Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

Need last minute gift ideas? Where has the time gone? A year so strange, it feels like we have more time but less time at the same time! If you are one of the last-minute shoppers and need a boost in gift ideas, you’re in luck! Here are nine different directions to consider for gifts for the different types people in your life!

For the Auto Enthusiast

If you have a friend who loves a good road trip and always seems to be in their car, why not give them one of these important things to keep in a car trunk? Emergency flares, umbrellas, and blankets may not seem like exciting gifts right now, but they might come in handy at a later date. No matter how careful you are, breakdowns can happen to anyone, and the weather can change after you check the forecast. Many of these gifts can be purchased for cheap, but they could end up saving someone serious time and money in the future.

Have a friend who likes to bring their pet along for a ride? Here’s a list of fun pet accessories to consider for a car.

For the Foodie

Give a friend or family member the gift of a stocked freezer, fridge, or pantry. That’s right, you can have high quality food shipped directly to someone’s doorstep. For someone who loves to grill, meat suppliers like Porter Road or Snake River Farms have plenty of choice cuts to choose from, and you can easily keep the cost under $50 for a few items. Harry & David have gift boxes stocked with delicious fruit, rich chocolate, baked treats, and more, and you can find some for as low as $30. Have a foodie friend who loves trying new recipes? Send them one of the best new cookbooks on shelves everywhere. No matter which direction you go, the person on the receiving end of your order will thank you.

For the Romantic

Know someone who would enjoy learning how to dance while someone else takes care of dinner? What about someone who would like to get to know their significant other a little better while trying a series of escalating hot sauces, just as seen on Sean Evans’ YouTube series Hot Ones? You can make these date nights a reality for your partner or another couple through box packages from Date Night in a Box and DateBox Club. There are a number of services like these two, so search for a fun date night you’d like to send someone, or purchase a gift card so they can pick their own. Many of the options you have to choose from are under $40, so the price is affordable. If you pick a service that has a subscription plan, make sure to cancel in time so you don’t get charged for another month.

For the Reader

If you have a friend or family member who always has a book on their bedside table, make sure they have another one at the ready. Plenty of sites are starting to post lists of the best books to gift in 2020. If you’re buying for a specific person, there are lists for children’s books, ideas for the fiction lover, and memoirs for the history buff. Simply cater your search terms to suit your shopping needs.

With many local businesses hurting due to COVID-19, you can also help out indie bookstores with your purchase. If you have a local bookstore in town, you could consider buying from them to support small business. Don’t know where your nearest bookstore is? If you use IndieBound or Bookshop, they can help direct you to a local shop with the particular titles you’re trying to buy. One of the best things about books? You can pretty much pick the price you want to spend depending on title, hardcover vs paperback, and how many you purchase.

For the Self-Care Lover

Everyone can use a break from time to time, so why not give the gift of rest and relaxation? Buy someone you care about a set of, bath bombscandles or journals/notebooks/planners.  It’s been a stressful year, and for a small amount (around $20), you can help someone unwind with a self-care gift.

For the Outdoor Enthusiast

When it comes to the spread of COVID-19, being outside and at a distance seems to be the safest option. With cooler weather already here (or quickly approaching), spending time outside is a little more difficult. However, what about a fire pit to help combat the cold? You can find affordable options for less than $50, and sites like Home Depot are offering free delivery on many models. In other words, you can ship it straight to someone at no additional cost. This is a great option for your friends who love to spend time outside and are dreading being stuck in the house this winter.

For the Plant Lover or Floral Fan

When it comes to classic gifts, flowers still reign supreme. No matter what season it is, beautiful bouquets and arrangements abound. You can always use a national outlet like to get flowers delivered to a loved one’s doorstep or office. You can also find a local florist and contact them directly. Either way, you’ll definitely brighten someone’s day! Know someone who has a million houseplants or always has something growing in their garden? You can use a site like Bloomscape to get them the perfect plant or visit a local nursery to buy seeds or other gardening gear that you can ship to them. We really love the idea of going green with your gifts because you can pretty much pick a price point you’re comfortable with spending.

For the Practical Person

If you’re shopping for a friend who appreciates practical gifts, this could be the perfect year to purchase them an air purifier. With COVID-19 still circulating this winter, having a device that filters out certain particles could provide an additional layer of protection in your home, according to Tim Peglow (Assistant Vice President of Patient Care and Patient Facilities) of MD Anderson. He notes that wearing a mask, keeping your distance, and disinfecting surfaces are still essential, but air purifiers can help in the right circumstances. For even more air purifier tips, the Washington Post recently interviewed two experts for their guidance.

Clean air also will never go out of style, so even after the pandemic is over, an air purifier can help with seasonal allergies caused by dust, pollen, mold, or pet hair, according to WebMD. If you have a friend on the West Coast, they may even find a purifier useful for wildfire smoke relief. You can find HEPA filters online for under $50, but make sure to listen to expert advice on the best models and appropriate sizes for your space.

For the Brainiac

Almost every friend group or family has an individual who loves to learn new things. For the brainiac in your life, we recommend some sort of online class. Sites like Udemy and Coursera offer thousands of affordable online courses in a number of subjects. Whether your friend wants to increase their spreadsheet proficiency or study philosophy, their options to learn are seemingly endless. Udemy’s courses start at $12.99, and Coursera’s start at $39.

This list is a great last minute shopper’s tip to show all those special friends and family members how much you appreciate them. If you haven’t already, add health insurance to your holiday to-do list to help assist your loved ones in the financial burdens of health costs. Although Open Enrollment may be over in most states, coverage options are plenty if you qualify for a Special Enrollment period or seek ACA-alternatives like Short Term Medical. Call 866-998-7493 to speak to a VelaPoint licensed agent to answer any questions you may have and explore your coverage options.