Foolproof Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List

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ByKelsey Paine
December 14, 2020
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We know the holiday season is hectic—especially with kiddos. We also know that it’s easy to procrastinate (or even forget about) buying gifts. Hey, no sweat—we have you covered with present ideas for everyone in your family, plus other important people in your child(ren)’s life. Consider this list of last-minute holiday gift ideas for kids and everyone else in your family your ticket to enjoying the rest of the season stress-free. Pro tips: Don’t forget to check holiday delivery calendars and order deadlines carefully to find out when you have to purchase by. And when it’s super-last minute, consider a gift you can send over email. You’ll know it’ll get delivered safely and quickly and can be just as special. (Especially if you send one of our suggestions.) Check out our favorite last-minute holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list below.

Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Baby

Baby brain is real, so we’ve come prepared with a list of last-minute holiday gifts for your little one—just in case you forgot or figure you should add maybe one more gift for them under the tree.

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KiwiCo Panda Crate Subscription

Help baby learn through play with this research-backed toy subscription service. Every two months, a box will arrive on the doorstep filled with developmental milestone-meeting toys, parenting tips and fun activities to try. Choose between a single box or an ongoing bimonthly subscription—either way, it’s a great last-minute holiday gift for baby you can buy online.

Buy it: starting from $31 per crate depending on plan,

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Green Toys Tugboat Bath Toy

When it comes to buying last-minute holiday gifts for baby, Walmart is one of our go-tos thanks to their wide variety and quick delivery. We especially like this colorful floating tugboat toy that’ll make bath time more fun. It has a wide spout for baby to scoop, pour and play with water, and it’s made from 100 percent recycled plastic milk containers, so you know it’s good for the environment.

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Buy it: $15,

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Baby will love this classic illustrated board book and you’ll love reading it to them. Discover all the different things this very hungry caterpillar ate while reading before bedtime (or anytime). This book is a fan favorite and makes a great quick last-minute gift for baby; you can also easily send one to your friends and family with little ones.

Buy it: $6,

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Mali Wear Natural Crochet Teether Toy Rattle in Christmas Deer

This crochet baby rattle feels so special, no one would ever guess you bought it last-minute. The reindeer design is too cute for words, and the teething ring comes engraved with the words: “baby’s first Christmas 2020.”

Buy it: $15,

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Lovevery The Play Kits Subscription

A 2020 Best of Baby award winner, these subscription play kits come packed with playthings for baby. Each box features different age-appropriate toys made from sustainably sourced wood and 100 percent organic fabrics that are designed to engage your child in exploration and brain development play. Plus, the boxes come right to your door every month, making them not only a good last-minute online gift, but also an easy one.

Buy it: starting from $36 per month,

Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Older Kids

Shopping for a tot or preschooler? Any kid would be excited to unwrap these timeless and unique toys. Want more inspo? Check out a ton of our favorite holiday gift ideas for kids right here.

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Melissa & Doug Stacking Train

Choo-choo! We’re all aboard this last-minute holiday gift idea for kids. The pieces of the train roll and stack so your child can really work their imagination. There’s nothing like a toy that entertains and boosts development.

Buy it: $14,

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B. Toys Interactive Cat Piano Meowsic

Your tot will be the star of the show with this interactive cat piano. Choose between a bunch of different sounds and rhythms, then sing along with the retractable toy microphone (an accompanying lyric book will help your little musician build early language skills). Your child can also record their original creations using the record and playback buttons. With so many features and hours of fun to be had, this last-minute holiday gift idea for kids won’t seem so last-minute at all!

Buy it: $27,

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Munchkin Arctic Polar Bear Bath Toy

Bring some wintery fun to bath time with this floating polar bear toy, which doubles as a ring toss game. Who needs to go to the carnival when there’s a tub to play in? Talk about a cute, super-last holiday minute gift idea for kids that’ll ship and show up fast.

Buy it: $9,

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Little Passports Early Explorers Subscription

This subscription program lets your kids “travel” by getting mail every month from mascots Sam and Sofia. They’ll send curated boxes of toys and activities—including a cute little “passport” to your kids—from a different country every month. Your child will be excited to see where they go next. Because who says a last-minute online gift can’t be just as special as one you ordered months ago?

Buy it: starting from $20 per month,

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Disney+ Streaming Service

There’s a whole bunch of family friendly content on Disney+, not to mention plenty of totally kid-centric shows and movies your little one will love. From Marvel and Muppets to Pixar and Pinocchio (and all the other classic Disney movies), your toddler will find plenty to stimulate their imagination. Not to mention, it’s a super-easy holiday gift you can buy online for family and friends—no waiting time necessary.

Buy it: $7 per month or $70 for one year,

Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Parents

Does your last-minute Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa shopping include buying something for parents? These presents are sure to please.

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E Marie Travel The Everything Travel Blanket

Here’s another last-minute holiday gift that offers a lifetime of enjoyment. This soft, packable blanket is perfect for the parent who’s always cold. It’ll last through years of holiday travel, outdoor kids’ sports games and couch snuggles. It even doubles as a chic, cozy scarf.

Buy it: $99,

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Date Box Club Family Holiday Date Night

This holiday-themed activity box is a creative last-minute holiday gift for dad or mom, but it’s also fun for the whole family. It comes with everything you need to make four personalized ornaments, a caroling charades game, G-rated “Would You Rather?” cards, and some delicious reindeer chow snack mix. Consider your next night in handled.

Buy it: $45,

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23andMe Ancestry + Traits Service

Help Mom or Dad discover their roots and share them with the kids. This DNA test will open up a window into their family’s past, filling out the family tree and even offering insight into their genes (aka what makes them special). It’s a fascinating and unique last-minute holiday gift that’s actually years in the making.

Buy it: $99,

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Burt’s Bees Hand Cream Trio Set

With all the hand washing and sanitizing we’ve been doing, it’s safe to say everyone on your list could use some luxurious hand cream. This sweet-smelling set is a great last-minute holiday gift or stocking stuffer. It comes in three different scents, is made of 99 percent natural ingredients, and is small enough to fit in anyone’s purse or pocket.

Buy it: $13,

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Aaptiv Subscription

For the parent whose New Year’s resolution is bound to involve getting in shape (aka all of us), a subscription to the fitness app Aaptive is a great last-minute holiday gift you can get online. The app offers access to audio recordings of thousands of guided workout classes led by professional trainers and features hundreds of different workout types—from running to yoga—for every type of fitness level.

Buy it: $15 per month or $100 for a prepaid yearly subscription,

Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Grandparents

Don’t forget about Grandma and Grandpa. They’ll have no idea you found these presents just under the wire. Give these last-minute holiday gifts on behalf of you and their grandchildren.

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TStars Store Grandma and Grandpa Mug Set

Imagine the looks on Grandma and Grandpa’s faces when they open these adorable ugly sweater-themed mugs. As far as last-minute holiday gift ideas go, you can’t go wrong with a sturdy, dishwasher-safe mug that’ll hold all the delicious seasonal drinks they desire.

Buy it: starting at $29 for set of 2,

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Atlas Coffee Club Starter Pack

If your grandparents enjoy a nice cup of coffee, look no further than Atlas Coffee Club for a buzzworthy last-minute holiday gift. Atlas sources premium beans from farmers worldwide, supporting ethically sustainable farming practices. Eco-conscious and delicious? Win-win. The starter pack includes single source coffee alongside flavor notes, brew tips and postcards from each country of origin. It’s a thoughtful present that’s sure to brighten long winter mornings.

Buy it: $60 for a three month gift subscription,

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Magnolia Table Volume 2 by Joanna Gaines

If Grandma and Grandpa are fans of Chip and Joanna Gaines (or just avid cookbook collectors), the second installment of Joanna’s Magnolia Table will be a welcome gift. Filled with over a hundred new recipes from soups to sides, this beautifully appointed book will look right at home in their kitchen—making it a great last-minute holiday gift you can buy online or send directly to their home.

Buy it: $21,

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Audible Premium Plus Membership

When it comes to last-minute holiday gifts grandparents are sure to cherish all year round, look no further than an Audible Premium Plus membership, which includes one book and two Audible Originals. They’ll love listening while doing things around the house or just relaxing—and you’ll love knowing your gift is going to good use.

Buy it: $15 for a one month gift membership,

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MasterClass Membership

It’s never too late to learn something new. Give your loved ones a membership to MasterClass, an online platform that lets students access tutorials and lectures prerecorded by experts in various fields, from writing to cooking. This unique present has something for nearly every interest and it’s also an easy and fast last-minute holiday gift you can buy online.

Buy it: $180 for a one year membership,

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