CHRISTMAS is fast approaching, and if you are on a tight schedule or have left it to the last minute then we're here to help.
Whether you are shopping for gifts for him or for her, we have found the best last-minute Christmas gifts to suit every recipient.
Left it to the last minute? Some retailers have speedy delivery to ensure your gift arrives in time for December 25, no matter how close to the wire you order it.
But, other shoppers may prefer to give a gift in the form of a subscription or voucher, to ensure they have a special something to arrive on Christmas Day.
If you're not sure where to start, then we recommend starting with popular online e-tailers, such as Amazon, Lookfantastic, Glossybox, Mankind,as well as M&S, Moonpig and John Lewis.
Looking for a great gift voucher? Virgin Experience Days, Buyagift, Red Letter Days and Spa Seekers are some of the go-to destinations for super last-minute gifts, as you can shop experiences, vouchers and more.
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Whether you are buying for him or for her, your best friend, partner, parent, sibling, colleague or other relative, there are plenty of last-minute gifts to suit every recipient.
Our top tip is always to check the delivery options before ordering your gift, especially when shopping for last-minute gifts, and be open to click-and-collect options too.
Last-minute gifts for him
1.Black + Decker Cordless Hammer Drill with Battery
Whether you know a male who is a dab hand with DIY but his tools need upgrading, or you know someone who needs a helping hand mastering home or garden renovations, this Cordless Hammer Drill will go down a treat.
The set comes with a rechargeable battery, numerous attachments to help you master all DIY projects, and a compact case to house all the essentials.
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Plus, Argos has super quick delivery options, including Click & Collect, perfect for last-minute shoppers.
- Black + Decker Cordless Hammer Drill with Battery, £50 from Argos – buy here
2. L'Eau d'ssey Pour Homme Eau de Toilette Gift Set
Issey Miyake is a firm favourite when it comes to fragrance with many men.
So if you are stumped about what to buy your parent, grandparent, uncle, or another male in your life, then we recommend this fragrance.
You can shop this in a variety of sizes, from 40 to 125ml, and price varies depending on the size.
- L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme, £49 from The Perfume Shop – buy here
3. CASETiFY Impact Case
Amazon is the place to shop for last-minute gifts.
If you are a Prime member you can select same-day, or swift Prime delivery options, which include the Casetify phone case.
The quirky design combined with the sturdy materials, makes this a durable case to protect someone's beloved device.
- CASETiFY Impact Case, £50.40 from Amazon – buy here
4. John Lewis Beer Gift Box
Stumped for what to buy, and running out of time? John Lewis has a whole host of options.
The Beer Gift Box is perfect for dads, grandparents, uncles, and older siblings. Plus, it's super affordable, and available for click-and-collect options, as well as other delivery options.
The bundle features crisps, cheddar cheese and chilli bites, as well as giant chilli corn, to accompany a Gritchie Brewing Co. Angel's Lore Helles Lager and IPA.
- John Lewis Beer Gift Box, £20 from John Lewis – buy here
5. Pure Cotton Polka Dot Pyjama Set
PJs are a failsafe gift idea come Christmas, and this cotton set is a game-changer.
Not only are they super soft, and stylish, they are affordable and can be to your door, or nearest M&S in a hurry.
These come in three colours, so you can buy a pair for your dad, brother, and grandad.
- Pure Cotton Polka Dot Pyjama Set, £35 from M&S – buy here
6. Rains Flap-front waterproof shell backpack
Rains products are known to be stylish, yet practical, which is why the Flap Front waterproof shell backpack is the perfect gift.
This bag is perfect for everyday use, going to work, even students, to keep your books, laptop and other valuables safe.
Shop Rains via John Lewis and you can select a variety of delivery options, or click and collect, to get in time for Christmas.
- RAINS Flap-front waterproof shell backpack, £89 from Selfridges – buy here
7. Nike running trainers
We all know a fitness fanatic or gym bunny, and if that's your brother, dad, or partner, what better gift than a new pair of running trainers?
A pair of running trainers are necessary to avoid injury, and Christmas is a great time to update theirs.
Nike has plenty of delivery options, so you are bound to get them in time and avoid any upset come December 25.
- Nike Invincible 3 Men's Road Running Shoes, £174.95 from Nike – buy here
8. The North Face NSE 2000 puffer jacket in black
The North Face's outerwear has been a huge hit for many people, no matter their gender, age, size, or year.
In fact, a North Face puffer has become a timeless classic we rely on every winter without fail.
So, if you are shopping for a grandson, partner, child or parent, this puffer jacket is a must-buy.
Plus, ASOS has plenty of delivery options, and if you have signed up to be a member you could get your item delivered super speedily.
- The North Face NSE 2000 puffer jacket in black, £180 from ASOS – buy here
9. Stanley Classic Neverleak Travel Mug
Stanley may be best known for the iconic Stanley Quencher, which has been doing the rounds on social media.
But for those who prefer a warm brew in the winter months, the Neverleak Travel Mug is the solution.
Perfect for heading to work, travelling on the go, as you can refill and fuel yourself with a coffee any time and any place.
- Stanley Classic Neverleak Travel Mug, £31.99 from Stanley – buy here
10. Boots Winter Skincare Edit Gift Set
Boots has everything for everyone, and any age, if you are looking to get the man in our life into a better grooming routine, this Winter Skincare Edit Gift Set could be the solution.
It contains well known brands, including Simple, Thayers, Cetaphil, and many more, so you can have hydrated, plump and glowing skin.
Plus, Boots offers shoppers the option to click and collect their order from a store near you, perfect if you have left to the last minute.
- Boots Winter Skincare Edit Gift Set, £29.99 (Worth £139) from Boots – buy here
Last minute gifts for her
1. NEOM Wellbeing Bundle
If you know someone who needs some TLC, to take a moment for some self-care of their own, and to actually unwind over the Christmas break, this is the gift for them.
NEOM is the top brand for wellness products, and this infuser, which comes with an array of scented oils, will help to alleviate any stress, calm the mind and body, and leave the room smelling great.
The best thing about shopping on Lookfantastic is the array of speedy delivery options too.
- NEOM Wellbeing Bundle,£160 from Lookfantastic – buy here
2. Shark FlexStyle 4-in-1 Air Styler & Hair Dryer
We can't live without our Shark Air Styler, and if you know someone who loves their beauty buys, or simply needs an easy-to-use hair tool to make their beauty regime quick and stress-free – this gift will answer all their prayers.
The multifunctional hair tool can blow dry and style your locks in various ways, it's suitable for all hair types and can reduce the need for other tongs and tools.
- Shark FlexStyle 4-in-1 Air Styler & Hair Dryer, £269.99 from Very – buy here
3. Absolute Collagen Collagen Complex Thickening Duo
Absolute Collagen is one of our favourite beauty brands, and this haircare duo is the perfect present.
Whether you are shopping for your mum, nan, or sibling, this Collagen Complex Thickening Duo, which includes a shampoo and conditioner, is a great idea.
Shop via Sephora for speedy delivery options to ensure your gift arrives on time.
- Absolute Collagen Collagen Complex Thickening Duo, £34 from Sephora – buy here
4. 52 Aperture Year In Memories Photo Frame
If the woman in your life is anything like us, she will love her photos and frames.
So go all out with this sell-out Aperture Year In Memories Photo Frame.
Whether you fill it with photos or leave it to the lady in your life, we think it's a great gift, and a perfect way to look over the last year, or look forward to the year ahead and fill it as you go along.
- 52 Aperture Year In Memories Photo Frame, £210 from The White Company – buy here
5. Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 Instant Camera with Built-In Flash & Hand Strap
We can't suggest a photo frame, without a camera, and what better camera than the Fujifilm Instax Polaroid?
John Lewis has plenty of delivery options, as well as the chance to Click and Collect your order, so the recipient will not be disappointed when nothing is under the tree as this gift will make it in time.
- Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 Instant Camera with Built-In Flash & Hand Strap, £79.99 from John Lewis – buy here
6. The Afternoon Tea Collection
Who doesn't love a cup of tea? If you know a tea drinker, this Whittard & Chelsea is one of many gifts to buy that special someone.
While we love the Afternoon Tea Collection, complete with a tea strainer to brew your hot beverage the traditional way, others may want to stock up on other flavours, coffee or hot chocolates – the choice is endless.
The best part is that Whittard & Chelsea has plenty of delivery options, as well as store collection in case you have left your Christmas shopping to the eleventh hour.
- The Afternoon Tea Collection, £40 from Whittard & Chelsea – buy here
7. ASOS DESIGN brushed bomber jacket
You can never go wrong with clothes, or anything off ASOS for that matter.
If you need a little guidance to help select one item out of the thousands of products available to shop at ASOS, we recommend this Bomber Jacket, which is super trendy, versatile and warming for the winter months.
If you are an ASOS member you can secure this purchase and get speedy delivery too.
- ASOS DESIGN brushed bomber jacket, £65 from ASOS – buy here
8. The Aerolight Transit Mug
We know lots of coffee and tea drinkers, but sometimes enjoying that hot beverage on the go can be difficult, which is why we are head over heels for Stanley's new Aerolight Transit Mug.
Most may be familiar with the Stanley Quencher, but if you want to prove you are down with the kids, why not treat them to this Transit Mug?
- The Aerolight Transit Mug, £36.99 from Stanley – buy here
9. Plump It Up Routine
Trinny London is founded by Trinny Woodall and everything from the brand is designed to combat skin concerns, whether it is ageing, sagging, dull and lack lustre complexion.
The recently released Microneedle tool is a must have, but in the meantime while waiting for it to restock, give your skin some TLC with the Plump It Up routine, complete with the bestselling skincare essentials to leave your skin glowing.
- Plump It Up Routine, £80 from Trinny London – buy here
10. Philip Kingsley Body Building Discovery Collection
Know someone who wants to give their hair some TLC, and just enjoy a pamper this Christmas? Lookfantastic has plenty of options to shop, but one that has caught our eye are the Philip Kingsley bundles.
The Body Building Discovery Collection works to hydrate fine and lacklustre hair, while also boost its growth and volume, for luscious locks.
This kit contains £40 worth of products, available to buy for almost half price, plus Lookfantastic has a selection of delivery options to ensure you get your order ASAP.
- Philip Kingsley Body Building Discovery Collection, £25 (Worth £40) from Lookfantastic – buy here
Last-minute gifts: Vouchers and subscriptions
1. M&S gift voucher
Marks and Spencer has a whole host of vouchers to shop, from IRL gift cards ranging from £10 up, as well as e-gift cards, and even specific Dine In gift cards.
You can gift the vouchers for Christmas so the recipient can shop for M&S' array of clothes, home essentials, and everything in between.
The Dine In gift card is ideal for foodie lovers and is only available to redeem on the meal deal at your next food shop.
- Shop M&S Dine In E-Gift Card, from £10 from M&S – buy here
2. John Lewis gift card
John Lewis is a failsafe destination to shop everything, but if you are unsure exactly what to buy then a gift card is a great idea.
The longstanding department store offers shoppers the chance to gift vouchers, and e-gift cards, as well as experiences, which range from home experiences, beauty treatment, and fashion styling.
- John Lewis gift card, from £10 from John Lewis – buy here
3. Amazon gift card
Amazon is the failsafe shopping destination, whether that's gifting or a voucher.
You can select a specific amount for the gift card, and send it virtually or as a physical gift card, but you can also shop gift cards for other stores and eateries, such as Costa gift cards or Primark.
- Amazon.co.uk Gift Card, from £10 from Amazon – buy here
Spotify is a must for any music fan, where you can listen to your favourite tracks, and new releases, over and over again – even ad-free.
Some may wish to gift a special someone a gift card with a select amount on the gift card, or you can choose to buy someone a full subscription, either way, we know the recipient will be happy.
- Spotify Premium Gift Card, £10 from Argos – buy here
5. Red Letter Days voucher
Red Letter Days is the place to book an experience for a special occasion, whether it is for you, a partner, a friend, or a relative.
But if you can't pick an experience – after all there are thousands to select from – why not opt for a voucher, and leave the decision-making process up to the recipient?
Of course, you can shop a Red Letter Days gift voucher with a monetary value attached to it, a specific experience, or an umbrella category, such as spas, outdoor experience, or hotel choice.
- £100 Red Letter Days Gift Voucher, £100 from Red Letter Days – buy here
6. Buy A Gift gift card
We often think an experience is better to give than a specific gift, as they may not like it, but an experience, or voucher, allows the recipient to shop exactly what they want.
Buyagift has plenty of experiences to book for a solo experience, duo or group, and it's perfect for those who have left Christmas shopping to the last minute.
- £50 Buyagift Gift Voucher, £50 from Buyagift – buy here
7. Virgin Experience Days
Virgin Experience Days has almost every experience possible to book, from spa days and weekends, meals out, theatre experiences, hot air balloon rides and much more.
While you can gift those experiences to a loved one, you can also shop gift cards ranging in value from £25 to £500.
- Virgin Experience Days gift card, from £25 from Virgin Experience Days – buy here
8. Amazon subscription
Amazon is our go-to when shopping for last-minute Christmas gifts, but if you are stumped about what to buy a special someone, an Amazon gift card could go down a storm.
Alternatively, you can sign the lucky recipient up for Amazon Prime so they can watch their favourite films and TV shows on the network.
- Amazon.co.uk eGift Voucher, £50 from Amazon – buy here
9. Disney + Subscription
Disney Plus offers subscribers the chance to watch classic Disney movies, popular shows and series.
You can opt to pay a monthly subscription, or a year-long subscription for £79.90.
- Disney Plus, £7.99 per month from Disney Plus – buy here
10. Spa Seekers gift card
Spa days are a real treat, which is why gifting someone exactly that will make their Christmas.
Shoppers can select a specific spa day, retreat or weekend, for the recipient, or they can opt for a monetary voucher, which is valid for 12 months.
- Spa Seekers gift voucher, from £50 from Spa Seekers – buy here
11. Everyman Cinema gift card
Movie buffs will love this gift card for Everyman, a luxe movie theatre where the seats are much more comfortable, some of which are perfect to seat two in a cosy space, as well as tasty treats and fizz.
This gift card allows the film fanatic to watch the new releases and big blockbusters without forking out the expense themselves.
- Everyman gift card, from £20 from Everyman – buy here
12. Serenata subscription
Serenata is the place to secure a whole host of floral arrangements.
While some may send one specific bouquet, others may like to gift a special someone a subscription to receive regular flowers to their door for Christmas and long after.
Shoppers can select from weekly to monthly subscriptions.
- Serenata Happiness Flower Subscription, £29.99 from Serenata – buy here
13. JS Health subscription
JS Health has plenty of supplements to help with a whole host of health concerns.
For some Christmas may be a time of overindulging, which makes it prime time to invest in the Detox and Debloat supplements.
JS Health has kits for a month two months, or larger bundles.
- Detox + Debloat Formula One Month Supply, £29.99 from JS Health – buy here
14. Selfridges gift card
At Selfridges you can shop a whole host of high street and high-end brands across a variety of departments.
With that in mind, why not send someone a Selfridges gift card this Christmas?
Selfridges offers shoppers the chance to secure gift cards as well as virtual gift cards, perfect if you have left your Christmas shopping until the last minute.
- Selfridges gift card, from £10 from Selfridges – buy here
Gousto is a subscription service that delivers you fresh ingredients, and a recipe plan, to help you create tasty dishes at home.
Over Christmas, some may be fed up with cooking, or need a helping hand, in which case the Gousto subscription is a worthy investment.
Gousto has plenty of recipes, or boxes, available to shop, all to be delivered to you, or your recipient's, door.
- Gousto subscription, from £37.99 from Gousto – buy here
16. Theatre tickets
Heading to the theatre always feels like a special treat, so why not gift that experience to your nearest and dearest this Christmas?
Theatre Tickets offers gift cards from £10 upwards, so recipients can select their own show or theatre.
- Theatre Tickets, from £10 from London Theatre Tickets – buy here
Audible is a hugely popular gift idea, and one we know will go down a storm with those who are fans of audiobooks.
If you know someone who has yet to sample audiobooks, then a subscription is a great place to start and a perfect last-minute gift.
- Audible subscription, 3 months for £3 from Audible – buy here
18. Coffee subscription
If you know a coffee aficionado, then gifting them a supply of coffee to fuel them for their days over Christmas, New Year, and beyond, is a great choice.
Luckily Whittard and Chelsea have various options to subscribe to for that special someone.
Whittard & Chelsea offers shoppers the chance to select a one-off order, as well as regular subscriptions that can be delivered every two weeks, four weeks and up to four months.
- Chocolate Truffle Flavour Ground Coffee, £9 from Whittard & Chelsea – buy here
19. F45 subscription
If you know someone who loves exercising or wants to get into fitness, maybe even try a new class, then F45 is the place to head to.
Gift givers can select to gift their relative, friend or partner a one-off F45 class, a 10-day trial for them to experience a whole host of classes, a block class bundle, or a year membership.
There are numerous sites, so the recipient can enjoy their workout wherever they are in the UK.
- F45 subscription, from £20 from F45 – buy here
20. Fortnum & Mason gift card
Fortnum & Mason is the first place we think of when we want to spoil a special someone, no matter the occasion or time of year.
Shoppers can secure a whole host of gifts, as well as hampers, and bundles to send to your loved ones for Christmas, but you can also gift gift cards for the recipient to spend at Fortnum & Mason, or even an afternoon tea gift card.
The Afternoon Tea gift card can be booked at a time best suited for the recipient, which is why we think this will make for a great gift idea.
- Classic Afternoon Tea for Two E-Gift Card, £156 from Fortnum & Mason – buy here
What stores do next-day delivery?
There are plenty of stores that offer next-day delivery, which is music to the ears of those who have left buying their Christmas presents for him and for her at the last minute.
Next-day delivery, Click and Collect, or even same-day delivery options, are out there to be selected, and some of the reliable retailers you can call on to ensure you can gift someone range from Amazon to M&S.
Amazon Prime shoppers can opt for next-day, same-day delivery, as well as same-day before 1 p.m. delivery options.
M&S, as well as John Lewis, offer next-day delivery, as well as the chance to click and collect store so you don't have to travel too far to get those last-minute bits before December 25.
Other retailers with speedy delivery options include Lookfantastic, Boots, Superdrug, as well as ASOS, and many more.
What should I get my girlfriend last minute for Christmas?
If you have left buying your girlfriend a Christmas present to the last minute, don't fret, as you still have plenty of time to gift her a special something.
Some may wish to gift their girlfriend a physical gift to open on December 25, and we recommend an item of jewellery, beauty or skincare bundles to allow your loved one the chance to enjoy some self-care at home.
We also recommend gifting your loved one an experience, and one you can enjoy as a couple so you can make precious memories together. Experiences we recommend are spa days, retreats, as well as mini getaways too.
Ultimately, when you are buying for your girlfriend, partner, fiancée or wife, take note of their interests, needs, or conversations you have had together in which she has mentioned what she likes.
What should I get my boyfriend last minute for Christmas?
Buying a gift for your boyfriend, but you have left it until the eleventh hour, we have you covered, as there are plenty of gifts you can still shop in time for December 25.
Whether you are shopping for your boyfriend of a month, a few months, years or decades, maybe even your husband, you can still secure stellar gifts you have yet to gift him.
We often turn to fragrances when it comes to shopping for our boyfriends, as it's not something they typically splurge on themselves, belts, as well as clothing, especially trainers are a popular hit.
If your boyfriend is anything like ours then football is the key to their hearts, and you can shop an array of experiences related to the sport, or their preferred sport, such as visiting the football stadium of their beloved team.
Similar to the advice we gave for those buying a last-minute gift for their girlfriend also applies to their boyfriend, shop for anything your boyfriend is interested in, and you are sure to score major brownie points, and experiences you can enjoy together are a no-brainer from our experience.
What are some good last-minute Christmas gifts?
There are a whole host of good last-minute Christmas gifts that can be purchased last minute and make it in time for December 25, while also impressing the lucky recipient.
When we have forgotten to buy a present for someone ahead of Christmas we often turn to food, or drink, even food bundles, to gift to our loved ones.
Alternatively, we recommend a gift voucher, or an experience, because it enables you and your partner to enjoy quality time together.
A gift card we love to receive can range from M&S, John Lewis to ASOS, as well as The White Company, but we also love a gift card for an experience, such as a spa retreat because it's something we would not gift ourselves.
When it comes to experiences we recommend theatre, a spa day, or a weekend away, as it prolongs the festive season a little longer, but, more importantly, looks like a lot of thought has gone into this present, even when it may have been purchased just a few hours earlier.
How much should I spend on a Christmas gift?
Your budget for your Christmas gift depends on you, and everyone is different.
How much you spend on your Christmas presents for him, or for her, can also depend on who you are buying for; if you are buying for your immediate family or a partner you may blow the budget, whereas if you are doing some Christmas shopping for a last-minute Secret Santa gift for a colleague you may tighten the budget.
We recommend a gift of £20 to £25 is a great place to start, though the limit to your Christmas spending may be in the hundreds – that is up to you.
One tip is not to go overboard and spend within your means so as not to be out of pocket.
While buying a gift for someone is thoughtful and super generous, if you cannot afford to do so then don't, or tell them and arrange to do something at a later date when you can afford it, we guarantee the recipient will not be offended.
Shopping for your girlfriend but not sure what to buy? We have got you covered.
Maybe you are on the hunt for other gifts for the female in your life, whether it is your mum, aunt, grandma, cousin, sister, or partner, there are plenty of gifts to buy.
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