Join AT’s Live Shopping Series, Shop Talk, for Exclusive Discounts on Some of Our Favorite Last-Minute Gifts

updated Dec 1, 2021
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I’ve written before about how gift giving is my love language. It’s not about the stuff itself, of course, but the feeling of being able to anticipate just the thing that someone needs or didn’t realize they wanted. Or finding the gift that makes them feel seen, understood, and listened to.

That means last-minute gifts are my nightmare. I never want someone to feel forgotten, or like I didn’t care enough to find the perfect thing. But they also inevitably happen — like this year when I realized  that Hanukkah started the Sunday after Thanksgiving, or when I unexpectedly get a gift and want to reciprocate.

The solution, I’ve found, is to have some reliable standby categories that work at the last minute. Subscriptions, food deliveries, and good-old Prime shipping all fit the bill. I combed through Apartment Therapy’s Gift Edit (plus some of my personal standbys) to find last-minute gifts that feel perfectly thoughtful. Here are a few of my favorites that I’ll be talking about on Apartment Therapy’s new Shop Talk series. You can tune in on Instagram and TikTok at 12pm ET on Wednesday to hear more about my last-minute picks. If you missed the live show, you can still watch the Instagram video here.

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This has been one of my pandemic gift go-tos. Here’s how it works: You send your recipient a box (for instance, two candy flavors for $22 or six snacks for $44). Then they fill it in with their specific picks and enter their shipping information. It’s truly last minute (you can text the gift link!), and you don’t even need to know their address. Use code ATSUGAR7OFF at checkout to save $7 off any gift size through Dec. 8.

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was $40.99

True story: I water my plants with a measuring cup. If you have plant-loving friends, family, and colleagues, they might be in the same boat. Enter this copper watering can that looks way more expensive than 20ish dollars. Depending on where you live, you can get it as soon as tomorrow. Consider packaging it with a small plant for something that feels totally planned and not at all rushed.

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Keep the gifting spirit going with a subscription that’ll last far beyond the holidays. I love this plant subscription from Bloomsy. You can customize the number of months to fit your budget. Even better? You can deliver it to an email inbox in five minutes flat. Use code ATH15 at checkout to save 15 percent off all orders of $39 or more through Dec. 8.

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was $14.99

I’m a huge board game fan, and I think they make great gifts — an instant activity! This '90s trivia game is a fun one (and you can get it as early as tomorrow with Prime shipping). Get ready to feel a little nostalgic… I spotted questions about everything from Tamagotchi to AOL Instant Messenger.

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was $11.99

When in doubt, coasters are a gift that works for just about anyone. I like these design-forward terrazzo ones, which are available as soon as tomorrow, depending on your shipping address. Give as-is or pair with a bottle of wine or a box of tea to keep it on-theme.