Ultimate Guide to Last Minute Christmas Gifts

There have been more than a few Christmases (this year being one!) where I have had to purchase last minute Christmas gifts. 

It didn’t used to be that way. In my early years as a mom, I was one of those uber-prepared women at Christmas–often finishing my Christmas shopping on Black Friday. But now we have more kids to buy for, more holiday events to attend and life just seems more full!

Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself.

Are you in that place too this year? I’ve compiled a list of last minute Christmas gifts for inspiration (for you, and for me! Ha, ha!).

There have been more than a few Christmases (this year being one!) where I have had to purchase last minute Christmas gifts. It didn't used to be that way. In my early years as a mom, I was one of those uber-prepared women at Christmas--often finishing my Christmas shopping on Black Friday. But now we have more kids to buy for, more holiday events to attend and life just seems more full! Or at least that's what I'm telling myself. Are you in that place too this year? I've compiled a list of last minute Christmas gifts for inspiration (for you, and for me! Ha, ha!).

10 Last Minute Christmas Gifts

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1) Photo gifts (calendar, mugs, etc).

What does every grandparent want? More pictures of their grandkids! I love all the wonderful picture-related gift ideas (think mugs, calendars, etc) that Shutterfly offers. Or how about making a puzzle of a favorite photo with Jigsaw2Order? And of course you could always make a quick digital scrapbook album to savor those memories from the year. There are several amazing services like Mixbook and Montage that make this process fast and easy (really). Another photo-related idea is to create a custom canvas print of an image with Simple Canvas Prints. We have several of these around our home and they are wonderful.



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2) Usborne books.

Books are an excellent gift! Usborne’s children’s books are sturdy (they even come with a replacement guarantee!) and are filled with high-quality, engaging content. In short, moms and kids love them!

Some of the most popular collections and titles include: the sticker and activity books (quality and durable), the Shine-A-Light books (where the pages “light up” and reveal a hidden picture), the That’s Not My… collection (perfect for toddlers); Lift the Flap books (great for elementary kids) and awesome fiction collections like the Extreme Adventures.

Any of them would be great last minute Christmas gifts (or stocking stuffers)!


 Every year at Christmas my kids look at me and ask, "What am I going to get (my family member) for Christmas?" And since this statement is usually followed by ("And by the way... I have no money for gifts, Mom"), I encourage them to find simple gifts that kids can make. Here's a list of 25 great gifts for other kids, for adults and for anyone!

3) Homemade gifts.

I compiled a list of great DIY gifts that kids can make in this post, but many of these are also great candidates for adults to make and give! Sugar scrubs are always easy and popular (I love Sugar and Soul’s Whipped Gingerbread Sugar Scrub, or what about something cute and easy like these DIY painted mugs (that don’t wash off) from Glued to My Crafts?


 

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4) Gifts that Encourage a Hobby.

Do you need a gift for a crafter? Or how about someone who loves photography? Consider the brand-new SHOTBOX. It’s an amazing collapsable (and portable) light studio that’s designed so that anyone can take perfectly lit photos with a smartphone. It’s perfect for scrapbookers, those who want to save precious family heirlooms, those who have an Etsy shop selling jewelry or other handmade items, stop-animation photography–the sky is the limit! Check out this innovative product here.

And of course there are tons of other products that support every kind of hobby! How do your loved ones like to spend their time?


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5) Inspirational home decor.

It’s no secret that I’m in love with Red Letter Words Art! I adore their home decor pieces such as artwork, candles, cards and more because they are such a beautiful reminder of godly truths. I have been known more than once to give one of these prints as a last-minute gift!


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6) Inspirational Clothing.

How about giving a t-shirt with an encouraging message? Union 28’s marriage apparel is stylish and a great way to encourage a spouse. Or you could give a shirt like this to another family member or friend who is also married.


Family time. It's something we all want more of, right? What if we were able to combine our desire for family bonding with awesome kids Christmas gifts? Here's a list of 10 types of kids Christmas gifts that build family bonds! Great ideas here... don't miss them!

7) The gift of time together.

One of the best gifts we can give each other is time. So perhaps some of your last minute Christmas gifts could be tickets to a concert or other performance; or a promise of a project to make together. See this post for 10 great ideas.


 

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8) Gifts that keep on giving.

Wouldn’t it be great to give a gift that the recipient received all year round? Subscription gifts are an awesome last minute Christmas gift! My favorites for kids are Junior Explorers, Kiwi Crate, Doodle Crate, Tinker Crate and Koala Crate.


 

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9) Homemade baked goods.

Heartfelt gifts are always appreciated, and sometimes a sweet treat doubles as a sweet gift. Get the kids involved in the baking (it’s a great way to teach math!) and include a handwritten copy of the recipe on your decorated package.  This is a great last minute Christmas gift that kids love to help make!


amazon-gift-card10) Gift cards.

And if all else fails, of course there’s the old standby… gift cards!

Amazon is my favorite because the receiver can buy pretty much anything under the sun there.

Other ideas might be those for a favorite clothing store, an electronics store, or even a favorite restaurant.


There you go! Inspired? Encouraged? Ready to finish up that last bit of Christmas shopping?

Me too! Let’s get it done, girls!

Merry Christmas, everyone!!


Other posts on Christmas:

5 Days of Meaningful Christmas Gifts

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Christmas Gift Ideas: 25 Gifts Kids Can Make

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35 Books on My Kids Christmas Gift Lists

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About the Author

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging women, married couples and families with practical tips for growing closer to God during holidays like Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving. Alicia is the owner/editor of both ChristCenteredHolidays.com and YourVibrantFamily.com; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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