Story by Jacob Kienlen, via our partner site, Digital Trends /
I started today just like every other December morning — woke up, grabbed a coffee, then came to the sudden realization that Christmas is almost here and I am not prepared at all. You’d think this daily holiday panic would have spurred me toward action, yet here I am, still not having purchased any gifts for the people I love.
Fortunately, it’s not too late to pick up the perfect last-minute gifts for everyone in my life, though it’s certainly coming down to the wire. In an effort to help out any other holiday slackers out there who are struggling as bad as I am, I’ve rounded up some last-minute Christmas gift ideas to get you started. We’ve waited long enough, it’s time to get that shopping done.
AMAZON PRIME LAST-MINUTE GIFTS
You still have time to order things on Amazon before Christmas, but not for much longer. Whether you’re already a Prime member, or feel like picking up a free 30-day trial, you can qualify for free two-day shipping on all different kinds of last-minute Christmas gifts. (One-day options are also available, albeit for an additional fee.)
Amazon, being the online superstore that it is, has a huge variety of gifts such as coffee accessories, kids toys, fun stocking stuffers, gadgets for the wine lover, and a wide assortment of gift card choices. Amazon also has a variety of subscriptions that send anything from toys to meats every month — in case you’re looking for a gift for the foodie in your life.
If you’re looking to avoid the crowded malls and still save a bit of that hard-earned cash, take a look at the Amazon last-minute deals.
APPLE LAST-MINUTE GIFTS
A scented candle hastily stuffed into a brown paper bag is not an impressive gift. You know what is? Some brand brand-new tech from Apple. Apple was offering free next-day delivery on all in-stock items ordered by 3 p.m. December 22, but you missed out on that. Fortunately, you can still order many different items online and pick up in-store within the one hour to avoid the holiday madness. While this tech giant isn’t exactly known for producing cheap products, there are still quite a few affordable options for anyone looking to deliver the perfect gift to any Apple lover.
So don’t fret, Apple is there to make Christmas shopping fast and easy.
GROUPON LAST-MINUTE GIFTS
Not all Christmas gifts need to be consumer products, especially for people who love spending time with you. Groupon has a wide selection of location-based gifts such as paint nights, local events, and much more. All you have to do is spend a little money and print out your Groupon to have an instant digital gift anyone is sure to love. Groupon also has a wide variety of discounts on food, drink, and other services if you are on a budget.
If you’re looking for some fun, out-of-the-box holiday gifts this Christmas, Groupon has everything you need.
LAST-MINUTE SUBSCRIPTION BOXES
While there are some people in the family who are happy with any gift, there are some that are far more difficult to buy for. With Christmas almost here, the stress of finding something perfect for someone who doesn’t seem to like anything can be an immense struggle. Fortunately, you aren’t limited to buying just a singular gift — you can purchase a gift that just keeps on giving. This may be a surprise to you, but Amazon actually provides a variety of exciting subscriptions you can dish out to your loved ones.
You can take a look at four of our favorite obscure subscriptions from Amazon, or take a look at a full list below.
DIY CHRISTMAS GIFTS
If you’ve exhausted all other options, there is always one type of gift left — something homemade. While you may not have the skills to make arts and crafts your full-time job, that doesn’t mean you can’t make something great without paying a pretty penny. Being creative can be rather difficult, especially when it comes to loved ones, but you can take a look at these inexpensive gift ideas for some inspiration.
Figuring out what to make is only half the battle — you’ll still need to pick up the supplies to make that masterpiece happen. Amazon has clothespins, yarn, Popsicle sticks, and even any empty bottle if that’s what you need.
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