Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Through the hustle and bustle of the holiday season – making sure the decorations are all hung, planning for holiday travel, juggling parties and engagements, and sending out your Christmas cards – it’s easy to let some of your holiday shopping fall by the wayside.

But if you’re still needing to score gifts for your brother-in-law, cousin or college friends -- and don't want to be too cliche with a gift card -- there are some great last-minute ideas that are sure to bring joy to your loved ones without breaking the bank.


  • For the Incessant Texter

    Know someone who is always glued to her phone, constantly texting and checking emails? Cold weather isn't going to stop this gal from getting her social media fix, so give her these sleek Pilayo Gloves from Athleta. They let her look cute while not missing any messages. (Hint: If you have a teenage girl on your list, these just may be the perfect gloves for her).

  • For the Adventurous Drinker

    If someone on your gift list likes to drink good wine without being a self-proclaimed wine snob – and is interested in new and creative vino brands – then Uproot wine is the perfect choice.

    This new company out of Napa features a fresh new way to look at wine. The front of the label includes what’s called a flavor palette, which shows the flavors that are present in the bottle, and how prominent each one is. Try the crisp 2011 Sauvignon Blanc for the white wine drinkers, and the 2012 Grenache for the red lovers.

    The best part? These unique bottles ship in 1-3 days – just in time for the holidays.

  • For the Beauty Obsessed

    Urban Decay's best-selling eye shadow palette Naked now has a highly-anticipated follow-up, appropriately titled Naked2. This new collection of eye shadow boasts 12 shades, including 5 new colors. Although the $52 price tag on Sephora may seem steep, it's guaranteed to last the average consumer a couple years, even with daily use.

    Give to someone who loves her makeup -- and from whom you can readily borrow the palette. (If you're looking for something a little less expensive, go for the Naked Basics palette for just $27 for 6 shades).

  • For the Coffee Addict

    We're a sucker for anything metallic. and if it helps the environment? Well, that's just even better. Starbucks has a line of beautiful drinking cups, and this reusable tumbler is great for the person you know who loves his or her daily trips to the Bucks. For $20, it's a little pricey but worth it in the long run (think -- no discarded plastic cups!) Starbucks

  • For the Fashionista

    As any fashionista knows, pulling an outfit together is all about the accessories – and this year, scarves are still very much in. A standout scarf adds a chic touch to any outfit, and can really dress up even the plainest of looks. Plus, it keeps you warm in the chilly weather (or chilly office). We love these colored infinity ones from Nordstrom. With nine colors to choose from (and just $18 each), they are quite the steal.

  • For the Well-Groomed Guy

    Instead of the standard shaving cream and razor combo for your guy's daily shave, treat him to a luxury kit of pre-shave oil, shaving cream and after-shave from The Art of Shaving. A mid-size kit will run you $60, but a little goes a long way -- and the perfect shave is priceless. Find online, at your local Art of Shaving store or at Sephora stores.

  • For the Hostess

    Mixing up a strong cocktail is one of the most fun parts of hosting a party. But shaking it up in a pretty cocktail shaker is even better. Target boasts this pretty Threshold cocktail shaker with a gold lid and confetti print for just $14.99 in stores and online.

  • For the ESPN Fanatic

    If someone you know always has ESPN on 24/7, can't go minutes without checking his or her phone for the score of the latest game, then this oral history book, Those Guys Have all the Fun, is perfect. Find at your local bookstore, or on Amazon for $18.

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