Very Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for 2020

Jennifer Geer

If you need a last-minute Christmas gift, don’t despair. You have options.

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The last day to ship your Christmas gifts was days ago. And who wants to head to crowded malls and shops this year anyway? You can find creative and unique gifts for everyone on your list, and get them instantly delivered.

Now you can always go with online gift cards from the main retailers such as Target and Amazon. It’s almost as good as cash and certain to be used. But you can find some last-minute gifts that are a bit more personal.

I have done the research, so you don’t have to. Here is a big list of ideas from gift cards, to monthly subscriptions, to charities, that you can buy online in an instant.

For the video game player

  • Digital e-cards for Xbox, Playstation, or Nintendo.
  • For PC players, you could get a digital e-card from the online platform, Steam.
  • Roblox is free to play, but they have in-game purchases. For Roblox players, you can give Roblox gift cards.
  • Fortnite V-Bucks can be bought from a retailer and redeemed on their platform. Although the game is free, like Roblux there are in-game purchases using real money that players can make for things like upgraded clothing, weapons, and emotes.
  • You can always get Apple or Android gift cards for mobile phone users.
  • Monthly gift subscription ideas include Xbox Game Pass and Apple Arcade. For a monthly fee, your video game lover can have access to hundreds of different games to choose from.

For the reader:

  • Kindle Unlimited has books and magazine subscriptions available to read on any device. The first 30 days are free. It’s $9.99 per month after that.
  • If they’d prefer to listen to their books, Amazon Audible has different gift memberships available.
  • Book of the Month lets you choose new books to be delivered directly to your home each month. They have a three-month subscription for $49.99.
  • If you have a child on your list that loves to read, Amazon Prime Book Box for Kids will send age-appropriate books every one, two, or three months. The books are selected by editors and customers, and they are 40% off cover prices.

For kids

  • KiwiCrate is a monthly subscription box that comes with fun and educational activities for kids. Some examples including a coding robot and a marble timer. It should keep your kid busy for a while as the child builds the project, and then can play with it.
  • Maybe traveling the world is out of the question for right now. But Little Passports can introduce your kids to cultures and geography from around the world. It’s all travel-related and they have different choices based on the age of your child.

For the learner

MasterClass is a platform that hosts video lessons from experts. You can take a cooking class from Gordon Ramsey, or a creative writing class from Margaret Atwood.

For the organic cook

ThriveMarket has over 6,000 organic products from sustainable brands. A gift card from there will make your organic food lover very happy.

For the beauty lover

GrindPretty offers monthly boxes with eye shadow, lip colors, and even earrings. It’s $34.99, but they’ve got some specials going on right now.

For the dogs

Don’t forget the furry friends on your list. BarkBox will ship a monthly assortment of dog goodies to your home. You can customize your box based on the size of your dog.

For the coffee lover

Coffee lovers will appreciate a monthly subscription where they can try a variety of different coffee beans and flavors. Monthly subscriptions are available from companies like Driftaway Coffee and Trade Coffee.

For the plant lover

Succulent Studio has a subscription that sends you two different plants per month. And the best part, succulents are easy to care for. They can live for long periods in harsh conditions. This means if you’re like me and you can’t remember to water your houseplants regularly, succulents are the way to go. And succulents cleanse the air in your home and produce oxygen.

For the wine lover

You can’t go wrong for a person who loves wine with a monthly wine subscription. This gift idea is admittedly a bit pricier than the others on the list. Primal Wine Club offers natural wine monthly subscriptions from $85 up to $285.

For the excellently dressed man

Subscriptions at Gentleman's Box range from $35 to over $100 per box. They include accessories like socks, belts, and cuff links. They also have higher-end options like watches and sunglasses. YOu can choose monthly or quarterly subscriptions,

For the philanthropist

If you’re shopping for someone that has everything, you can always give the gift of a donation in their name. Some top-rated charities include:

  • The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides disaster relief.
  • Since 2001, Oceana has been focused on ocean conservation.
  • The Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s mission is to prevent and cure breast cancer through research.
  • GlobalGiving is a nonprofit that uses crowdfunding to donate to charitable projects. Projects they are funding include Coronavirus relief, education in third world countries, and fighting hunger.
  • The National Audubon Society is an environmental nonprofit that protects birds and their habitats.

If you’re looking for another type of charity, this website can help you find a good one. They rate them based on things such as how much of their budget they spend on programs, rather than overhead.

Hopefully, I’ve helped you out with some last-minute gift ideas for everyone on your list. And remember, there are lots of fun activities you can partake in that don’t cost a thing. The most important gift you can give is the gift of your time.

If you can’t see your loved ones in person, get in touch with a video chat or phone call. I imagine that will mean a whole lot more to them than any present you can give.


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