Gift Edit 2022

10 Last-Minute Gifts That Still Feel Special

updated Dec 22, 2022
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This feature is part of Apartment Therapy's Gift Edit, our editor-curated collection of gift ideas for every occasion. Need more inspiration? Check out all our guides here.

Looking for last-minute gift ideas? Maybe you shop better under pressure, or you’ve just been waiting for the right inspiration to find you. It’s okay, we won’t tell! With the holiday shipping cutoffs, there unfortunately aren’t too many tangible options that you can still purchase online. Normally, we’d suggest last-minute gifts that you can snag from Amazon (read: fast shipping) that will have everyone on your list feeling the love right on time. Instead, we bring you some awesome subscription and gift card picks that are no less exciting to receive.

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And last-minute doesn’t mean lackluster! When it comes to the courses and experiences we’ve selected, we found a little bit of everything (including a few things we ordered to keep for ourselves). Your gifts will land at doorsteps and in email inboxes with plenty of time to spare, and no one will suspect you weren’t shopping way ahead of schedule.

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With the MasterClass All-Access Pass, your inquisitive giftee will have so many learning opportunities at their fingertips. Whether they want to receive poetry writing tips from Amanda Gorman, singing lessons from Mariah Carey, or business advice from Howard Schultz, this year-long subscription plan will make these desires totally accessible.

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As much as we all love sentimental gifts, you can still never go wrong with a gift card. Your recipient, no matter who they are, is bound to find something they like on Amazon, which is why this is a perfect last-minute option. They'll be too busy browsing for their next home purchase to realize that you might've procrastinated.

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Craftsy is a great place to find dozens of affordable online classes on topics such as baking, painting, and quilting. Their lineup includes this Decorating 101 class, which entails nearly 40 minutes of in-depth home design lessons from experts Monet Masters and Tavia Forbes. For just $10, your recipient will learn how to use light, color, fabric, and other design principles to achieve their dream space.

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Sips By
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Every tea drinker has their favorite blend, but that doesn't mean you can't give the gift of experimentation. With this 3-month subscription from Sips By, they'll get to try four new teas per month from top global brands. That's enough for 16 cups per box, plus no packaging is required on your part! What's more, this deal is now available at a 40 percent discount.

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Book a few nights for the whole family at this spacious and sunny log cottage in El Dorado County, California. This 3-bedroom beauty features an outdoor hot tub and sauna, as well as a game room that's perfect for kids, so you'll find plenty of opportunities for some R&R even amid your relatives. The cottage is located near a state park, shopping center, and local orchards, so you'll never experience a dull moment.

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Uncommon Goods

Chances are, one or more of your friends are about to be swamped with decor pieces and new presents from the holidays. Help them manage their interior spaces by gifting them one of these organization classes from Uncommon Goods. There are numerous dates to choose from, and one class entails two whole hours of personalized decluttering advice from a professional organizer. Sounds so zen!

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Delight your favorite foodie with this 3-month subscription box from Goldbelly. Even if they don't live in a major U.S. city, they can still try treats from top dining spots in Chicago, San Francisco, New York, and other beloved destinations. Each box comes with enough food for four people, so they can share with their family, too.

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A Hulu subscription is the perfect thing to get any young adult who's on their journey of becoming more independent. They suddenly have all these bills to pay, they're off their parents' phone plan, and taxes are a pain to figure out. Help them take a load off by watching their favorite shows with Hulu's most popular monthly plan. It might be only $7.99 per month, but it's one less thing they'll have to worry about on their budgeting spreadsheet.

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Otherland is one of our editors' favorite candle brands here at AT, so trust us when we say that lighting the wick on one of their products will have the entire room smelling phenomenal in no time. This brand is also so much more luxe and niche than the top candle retailers, which is why this gift card makes for a great surprise. Your giftee will have a blast looking through Otherland's enticing selection and picking out their soon-to-be favorite scent.

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Looking to create fun memories instead of imparting a material gift? Check out Airbnb's endless online experiences, including the best-selling Pasta with the Grandmas class. For $264, you can sign up a group of up to 500 guests (with discounts applied for certain group sizes), request your date, and learn how to prepare authentic Italian pasta from Chiara and her Nonna with all your besties.