December is an incredibly busy month. Between working, Christmas parties and preparing for the actual events of Christmas and New Year’s Eve – there is often very little time to hit the shops. When you do, the crowds are so overwhelming that it’s near impossible to move, let alone come up with improvised gift ideas.
Here are some great last minute Christmas presents that don’t cost a lot.
Kogan Compact Bullet Blender & Mixer
Super healthy, super cheap Christmas present
Similar to the heavily advertised Nutra-bullet, this bullet blender has high power and blends just about anything into a smooth juice. A great last minute present to help people get fit and healthy in the upcoming New Year.
- Retailer: Kogan.com
- Price: $39 + free shipping
T-shirt folding board (Flip Fold)
Obsessive compulsives unite!
A brilliant present for the organizer of the house; the ‘Flip Fold’ device allows you to fold clothing at a rapid pace with military precision. T-shirts, business shirts, pants, sheets and more. Imagine how neat your linen closest would be? A great last minute Xmas gift.
- Retailer: Amazon.com
- Price: $30
12 deliveries, 12x the excitement.
A true last minute Christmas gift idea that works a treat. A magazine subscription is easy, cheap and creates recurring gifts year round for the recipient. Think outside the box when choosing a publication; a magazine subscription can for instance be the perfect motivator to lose weight (Fitness magazines) or save money (Money Magazine for example). Choose a gift that complements the recipient’s goals.
- Retailer: iSubscribe.com.au
- Price: $30+
Bottle of alcohol
A nice bottle of spirits, champagne or wine to keep.
The trick to buying a last minute gift is making sure the item appears to be well thought out and not a last minute gift idea. If you choose a bottle of scotch, champagne or red wine – do buy a bottle that the recipient will be proud to store on their top shelf for a special occasion.
- Retailer: Dan Murphy’s
- Price: $35+
Feel like a pro in the kitchen.
While tea towels as a last minute Christmas gift may sound boring, I assure you they are becoming fancier. Shops like Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonama are making the art of cooking an art again. Consider buying a set of three or one of each to make a designer set.
- Retailer: Williams-Sonoma
- Price: $4.80 each
A last minute gift that is always appreciated.
The beach towel is a Christmas favourite; useful, cheap and ideal for a last minute Christmas present. Beach towels often only last a season or two, so do a quick check next time your family member or friend is out and check whether or not their beach towel needs replacement.
- Retailer: Surf Stitch
- Price: $25+
A practical gift that can be used right away.
Cheap, useful and a great last minute Christmas present for summer. A pair of Havaiana thongs have designer flare with a super cheap price. Consider combining a pair of Havaiana thongs with another cheap Christmas present to create a dual combo gift.
- Retailer: Surf Stitch
- Price: $24.99+
Give them something to build during summer.
A cheap last minute gift idea that is ideal for a stocking stuffer. Nanoblock offer a range of small Lego like structures to build and have been labelled as incredibly addictive. These are great last minute gifts for kids and big kids alike; buy online or in-store (often Nanoblock’s are everywhere in Myer prior to Christmas).
- Retailer: Nanoblock
- Price: $12.95+
Herb garden starter kit
A gift that saves money ongoing.
Simply buy a small rectangular pot (that looks nice), a small amount of soil and a range of herb seeds. The gift that grows, continues to give and seriously saves the recipient money (have you seen how much herbs cost at the supermarket?).
- Retailer: Bunnings
- Price: Around $35 incl. pot, soil and seeds.
Dollar Shave Club subscription
Shout your friend/family free razors for a year.
If the last minute gift is for a gentleman (actually this applies to ladies too!), why not buy them a subscription to Dollar Shave Club? This service sends monthly fresh razorblades (or every other month for less hairy gentlemen) and saves a heap of money on razorblades. The service is great, the quality is fantastic and the savings are huge.
- Retailer: Dollar Shave Club
- Price: Starting from $3 per month or second month
12 months of socks
Stop sooking over the gift of socks.
This last minute gift makes giving socks a bit more interesting. Instead of saying ‘here’s a pair of socks’ – why not say ‘a new pair of socks for each month on me’ and give 12 pairs? Basically, you are giving a recurring gift. Alternatively, just grab anything from the range at Happy Socks to truly impress.
- Retailer: Happy Socks
- Price: $9 per pair+
Gift cards for groceries
A practical gift that helps people out.
The weekly grocery shop is impossible to escape, we all need to eat. Many people hunt for last minute Christmas presents in odds places, when really the best presents are often the easiest. Groceries account for a large portion of each household’s budget, why not give a gift that is needed?
- Retailer: Coles and/or Woolworths
- Price: From $5 to $500
Your time as a service
Time is money after all.
A great alternative Christmas gift for the last minute is the gift of time. Offer your time to help with gardening, babysitting, cleaning the house or similar. Often people crave help with mundane tasks but are too scared to ask; it may even be 3-4 hours of helping sort the spare bedroom.
- Retailer: You
- Price: Your time