5 Fun and Frugal Last Minute Christmas Gifts

last minute christmas gifts

I know it’s a bit early to think about last minute Christmas gifts though as the calendar falls this year we will have one less week to get Christmas shopping done. With that in mind, I thought I’d share some last minute Christmas gift ideas – several of which I’ve used in the past and others I’m looking seriously at this year.

I have to let you in on a secret…Christmas is coming up shortly! If you’ve waited around to buy Christmas gifts then the time to act on getting that Christmas gift is now. The key is not to panic, and stick to your budget. You can still be frugal and get last minute Christmas gifts that will make both your wallet and the person you’re shopping for happy.

I’ve written about my disdain for going out shopping at this time of year, and thankfully there’s several ways a person like me can still buy a gift from the convenience of your own house through sites like Amazon. While some of the gifts might require you to actually go out and fight the crowds, they’ll still score you some great last minute Christmas gifts.

My list is not meant to be exhaustive, but to give you some ideas on what you can possibly purchase. As an aside, if you’re looking for specific ideas, I’ve also written on great Christmas gift ideas for your wife if you need help coming up with other ideas. :-)

Gift Cards Make Great Last Minute Christmas Gifts 


I know for some that a gift card is a no-go in terms of gift giving, but that’s a topic for a different place and time. Part of the reason that gift cards make great last minute Christmas gifts is that you can get them almost anywhere. You can buy them online or in store. I know shipping is an issue at this time of the year and if you’re like me you won’t want to pay an exorbitant price to ship with two day shipping but there is a solution.

Many online retailers now offer you the choice to buy an electronic gift card and it gets delivered to the recipient’s email inbox. Not bad at all in my opinion. If that’s not an option, you can even get a gift card at your local grocery store. All that said, my gift card go-to is Gift as they have thousands of retailers to choose from or you can get the recipient a “Super Certificate” that allows them to choose where they want the gift card from. My other favorite option is buying an Amazon Gift Card as they can be sent via email and can be used on virtually anything! That’s also not to mention that you can use any remaining balance you have on anything you want with the Amazon option as opposed to being limited like you would with a department store card.



If you’re looking for last minute Christmas gift ideas, look no further than coffee as a possible Christmas gift. If you live with or are related to a coffee lover, then brew up some joy for them with a gift of coffee. Don’t limit yourself to just coffee; give a travel or coffee mug or even a gift card to your local coffee shop. My wife loves coffee and if I am in the pinch for some last minute Christmas gifts than I need look no further than a coffee gift card. You’d think I bought her a diamond with how much she loves them. If you’re thinking of coffee as an option Starbucks is always a good choice and one my wife always enjoys.

Related: If you’re still looking for a gift for that child in your life, check out my Christmas gift ideas for kids post – each one is $25 or less!

gift sets


Since I’m not a fan of Christmas shopping I look for gifts that make it easy on me but also get me several gifts in one. That’s where a gift set comes in for last minute Christmas gifts. You can either make one on your own like with the coffee above, or get one that is pre-made. If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas for your husband then one to consider is this BBQ sauce gift set from Pinky’s Kitchen. It looks great to me and something I’ve asked my wife for. :-) If you’re looking for that special woman in your life then consider this Burt’s Bees Essential Everyday Beauty Kit. I’ve bought it for my wife in the past and she loved it.

digital photo frame


If you’re like my family then you have a lot of pictures on your phone but have dozens you’d love to display in your home, That is where a digital picture frame comes in as one of the last minute Christmas gifts you might want to look at. They can vary wildly in price, though have found the ViewSonic 8-inch Digital Photo Frame to be of good value for what you get. We love ours as it allows us to display a number of pictures of our kids without having to pick just one. If you use Amazon much, this can be a great last minute Christmas idea for the photo lover in your life.

google chromecast


The Google Chromecast is a great last minute Christmas gift idea for the tech person in your life. This is especially the case if they’ve cut cable recently. At just over $30 the Chromecast offers a simple way to stream content to your TV using either your laptop, smartphone or tablet. You can get content from a number of apps like HBO Go, Netflix, ESPN and many more, If you prefer content on Amazon, you can also go with the Fire TV Stick for roughly the same price. If you have Amazon Prime, either make good last minute Christmas gifts as you can have it within two days.


There are many last minute Christmas gifts you can buy that will not bust your budget and still leave the recipient happy. Are you done with your Christmas shopping, or will be looking for some last minute Christmas gifts yourself?


Photo courtesy of: Jimmie



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