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    61 Last Minute Gifts For The Person You Forgot To Buy Something For

    Couple "Oh, you know shipping this year" with one of these finds for the perfect coverup.

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    1. A hardy cast-iron skillet even the worst cook will have some luck using. There's nothing to get someone excited to experiment like a new toy!

    cast iron skillet with salmon filets and asparagus in it

    This one is pre-seasoned and ready to use. Check out our explainer on how to take care of cast-iron skillets.

    Promising review: "I love this skillet! I've used it on the stove: gas and electric (on glass tops do not drag this skillet on it, it will scratch the glass) as well as over fire outdoors. I've owned it for eight months now and it still looks as new as it did eight months ago. Make sure to research how to clean your cast iron cookware and always heat them up to evaporate any surface moisture after cleaning before oiling. I've made many different foods in this, Utica Greens, bacon, eggs, steak, pizza...etc. All have come out perfect. Be aware this skillet is huge so make sure you have room to store it and it is also heavy...About 12 pounds I think, so my wife does have trouble moving it, I also need 2 hands to carry the sucker especially when its loaded with food! I would say I would buy this again, but I see this skillet lasting for ever!" —Tinkerman

    Get it from Amazon for $28.12+ (available in 10 sizes, varieties including some that will ship after Christmas so please double check!).

    2. Tasty's new *adulting* cookbook that'll inspire some confidence to make that stuff they've never tried before.


    Get it from Amazon for $14.68.

    3. A book on remarkable women throughout history as some inspo for the huge, wonderful, impactful things they're oh-so ready to do! And there's a matching notecard set too!

    the book cover with illustrations of some of the women

    Get the book from Amazon for $16.24.

    Also consider the similar Legendary Ladies: 50 Goddesses to Empower and Inspire You and Nevertheless, She Wore It: 50 Iconic Fashion Moments by the same author!

    4. A Star Wars Light Saber chopsticks set for anyone you've heard has collected about every Baby Yoda thing.


    The lights can be turned on or off with a button at the top. The chopsticks also come with new batteries and a stopper included. If the batteries go out, you can replace them with 3 x LR41 camera batteries.

    Promising review: "I gave these as Christmas presents and bought this set for myself. Seriously cool and amazing! Everyone was excited when they received them. They are extremely lightweight and easy to use. My friends are planning a Star Wars night at a local all-you-can-eat sushi place. Should be awesome!" —Johnny

    Get it from Amazon for $21.97 (set comes with chopsticks in four different light colors) and the 3 x LR41 camera batteries for $6.95.

    5. A screaming goat that'll make them say "it me" when it shrieks on their behalf.

    the screaming toy goat and a small pocket guide

    Promising review: "I spend about 90% of my day silently screaming at the computer because, well, welcome to customer service. Since this little goat arrived, I no longer look like I am practicing for my appearance on Jerry Springer. I just push the little goat. He screams (but not in a disruptive way). I smile. I am no longer annoyed. I survived peak season because of this goat. I owe my sanity to you, screaming goat." —Gab&Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $9.67.

    6. A scenic wall calendar any animal lover with an appreciation for all facets of nature will adore.


    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    7. A *mythical* meats jerky set for any weirdo who's into gas station snacks (it me). Oh, and they're keto-friendly!

    the jerky stick set

    Pssst, it's actually beef, buffalo, venison.

    Promising review: "I got these as a Father's Day gift for my hubby and my dad both of them absolutely loved this. It is such a unique gift even for that hard-to-buy-for person. The kids got a great kick out of it too." —Katherine Rowe

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    8. A desktop Wacky Waving Inflatable Tube Guy they can dance along to because it's a little weird just HOW good they are at that dance.

    the wacky inflatable guy

    Promising review: "I opened the package and screamed for joy! As I placed the nine-volt battery my hands were trembling with what was going to happen next! As I turned on the wacky waving inflatable tube man I knew I had a friend for life. Someone you can really count on cheering you up when you are feeling down. He brought me such joy I started to cry with laughter and happiness." —Robert Wurstner

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    9. An eos shea lip balm set because, well, lip balm is universal. It won't hurt to buy a few of these as extras!

    the lip balm set

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    10. A 20-pack of stylish hair clips to liven up the family fashionista's lewk rotation.

    various hair clips

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99.

    11. My Best Friend's Exorcism, a funny (no, really) tome that is *so* '80s and, yes, a pretty creepy read. If they're into horror and comedy, this'll be a hit.

    the book cover

    I read this book this year — along with the author's other books, HORRORSTOR that'd be great for IKEA heads, and The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires perfect for someone who likes spooky stuff, but not the demonic kind. The latter part describes my mom, who read the book upon my insistence after I finished it, and really liked it! I enjoyed *all* of Grady Hendrix's book but loved this one exponentially more. I love scary stuff but thrive on comedy. Plus all those '80s references made everything so much more fun. Also... just LOOK at that book cover.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    12. Or Hood Feminism, an amazing read for anyone who's trying to be an ally and has always identified as a feminist but is part of a group who already has a lot of privilege (like me, a white cis-woman).

    the book cover

    This is something I also read this year. But as much as I enjoy '80s horror tomes, this was much more impactful and will (hopefully) stick with me for the rest of my life. If your recipient has been sharing their anti-racist reads this year (whether they've actually been reading them or not, hopefully they have! Geez), this is one that can't be missed. This covers how modern feminism often skips over the basic needs of people as an issue worth fighting for and the lack of someone's basic needs being met impacts every other aspect of their life (think food insecurity and inaccessibility to safe neighborhoods). This collection of essays stings if you're someone who, like me, hasn't had to worry about if my basic needs are being met. But learning and growing in the hopes of helping others through your own actions *is* painful. I think this book is fantastic and if you think the recipient would also appreciate it, buy it for them and support this wonderful author, please!

    Get it from Amazon for $15.69.

    13. A Fire kids tablet for a grown-up approved way to keep your nephew occupied while the adults talk about important all the new Star Wars shows. (Pssst, this has controls on it so the kids in your life can't just download whatever to it.)


    Amazon Kids parental controls allow you to set educational goals, create time limits, and filter content. The included 1 year of Amazon Kids+ (FreeTime Unlimited) gives your kids access to over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, audiobooks, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more. *Also* parents can give kids access to more apps like Netflix, Minecraft, and Zoom via the Amazon Parent Dashboard.

    Promising review: "My 4-year-old daughter got this tablet as a Christmas gift. It's been a hit. I now get quiet, stress-free rides in the car. On the weekends, I've even got her to play the tablet in the bed beside me for an hour or so while I sleep in. WIN! I love that I don't have to worry about her downloading anything inappropriate, because she only has access to the approved kids' curated entertainment. And it's not just games, Amazon has books and shows on there too. The battery lasts all day, even on heavy driving/road trip days. I'd definitely recommend this tablet for young children." —Katie Lewis

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (available in six color combos).

    14. A Drag Race mad libs book to hand to 'em and say "and don't fudge it up" bc you're at a FAMILY-FRIENDLY Zoom gathering ok. Seriously, this is going to provide hours of fun for everyone.

    the cover of the book with Rupaul on it

    Back in April my friend Marissa sent our friend group Mad Libs books to do during our video chats and filling them out was so much fun! Highly rec.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    15. A minimalist tissue box cover so they can address their sniffles without messing up their interior aesthetic. I own this (yep, that's my nightstand in the pic) and I adore it.

    nightstand with a stack of books and the square white house-shape tissue box on the stack
    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    And go one step further and provide a square tissue box inside.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.11.

    16. A blank comic book the budding artists in your fam can fill out and then swap to read., Amazon

    Promising review: "Our son has been into comic drawing lately and he would draw his own lines/boxes on paper he stapled together! I saw this book while Christmas shopping and thought it would be great for him. He loves it!" —Ebiel and Erica Camacho

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    17. A fill-in-the-blank book you can buy for the sibling who always ALWAYS forgets to buy a gift for mom. Because of course YOU'RE not that sibling.

    person holding a small book that says "what I love about Mom" on the cover

    Get it from Amazon for $10 (available in 14 styles).

    18. And a 3-in-1 plant moisture meter to help them better care for their plant babies, whether they're a plant newbie or a seasoned pro.

    the meter in a potted plant

    Promising review: "Used this last night, works well, have to let it sit for 10 minutes to get a correct read. Dial is easy enough to read, basic understanding of pH is needed but otherwise easy enough." —Nate

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    19. A hot sauce–making kit that'll please anyone who always asks for hot sauce when you're out eating at a restaurant, no matter the dish in front of them.

    the parts of the kit

    Promising review: "I bought this as a birthday present for dad. He was super excited when he opened it, and got to work right away. The entire house now stinks of spicy, and a second recipe is already underway. My dad doesn't care, but two of the pre-made sticker labels are for the sauce that can only be made once. I wish there were more, blank-er labels to write more info in. This kit is not all-inclusive, and you may have to buy more ingredients, but it is super fun and worth the buy." —JR

    Get it from Amazon for $59.95.

    20. A 7-in-1 Instant Pot because they've dedicated a whole Pinterest board to Instant Pot recipes (and sent you the link), so 'tis time you go ahead and get this thing. And perhaps even pull your siblings in on the gift.

    instant pot with mac and cheese in it

    Uses include a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker and warmer. Features 14 smart programs, like soup, meat/stew, bean/chili, poultry, sauté/simmer, rice, multigrain, porridge, steam, slow cook, keep warm, yogurt, manual, and pressure cook. Unconvinced? Read why one BuzzFeeder loves it.

    Promising review: "I love this machine. I got it as a Christmas gift to myself and it's the best money I've ever spent. I'm on an elimination diet for my autoimmune disease. It means that I have to cook all my food myself. I CANNOT eat out. That is a huge amount of time and prep and work. This little machine is a lifesaver. There's a bit of a learning curve figuring out how long things need to go, and how to adapt recipes from slow cookers and oven braising to work under pressure, but once you figure it out, it's such a huge time saver. Plus it does so many different things. Such a time saver, and so delicious." —CelesteEden

    Get it from Amazon for $59.92+ (available in 3-, 6-, or 8-quart sizes). Also be sure to pick up an Instant Pot cookbook.

    If they've mentioned wanting an air fryer, consider this 11-in-1 Instant Pot instead.

    21. Plus! A pair of Instant Pot magnets that'll help answer those questions (sorry, Siri) about how long everything cooks in that incredibly helpful appliance.

    the magnets

    Promising review: "I bought these for my daughter. She is thrilled with them — just what she needed for her Instant Pot." —KerrieS

    Get them from Amazon for $10.99.

    22. A pack of foxy cable organizers to help 'em keep their earbuds tidier and easier to find... a gift they'll appreciate on the reg!

    phone with leather look fox-shape cord wrap

    Get the five-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    23. A 45-pack(!!!) of velvet scrunchies for the self-professed VSCO girl or the beauty fiend. They're on-trend rn AND won't dent hair as much as other hair ties.


    Get them from Amazon for $9.99.

    24. A deck of affirmation cards that'll be a lil' everyday boost for someone who just needs a mini creative pep talk.

    the deck of cards

    Get them from Amazon for $15.51.

    25. A five-pack of multitools as a handy wallet helper that, tbh, everyone will find incredibly useful on a variety of occasions.

    the credit card size tool in a wallet

    Fits in a standard wallet like a credit card. Has 11 functions, including can opener, bottle cap opener, 4-position wrench, 2-position wrench, butterfly screw wrench, direction anxillary wrench, knife edge, saw blade, screwdriver, ruler, and keychain hole (for easy attachment onto your gear).

    Promising review: "These fit perfectly in your wallet or pocket and have gotten me out of a jam many times. There are 11 functions this card can perform and I have used 8 of them so far with positive results. Whether it's opening a box, tightening a screw, or opening a bottle or can, this is a nice tool to have around. I bought these as gifts for everyone in my family and they all love them. No matter what your daily routine is, there will be a time when one or more of the tools functions will come in handy. I keep one in my pocket and one in my car at all times. It is always good to be prepared. These make a great gifts and you can't beat the price." —Dana Bradley

    Get them from Amazon for $8.89.

    26. A 50-pack of The Office stickers for the person who can't stop, won't stop rewatching the series. We all know one! Several, probably.

    variety of The Office stickers

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99.

    27. A 48-pack of fun washi tape so they can decorate their bullet journal, personalize some snail mail, and add some serious pizzazz to just about anything.

    stacks of pattern tape

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    28. A purrrfect tote for the group's resident cat person that you know next to nothing else about besides their feline love, sassy 'tude.

    perosn with tote bag on their arm that says "do what I want" with a drawing of a cat

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    29. A five-pack of washable mesh shopping totes for a très chic solution to them always having to pay for a plastic bag. I own one and can vouch that these beauts ball up into very little space but have some Mary Poppins–like capabilities.


    Seriously though, I have a beige one and fill 'er up with heavy hardback library books during weekend errands and most anything else that needs to go in there.

    Get them from Amazon for $12.98.

    30. A foodie dog toy for the furry member of the fam who really gets riled up when it's gift-opening time.

    puppy with various food theme plush toys

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in several styles that'll ship before Christmas).

    31. A Bob Ross bobblehead that'll bring a smile to their face, just like painting happy little trees. Oh, and he says 10 of his most iconic sayings!!

    the Bob Ross bobble head with a book of paintings

    Get it from Amazon for $6.85.

    32. Fancy (LOOKING) earrings to upgrade most outfits. Maybe even athleisure? Whatever. They're the ones who get to wear them and decide.

    model wearing gold tone statement hoop earrings

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in 8 styles).

    33. A Tea Forte set with their signature pyramid tea bags that'll be both a novel and tasty gift for any tea fiend or someone who's flirting with becoming a tea fiend. Plus it comes in a pretty box that you won't have to wrap.


    Get them from Amazon for $25.

    34. A Disney coloring book for the kid who's Disney-obsessed and you just don't have the heart to text their parents and ask what they don't have. They likely don't have this.

    the coloring book cover

    Get it from Amazon for $6.77.

    35. A drawing book for kids because you def know a kid who's creative and has very lofty taste in art supplies so you don't wanna make the mistake of buying the wrong kind. Well, this is a safe go-to.

    the book cover

    Get it from Amazon for $15.26.

    36. An adorably existential read that just may bring your emo friend a glimmer of joy — not that they'd show it. (And maybe give them the original too!)

    the book cover

    Get it from Amazon for $9.71.

    37. Crescent moon earrings for the person who's just a *gem*.

    crescent moon shape earrings with black rhinestones on them

    Get them from Amazon for $17.50 (available in three color combos).

    38. A vegan coconut lip scrub – it may just be the best thing they get because winter is rough on lips but that doesn't mean winter gusts should win.

    person dipping finger into the tub of scrub

    Promising review: "I love this. Yes, i have had dry lips and just scooped a little coconut oil and some sugar from my kitchen and scrubbed my lips, and yes that also works. However, this is an absolute luxury and the price is good. It smells/tastes wonderful and i found myself saying a number of 'ooohs' and 'aaaahs' as i used it the first time. I would buy it again and would also purchase as a gift because i think most people would enjoy using it." —Buddingtwigs

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    39. A doughnut pillow that'll ensure they'll have sweet dreams.

    donut-shape pillow with sprinkle look on it

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99.

    40. A Krispy Kreme x Jelly Belly set for the person who more or less runs on sugar. Or whose sleepwalking alter ego loooooooves candy. Whatever, these'll be a solid choice for lots of folks.

    Krispy Kreme jelly ban set

    Get it from Amazon for $10.10.

    41. A couple of aerating wine glasses to help make that two-buck Chuck taste like something they bought at that fancy wine store around the corner. They've gotta aspire to something.

    pouring wine into the aerating wine glass

    Promising review: "We weren’t sure if these were more of a cute gimmick or useful, but them! They do quickly aerate wine, both red and white, and are pretty. As some reviewers have mentioned, the stemless version is a little large in the hand, but we don’t find this to be a problem. They would make a fun, unique gift." —PS Forster

    Get them from Amazon for $47.98.

    42. An extra set of hands to help tidy up their shelves.

    hand-shape bookends

    Get them from Amazon for $22.95.

    43. An awkward family photo 2021 calendar because everyone needs a new calendar and this hilarity of this is universal.

    the calendar box

    Get it from Amazon for $14.39.

    44. A cute bottle opener you can deliver with a bottle of budget wine that seemed to have a nice looking label when you stopped by the store en route to the shindig.

    elephant shape bottle opener

    Get it from Amazon for $8.47.

    45. Face coasters that'll turn family movie night into something full of even *more* LOLs.


    Get 40 from Amazon for $8.99.

    46. A deck of waterproof playing cards for the adventurous type who seems to finagle being outdoors more than indoors as far as you can gather from their Insta feed.

    waterproof playing cards

    Get them from Amazon for $5.97.

    47. A fresh farmer's almanac for clueing in the weather app obsessive as to how their spring flowers are going to fare in 2020.

    the book cover

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    48. And an almanac-inspired gardening calendar packed with gardening secrets and colorful illustrations as inspiration for a flourishing plot.

    the calendar cover with a sunflower illustration

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    49. An outta-this-world bag that'll elevate their outfit to zero-gravity levels.

    planet shape metallic and glitter cross body purse

    Get it from Amazon for $20.89.

    50. A glorious patch the person who's already bragging about going "offline" the week between Christmas and New Year's will most definitely Instagram.

    patch with mountain illustration that says "offline is the new luxury"

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    51. A bottle opener as a holdover 'til they can afford champagne and a saber.

    saber shaped bottle opener opening a bottle of beer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    52. A 12-pack of vibrant bath bombs for delivering some MAJOR fizz and ~relaxing~ drama.

    box of various color bath bombs

    Get them from Amazon for $24.80.

    53. A five-year journal to cover yourself in case you forget next year and then the next and then the get my drift.

    cover of Jane Austen five-year journal

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    54. A 13-pack of soothing sheet masks in gorgeous packing that'll surely impress. Who's ready for a group sheet mask pic?!

    various sheet masks

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99.

    55. A Goldie Blox constellation projector kit for the smartest, most creative kid you know.

    the projector

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99. And check out more STEM kits from Goldie Blox.

    56. A pretty scarf with an interesting pattern — it'll look equally neat while worn like a bandana or draped for display.

    abstract tree branch print scarf

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95 (available a several patterns).

    57. A set of food squishy toys that'll be satisfyingly thicc.

    various food shape food toys

    Get them from Amazon for $17.99.

    58. A beard wash for the babe who recently grew out a big one and won't stop obviously stroking it in public like a well-groomed villain.

    the tube of beard wash

    Promising review: "I never knew how much I was missing out on by not shampooing my beard and now I'm in love. This shampoo is awesome, it smells fantastic, and leaves my beard much smoother and looking great. I've been using it for a few weeks now and my beard has gotten much fuller and holds a much nicer shape. Pair this with some oil and you will have a beard that commands respect!" —Christian Robinson

    Get it from Amazon for $12.50.

    59. An adorable sloth to hang around with your bud who's ALWAYS DM-ing you sloth videos when you aren't around to grab drinks with them.

    sloth stuffed animal

    Get it from Amazon for $19.05.

    60. An *enlightening* enamel pin for your friend who's into flair.

    enamel pin that looks like a desk lamp that says "time to shine"

    Get it from Amazon for $8.90.

    61. An octopus who'll stare down anyone who even thinks about nicking it from the office dish drain.

    octopus-theme coffee mug

    FYI, an octopus-loving coworker just received this in a Secret Santa gift exchange and it was quite the hit!

    Get it from Amazon for $22.89.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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