Last-Minute Holiday Gifts You Can Get Minutes Before They’re Unwrapped

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It’s never too late.

Sometimes the holidays sneak up upon you. It happens, and you won’t hear any judgment from us. It’s okay if the celebrations get the better of you and you forget one or two gifts. Perhaps you’re gathering your wrapped presents for the big exchange and realize you’re one short. Or worse: Maybe you were just handed a glorious gift from someone who you didn’t even consider getting anything more than a “happy” for. No matter how close you’re cutting it, it’s not too late to give something wonderful. Of course, when you’re working at the very last minuteWhile your options might change a bit, the outlook is not all bad. We’ve gathered our favorite minute-of gifts that are delightful as they are speedy.

There’s no need to settle for a hastily purchased and gifted Amazon e-gift card. Instead, pick one of our recommended subscriptions, services, or experiences that your holiday crew will be delighted to unwrap—either by way of email inbox or a printed confirmation slipped inside their Christmas card, with a delivery (or multiple) to come. There is a price to holiday procrastination. Although meaningful presents made in the last minute may be more expensive, there is no need to worry about shipping costs with our picks. You can take a look at these great last-minute gifts.

Subscribe to the Coffee Of The Month Club

<p>Bean Box</p>

Bean Box is the perfect gift when you are in need of a quick and easy way to find the perfect gift for that caffeine-crazed person in your life. You can gift a subscription for three, six, or a year that will provide them with a monthly delivery of new blends from American roasters.

Price at the time of publication: Starting at $72

Storyworth Subscription

Storyworth

Storyworth

Grandparents can be among the hardest folks to shop for, but this is one gift that—even when purchased at the eleventh hour—promises to be a smash hit. Every week, the recipient will be sent a prompt to write a short story about themselves. You can gift them a hardcover copy of their memoir at Christmas 2023 when they have completed the year.

Price at the time of publication: $89

Subscribe to the Cheese Of The Month Club

<p>Murray&amp;#39;s Cheese</p>

The last-second gift is not suitable for people with lactose intolerance, but it will be loved by everyone. For the duration of the Classic Cheese of the Month Club, sign your loved one up and they will receive a box of specialty cheeses every month.

Price as of the publication: Starting at $63

Subscribe to Southern Living

<p>Magazine.com</p>

We make great gifts, and we don’t want to overstate it. It’s a gift that will keep on giving, but it is also easy on the wallet.

Price as of publication: $15

A gift membership to Audible

<p>Audible</p>

A gift of audiobooks is great for people who have little time or are short on time. A gift Audible membership allows you to access one free book each month. This is available in increments starting at one month and ending at a year.

Price at the time of publication: $15

MasterClass Membership

<p>MasterClass</p>

MasterClass lessons are a great choice for the curious and open-minded. They’ll have access to world-class teachers for a year, from Texas pit masters to famous sports personalities and household names.

Price as at publication: $180

Virtual Wine Tasting

<p>Photographer, Basak Gurbuz Derman/Getty</p>

Photographer, Basak Gurbuz Derman/Getty

Wine-lovers will love a virtual trip to wine country, right from their own home. The virtual tasting experience includes a bottle of wine, a tumbler and stunning views from the vineyards. There is also an opportunity to talk with a sommelier.

Price at the time of publication: $95

Airbnb Gift Card

<p>Airbnb</p>

Make it easier for your friend to get away. They will be able to pick the time and location, as well as lodging, at least partially.

Subscription to Hot Sauce

<p>Food52</p>

Southerners love their hot sauce but sometimes we forget to diversify. A membership will bring new, exciting, and spicy artisanal flavors right to your door for months.

Price as of publication: $120

Book an Experience (or a Gift Certificate for One)

Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Jason Kempin/Getty Images

We believe that an experience is more valuable than a material gift. For an unforgettable experience that they will treasure forever, browse local event listings to find out about concerts, fairs and games.

Flower Subscription

<p>BloomsyBox</p>

A bouquet subscription can keep the recipient’s house thriving with fresh flowers. This gift sends professional-quality, 22-24 stem bouquets every month.

Price at time of publish: $50 per month

Membership to the Beer of The Month Club

<p>Beer Of The Month Club</p>

You can choose from five different beer clubs that will be delivered every month to the home of your loved one. For traditionalist drinkers, we recommend The U.S. Microbrewed Beer Club or The Hop-Heads Beer Club to hop-minded IPA aficionados.

Price as of the publication: Starting at $36 a month

Craft Subscription

<p>Crafter</p>

This one will be appreciated by the DIY-ers and crafters in your life. This three-month subscription gives you everything you need to complete each month’s project, as well as access to monthly virtual workshops.

Price at the time of publication: $180

Dinner at a Local Restaurant

Robbie Caponetto

Robbie Caponetto

With this thoughtful and quick gift, dinner is yours. To gift a gift certificate, choose a restaurant you are familiar with or search online to find one in your area. It is a good idea to look at the menu before you decide on a gift amount that will cover the entire meal. You can also make a reservation if you want to go that extra mile.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Subscription

<p>Jeni&amp;#39;s</p>

Jeni’s delicious Ice Cream is loved by so many Southern city-dwellers or previous city-dwellers. Get them the Pint Club to receive a month’s supply of delicious icecream in delicious flavors such as Salty Caramel, Gooey Butter Cake, and Brambleberry Crisp.

Price at the time of publication: $199

Tea World Tour Subscription

<p>Atlas Tea Club</p>

Your gift will take the tea-lover of your life on a worldwide tour. The subscription will include tea samples from around the globe, as well as information and a postcard about the blend’s origin.

Price at the time of publication: $55

Plant Subscription

<p>Horti</p>

This subscription to flora is a gift that will make horticulturists’ lives easier. Each month they will receive a new adorable plant kit in a hand-painted saucer and pot. You can also ensure that the plants are suitable for pets.

Prices at the time of publication: Starting at $125

Martha Stewart & Marley’s Spoon Meal Kits

<p>Martha Stewart &amp; Marley Spoon</p>

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon

This gift is the perfect way to make weeknights more enjoyable. Fresh ingredients and recipe cards will be delivered to your door every day for the next week.

Prices at the time of publication: Starting at $35 per Week

Puzzle Membership

<p>Jiggy</p>

This gift will last them for many months. They’ll be able to solve a lot of puzzles and keep their minds busy by the end of their membership (in three, six or twelve months).

Price as of publication: $29

Virtual Cocktail Class

<p>PixelsEffect/Getty</p>

You can sign your friend up to take a mixology class in their own home. You can choose the class that suits you best. gift voucher allow them to make the decision on their own. You should shop carefully, as not all classes will include the materials.

Prices at the time of publication: Starting at $25

Beauty Subscription

<p>Ipsy</p>

If you are a Ulta-obsessed, this gift is the best. Ipsy will deliver five beauty products each month to the recipient, and they can cancel after the allotted gifting period.

Price at the time of publishing: $13 per monthly

A Year of Streaming

Getty Images / Christina Reichl Photography

Getty Images / Christina Reichl Photography

Nowadays, streaming services are so numerous that it is difficult to keep up. You can get a new membership for your child if you are aware of a show they have been wanting to see but cannot access. A year’s worth Disney+ is a great option.

Price at the time of publication: $110

A virtual cooking class in international cuisine

<p>visualspace/Getty</p>

An informative cooking workshop will show your friend how to create a tasty global cuisine. You can sign them up to a specific class such as sushi, pasta or a dish from Italy. If you choose to gift a certificate, be aware of the price for one class in the community.

Price as of publication: $55

Book Of The Month Club Gift Member

<p>Book Of The Month Club</p>

Your bookworm friend will be so thrilled with this subscription gift that they won’t even notice the absence of a gift card on Christmas Day. Your gift will allow them to choose between five and seven books each month, delivered directly to their door for at least three years.

Prices at the time of publication: Starting at $50

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