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

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

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    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.

    Uncommon Goods

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz even comes with emerald glasses!

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $40 or Amazon $25.41+ (available in Alice In Wonderland, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, or The Wonderful Wizard of Oz).

    Economy, standard, and express (1–2 business days) shipping options are offered at Uncommon Goods.

    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
    smartassandsass / Via instagram.com

    Each box comes packed with fun things like mugs, candles, T-shirts, etc. They have an estimated value of over $90! 

    Get it from Smartass & Sass for $34.95+/month (or $15.95/month for the shirt-only subscription).

    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
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Beautiful! Very well made, great quality, and actually very heavy for the size. I draped it over my cozy chair and it looks incredible in my formal living room." —ARA

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in three sizes and four color). 

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

    model cuddles with large knit blanket
    Bearaby

    I have this blanket and practically live under it. It's luxuriously soft and gently crushes me to sleep. Just note that the size of the blanket changes depending on the weight, so the 15-pound option is only wide enough to cover one adult.

    Get it from Bearaby for $269+ (available in three weights and five colors).

    Standard overnight shipping available at an additional cost. 

    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.

    Amazon

    There are A TON of other scratch-off maps to explore from this brand. Check out the whole collection here.

    Get the international food, destinations around the world, and national parks posters from Amazon for $29.99.

    Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

    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)
    instagram.com

    You can send your hungry recipient all types of sweets, from gummies to taffy to licorice to chocolate covered everything. I've tried one of these boxes and confirm it's a wonderful gift! All the candies I tried were top-notch.

    Get it from Candy Club for $29.99+/month.

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

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Great product! They fit comfortably, are very cute and don't shrink in the washing machine. I think they are priced fairly and I received them in the mail very quickly. I love these!" —Marcie

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in six styles).

    Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

    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
    Amazon

    It comes with four Beatle minifigs, a Jeremy figure, two display stands, and all the pieces needed to recreate the submarine. The top is removable and the minifigs can even fit inside the cockpit. There's also four rotating periscopes, two rotating propellers, and an adjustable rudder.

    Get it from Amazon for $249.99.

    Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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

    rainbow doormat outside home
    amazon.com

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $28.99.

    Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    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
    TeeFury

    Get it from TeeFury for $45 (available in sizes S–5XL and four colors).

    1–3 day expedited shipping available for an additional fee.

    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*

    Amazon

    Basically you're growing trees. Each player starts with two. The trees absorb light and get light points, which can be used to disperse seeds. There is a "sun" rotating around the board, so players have to time and position everything properly to get the most sunlight.

    Promising review: "Don't be fooled by the beautiful artwork, or the adorable little illustrated animals hidden within the components, Photosynthesis is a vicious abstract strategy game, and it's probably the best use of thematic gameplay for any tabletop game in 2017, worthy of being equated with other top tier uses of theme in designing gameplay, such as Shadows Over Camelot, Blood Rage, and just about anything produced by Fantasy Flights." —Paul Bulger

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    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
    Uncommon Goods

    This viewer comes with a redemption code, so your recipient can pick what images they want to immortalize in their new gizmo and then send in to be turned into reels. Soooo much better than a family photo album, just saying.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $29.95.

    Economy, standard, and express (1–2 business days) shipping options are offered at Uncommon Goods.

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

    Amazon

    This USDA Certified Organic and Fairtrade coffee is one of the strongest in the world. There are 59 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce of coffee.

    Get the coffee for $19.96 or the keychain for $12.99, both from Amazon.

    Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    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
    Uncommon Goods

    There are also pint glasses for beer (and juice) drinkers.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $18 (available in 24 cities).

    Economy, standard, and express (1–2 business days) shipping options are offered at Uncommon Goods.

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

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    The box is half the gift! I got the three-pack of their summer scents and the box was so pretty, I was forced to keep it forever. You can pick three candles from their holiday series or some from their core collection.

    Get a custom gift box from Otherland for $36+ (available in sets of one or three).

    Orders generally arrive in 2–5 business days. If you need an order expedited, email hello@otherland.com and they can probably help. Please note they only ship within the USA!

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

    Amazon, amazon.com

    It comes with 1,000 pieces. Tell them I said good luck!

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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

    Amazon, amazon.com

    The kit comes with a UV light, six nail polishes, base and top coat, and nine tools.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

    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.

    Amazon

    Get Calvin and Hobbes for $74.99+ (available in hard or soft cover) or the Far Side for $90+ (available in hard or soft cover) from Amazon.

    Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

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

    nes game coasters
    Amazon

    Get eight from Amazon for $10.99.

    Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    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
    Amazon

    The speaker can play about 20 hours on a single charge. 

    Promising review: "I can't believe how much sound comes out of this little speaker! I bought this for my husband for Christmas for his home office and I wasn't expecting it to be as great as it is. This sucker is loud and sounds really really good. Obviously, we haven't had it long so I can't say much about longevity yet, but the sound coming out of it is downright shocking, in the best way possible. I am very happy with this purchase." —Cattle Pillar

    Get it from Amazon for $149.99.

    Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

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

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "It arrived earlier and seeing everything now it was worth the wait! They are very nice and I'm excited to try everything. :)" —Kayleen L

    Get a box of 30 from Amazon for $17.99.

    Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    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
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I received my first Takeya cold-brew maker as a gift for Christmas. I like it so much I bought another. It's easy to use and very easy to clean, plus it makes my morning coffee more palatable. It was well-packaged, has easy-to-follow instructions, and will get lots of use at my house. One of the best features is that it can be turned upside down with no leakage." —J. Lloyd

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four sizes).

    Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    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
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the cutest game ever. I bought it for a friend's birthday because she's a cat lover. We opened it immediately and played for four hours straight because it was just so much fun. Same as your standard Monopoly but cat version. The property cards are all different cat breeds and on the back they have cute facts about cats. The houses are fish bones and hotels are litter boxes. Lots of fun for friends, family, etc." —Katie

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    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
    Amazon

    Get it from WallWorthyPrints on Amazon Handmade for $8.99.

    Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    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
    Cratejoy

    Cloth + Paper is a Black-owned subscription box that sends boxes with 8-12 planning items and 5-7 writing utensils. 

    Promising review: "I recently received my third box from Cloth & Paper. This subscription is a must have! So far I have not been disappointed in anything. The items you receive are of excellent quality, and are quite stunning as well." —Chanda F.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $50+/month. 

    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
    Uncommon Goods

    The salt is naturally antibacterial so they don't need to wash them. Just store in a dry, cool place.

    Promising review: "We use these for special occasions and to taste new tequila brands. To clean, you simply rinse the salt cup under water. Super fun and easy to use! Will definitely give this as a gift to friends in the future." —JENINNM

    Get a set of four from Uncommon Goods for $28 or something similar from Amazon for $19.75.

    Economy, standard, and express (1–2 business days) shipping options are offered at Uncommon Goods.

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

    KiwiCo

    It comes with ingredients to make two types of slime: glow-in-the-dark and chalkboard.

    Promising review: "The chalkboard and glow slime were super fun to make and play with. Loved how easy it was to make!" —Jacqueline

    Get it from KiwiCo for $26.95.

    Item will ship out within 2 business days from their warehouse in California.2-day shipping is available for an additional fee.

    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
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These wine aerators are FABULOUS! I do wine demos for different wineries and I don't always have time to let a bottle of wine breathe properly before a demo starts. These greatly enhance the flavor and it makes all the difference in the world. My sales numbers increased greatly. And you can't beat the price!" —Ash Bash

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.95.

    Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    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
    Amazon

    Sampler includes eight tea drops, two of each: Energizing Matcha Green Tea (caffeinated), Calming Rose Earl Grey (caffeinated), Refreshing Citrus Ginger (caffeine-free), and Cooling Sweet Peppermint (caffeine-free).

    Promising review: "Tea Drops + an electric kettle makes for a super simple and mess-free way to prepare your tea. Especially in the mornings when you're getting yourself together or in a hurry. Taste is on point, doesn't need any sweeteners. Overall very smooth teas. You do get a few tea particles at the bottom of your cup, which I thought might be an issue, but it turned out not to be troublesome at all. I would definitely recommend it!" —Arpan

    Get the pack of eight from Amazon for $16.99+ (also available in packs of 25). Make it a gift set with an electric kettle and really cute tea cup.

    Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    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.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Man, I love the heck out of this thing. I'm an adult, and I grew up with the original '90s Digimon v-pet. Two Digimon at once, 5+ sets of eggs to raise, colosseum mode, and the sleep and mute buttons 👍 For the price and all the features, this is everything that my nostalgic heart wanted. I got the glow-in-the-dark version, and I've never ever regretted it." —Franco

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in four colors).

    Available on Amazon Prime with free same-day shipping and two-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    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.

    bookofthemonth / Via instagram.com, bookofthemonth / Via instagram.com

    This is truly the only subscription service I love! The books are so well curated, and I love being shown books I wouldn't have picked up otherwise. I'm not the only one in love. Here is what BuzzFeed editor Heather Braga has to say:

    "I was gifted a year of Book of the Month for my birthday one year and to date it is one of the best things I've received. There are few things as satisfying as getting truly lost in the pages of a good book — and it'll provide for a great distraction for your mind if you've recently been stressed. Each month you'll be permitted to choose one of four books, all of which are different genres. Then the book you selected will be delivered to your door. Magic! Excuse me, I need to re-up my subscription."

    Get a three month subscription from Book of the Month for $49.99.

    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
    Hot N Saucy

    Hot N Saucy is a Black woman-owned business based in NYC.

    Get them from Hot N Saucy for $30.

    All orders placed by Dec. 21 will arrive by Christmas. Generally, orders ship out the next day.

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

    four small bottles of apéritif
    Haus

    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
    Airbnb

    You can have them join a video call or book a private group for all your favorite shark lovers. They'll get to meet sharks, listen to cool stories about global travel, and even get a free copy of Lesley's book, Sharks.

    Get it from Airbnb Experience for $19/per person. 

    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
    Uncommon Goods

    Just plug this into the headphone jack of any mp3 player, laptop, or phone and bam! It's DJ time. 

    Promising review: "Gave as a gift to my grandson, who is technology savvy. He also plays guitar and the clarinet (in his high school Honors Band!). This mixer will be loads of fun for him and his friends. He was able to use it without reading the instructions. Once he reads those he'll be a maestro. Thank you for a unique product." —Na Na

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $100.

    Economy, standard, and express (1–2 business days) shipping options are offered at Uncommon Goods.

    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
    Piquant Post

    This monthly subscription box will provide you with freshly ground, small-batch spice blends *and* new recipes to try. Fun for all!

    Get it from Piquant Post for $11.99/month (also available for $65.94 for six months and $119.88 for 12 months).

    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.

    Amazon

    Get them from Amazon: Candy Land for $39.99, Scrabble for $39.99, Scattergories for $35.68, Boggle for $39.94, or a trio collection of Scrabble, Monopoly, and Clue for $109.99.

    Check listing for accurate delivery date. Non-Prime shipping options will still arrive before Christmas (see Amazon’s full shipping information here).

    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
    Finders Seekers

    Each month, they'll have the opportunity to explore another city and culture through puzzles, deciphering codes, and escape room challenges. You won't even need to take one of those cheesy photos at the end like everyone was posting on Facebook for months.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $25/month.

    Order by December 17th and get it by Christmas.

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

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Reviewers for both makers suggest a liberal use of Pam or other non-stick spray to make sure the waffles come out in one piece.

    Promising review (for trucks): "Easy to use and my son lovvvvves it. I’ve only used it twice so far but it’s been fine both times. Non-stick coating didn’t come off. I did spray it with Pam before using but I haven’t tried it without Pam, so I can’t say whether the non-stick coating works. No huge mess or anything. I’m using store bought pancake mix (just add water). Biggg hit!" —paige

    Get them from Amazon: the Spider-Man for $44.99 and the trucks for $49.95.

    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
    Chewy

    Get it from Chewy for $39.99.

    Free 1-3 day shipping on $50+ orders.

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