32 Last-Minute Christmas Gifts for the Whole Family
We know the holiday season is hectic—especially with kiddos. We also know that it’s easy to procrastinate (or even forget) about buying presents. Hey, no sweat—we’ve got you covered with present picks for the entire family. This last-minute Christmas gift guide is your one-way ticket to a stress-free festive season. We’ve pulled out all the stops and gathered options for moms, dads, kids and grandparents to ensure everyone receives something they love by December 25th.
Worldwide shipping delays and stock shortages mean that even the most organized shopper may bump up against a few obstacles this year. Our top tips? Tick the major items off your list as soon as possible and don’t forget to check holiday delivery calendars and order deadlines carefully. Shoppers can also avail of expedited shipping options on Amazon and via big-box retailers like Target. And, when it’s super-last minute, consider a gift you can send over email. A virtual gift is a great option for faraway friends and family as it’s guaranteed to be delivered safely and can be just as special as a traditional present. (Especially if you send one of our suggestions.)
Ready to start your search? Check out our favorite last-minute holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list below.
In this article:
Last-minute Christmas gifts for babies
Last-minute Christmas gifts for toddlers
Last-minute Christmas gifts for kids
Last-minute Christmas gifts for moms
Last-minute Christmas gifts for dads
Last-minute Christmas gifts for grandparents
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 to pick something up or decide you should add just one more gift to the collection under the tree.
Lovevery The Play Kits
A Best of Baby award-winner for two years running, Lovevery’s subscription 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 developmental play. Plus, the boxes come right to your door each month, making them an ideal last-minute Christmas gift.
Buy it: Starting from $36 per month, Lovevery.com
Hudson Baby Unisex Baby Plush Animal Face Robe
How cute is this soft, snuggly elephant-inspired bathrobe? It’s made from a plush fleece fabric that’s gentle on sensitive baby skin and is super-affordable to boot. Better yet, Amazon Prime users can avail of free, two-day shipping with this product.
Buy it: $11, Amazon.com
Fisher-Price Calming Vibes Hedgehog Soother
Target offers same-day delivery on many items via Shipt, which makes it a great place to buy last-minute Christmas gifts for kids. We like this soothing sensory toy by Fisher-Price. The plush hedgehog plays comforting music and gently vibrates to keep baby happy and calm.
Buy it: $18, Target.com
Honey Bug Holiday Bundle Box Baby’s First Bunny
Take the stress out of Christmas shopping with Honey Bug’s holiday gift bundles. The gift-wrapped box includes top-quality toys like a stuffed animal by Mon Ami and puzzle blocks by PlanToys. Better yet, Honey Bug offers next-day delivery—phew!
Buy it: $89, Honeybug.com
Amazon Prime Book Box
A book subscription is a great last-minute Christmas gift for babies and kids alike. Why? Each month your little one will receive a curated selection of books to inspire a lifelong love of reading. Amazon Prime’s box includes four top-rated board books chosen to suit your child’s age and interests.
Buy it: $20 per box, Amazon.com
Toddlers with a developing sense of personality have ever-shifting likes and dislikes, which can make it hard for parents hoping to buy presents well in-advance of the holidays. Luckily, there are tons of last-minute Christmas gifts that cater to every whim and fancy. From sporty toys to imaginative playthings, here are a few awesome items you can buy just in the nick of time.
KiwiCo Koala Crate
Help toddlers 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 monthly subscription—either way, it’s a great last-minute holiday gift for baby that you can buy online.
Buy it: Starting from $18 per month, KiwiCo.com
B. toys Toy Doctor Kit Wee MD
This top-rated play set is so good, no one would ever guess you bought it at the last minute. The kit features all the tools of the medical trade, so your little one can set up their very own imaginary doctor’s office. Opt to “click and collect” or use the same-day delivery service.
Buy it: $20, Target.com
Lillypost Mixed Book Box
Here’s another awesome subscription gift for toddlers: Lillypost Book Box. Suitable for kids up to 3, this monthly gift includes age-appropriate board books and picture books. It’s super easy to sign up online—plus, there’s a range of flexible shipping and billing options.
Buy it: Starting from $17 per month plus $5 shipping fee, Lillypost.com
Green Toys Tugboat Bath Toy
When it comes to buying last-minute holiday gifts, Walmart is one of our go-tos, thanks to their wide variety and quick-delivery options. We especially like this colorful floating tugboat toy that’ll make bath time more fun. It has a wide spout to scoop, pour and play with water, and it’s made from 100 percent recycled plastic milk containers, so it’s good for the environment too.
Buy it: $15, Walmart.com
VTech Smart Shots Sports Center
Energetic tots will go wild for this sports activity center. The toy has a soccer net and basketball hoop, so your little one can exercise their fine motor skills while counting their points projected on the scoreboard. Bonus features include interactive buttons that introduce shapes, numbers and catchy tunes. And, thanks to Amazon Prime, this last-minute Christmas gift will arrive right in time for the festivities.
Buy it: $45, Amazon.com
Shopping for a preschooler or slightly older child? Any kid would be excited to unwrap these timeless and unique toys. Want more shopping inspiration? Check out our holiday gift guide for kids.
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 play passport to your kids—inspired by a different country every month. Your child will be excited to see where they go next. Who says a last-minute Christmas gift can’t be just as special as one you ordered months ago?
Buy it: Starting from $24 per month, LittlePassports.com
Disney+ Streaming Service
There’s a whole bunch of family-friendly content on Disney+, not to mention plenty of 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 child will find plenty to stimulate their imagination and keep them entertained. Not to mention, it’s a super-easy holiday gift you can buy online—no waiting time necessary.
Buy it: $8 per month or $80 per year, DisneyPlus.com
Melissa & Doug Stacking Train
Choo-choo! We’re all aboard with this last-minute Christmas 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, Amazon.com
Osmo New Little Genius Starter Kit for iPad
Designed for children between the ages of 3 and 5, Osmo’s Little Genius Starter Kit merges the digital and real world—with great results! The device attaches to a tablet, transforming it into an early-learning tool that teaches kids pre-literacy and phonics skills. As kids watch the lesson on-screen, they manipulate the physical pieces to play the game. It has four distinct learning modes and allows parents to track their child’s progress on a handy app. With so many features and hours of fun to be had, this last-minute Christmas gift idea is one of the best we’ve seen.
Buy it: $80, Target.com
Wonderbly Where Are You?
A personalized book is a failsafe present for kids. And Wonderbly has a ton of cute customized books. We like this search-and-find extravaganza, created for kids between the ages of 4 and 10. Little readers will embark on a quest to spot different versions of themselves scattered across six alternative universes. Move over Waldo, there’s a new explorer in town! Order this book by December 18th, and it’ll arrive right in time for Christmas.
Buy it: $35, Wonderbly.com
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, last-minute gift idea for kids that’ll ship and show up fast.
Buy it: $9, Amazon.com
Once you’ve ticked all the kids off your shopping list, it’s time to turn your attention to the other VIPs in your life—including moms, of course! Whether you’re shopping for a new mom or an expectant mother, here are the best gifts that you can order up until the last moment.
Spa Week Spa and Wellness Gift Card
E-gift cards make excellent last-minute Christmas gifts—especially when it’s a voucher for a day of pampering! Purchase an email gift card from Spa Week, and the mom in your life will have access to a network of 9,000 spas nationwide. Services include massage, facials, manicures and more. Print it out and pop it in a greetings card or send her the voucher by email.
Buy it: Starting from $25, SpaWeek.com
UrbanStems Flower Subscription
Give her the gift of fresh-cut flowers with UrbanStems subscription service. Choose your preferred style, and each month Mom will receive a beautiful bouquet. It’s truly a last-minute Christmas gift that keeps on giving. Bonus: Take 10 percent off a subscription with the exclusive code “Bump10.”
Buy it: Starting from $55 per delivery, UrbanStems.com
Sur la Table Online Cooking Class
How about an online cooking class? This last-minute Christmas gift can be enjoyed by the whole family, as expert chefs teach participants new skills from the comfort of their own kitchens. Genius! Plus, there’s a range of seasonal classes on offer that teach everything from how to make homemade eggnog to winter cookies, and so much more.
Buy it: Starting at $29 per household, SurlaTable.com
Psychic Sisters Aventurine Gua Sha
Crystal facial tools are so on trend right now, making them a great gift for skin-care fanatics. This Gua Sha stone by Psychic Sisters helps to reduce inflammation and plump skin. Plus, it comes in a super-cute cloth bag. Pro tip: Sign up to the premium delivery service at ASOS for unlimited next-day delivery on orders over $50, and order by December 23rd to receive your items by Christmas Day (additional fees apply).
Buy it: $42, ASOS.com
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 Aaptiv is a great last-minute holiday gift. 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, Aaptiv.com
Dads can be notoriously hard to buy for—especially if you’re scrambling to find them a gift at the very last second. But never fear The Bump team is here to help, with a selection of awesome last-minute holiday gifts dads will adore.
Atlas Coffee Club Starter Pack 3-month Gift
If Dad enjoys a nice cup of coffee, look no further than Atlas Coffee Club for a buzz-worthy 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, AtlasCoffeeClub.com
Outdoor Voices Gift Card
Why not treat him to some fresh workout clothes? Outdoor Voices has a fabulous range of men’s sports accessories and apparel. Give the gift of choice with an email gift card that’ll be delivered instantaneously.
Buy it: Starting from $25, OutdoorVoices.com
Tommy Hilfiger Decker Leather Watch 48m
A new watch is sure to bring a smile to Dad’s face—especially if it’s this classic style by Tommy Hilfiger. Opt for next-day delivery from ASOS to ensure it arrives on time.
Buy it: $220, ASOS.com
Winc 1-Month Subscription
Next up is a last-minute Christmas gift for wine connoisseurs: A subscription to Winc wine club. Dad can select his preferred flavor profile and enjoy a curated selection of wines delivered each month. How fabulous!
Buy it: $60, Winc.com
MoCuishle Shiatsu Back Shoulder and Neck Massager
How cool is this heated neck and back massager? It has eight deep-tissue kneaders that provide targeted relief to tired muscles and sore tissue. Dad can adjust the speed and direction—plus, it can be used anywhere on the body. And, like many of the last-minute Christmas gifts on this list, this product is available on Amazon Prime.
Buy it: $50, Amazon.com
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.
Searching for heartfelt last-minute Christmas gifts? Check out StoryWorth. With this online gift they’ll receive a new question each week, which invites them to share an anecdote, memory or family story via email. At the end of one year, the stories will be bound in a hardback keepsake book that your family will treasure forever.
Buy it: $99, StoryWorth.com
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 grandparents who live in colder climates. 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, Amazon.com
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 recorded by experts in various fields, from writing to cooking. This unique present has something for nearly every interest, and it’s also an easy last-minute Christmas gift you can buy online.
Buy it: $180 for a one year membership, MasterClass.com
23andMe Ancestry + Traits Service
Help grandparents discover their roots with 23andMe. This DNA test will open up a window into your family’s past and even offer an 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, Amazon.com
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, Target.com
Audible Premium Plus Membership
When it comes to last-minute holiday gifts for grandparents, you can’t go wrong with an Audible Premium Plus membership. It gives them access to one book and two Audible originals per month. 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, Amazon.com