So you’ve gotten gifts for your mom, dad, and significant other (and if you haven’t, might we recommend our mom, dad, and significant other–themed gift guides), but what about the slightly less exciting people to shop for, like your step-brother, cousin, and in-laws? We rounded up the best last minute gifts for these people you’ve put off getting gifts for.
Your very new boyfriend or girlfriend’s mother
There is something just a little too intimate about a bath product for a woman you truly do not know (and may never see again), but you can’t go wrong with a Champagne-scented festive candle from Jonathan Adler. (Here’s another fail-proof candle we love.)
Your mother-in-law who says she doesn't want anything
Introduce your martyr of a mother-in-law to the joys of a refreshing rose-hibiscus face mist.
Your 13-year-old step-brother who won’t shut up about Rogue One
Your arty aunt
Our managing editor loves her Magritte-inspired sky umbrella, and has gifted it countless times (to much success).
Your cousin who likes to cook
Our foodie friends all love this 101 Easy Asian Recipes cookbook from the hip cats at Lucky Peach.
Your relatives hosting you for the weekend in the middle of nowhere
Boggle: a gift for them, and a gift for you; so you can play this instead of having to talk to one another!
Your office Secret Santa
A fancy pencil that they’d never get themselves is a nice work-themed gift. (For more Secret Santa gifts on Amazon, click here.) Update: this won’t arrive in time for Christmas. Here’s another fancy pencil we like that will.
Your sullen father-in-law
Your sullen father-in-law into tools
An easy-to-use laser tape measure for the person who likes to tinker.
Your cousin who just visited you in New York
Remember the bad deli coffee you got together near Times Square with this ceramic “We Are Happy to Serve You” cup that they can store their pens in.
Your bro-y brother who is not a vegetarian
He doesn’t have to know this beef jerky is GMO-free, MSG-free, and sugar-free. It comes in three flavors: smoke, honey, and fire.
Your sister-in-law's 1-year-old
A child psychologist told us that these magnetic Tegu blocks are “a really good way to promote early STEM and math skills.” (For more of the best 1-year-old gifts, click here.)
Your sister-in-law's 3-year-old
Nothing cuter than a peelable stuffed banana.
Your Italian grandmother
Culty Sicilian olive oil from the owners of New York mini-chain Frankies. (For more gifts she might like, click here.)
Your brother or sister’s hip girlfriend
There is no hip woman who could not use another canvas Baggu. (Note: This is currently sold out on Amazon; until it’s back in stock, you can buy it at Nordstrom.)
Your sister or brother’s hip boyfriend
A sort of rugged-looking leather key chain from Japanese Americana-inspired line Phigvel Makers & Co. (Note: This is currently sold out on Amazon, but there’s a similarly handsome Phigvel Makers & Co. wallet in both black and brown still available.)
Your aunt about to go on a cruise
A travel wallet with special spots for holding a passport and a boarding pass.
Your new girlfriend who said she didn’t want anything
You should still get her a little token anyway — like this romantic (but playful) Lego rose.
Buy a set of these nine adorable bunny-head lip glosses, and stick them in all of their stockings.
Your cousins, part 2
Snail masks for everyone! This gift doubles as a fun group activity. (For more cult Korean beauty products we love, click here.)
Your cousins, part 3
Japanese Kit-Kats for everyone! In hard-to-find flavors like green tea, wasabi, rum raisin, strawberry cheesecake, and pancake. Update: This won’t arrive in time for Christmas, but this pack of 5 matcha-flavored Kit Kats will.
Your 16-year-old brother
So they can skulk off with their friends and play ping pong in the basement.
Your 11-year-old brother
A smartphone-controlled paper airplane (that’ll get him out of the house).
Your cousin who’s about to do a semester abroad
This packable Herschel Supply Co. backpack smooshes down to the size of an iPhone.
Your goofy uncle
He’ll get a kick out of this space pen (that can write at any angle and at any temperature).
Your sister into wellness
A BPA-free water bottle from celebrity-beloved line bkr.
Your sister who likes a stiff drink
So she can take her old fashioned chilled. Update: This won’t arrive in time for Christmas, but these whiskey chilling stones will.
Your somewhat dorky nephew
Introduce him to the joys of Calvin and Hobbes with this three-volume boxed set.
Your aunt who already has a selfie stick
A more discreet way to take selfies in 2017: The Shuttr is a remote that can snap phone photos as far as 30 feet away.
Your relative you want to spend no more than $5 on
A multi-tool (it’s a bottle opener, ruler, box cutter, carabiner, and flat-head screwdriver) that doubles as a key chain.
Your sister's college roommate who you have absolutely zero salient facts about
There is no one who couldn’t use a little extra juice for her phone. (It can provide the equivalent of two to three full charges, and comes in a rainbow of fun colors.)
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