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

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Book Of The Month Club

Book Of The Month Club

Sometimes, the holidays sneak up on you. It happens, and you won’t hear any judgment from us. So what if the festivities got the best of you and you forgot a gift or two? 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 minute, your options change a little bit, but the outlook is far from bleak. 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, opt for one of our selected 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. We must admit, though, that there is price for holiday procrastination. Meaningful eleventh-hour presents may come with a higher price tag, but at least you won't have to pay for pesky express shipping with our picks. Sneak away for a minute to shop one of these excellent last-minute gifts.

Coffee Of The Month Club Subscription

Coffee of the Month CLub

Bean Box

When in a time crunch for the perfect gift for the caffeine crazed in your life, look no further than Bean Box. Present a three-month, six-month, or year-long subscription during which they'll receive a delivery each month of tantalizing new blends to try from American roasters.

Price at time of publish: starting at $72

Storyworth Subscription

Storyworth hardcover
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. Each week, the recipient will receive a story prompt in their inbox that they can respond to with a brief story about their life. By the end of the year, they'll have a fully formed memoir for you to gift them a hard cover copy of for Christmas 2023.

Price at time of publish: $89

Cheese Of The Month Club Subscription

Classic Cheese of the Month Club

Murray's Cheese

This last-second gift isn't lactose-intolerance friendly, but everyone else will positively love it. Sign your loved one up for Classic Cheese of the Month Club and they'll receive a box of select specialty cheeses every month for the duration of your choosing.

Price at time of publish: starting at $63

Southern Living Subscription!

Southern Living

Magazine.com

Not to toot our own horn, but we make a fantastic gift. A year's worth of gorgeous (if we do say so ourselves) magazines will be a gift that keeps on giving but is easy on your wallet.

Price at time of publish: $15

An Audible Gift Membership

Audible gift subscription

Audible

When in a pinch (or even with handfuls of time), an audiobook makes an excellent gift. A gifted Audible membership includes access to their library for one free book per month, available in increments beginning with a one-month gift and going up to a whole year for the most generous of last-minute gifts.

Price at time of publish: starting at $15

MasterClass Membership

Coach K

MasterClass

For the curious or open-minded recipient, MasterClass lessons make an excellent choice. For a year, they'll have world-class teachers at their fingertips, from expert Texas pit masters to sports legends and household names.

Price at time of publish: $180

Virtual Wine Tasting

Set-up for a virtual wine tasting

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A trip to wine country from the comfort of your home will do any wine-lover some good. This virtual tasting experience includes one bottle, a tumbler, gorgeous vineyard views, and a discussion with an expert sommelier.

Price at time of publish: $95

Airbnb Gift Card

Airbnb gift cards

Airbnb

For the friend in dire need of a getaway, make a much-needed break one step easier. They'll be able to choose the time and place with lodging at least partially on you.

Hot Sauce Subscription

Small-Batch Quarterly Hot Sauce Subscription

Food52

Southerners do love our hot sauce, but we sometimes forget to branch out. Gift a membership that will deliver new, interesting, and spicy artisanal varieties right to their door for months on end.

Price at time of publish: $120

Book An Experience (Or A Gift Card For One)

Luke Combs
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In our opinion, an experience will win over a tangible material gift any day. Peruse local event listings for concerts, fairs, games, or performances to gift them tickets to, or if you're unsure of their schedule or taste, send a gift certificate their way for an experience they'll enjoy and cherish forever.

Flower Subscription

Monthly Flower Subscription

BloomsyBox

A bouquet subscription will keep the recipient's home blooming with life. This gift provides monthly shipments of 22-24 stem professional-quality arrangements.

Price at time of publish: $50 per month

Beer of The Month Club Membership

The U.S. Microbrewed Beer Club

Beer Of The Month Club

Choose from five different beer clubs to be delivered to your loved one's home every month. We recommend The U.S. Microbrewed Beer Club for traditionalist sippers or The Hop-Heads Beer Club for hop-minded IPA aficionados.

Price at time of publish: starting at $36 per month

Craft Subscription

Three Month Subscription: Surprise Me!

Crafter

Crafters and DIY-ers in your life will thank you for this one. The three-month subscription includes everything you need to complete a project every month, plus access to monthly virtual workshops.

Price at time of publish: $180

Dinner At A Local Restaurant

Women enjoy Ajax Diner
Robbie Caponetto

Dinner's on you thanks to this quick but thoughtful gift. Choose a restaurant that you know the recipient loves, or search online for one that comes highly recommended in their area, to buy them a gift card to. We recommend looking over the menu to choose a reasonable amount to gift that may cover the whole meal. If you really want to go the extra step, go ahead and make them a reservation too.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Subscription

PINT CLUB

Jeni's

So many Southern city-dwellers (or previous city-dwellers) know and love Jeni's delectable ice cream. Sign them up for the Pint Club for the gift of scrumptious ice cream every month in tempting flavors like Gooey Butter Cake, Salty Caramel, and Brambleberry Crisp.

Price at time of publish: $199

Tea World Tour Subscription

Tea World Tour Gifts

Atlas Tea Club

Take the tea-lover in your life on a world tour with your gift. This subscription will send them fine tea samples from all over the world, plus a post card and information on the blend's origins.

Price at time of publish: starting at $55

Plant Subscription

Potted plants

Horti

A gift prime for plant moms or dads, this flora subscription is every amateur horticulturist's dream. They'll be shipped a new, adorable plant kit each month in a hand-painted pot and saucer. You can even make sure the plants are pet-friendly.

Price at time of publish: starting at $125

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Meal Kits

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Meal Kit

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon

This is the gift of weeknights made easy. Have fresh ingredients and recipe cards delivered right to their door for a few days in the upcoming week or weeks.

Price at time of publish: starting at $64 per week

Puzzle Membership

Puzzle Membership

Jiggy

This gift will keep them going for months on end. By the time their membership ends (in three, six, or twelve months), they'll have loads of pretty puzzles on their hands and to occupy their minds.

Price at time of publish: $29

Virtual Cocktail Class

Husband and Wife Using Laptop and Watching Tutorial About Cocktail in Their Kitchen

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Sign your loved one up for a fun mixology lesson in their home. Choose a class that would suit them best (perhaps your friend is a die-hard bourbon devotee) or opt for a gift voucher to let them make that choice all on their own. Shop carefully because some of the classes include the materials while others do not.

Price at time of publish: starting at $25

Beauty Subscription

Ipsy makeup

Ipsy

This is the gift to beat if the recipient in mind is ultra Ulta-obsessed. Ipsy will deliver five new beauty products to them every month from you, to be cancelled after your allotted gifting period.

Price at time of publish: $13 per month

A Year Of Streaming

Person watching TV
Getty Images / Christina Reichl Photography

These days, it's impossible to keep up with all the streaming services out there. If you know that there's a show they've been itching to watch but can't access without a new membership, go ahead and get that for them. You can't go wrong with a year's worth of Disney+ either.

Price at time of publish: $110

A Virtual International Cuisine Cooking Class

Man taking a virtual cooking class

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Add something new and interesting to your friend's palate and repertoire with an insightful cooking workshop that will teach them how to make a delicious global cuisine. You can either sign them up for a specific class, perhaps sushi or a pasta dish straight from Italy, or if you go the gift certificate- route, take notice of the cost for one community class.

Price at time of publish: $55

Book Of The Month Club Gift Membership

Books

Book Of The Month Club

The bookworm in your life will be so overjoyed at this subscription gift, they won't even notice the lack of a physical gift on Christmas day. Thanks to your gift, they'll have their choice between five to seven books delivered to their front door every month for at least three months.

Price at time of publish: starting at $50

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