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Since I can remember, I’ve literally done all of my holiday gift shopping on Christmas Eve, and there have been a few anxiety-inducing occasions when I’ve forgotten someone on my list on Christmas Day altogether. Fortunately, thanks to the advent of online shopping, if you happen to find yourself in this rather unfortunate situation this year, you’re not completely out of luck. As a bona fide anti-holiday person with a penchant for procrastinating, I’ve become pretty well-versed in the art of finding the best last-minute gifts that can save the day in a pinch—even in an Uber while on your way to your family’s Christmas (or whichever holiday you honor and celebrate) dinner.
Obviously, making a mad dash into your local grocery store (because frankly, that’s all that will be open) to get your hands on a generic gift card is one option, but believe me, there are plenty of other easy and quick gifting options that will actually make it look like you put some effort into—even if you most certainly did not. Sure, there are plenty of solid online and digital gifting options that you can send instantly online via email, but if you’re seeking a tangible gift to ship out or gift IRL, you still have a few options left if you act fast.
Below, find 11 thoughtful holiday gifts that will arrive in time for Christmas. Trust us, we checked.
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What’s better than a gift that arrives in time for Christmas? A gift that’s also on sale! Elemis is one of the best skincare brands on the market and their cleansing balm is a favorite by so many beauty writers and editors (*raises hand). You can grab this gift set that includes three variations of the iconic cleansing balm so you’ll be all stocked for the new year. Plus, if you’re new to shopping at QVC, you can score $10 off your purchase of $25 or more when you enter code SURPRISE at checkout. That’s like getting this set for just $69
Nordstrom has a huge selection of gift options that’ll arrive by Christmas, and the retailer also offers curbside pick-up, so you can safely buy online and pick-up without leaving your car. Order gifts by December 17 and choose free standard shipping to get your gift by December 25. These adorable Birkenstocks are likely at the top of everyone’s wishlist this holiday season, and it says some of the sizes and colorways will arrive in time.
Don’t forget that Amazon Prime members get faster shipping options, like same-day, one-day and two-day delivery. Not bad for $14.99 a month! If they’ve been dying to get their hands on a new pair of AirPods
, now’s your chance to help out. Shop the second-generation AirPods for a whopping 28 percent off right now.
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Want to know how to shop UGG slippers on sale and in time for Christmas? Head over to Zappos, of course! The iconic Fluff Yeah Slides are down by an entire $30—what are you waiting for?! The retailer promises Christmas delivery for orders placed by December 16, so you truly do get everything you need in time and at a discount.
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Check out Sephora’s shipping page to see a list of all the different cutoff dates. The last day for standard shipping is December 19, the last day for two-day shipping is December 20 and the last day for one-day shipping is December 21. If you’re really in a pinch, you can also buy your gifts online and pick them up in-store. You can even send an e-gift card if you’re down to the wire. Sephora’s gift set offerings are truly unmatched; start with this limited-edition Charlotte Tilbury lip set.
Ulta has laid out all of its holiday shipping cutoffs for you, here. Generally, you should order by December 17 to get your package in time. If you need your gifts even faster, Ulta offers curbside (and in-store) pick-up so that you don’t even have to walk into the store. Our rec is this gift set from NARS.
Get your giftee the coziest pajama set from Tommy John. It even comes in a couple of holiday-themed patterns. Just be sure to place your order by December 17 for free ground shipping by Christmas, by December 19 for two-day holiday shipping and by December 20 for overnight delivery by December 25.
For standard free shipping that arrives by Christmas, order your Allbirds shoes by December 13. The cutoff for three-day shipping that delivers by Christmas is December 18, and there will also be free one-day shipping with orders over $75 that you place by 12/21. The two-day and one-day options each last one day only. You can’t go wrong with any of the cult-favorite brand’s sneakers. However, you really can’t go wrong with the Wool Runners that have a cushioned midsole and are made from super comfy ZQ Merino wool.
The foodie on your list will drool over any of Brightland’s olive oils or vinegars, but a fan-fave classic is The Duo. The set is comprised of two olive oils: Awake is great for cooking and Alive is perfect for salads, bread and baked goods. If you want to get your gifts by Christmas, the standard shipping deadline is December 12, the three-day shipping cutoff is December 18 and the one-day shipping deadline is December 24.
They can never have too many beanies to gear up for cold weather. The Alpaca Beanie from Everlane comes in five gorg colors and is made from a blend of alpaca and RWS-certified wool. It’ll keep their head and ears oh so cozy. In order to get it delivered before Christmas, order by December 19 with express shipping.
Who doesn’t like a gourmet cake delivered right to their door (or handed off IRL)? It’s also available in gluten-free and different flavors. Lucky for you, Milk Bar offers next-day delivery anywhere in the country. To ensure their cake is ready to enjoy by Christmastime, make sure to place your order two to three days beforehand.
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