The 15 Best Last-Minute Gifts
Gifts so good they'll never know you just bought 'em
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In holiday seasons past we would have readily and rightfully shamed you for waiting so long to snag gifts for everyone on your list, but considering the year it’s been, it’s understandable that holiday shopping may have fallen by the wayside.
While we’re not here to chastise you, we would, however, like to (gently) remind you that the clock is ticking and that if there were ever a time to buy gifts, it’s now. Like, right now. But before you throw yourself into a panicked state that leaves you too stressed to shop — stop, take a deep breath and browse our selection of the 15 best last-minute gifts.
Below you’ll find a range of gifts from shearling slippers to self-cleaning water bottles and extra-fancy hand soap, gifts that say Why yes, I did buy this extremely thoughtful and nice gift months in advance and have been ever-so-patiently waiting to give it to you. Sure, you might have to shell out a few extra bucks on shipping to make sure they arrive on time but sometimes you just do what you gotta do.
Everlane Cashmere Rib Beanie
Fight the cold in style with Everlane’s Cashmere Rib Beanie, crafted from Grade-A cashmere sourced in Inner Mongolia, which proves to be more durable and soft, in addition to pilling less. This neutral oatmeal color will appeal to a range of sartorial sensibilities and pair nicely with any winter outfit.
Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash
We’ve all (hopefully) been washing our hands more frequently and assiduously this past year, so why not make the banal yet necessary task feel luxurious with some fancy hand soap? Aesop’s Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash features botanical extracts and finely milled Pumice, so not only will your hands be left clean but unbelievably soft, too.
J.Crew Leather Gloves with Wool-Cashmere Lining
A pair of gloves they’ll make sure never to lose, J.Crew’s leather gloves are lined with a soft and warm wool-cashmere blend that makes them feel all the more luxurious and capable of combating the cold.
Sponsored by Crown Royal
As 2020 draws to a close, it’s safe to say the holidays will be a little different this year. Thus a bottle of top-shelf whisky is very much the name of the game when it comes to holiday gifting, and for that you should look no further than storied Canadian distillers Crown Royal. No matter who you’re shopping for, they’ve got an expression to mark the occasion — from the classic Deluxe to the velvety Reserve to the sophisticated XR. This holiday season, all are available with customizable labels and bags so you can give the ultimate gift with a personal message for the special people in your life. Our suggestion: “Happy holidays, may we raise a glass together again soon.”
Joshua Ellis Solid Cashmere Scarf
Again, you can’t go wrong with cashmere, especially when it comes in the form of a sky blue beauty like this scarf from Joshua Ellis. Crafted from 100% pure cashmere, the simple scarf speaks for itself.
Modern Sprout Mint Indoor Garden Kit
The gift that keeps on giving — a DIY garden kit that yields fragrant and fresh mint perfect for keeping on hand in the kitchen. The seeds arrive in a sleek white vase that uses a passive hydronic water system to water the plant and provide it with the necessary nutrients, meaning you don’t ever have to get your hands dirty.
D.S. & Durga Greatest Hits Cologne Discovery Set
Buying a fragrance for someone other than yourself is a challenge, so instead of trying to narrow down one scent, just gift them all instead. Featuring their top six fragrances, D.S. & Durga’s Discovery Set allows one to experience a variety of scents via travel-sized vials, ideal for switching up one’s fragrance day to day.
L.L.Bean Wicked Good Slippers
Because who wouldn’t want to receive a pair of slippers lined with genuine shearling lamb fur?
Studio Arhoj Chug Mug
A bright, cheerful mug that’ll help to uplift even the most depressing of winter mornings.
Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones
Perfect for grueling workouts and long runs, Beats’ Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones feature an adjustable, secure-fit ear hook to ensure they don’t budge, a reinforced design that’s both sweat- and water-resistant and up to 9 hours of listening time so there’s no worry of them dying on you mid-workout.
Entireworld Six Stripey Socks
Add a lil’ fun to your sock rotation with Entireworld’s colorful pack of six striped socks, perfect for lounging around the house or elevating your sneaker game.
Maison Louis Marie No.04 Bois De Balincourt Candle
Maison Louis Marie’s Balincourt Candle smells strikingly similar (if not identical) to the cult-favorite Santal 33 by Le Labo, yet is available for half the price of the more “luxurious” version.
LARQ Insulated Self-Cleaning Water Bottle
If you know someone who still shamelessly totes around single-use plastic water bottles, save them from further embarrassment with LARQ’s self-cleaning stainless steel water bottle. Using UV-C LED technology, at the touch of a button the bottle will self-clean by eliminating odor-causing bacteria and viruses from the inner surface. Basically, it’s the water bottle to end all water bottles.
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
The constant washing of hands and application of hand sanitizer plus the frigid temperatures, only spell disaster for one’s skin. Luckily Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve is more than capable of rescuing one’s hands from any dry, cracked and lizard-like state thanks to its avocado oil, eucalyptus oil and sesame seed oil-based formula, which renders hands soft and supple while protecting them from further damage.
Brooklinen E-Gift Card
Some might consider a gift card the easy way out, but when you’re really down to the wire and need a fail safe gift, there’s no denying they come in clutch. Brooklinen’s E-Gift Card makes an ideal gift for someone who may have just moved into a new home or that cousin in college who’s in desperate need of some new sheets.
Sonos One (Gen 2) Speaker
The compact and minimalistic design of Sonos’ One speaker lends itself to a range of interiors and spaces, while the rich and clear sound can be easily controlled via one’s voice thanks to the already built-in Amazon Alexa, meaning not only can you play music but check news, set alarms and get any questions you might have answered too.
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