Are you one of those last-minute shoppers? There is always that one person you know who leaves everything literally until the last minute isn’t there! It may be you or a friend or family member. But honestly, even if you haven’t started already, be it Christmas shopping, birthday shopping, or general gift buying, there is always hope!

In this case, the internet is your best friend. Step away from that last slightly droopy bunch of flowers and that battered box of chocolates. They will not do you well. What you need is some creativity and a little bit of inspiration.

Check out these suggestions for some great last-minute gift ideas you can literally purchase right at the last minute. Even on your way to see them if that’s your thing.


If the person you are buying for needs practical help more than that slightly wilted bouquet of flowers, then why not offer them a pack of favours. Cook a meal, offer to help around the house, take them out for a nice meal to get them out, or even just assistance doing their weekly shop. This is a great way to make sure you stay in touch and offer something valuable that will be appreciated. Sure, this isn’t for everyone – although a great idea. But if you know someone who would appreciate this, it will make a great gift idea!


You don’t even need a printer, just an email address. You can book tickets for absolutely anything online, anytime, anywhere. Sitting on the bus on Xmas eve with no idea what to get your sister? Then why not buy her some Aladdin Tickets for a brilliant night out and an experience she will remember for years to come. This works with cinema tickets, theme parks, spa days. If you can buy tickets for it, you can gift it. Sort out the technicalities later if you need to but put some thought into what you are buying and give a gift that will create some amazing memories.

Whether you choose to share this with them, it would be rude to send them alone or let them take someone else with them; it really is a gift that will bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Amazon Prime

Luckily with Amazon Prime you can now get stuff delivered the following day. This is great for late purchases as you can order something in the evening, and get it the next morning. You can even get it gift wrapped! If you get caught up and forget your nephew’s birthday until the day before then you can visit an online gift guide for their age and quickly choose something fun or cool and check out through Amazon to get it delivered the next day

Subscription Boxes.

Ok, so if you are really last minute, chances are it will not arrive for a little while, but that doesn’t rule it out as a great gift. These days the market is full of many different subscription boxes that come with one-off purchases, 3,6 or 12-month plans, or regular ongoing monthly payments. 

All you need to do is find the perfect box — you can choose from beauty, fashion, jewelry, stationery, and much more. Select the timescale you would like the recipient to receive the box for and voila! Instant gift. It really is that simple. Don’t forget to cancel to avoid any unwanted boxes arriving, though.

What do you think? Have you found any inspiration here for those last-minute gift ideas?

Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


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