5 Fun and Frugal Last Minute Christmas Gifts for 2019
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It’s not too late to still get a great Christmas gift for your loved one on a budget. There are many last minute Christmas gifts that will make anyone on your list happy. I thought I’d share some last minute Christmas gift ideas – several of which I’ve used in the past.
If you’ve waited around to buy Christmas gifts then the time to act on getting that Christmas gift is now. Don’t panic, you want to stick to your budget. You can practice frugality and purchase last minute Christmas gifts that will make 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 in the past. Thankfully there’s several ways you can buy a gift from the convenience of your own house through sites like Amazon.
Some of the gifts require you to go to a store, they’ll still score you some affordable last minute Christmas gifts.
Affordable Last Minute Christmas Gifts
This list is not exhaustive, but should provide you some ideas on what you can purchase. If you’re looking for more specific ideas, I’ve also written on great Christmas gift ideas for your wife if you need help coming up with other ideas.
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Below are five affordable, but fun last minute Christmas gifts to purchase for anyone on your list.
1. Amazon Fire TV Stick
The Fire TV Stick is a great last minute Christmas gift idea for the tech person in your life. This is especially if they’ve cut cable recently.
The Amazon Fire TV Stick offers a simple way to stream content to your TV. You can stream content from numerous apps like HBO NOW, Netflix, and ESPN.
Make sure to check out the Fire TV channels list to see what your loved one can expect for content. The Fire TV devices make such good last minute Christmas gifts because they help them save money year-round.
Speaking of Amazon, if Amazon is your go-to for the holiday shopping season, make sure to check out these money saving Amazon hacks before you shop. I love shopping on Amazon as it helps me avoid the crowds so I’m always looking for ways to save money on Amazon.
Don’t forget to check out the Amazon device deals page for other savings this Christmas!
If you’re looking for cheap last minute Christmas gift ideas, look no further than coffee as a gift. If you live with or are related to a coffee lover, then brew up some joy for them with the gift of coffee.
Don’t limit yourself to just coffee; give a travel or coffee mug or a gift card to your local coffee shop.
My wife loves coffee and if I am desperate 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.
**Related – check out Amazon’s 12 Days of Deals for deals on gifts for your family!**
If you’re thinking of coffee as an option, a bag of Peet’s coffee is a good choice and one my wife always enjoys.
If the recipient doesn’t have a coffee grinder this one from KItchenAid has worked well for our needs over the years.
Does your loved on hate coffee, but loves tea? This gift set from Tea Forte has been a big hit with my wife and other family members that love tea.
3. Gift Sets
Since I’m not a fan of Christmas shopping I look for gifts that make it easy on me but also receive 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, or purchase one that is pre-made.
If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas for your husband then one to consider is this hot sauce gift set from Zombie Cajun. This is an awesome set that provides good variety for the hot sauce lover. 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.
**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!**
4. Digital Photo Frame
If you’re like my family you have a lot of pictures on your phone but have dozens you’d love to display at home, That is where a digital picture frame comes in as one of the best last minute Christmas gifts to buy.
They can vary in price, though have found the Nix Advance 8-inch Digital Photo Frame to offer a good value.
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, this is an excellent last minute Christmas idea for the photo lover in your life.
**Looking for awesome deals at Amazon? Check out the Amazon Black Friday deals page to find the best deals.**
If you find the Nix Advance not to meet your needs, here are some of the top rated digital photo frames on Amazon that will work.
5. Gift Cards
I know for some a gift card shows you don’t care about the person – though I’d beg to differ. Gift cards are fun last minute Christmas gifts. They allow the person to get what they want and you can buy them in many places.
*Related: Overwhelmed with buying for your kids? Check out our guide on the 4 gift rule for Christmas to help manage your Christmas shopping*
My favorite hack is to buy discounted gift cards online and have an e-card sent to the recipient. If that’s not an option, you can purchase a gift card at your local grocery store.
If you rather deal online, Raise is a terrific option as they sell discounted gift cards to a hundreds of stores, and restaurants.
Experiences make good gifts if you’d rather not give a gift card. LivingSocial is a great option to get a gift that won’t bust your budget.
My other favorite option is buying an Amazon Gift Card. 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.
Fun Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas: Bottom Line
Remember, when you look for last minute Christmas gift ideas that it’s the thought that counts. It’s easy to think you must spend a lot of money to give a meaningful gift. That’s a myth!
Instead, look for creative ways to show that special someone you love them without going into debt. If they truly care for you they don’t want you to go into debt for a gift.
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?
John is the founder of Frugal Rules, a dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry whose writing has been featured in Forbes, CNBC, Yahoo Finance and more.
Passionate about helping people learn from his mistakes, John shares financial tools and tips to help you enjoy the freedom that comes from living frugally. One of his favorite tools is Personal Capital , which he used to plan for retirement and keep track of his finances in less than 15 minutes each month.
Another one of John's passions is helping people save $80 per month by axing their expensive cable subscriptions and replacing them with more affordable ones, like Hulu with Live TV.