifts. Look for a gift like this jewelry box, which comes stocked in every letter of the alphabet.

    $15, walmart.com

  • Food & Flowers


    By their nature, perishable foods and flowers gifts must ship and get delivered quickly, making them perfect for down-to-the-wire shopping.

    $40, harryanddavid.com

  • Dressed-Up Wine


    Swing by the wine shop, pop one of these festive holiday labels on a bottle of red or bubbly, and…presto! It transforms from an afterthought to a customized gift.

    $2, walmart.com

  • Gingerbread Kit


    Fun, festive, and an activity groups of any ages can do together, this kit has everything they need to create a gingerbread house to display and nibble on.

    $30, williams-sonoma.com

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