5 Ways to Make a Last-Minute Gift Feel Crazy Thoughtful
When it comes to last-minute gifting, the devil is in the details. Thoughtful gestures can be made on any timeline. Peppering gifts with distinctive personal touches and surprise twists are all you need for the most memorable presents of all. Keep scrolling to hear our tips for nailing the 11th-hour present.
If you’re shopping last minute, sticking to elevated, limited-edition versions of loved one’s favorite staples makes for an easy go-to gift. Look for special holiday renditions of everything from liquor to beauty essentials. Major department stores pull out all the stops for the holiday season. A little exclusivity goes a long way toward making a basic gesture feel significantly cool.
Who doesn't love a monogram? From manly branding irons to cocktail napkins, splurging on a custom initial combination adds a flourish of forethought to any gift. Most embroidery services can turn around a design quickly for an additional fee. Some custom designs require a longer lead time, so be sure to inquire pre-purchase.
Amazon Prime is a last-minute gifter’s best friend. Thanks to the service, overnighting anything from hard-to-find vinyl to a favorite comedian’s latest tome is a simple click away. Customer service for many major retailers can help you out with tight turnaround. Live chat a representative and ask for assistance if you need to bump up the shipping time. We’re all about hunting for witty accessories online. Even in small doses, inside-joke trinkets deliver all the conspiratorial, cheeky appeal.
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein ( $28 ) ($17)
One of our favorite last-minute gift ideas is concert and event tickets. There’s always something good coming. Score a pair of seats to their favorite band and wrap up a fresh vinyl with a handwritten note. If you want to surprise someone with a getaway retreat, sites like Jetsetter and Hitlist have revolving deals. We love the idea of gifting a city map or travel book as a symbol of adventures to come.
City Scratch-off Map: Paris by Christina Henry de Tessan ( $13 ) ($10)
All gifts are but a gesture of our love and affection. A thoughtful handwritten note expressing all the feels makes even the simplest present feel like pure gold. Go sentimental or simply share an endearing moment from the year that was. If you’re not feeling verbose, grab a postcard from a meaningful location. Postcards are by nature short and sweet. Think of them as the fortune cookies of letters. They’re innately charming in 10 words or less.
Have a go-to last-minute gift? Tell us in the comments below.