Among the many benefits of Amazon Prime (exclusive member discounts, free two-day shipping, Fleabag), one of the less-known perks is Prime Now. If you live in a major city where it’s offered (check here), you can buy products — from Amazon and even some local retailers — delivered to your door within two hours. Much of it is necessary household stuff, but there are actually some 11th-hour gifts to be had, too. Below, we went through and found the best gift options in New York, Chicago, and L.A., but if you don’t live in these cities, you’ll notice that the options change depending on your zip code, so enter yours at the top left to see what’s on offer. And if you’re not a Prime member, sign up already.
New York City
For the dad who’s really into the weather: real-time barometric pressure, temperature, and humidity notifications on his phone via a sleek weather station.
It’s not the Hatchimal, but the hot holiday toy of yesteryear — updated with an app — is a close runner-up.
A stainless-steel and programmable coffee maker would be a thoughtful gift that’ll remind them of you every morning.
A hydrating facial mist is one of those things you don’t know you need until you try it — especially one from culty Mario Badescu.
An $80 spinning carry-on from Samsonite is a no-brainer. If it’s unavailable in your zip (we noticed it wasn’t on offer everywhere), try this one that fits more for just $129.
Our early-adopter’s pick for the best affordable VR headset now available in two hours.
The so-called bra-like eye mask that’s a Strategist favorite for blocking out light without messing up eyelashes.
The serious chef’s answer to sous vide cooking at home (we know at least one significant other who’d love this).
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