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40 Unexpected Last-Minute Gifts That'll Put Santa To Shame

It's not too late to out-gift Santa.

What a year! The holidays are finally here! And while we’re doing our best to make sure the products we feature will arrive in time, shipping times are especially tricky this year, so we suggest shopping as early as you can.

Stock and shipping times can vary depending on where you live, which product you purchase, and more. So order earlier than you think you need to and be sure to double-check the retailers’ websites for shipping information to ensure that your gift will arrive in time for when you need it. 

1. A fairytale pop-up book sure to capture their imagination, no matter their age.

2. Smartass & Sass, a subscription box complete with up to nine hand-curated items perfect for the smart aleck in your life who enjoys cheeky merch.

contents of one of the boxes

3. A pom-pom throw blanket that's simple enough to match any decor but fun enough (you know, because pom-poms) to become a beloved gift.

blanket lined with giant fuzzy balls

4. Or a chunky, velvet weighted blanket that's totally worth splurging on.

model cuddles with large knit blanket

5. A scratch-off poster so your loved one can keep track of their travels and feel encouraged to try new things. Choose from international food, destinations around the world, and national parks.

6. A subscription to Candy Club for people whose sugar tooth can never be satisfied.

four jars of candy (rainbow wheels, strawberry puffs, blue raspberry sour tape, and something chocolate)

7. A pair of plush slipper socks to keep their paws nice and warm.

8. A Yellow Submarine Lego set for a gift that can't be beat-le.

lego submarine with four beatles minifigs holding items and a small jeremy figure

9. A rainbow welcome mat that'll be as nice and welcome as your recipient is!

rainbow doormat outside home

10. A funny zip-up hoodie featuring the best Ice Cube/Ice-T collab anyone could ever hope for.

zip-up hoodie with the actor ice-t's face shaped like a glass with little square images of ice cube the rapper on it

11. A fun and beautiful board game where the point of the game is basically to become a thriving forest. *wistfully stares out of the window*

12. A custom reel viewer that doubles down on nostalgia by letting them view their old photos in the coolest way possible.

four reels with photos on them next to reel finder

13. A bag of super strong coffee and a matching keychain they'll like a latte.

14. A city map rocks glass to give to the person who just moved to a new city or is just really into the one they're living in now.

glass with engraved city map of chicago

15. An absolutely gorgeous pack of candles from Otherland in lots of velvety winter smells everyone will enjoy.

16. A challenging, circular puzzle you should only gift to people who are truly great-ient at jigsaw puzzles.

17. A gel manicure kit with everything they need to create amazing manicures right at home.

18. A box set of either Calvin and Hobbes or The Far Side. Studies have shown that either purchase increases happiness by 110%. Can't argue with that (totally made up) data.

19. A pack of old-school NES cartridge coasters to encourage them to actually use a coaster, dangit!

nes game coasters

20. A Marshall portable Bluetooth speaker so they can feel like they're jamming out with a tiny, baby amp.

rectangular speaker that says marshall on it

21. A box filled with Japanese snacks to please the person who has been really itching for new treats to try.

22. A dishwasher-safe airtight cold-brew maker that'll allow them to keep a caché for morning juice ready to go in the fridge.

coffee maker with handle

23. An unofficial cat-themed Monopoly game to play when you two want to learn about cat breeds while buying up real estate.

cat themed monopoly with cat locations and cat-related charms

24. A Michael Scott quote print because they will miss 100% of the gifts you don't give them.

print of michael scott that says "'you miss 100% of the shot you don't take.'" —wayne gretsky —michael scott

25. A lovely, minimalist stationery subscription box full of everything your over-planning giftee could ever hope for. I'm talking pens, sticky notes, notepads, journals, and more.

the inside of the box with white and tan supplies

26. A set of Himalayan salt glasses to make tequila and mezcal shots go down smooth thanks to the salt-infused finish. Licking salt off their hand is a thing of the past, thank goodness.

four pink shot glasses next to limes and tequila

27. A cool kit that lets them make slime they can legit draw on with chalk art markers. How cool is that???

28. Wine decanters that aerate as you pour, so your recipient can turn even the cheapest of wines into something extra drinkable.

wine poured through small aerator

29. An adorable set of Tea Drops — loose leaf tea that's been pressed with raw sugar, and aromatic spices — for a cute and easy tea session.

wooden box filled with pressed tea shaped like stars, flowers, and hearts

30. A Digimon X virtual pet monster that will let them raise and train their own digital monster and battle it against friends. It's a fun, slightly violent spin on the traditional Tamagotchi.

31. Book of the Month, an ultra-beloved service that mails a hardcover book right to their door each month. They get to pick one of the five featured books or skip until next month if they have enough reading material.

32. A trio of colorful hot sauces in deliciously unique flavors like garlic peperoncini, beet and fresno, and sweet potato and habanero. They'll wonder how you ever survived a meal without a dash of sweet potato hot sauce.

three glass bottles of hot sauce in red, orange, and green

33. A sampling of tasty apéritif cocktails so they can try them all and pick a favorite. 

four small bottles of apéritif

With flavors like lemon lavender and grapefruit jalapeño I truly don't know how you'd only be able to choose just one. This set includes four 200mL bottles that make about two to three drinks each.

Get it from Haus for $50 (available with seven flavors to choose from).

Order by 12/12 to get it by Christmas. Overnight and expedited 2-day shipping available for an additional cost.

34. A fin-teresting virtual class with Lesley, a shark expert with 21 years of experience in shark conservation, scientific research, campaigning, and education. Sharks are objectively cool, so this is objectively a cool gift for sea-lovers!

scuba diver with lemon sharks

35. A pocket mixer that works like a traditional mixer but on a much smaller scale, so your favorite amateur DJ can pump up the beats at a moment's notice.

the pocket mixer with cell phones connected to it

36. Piquant Post for anyone who has been leaning on their generic spice rack for TOO LONG. Tell them to put down the allspice and try some Tandoori BBQ or Madras Hot Curry!

an array of spices

37. A classic board game hidden inside a book so they can store it neatly on their bookshelf until it's time to humiliate the competition in a ruthless game of Candy Land.

38. Finders Seekers perfect for the sleuth in your life who loves puzzles and escape room challenges.

an example of one of the kits with various clues and maps

39. A Spider-Man or tiny automobile waffle maker to make breakfast time extra exciting.

40. A sloth scratching post for anyone who loves cats AND sloths (the Venn diagram of the two is basically a circle).

sloth scratch post

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