Worried that all the great Christmas gifts are gone? Don’t despair. Even though you left your Christmas shopping until the last minute, there are still plenty of great gifts out there. While it’s true that we’ve seen some cool gifts sell out during the Christmas shopping rush, there are still lots of awesome Christmas gifts that you can get delivered in time for Christmas. If you hate dealing with crowds at the mall, our list of cool gift ideas below will definitely appeal to you, especially since they can be ordered online. I don’t know about you, but late December is my least favorite time to brave the local mall.
Our gift guide includes last minute Christmas gift ideas for men, women, and children. While some gifts we recommend to carry a more premium price tag to ensure that “awesome” factor, other gifts we’ve included give you that feeling of wow, but at affordable prices. Please be advised that you’ll want to consider expedited shipping for these items, depending on your holiday travel plans. If you need recommendations about what kind of shipping to select, check out this guide to Amazon’s cut-off deadlines for shipping by Christmas. Depending on where you live in the United States, and when you’re leaving to visit with family and friends, you may want to select two-day or even one-day shipping, to ensure you’ll have time to unpack and wrap your last-minute purchases. If you have a lot of last-minute shopping to do, you may even want to invest in a Prime membership, so you can enjoy free two-day shipping for the rest of this holiday shopping season, and be prepared for next year’s shopping as well. If you need an awesome, cool, or unique Christmas gift, read on to see our top picks for 2015. Every gift we hand-picked for this list is designed to make your recipient feel awesome, and that will make you feel awesome, too.
1. 4M Green Science Dynamo Torch
This fun Green Science Dynamo Torch lets kids feel like real scientists. This inexpensive-yet-awesome kit lets kids use a small motor to power a light bulb. This kit includes a toy motor, gears, LED light bulb and plastic casing. No batteries are required, which is great for families that don’t want to spend a ton of money on batteries this holiday season.
If this kit isn’t quite right, you can browse other fun, creative toys from 4M here. You might also want to check out our guide to the best cheap toys, which features Christmas gifts for kids under $10.
2. 1928 Jewelry Rotating Trio Locket Necklace
A piece of jewelry doesn’t have to be expensive to make a big impact. This unusual “trio” necklace has room for three locket-sized portraits, making it a great gift for moms who want to keep their kids close to their heart.
Looking for something with a little more impact? If you’ve been thinking about popping the question, but haven’t been able to find the perfect ring, we heartily recommend this Amazon Collection 14k White Gold Aquamarine and Diamond Ring. It’s on sale for almost 75 percent off the list price, so it costs just $249.99. You can also browse more engagement rings here.
3. Canon PowerShot G9 X Digital Camera
Shopping for someone who needs a new camera? This sleek model is easy to store in a purse or pocket, and it boasts outstanding low-light performance. It’s also very user-friendly, and has some cool retro design elements, so it’s a nice choice for some of the older people on your holiday gift list. One of the best features is Star Mode, which is designed to better capture the brilliance and wonder of the night sky. That makes this camera an awesome gift for anyone who loves star-gazing, or anyone who is planning a trip to see the Northern Lights. The fact that the purchase price includes free one-day shipping and free returns is also pretty nifty.
Price: $449 (15 percent off MSRP)
4. Neyya Smart Ring
Speaking of photography, I’m guessing you’ve got at least one selfie-obsessed person on your holiday shopping list. This might be the perfect gift for them. In addition to helping you capture selfies without having to touch your smartphone, this smart ring also helps you complete lots of other everyday tasks. The smart ring can execute tasks like taking GoPro shots, controlling playback of streaming video, accepting/rejecting calls, or sending you reminders. It’s also a tool that can make you look slick during school or business presentations, since you can use it to control slides via PowerPoint, Keynote and Prezi.
Neyya works with iPhone and Mac computers, and takes about 60 seconds to set up. Multiple sizes are available, to help ensure you get the best possible fit. If you want to see more high-tech gadgets like this, browse more cutting edge gadgets here. You might also be interested in our new guide to the best last-minute Christmas gift ideas, which includes 10 more ideas for gifts that can be delivered before Christmas Eve.
5. UniTerra Nomad Espresso Machine
The Nomad is a top quality café espresso maker that’s unlike anything else on the market. Inspired by the old-school, hand-powered approach to making coffee, the Nomad’s Micro-Lever architecture eliminates the need for electricity, batteries, or gas propellants. That means you can take this coffee machine anywhere, including camping trips, music festivals, the beach, or even overseas vacations. This is an awesome gift for anyone who loves to travel, or has a serious love of coffee. But if this coffee machine is a little out of your price range, you can browse more affordable coffee machines here.
Shopping for Christmas gifts at the very last minute? Check out our guide to the best last-minute Christmas gifts and get some more great gift ideas. You should also check out our gender-specific guides to last-minute gifting: Last-Minute Christmas Gifts for Women and Last-Minute Christmas Gifts for Men, both of which are packed with unique gift ideas that can be delivered before December 25.
Need more help finding great holiday gifts? Visit our Gifts page for thoughtfully curated gift guides, or check out our Toys page for gift ideas for your kids. You should also check out our collection of long-format gift guides: Best Gifts for Women, Best Gifts for Men, and the Heavy Christmas list.