We’ve all done it. Either because of a lack of snow, time, or planning, we’ve all procrastinated on our shopping. But now you’re looking at the last week left and panicking. You have to get a gift, or a few gifts, and time is running out. You could run to the store and pace up an down the aisles with everyone else. To save you that trouble, we’ve put together this quick list to help you pick something quickly.
Since we’re coming down to the wire, you might want to consider a 30-day free trial of Prime to ensure you get your items shipped to you in plenty of time. Today’s the last day to order to use Standard Shipping and have it arrive by the 24th, but Prime members get until the 22nd to take advantage of free two-day shipping. Getting Prime now can really bail you out as the holiday draws nearer.
If you waited until the last minute to start shopping, don’t worry. We’ve compiled the five best last-minute, inexpensive Christmas gifts to help you out.
1. Amazon.com Gift Cards – E-mail Delivery
For the ultimate in very-last-minute gift giving, you can always use Amazon’s e-gift cards to be absolutely sure it will arrive in time. It’s true that you won’t have anything to wrap and put under the tree, but as with all gift-giving, it’s the thought that counts. This is your fall-back in the case of emergency.
Need more options? Browse Amazon’s holiday gift guide here.
Price: Your choice
2. Philips BT2200B/27 Shoqbox Mini Rugged Compact Wireless Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
As I mentioned in a previous post, Bluetooth speakers are getting smaller, cheaper, and better all the time. This Philips unit is meant to be rugged and waterproof, so you can use it on the job site or in the garden. It has a built-in microphone for calls, and will even float if dropped in water. A cool little gift for the music lover.
Need more options? Browse all Bluetooth speakers here.
Price: $29.99 (40 percent off MSRP)
Buy the Philips BT2200B/27 Shoqbox Mini Rugged Compact Wireless Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker here.
3. Credit Card Tool Survival Pocket Knife By Cable And Case
A multitool is always a useful gift. This one uses a credit card form factor for easy carrying, and features ten useful tools to help anyone out of a bind. Functions include: serrated knife, bottle opener, small and large slotted screwdrivers, compass, magnifier, tweezers, toothpick, ruler, and bolt wrench.
Need more options? Browse all multitools here.
Price: $12.99 (68 percent off MSRP)
4. Case Logic DLC-115 15.6-Inch Laptop and Tablet Briefcase
Is someone on your list is getting a new laptop for Christmas? Help them protect their new device with a handsome but inexpensive laptop case. This fits 15.6 inch laptops, but also includes a compartment for a tablet up to 10.1 inches. This normally sells for $49.99, so grab it now while it’s a bargain.
Need more options? Browse more laptop bags here.
Price: $21.47 (52 percent off MSRP)
5. Bodum Brazil 8-Cup French Press Coffee Maker
French press coffee makers make the best coffee by far. It’s a little more labor intensive, but it’s also more of an experience. This is a nice gift to give if you want the coffee drinker on your list to slow down and enjoy their cup once in a while. You can use our list of best free trade coffees to choose something to go along with it.
Need more options? Browse more coffee makers here.