9 Last-Minute Gift Ideas That Rule

Nov 3, 2017

Is there anything more panic-inducing around the holidays than coming up with last-minute gift ideas? The coworker you forgot, the stocking stuffers you almost forgot, the sudden realization that the matching turtlenecks you got for the whole family were a terrible idea—it can happen to anyone.

Then shipping windows close and malls are a nightmare, and even when they're not, you're limited to the same old boring nonsense as everyone else. We think there's no reason that last-minute gifts and unique gifts need to be mutually exclusive. With our list, you can click and go in seconds. Add great deals to the mix, and not only will your last-minute gift ideas be a slam dunk, they'll be budget gifts that'll make your wallet happy.

Woman entering cryotherapy chamber

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Cryotherapy

This has gotta be the coolest gift on our list. (Sorry, we couldn't resist!) But this space-age treatment is great for aching athletes, chronic-headache sufferers, and anyone curious to see if the session can help with weight loss.

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woman floating in water

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Float Tank

Who doesn't know someone who would give anything for an hour during which their worries float away? You can be the one to give it to them with a float-tank session, where they'll blissfully relax as the weight of the world almost literally disappears (thanks to all the epsom salts in the water, that is). Wondering what it's like? Read our first-person float-tank account.

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Woman enjoying a swedish massage

Swedish Massage

We have a pretty hard time imagining anyone who wouldn't be thrilled to receive a massage as a gift. Swedish massage is probably the most gift-able of all the massage modalities, since it is gentle enough for massage newbies and focuses on general relaxation, rather than injury recovery.

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Man and woman drinking beer

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Beer Festival

The only thing better than a beer is a beer tasting, and the only thing better than a beer tasting is a beer festival. Give the one you love the best of the best, and since most of our deals include options for two admissions, you can invite yourself along for the fun!

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students chopping vegetables during cooking class

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French Cooking Class

Even the most talented home cooks can get a little intimidated by French cooking. Specialized classes will have them whipping up macarons and souffles in no time. Plus, they'll get to eat all the tasty treats they make, which is obviously the best part.

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Closeup of people eating korean barbecue dinner

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Korean Barbecue Dinner

Taking a pal out for dinner is the tried-and-true last-minute gift, but going for Korean barbecue instead of the standard fare will make your gift stand out. The wide array of sizzling meats and the eye-popping number of sides and sauces it comes with will make it feel like a dozen gifts in one.

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people enjoying wine delivery

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Wine Delivery

Everyone appreciates receiving a nice bottle of wine as a gift, so just imagine how excited they're going to be when you gift them an entire case of the stuff? Snag one of our great wine delivery deals for them and they'll even get to pick out their favorite varietals and discover a few new favorites as well.

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Group on ghost tour

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Ghost Tour

A love of all things spooky doesn't disappear just because Halloween is over. Ghost tours actually provide a fun mix of history and horror, making them as informative as they are creepy. Plus, isn't a little fear the gift that keeps on giving?

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Three swimmers in mermaid swim class

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Mermaid Swim Class

We dare you to name someone who doesn't wish they were a mermaid.

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