Foolproof Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List

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ByEmily Platt
Associate Editor
Aug 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 (and fast Amazon Prime shipping) your ticket to enjoying the rest of the season stress-free. Just don’t forget to check Amazon’s holiday delivery calendar to find out when you have to order by!

Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Mom

Desperately need a last-minute Christmas gift to wow Mom with? These Amazon finds make excellent presents from you or her little one(s).

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23andMe Ancestry + Traits Service

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

Buy it: $99,

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Gelid Mama Shark Novelty Wine Glass

Want to round out your gifts for Mom with a little something extra? She’s sure to get a kick out of this stemless sipper, which has a funny riff of the song “Baby Shark” printed on the glass. Because sometimes, all Mama Shark really does want is a drink.

Buy it: $13,

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E Marie Travel The Everything Travel Blanket

Here’s another last-minute Christmas gift that offers a lifetime of enjoyment. This soft, packable blanket is perfect for the mother who’s always cold. It’ll last her through years of holiday travel, outdoor kids’ sports games and couch snuggles. It even doubles as a chic, cozy scarf. No wonder it was one of Oprah’s favorite things this year.

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Buy it: $99,

Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Dad

Does your last-minute Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa shopping include buying something for Dad? These presents are sure to please the father of your kids.

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YETI Rambler Vacuum Insulated Mug with Lid

Sometimes the best last-minute Christmas gifts are the simplest—seriously, don’t overthink it. When in doubt, go for something understated but ultra-useful, like this portable, raved-about mug. The exterior is scratch-, peel-, fade- and sweat-resistant; the insulation keeps drinks hot or cold for an impressively long time; and the handle is easy for even wider hands to grip. He’ll never want to sip his wake-me-up coffee from anything else.

Buy it: $25,

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Rockridge Press A Daily Dose of Dad Jokes

If he’s still getting the hang of being a dad, give him a little boost. This silly book helps him develop the most important skill of all: acing dad jokes, of course! It’s a great last-minute Christmas gift or stocking stuffer for the not-so-serious father.

Buy it: $10,

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FreshJax Premium Organic Spices and Seasonings

Our favorite last-minute Christmas gifts for Dad (and holiday gifts in general) are those that honor the recipient’s personality or hobbies. This brand sells flavorful spice sets made just for grilling and BBQing. If he truly enjoys smoking up food, he’ll truly enjoy this creative, thoughtful present.

Buy it: Starting from $25,

Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Baby

Baby brain is real, so we’ve come prepared with a list of last-minute Christmas 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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Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack

You can’t go wrong with a classic toy. You won’t believe how many hours of entertainment these colorful, noisy stacking rings provide. (Or how affordable they are!)

Buy it: $7,

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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 2019.”

Buy it: $15,

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Baby GUND Plush Playset

We’re obsessed with GUND’s adorable assortment of play sets full of soft, stimulating toys for baby to enjoy. Choose from “My First Campout” (complete with a stuffed marshmallow rattle and canteen squeaker), “Beary Good Takeout,” (filled with a shrimp rattle and rice bowl squeaker) and other fun themes.

Buy it: $25,

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? A ton of these other awesome gifts for kids are sold on Amazon too.)

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Melissa & Doug Stacking Train

Choo-choo! We’re all aboard 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: $17,

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Munchkin Arctic Polar Bear Bath Toy

Bring some wintery fun to bathtime 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?

Buy it: $9,

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Pacific Play Tents Kids Lady Bug Parachute

This one is bound to delight all the older kids out there. If they’ve played a parachute game at school, chances are they never forgot it. And if they haven’t, it’s time to introduce the pastime at home. There’s something about this timeless toy that endlessly excites. Can you believe you can score one on Amazon Prime? We couldn’t either. You’re welcome for the idea—and the nostalgia.

Buy it: $38,

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 the last-minute Christmas gifts (or Hanukkah gifts, or Kwanzaa gifts) on behalf of you and their grandchildren.

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Urban CoCo Women’s Shawl Wrap Poncho Cape

For the Grandma who makes everyone feel all warm and fuzzy inside: a warm and fuzzy winter shawl (that comes in a ton of chic colors and patterns). She’ll think the fashionable layer came from some fancy boutique. Nope, just Amazon Prime.

Buy it: $25,

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HALLUCI Women’s Cross Band Soft Plush Fleece House/Outdoor Slippers

She’ll feel like she’s walking on clouds in these uber-plush slides. The slippers have special indoor-outdoor soles that offer traction without the risk of scratching up her floors. The footbed is also made from memory foam—and get a load of all that fleece!

Buy it: $50,

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Nimteve Grandpa Keychain

This sweet keychain looks like something you would find on Etsy. It comes decked out in tool-shaped charms and a pendant that reads, “if Grandpa can’t fix it, no one can.” Choose it as a heartwarming last-minute Christmas gift from the kids.

Buy it: $9,

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Wrangler Authentic Men’s Long Sleeve Sherpa Lined Shirt Jacket

Cozy holiday gifts just can’t be beat. He’ll appreciate this sherpa-lined flannel all season long. It’s something he might not think to buy himself, but he’ll be so glad he has it. And it’ll mean even more that his grandkid(s) picked it out for him—have them choose the color.

Buy it: Starting from $26,

Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Teachers and Caregivers

Want to thank your child’s preschool teacher for all they do? These last-minute holiday gifts will ship to you before school lets out for the holidays. Want to surprise the nanny who deserves it all? This inspo is also for you.

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Knock Knock Why You’re the Best Teacher Fill in the Love Book

Work with your child to fill in the pages of this personalizable last-minute gift. The book provides prompts for them to answer about what makes their teacher so great. It may just bring a tear to their educator’s eye. (FYI: There are also versions for parents and grandparents.)

Buy it: $12,

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Burt’s Bees Spa Collection Holiday Gift Set

The person who’s always caring for others deserves some self-care. Burt’s Bees sells festive gift sets on Amazon packed with quality items, from lovely scented candles to effective hand cream. It’s like giving them their own personal spa.

Buy it: Starting from $10,

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Amazon Gift Card in a Gold Reveal

Can’t figure out what they’d want? Let them decide for themselves. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a holiday gift card—and Amazon has it all for them to choose from.

Buy it: Starting from $15, Amazon.comUpdated December 2019

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