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28 Thoughtful Last-Minute Gifts That Will Arrive on Time

Gifts so good, they’ll think you spent all year planning them.

last minute gifts best 2019
Kayla Ramsey

There's a super simple strategy that we like to follow when it comes time to grab a thoughtful last-minute gift: Go for the e-gift card, gift subscription, or Amazon Prime-eligible product. It's a move that not only cuts out a lot of time and stress running to the store but also eliminates having to sit around hoping an online item will arrive to your recipient on time.

Call this method lazy or brilliant, but we think it's the perfect blend of both. Plus, items like gift cards allow your recipient to pick the perfect gift for themselves — meaning there's a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Now that we think about it, this might just be an instance where procrastinating actually pays off.

These 28 last-minute gift ideas are some of the most coveted subscriptions and e-gifts across the internet, spanning categories including fitness, food, and beauty. So what are you waiting for? (Seriously, the clock’s ticking!) The time to click “add to cart” is now!

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Most Customizable Option
Greetabl Box
Greetabl greetabl.com

Don't risk giving a lackluster last-minute gift because you ran out of time to go shopping. Greetabl lets you select, package, and send your present from one easy online location.

Choose a custom design for the outside of the box and fill it with your choice of sweet little gifts, from candles to jewelry. Then select your favorite photos of you and your recipient to have printed on the inside of the box, which will fold out into a collage (and personal note) for them to keep.

More: Christmas Gifts That Will Really Wow This Year

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For an Endless Snack Supply
Love With Food Monthly Subscription Box
Love With Food lovewithfood.com

For the health-conscious friend who loves to sample new things, upgrade their stash of desk snacks with a subscription to Love With Food. You can choose from three different boxes (including a gluten-free option!), and you can pre-determine the number of months you want to give.

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All Fun and Games
Not Parent Approved Card Game
Not Parent Approved amazon.com

Need a last-minute gift idea for a family full of mischief-makers? Prime this clever card game (it's a favorite with our readers!), so you'll have it in time for the festivities. 

It's basically a family-friendly version of Cards Against Humanity, and it's sure to become an instant game-night favorite.

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For the Busy Bees
Daily Harvest Gift Card (9-Item Box)
Daily Harvest daily-harvest.com

Instead of giving sweets on top of more sweets as a last-minute gift idea, try a gift credit to Daily Harvest. It's one of our favorite meal-subscription services because the frozen, single-portion meals are all healthy and easy to prepare in the microwave, stovetop, or blender, and the variety is seriously impressive. 

The brand's harvest bowls, flatbreads, and smoothies are also total game changers for anyone who's working or parenting from home for the long haul. And their pints of dairy-free Scoops are a sweet (but not too sweet) treat to enjoy any night of the week. 

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The Curated Choice
Bespoke Post Gift Subscription
Bespoke Post bespokepost.com

What's better than getting a gift every month? Thanks to Bespoke Post, you can surprise him with a box curated with items he's sure to love. You can gift a box (for $55), or you can get him a gift card so he can buy individual items from the Bespoke Post marketplace, which is full of under-the-radar goods. If they choose to continue the subscription, the price per box goes down to $45. 

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Best for Plant Parents
Horti Plant Subscription (3 Months)
Horti heyhorti.com

Surprise the plant lovers in your life with a new plant every month for three months! Not only will they get a new green friend, the plants come with terracotta pots and saucers for repotting. You can even choose what kinds of plants to gift, like only sending pet-friendly varieties or whatever Horti's monthly choice is.

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For Minimalist Wardrobes
Allbirds Digital Gift Card
Allbirds allbirds.com

Everyone needs shoes, and when they're made with organic and sustainable materials, it's even more of a reason to upgrade your collection. Give the gift of new comfy kicks with an Allbirds gift card. Your recipient could even spend it on the brand's new activewear line if they're more in need of workout gear than shoes.

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For Mega Fans
Personalized Cameo Video
Cameo cameo.com

Have their favorite celebrity deliver a personalized message through Cameo. If you're gifting to someone who is obsessed with reality TV, loves a certain music artist, or is big into sports, a video message from whoever they idolize is the ultimate gift. 

Once you figure out who you want to deliver your message (like Mandy Moore, Snoop Dogg, or Todrick Hall), you can purchase a video message from them and let them know who and what it's for. The hardest part will be keeping the surprise from your recipient!

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For Tea Drinkers
Sips By Gift Subscription (3 Months)
Sips By sipsby.com

If they prefer tea instead of coffee, consider gifting them three months of premium tea based on their flavor preferences. It works like this: You send them the e-gift card containing a three-month subscription, they create a Sips profile, and then they receive 16 cups worth of tea for three months.  

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For Sustainably-Minded Ones
Girlfriend Collective e-Gift Card
Girlfriend Collective girlfriend.com

Choosing a gift that helps save the planet? Yes, please. By giving someone a gift card to Girlfriend Collective, you're helping them reduce plastic waste. 

All of the brand's clothing is made from either recycled or organic materials, and they produce all of their products ethically and responsibly. Plus, everything they make, from leggings, bras, sweats, and more, is so comfy.

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Great for Traveling
Audible Membership (1-Month)
Audible audible.com

Whether you know they're a long-time audiobook fan, or they've just started to show curiosity in listening to their favorite reads, a gift membership to Audible makes for the perfect last-minute gift idea. 

Just think: They can redeem their gift immediately and listen to Barack Obama or Mariah Carey narrate their new memoirs in minutes.

Choose from a 1-, 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscription, and each month the service will send new members a credit to use toward an Audible audiobook — existing members will get all of their gifted credits at once.

More: The LuminoLite Book Light Will Enhance Your Reading Experience — Whether It's Print or Digital

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Fresh Blooms for Days
The Bouqs Co. Flower Subscription
The Bouqs Co. bouqs.com

Bring a smile to anyone's face with a recurring flower delivery that'll brighten their day. The Bouqs Co. allows you to choose anywhere from a weekly to a quarterly delivery (and everything between) of a variety of bouquet styles, starting at $36 per shipment.

You can change your plan any time, choose to gift only for a certain number of deliveries or select from any of their bouquets for a one-time shipment.

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For the Coffee-Obsessed
Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription (3-Month Option)
Send A Gift bluebottlecoffee.com

Every coffee lover deserves a pick-me-up. Give the gift of caffeine with Blue Bottle's subscription program, which is available in 3- or 6-month increments, or you can customize your own. Choose from a variety of sizes and types of coffee, including single-origin espresso beans, blend assortments, and even decaf.

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A Luxurious Pick
Anya Lust Gift Card
Anya Lust anyalust.com

Lingerie is a really great gift ... when your special someone actually gets to pick out what they like for themselves. Anya Lust specializes in designer undergarments that range from swoon-worthy to honeymoon-worthy. 

And for the enthusiast for all things lacy, strappy, and exquisitely made, a last-minute gift doesn't get better than this.

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For the Constantly Curious
Master Class Membership
Master Class masterclass.com

One of the best things you can give is the gift of knowledge, and with a MasterClass subscription, they'll have the opportunity to explore tons of new topics.

This platform features more than 70 classes from famous teachers like Gordon Ramsey, Stephen Curry, Natalie Portman, and Anna Wintour, who all teach the secrets to their domain.

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A Wine-Lover's Dream
Winc Subscription (1-Month Option)
Winc winc.com

Keep the good times rolling and the vino flowing. Winc's monthly wine-subscription service sends a curated selection of bottles to the recipient, based entirely on their palate preferences.

Four bottles come with every package, and there are no surprises. While Winc provides suggested picks each month, users can also go off the board and choose something entirely different.

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For a Handmade Touch
Etsy Gift Card
Etsy etsy.com

If your gift recipient has an eye for original designs and a passion for shopping small, look no further than a gift card to Etsy. 

This maker-powered marketplace has everything from small-batch beauty to handmade garments to art prints galore. We also love that the site is also making it easier than ever to shop and support Black-owned businesses.

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Restock a Sock Drawer
Sock of the Month Subscription
Nice Laundry

You don't have to reinvent the wheel to give a good last-minute gift. An upgrade to their everyday essentials can be just the right way to show how much you care.

Nice Laundry's monthly sock subscription will send a pair of socks every month — their quality craftsmanship and range of fun patterns will completely liven up your recipient's sock drawer.

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Best for Book Worms
Bookshop Gift Card
Bookshop bookshop.org

Many book lovers know to always shop at local, independently owned bookstores, and Bookshop.org has made it even easier to support both authors and indie sellers. Choose an amount from $25 to $500, and your giftee can spend that amount at any number of different bookstores through the Bookshop portal. 

This is a great last-minute gift idea for a far-away bookish friend so that they can support their favorite mom-and-pop bookshops.

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For the Beauty Lover
Birchbox Subscription Gift Card (3-Month Option)
Birchbox birchbox.com

Even if it is a last-minute gift idea, they'll be feeling the love for months to come with a Birchbox subscription. Birchbox delivers top skincare, makeup, and grooming picks from cult-favorite brands for the desired length of your gift subscription, and then your recipient can pick it up afterward if they'd like to continue. 

Choose between a beauty subscription (starting at $45) or a grooming subscription (starting at $30). The gift cards are available in 3-, 6-, or 12-month increments, and all creative control belongs to them.

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All the WFH Essentials
Work • Space • Spark Subscription (1-Month Option)
Cratejoy cratejoy.com

Work • Space • Spark is a monthly subscription box that'll make your loved ones' home office space decked out in no time. The service sends everything from desk decor, planners, productivity-focused books, and even office supplies right to their door.

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For More Mindful Moments
Headspace Subscription (1-Month Option)
Headspace headspace.com

If you know someone who's expressed interest in meditation, a gift subscription to the Headspace app is a thoughtful way to get them going.

The app features hundreds of guided meditations not only for general use but also for sleep, anxiety, or focus that can be accessed at any time. It even lets users track their progress and sync up their meditation minutes to their Apple Health app if they're an iPhone user.

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Best for Fashionistas
Everlane Gift Card
Everlane everlane.com

Everlane's minimalist — but seriously sleek — selection of basics and bags is a serious game-changer. At checkout for this last-minute gift idea, you can opt for an e-card (starting at $25 and up to $200), so they can start shopping immediately.

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For Disney Lovers Young and Old
Disney+ 1 Year Gift Subscription
Disney+ disneyplus.com

This is how to ensure that their home's hibernation hub is loaded up with the finest entertainment available. This 1-year gift subscription to Disney+ provides them with every Disney, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, and National Geographic movie and show for their streaming convenience. 

It will be delivered digitally to your recipient on your chosen date. Just keep in mind that this gift is for new subscribers only.

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A Beauty Guru Must
Fenty Beauty Gift Card
Fenty Beauty fentybeauty.com

Honestly, it won’t even matter that it’s a last-minute gift if you give them an e-gift card to Fenty Beauty. Whether it’s time for them to re-up their stash of Slip Shine Lipstick or try out the much-hyped Fenty Skin line, this gift (available in denominations from $25 to $500) will fit the bill.

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Best for Fitness Fanatics
Outdoor Voices Gift Card
Outdoor Voices outdoorvoices.com

For your outdoor-workout buddy or the friend who always seems to be running around and #DoingThings, an e-gift card to activewear brand Outdoor Voices will make their whole day (while only taking you a minute to send).

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For the Home Décor Aficionado
Linoto Gift Certificate
Linoto linoto.com

With one of the most impressive custom color ranges we've ever seen from a bedding brand (there are at least 25 different shades to choose from), we say, get your recipient a quick-and-easy, last-minute gift card to luxe linen brand Linoto. Let them take their sweet time figuring out their dream color combination.

These American-made sheets comprise high-quality flax that's sourced from mills in Belgium and Italy and are cut, handsewn, and dyed to the specifications that the buyer requests. They're meant to be treated with care so that they'll get better and better with age.

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Best for Shutterbugs
Framebridge Gift Card
Framebridge framebridge.com

Framebridge is a custom framing service fit to tackle projects of any size, from finding the perfect frame to complement a prized piece to an entire gallery-wall consultation. 

Sending a Framebridge gift card (available in preset or custom amounts) as a last-minute gift is the perfect way to help complete their space.

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