Nobody wants to be that person driving around town from store to store on Dec. 24 looking for last-minute Christmas gifts. You and I both know you’ll wind up at a pharmacy or mini mart buying one of those terra-cotta figurines that has chia growing from it when you water it.
Don’t be that person!
Fortunately for you, if you’re still looking for a gift this late in the game, we did most of the work for you — all except for you having to pay for the gift. Here are our favorite last-minute gift ideas for Christmas that will make your final week of Christmas shopping easy…as long as you don’t wait until the very last minute.
Two is always better than one, and these two boxes are filled with premium snacks, including several that are “covered” in goodness: chocolate-covered popcorn and cherries, and yogurt-covered pretzels. And if you like your chocolate all on its own, it also offers six signature truffles.
There are very few guarantees in life. We know about death and taxes. But, what about the guarantee that you will smile if you look at a gnome? It’s true! Whether their bearded mugs are plastered on a cookie jar, a throw pillow, or even a mug itself, they will make whoever receives these gifts happy it’s Christmastime.
Ain’t no party like a Christmas party ’cause a Christmas party don’t stop! And if you’re going to potentially be late with your gift, it better be spectacular, like this one, which is 14 (!) gifts in one. The Christmas Party Collection is also hefty, weighing in at 42 pounds. With it, you get 5 pounds of Royal Riviera Pears, 1 pound of dried fruit in a tree-shaped box, 6 pounds of meats and cheese, over 20 pounds of snacks and cookies (Moose Munch, peppermint bark, yogurt-covered pretzels, raspberry galettes, to name a few), and another pound of chocolate truffles. Those remaining pounds? They’re scrumptious, trust me.
This is like getting the very best of Harry & David all wrapped up in a lovely box. Actually, that’s exactly what you’re getting: pears, Moose Munch, meat and cheese, pepper and onion relish, chocolate-covered cherries, chocolate truffles, and at least three more items. You can also add wine to this gift. Oh, and that lovely box? It’s reusable. So, there’s that, too.
I believe, but don’t quote me on this, that baking cookies on Christmas morning became an official holiday law sometime in 1973. Good thing for this last-minute gift idea, huh? The Home for the Holidays Collection comes with two baking mixes — gingerbread sugar cookies and peppermint scones. And what goes better with cookies and pastries on Christmas morning than hot chocolate? Wash these treats down with your choice of chocolate truffle, Belgian white chocolate, or salted caramel cocoa.
As joyous as the holiday season is, this time of year can also be very, very stressful: In addition to your regular day -to-day routine, you’re shopping, sorry, hunting for gifts, whether online or in-store, and having to wrap and hide said gifts in the house; decorating the house; hosting family; cooking holiday meals; trying to figure out winter break plans; losing sleep over how much to tip the mailman. You need to take care of yourself. Click here to do so.
Whether it’s a last-minute Christmas gift or hostess gift (New Year’s Eve is just around the corner!), the pairing of wine and chocolate in the form of cabernet sauvignon and merlot and dark chocolate truffles is a no-brainer. Enough said.
Are there three more symbiotic words this time of year than holiday, epicurean, and entertaining? This all-in-one gift has everything you need for your holiday fete. It does skew toward the charcuterie lover, however, offering the highest-quality salumi from the finest purveyors: Elevation Artisan Meats ‘Nduja spreadable salami and black pepper salami, Brooklyn Cured sliced smoked beef salami, and Coro Foods agrumi salami, along with five different cheeses.
Sure, this comes with dark chocolate popcorn and chocolate-covered grahams (those are my favorite) and chocolate-covered pretzels AND dark chocolate truffles AND cocoa-covered almonds — and those sweets are all well and good (delicious, actually) — along with a bottle of merlot, but the pièce de résistance, for me at least, is the sherpa-lined throw blanket. Anything lined with sherpa equals instant coziness. Even without a fire to snuggle up next to.
Harry & David’s Fruit-of-the-Month Club may be its most notable club in their arsenal, but it has a plethora of continuous gifts that go well beyond just fruit. Imagine your loved one opening their front door every month to find a box of the finest steaks, most decadent chocolates, exceptional desserts, artisan cheeses, gourmet meals, or even award-winning wine. Buy one, buy all! If all, a dinner of lobster pot pie, bone-in ribeye, San Joaquin Gold Cheese, along with a bottle of pinot noir awaits! And for dessert? Chocolate-covered cherries and HoneyBell cheesecake.
Not all gifts need to come neatly wrapped with a bow on top; some are meant to be experienced. A gift of an Alice’s Table workshop is for the person who loves to cook, mix cocktails, or assemble flower arrangements. All the instructors are top shelf, with such luminaries as acclaimed mixologist Sother Teague, the Plant Kween, and Alice Lewis, the company’s founder.
For delivery before Christmas, order by:
Dec. 18 for standard shipping
Dec. 19 for 3-day express shipping
Dec. 20 for 2-day express shipping
Dec. 21 for overnight shipping
For more holiday gifting inspiration, check out our other gift guides:
Gifts for Her
Gifts for Him
Gifts Under $50
Gifts for People Who Love to Eat
Best Wine Basket Ideas & Gifts for Any Wine Lover
12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide
Stocking Stuffer Ideas
White Elephant Gift Ideas