25 Last-Minute Gift Ideas That’ll Cover Everyone. Seriously, Everyone.

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In the age of one-click Internet shopping, you’ve got no excuse for coming up short in the giving of gifts. Especially now, in the home stretch, time is a precious commodity—you don’t want to waste it browsing, nor do you want to hang around the front door, eyes peeled for the UPS guy as the days left ’til the holidays tick away. Which is where we come in. Here are some stylish, no-fail, last-minute options to choose from, no matter the occasion and no matter who you’re looking for. Each will get to you fast (thanks, delivery folks), and in some cases, immediately, as is the beauty of subscription box gift cards and membership clubs. Take a look. You’ll easily outdo your gift-giving efforts of years past.

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For People Who Like Cool Stuff

Bespoke Post Gift Box

Bespoke Post


A gift card that’ll cover one (or more) boxes from Bespoke Post, which, depending on what your giftee chooses, could be full of stylish clothes and accessories, finely crafted gadgets, home décor accents, bar tools, or other neat finds.

For Your Parents

Best of Goldbelly 3-Month Subscription



A box full of the most sublime, sought-after foods that Goldbelly sources from restaurants, bakeries, and delis across the country, so they can take a break from cooking every once in a while. The first box ships mid-January.

For Your In-Laws

Temperature Control Smart Mug



A super-smart gadget that’ll help keep coffee or tea steaming hot for an hour and a half. 

For the Sports Fanatic

ESPN+ Yearlong Subscription



A courtside seat to every live game, every spirited halftime debate, every post-game analysis, every stat, and every original ESPN show a sports fan could ever want, for an entire year.

For Your Couple Friends

Cloud 9 Experience Gift Certificate

Cloud 9 Living


An opportunity for them to try something daring—ride in a hot air balloon! race fast cars! attend a wine tasting on a sailboat!—on your dime.

For the Lazy Foodie

Sun Basket Subscription Box

Sun Basket


A food subscription box that’ll minimize how much effort they have to put into a chef-quality, ‘Gram-worthy, freshly sourced meal. It’s the next best thing to eating out regularly.

For Anyone Who Likes a Mystery

Hunt a Killer: Mystery or Horror Subscription

Hunt a Killer


A half-year challenge that’ll have them poring over a new box of clues every month in the hopes of solving a twisty, addictive, true-crime whodunnit. 

For the Beauty or Grooming Buff

Birchbox Subscription Plan

From $10.00

Buy Beauty Box

A subscription that’ll keep their bathroom stocked with the latest and greatest in skincare, haircare, and wellness products, so they can feel (and look) their finest in 2021.

For the Relaxation Pro

Unisex Galaxy Joggers



A pair of comfortable, crazily printed sweatpants to break up the monotony of winter hibernation. Or, at the very least, give them something interesting to change into on Christmas morning.

For Anyone Who Likes Plants

Holiday Plants

The Sill


Some cheery and bright greenery to join their far-ranging collection of spiky succulents and lush ferns. The plant won’t arrive in time for Christmas, but a gift email will.

For the Burgeoning Somm

Winc Monthly Wine Subscription



A month (or more) of free wine across varietals and borders, in bottles so cool they’ll almost hate to take them off the shelf to uncork. Almost.

For Your Partner (And Yourself)

MasterClass Buy One, Get One Annual Memberships



A pass to a year’s worth of online classes on cool shit taught by famous people. Right now, MasterClass will give you a second membership for free so you can learn side by side.

For Your Buddy

Monthly Sock Subscription



A regular stream of socks to freshen up his style in a subtle way, whether his look is dapper, athletic, or outlandish.

For Anyone Who Likes Good Booze

Flaviar Spirits Subscription



A speakeasy-like club that’ll hook them up with hard-to-find, expertly curated spirits they’ll be psyched to place on the bar cart.

For the Healthy Eater

Deluxe Electric Air Fryer



$79.99 (20% off)

The most fun kitchen appliance of the year, which fries up meat and veggies with air so they’re healthier (and honestly, tastier). It’ll be put to use every single day.

For Your Coworker

“A Promised Land”

By Barack Obama


$23.96 (47% off)

Only the most talked-about political memoir—hell, the most talked-about book, period—of the year, to distract from these months of tumult in the White House.

For Anyone Who’s Sick of Their Own Cooking

The Omsom Asian Starter Bundle



A gift-y pack of vibrant—and absolutely delicious—food starters, each one tapping authentic flavors from Asian cuisine. They’ll just have to add protein and veggies to make a killer dinner. (An Omsom gift card works, too.)

For Your Housemate

Uncommon Goods Gift Certificate

Uncommon Goods

An excuse to choose a stunning, personalized, or outlandish (or all three) addition to their home décor out of everything this marketplace for artisans and craftspeople has to offer. 

For Your Mom

Bibliophilic Excursions Subscription Box



A monthly box of books and other goodies carefully curated around a theme, since she’s got ample reading time these days.

For the Dedicated Watcher

Disney+ Yearlong Subsciption



A year’s worth of Star Wars (Baby Yoda!), Marvel (every Avenger in the damn galaxy!), and hell, even The Simpsons (Marge!), so they can stop halfheartedly clicking through the same tired Netflix queue. 

For the Teens

Solo3 Wireless Headphones



A pair of cans that’s decidedly cooler than wired buds—and really great at drowning out the yapping of the grownups in the room.

For Your Brother

One Year of Esquire Magazine

Hearst Magazines


Regular reading material that’s brimming with style advice, political intel, cultural recs, and unforgettable features—that also looks pretty damn good on the coffee table. Yeah, we’ll toot our own horn. 

For the Kids

Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera



A chance for you to pull out the whole “back in my day” routine—and a new, analog hobby that’ll make their social media that much cooler.

For Your Sister

Rent the Runway Subscription

Rent the Runway


A subscription that gives her access to an immense closet of designer duds, which she can rent and swap to enliven her own wardrobe.

For, Well, Anyone

My Hydro Customized Water Bottle



A sturdy-as-steel water bottle, customized by yours truly so that its cap, handle, body, and holder reflect the giftee’s vibe. A heads up: Shipping is delayed on this one.

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