It’s officially down-to-the-wire for gift-giving (especially since most retailers’ holiday shipping deadlines extend only through tomorrow), so you’ll have to hustle if you want your Christmas gifts to arrive in time. Here, we’ve whittled down your last-minute options to some of our favorites to help you cater your search, even for the “hardest-to-shop-fors” on your list. We’ve singled out where specific retailers have last-minute shipping deadlines, where it’s not super obvious, to avoid any confusion. Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here.
$5 and under
For your forgetful partner who always goes to sleep with them in — this little submarine case will serve as a reminder to store those contacts away.
Editor’s Note: This teeny Maldon salt pinch tin won’t arrive in time anymore, but we found another tin of smoked sea salt from Maldon for under $10 that will.
Consider this mini-Lodge pan a starter version of the real deal if you’re shopping for someone who has hang-ups about the added maintenance that comes with cast iron. It also makes a good gift for the peckish eater who just wants a single egg in the morning.
$10 and under
The person who loves to pick would appreciate a sheet of these miracle-working pimple patches at the bottom of their stocking (they were our best seller for the entire year). If you order by December 20 on Dermstore, you can still apply for two-day shipping, with standard overnight shipping the only remaining option for stragglers who wait until the 21st.
Help everyone on your shopping list reduce their carbon footprint with a set of metal straws. As Bethany Blakeman wrote for us earlier this year, “It’s been reported that Americans use half a billion straws a day (enough straws to fill up Yankee Stadium), much of which ends up in the ocean.”
We think of this as the 007 of pill boxes: It’s a sneaky one that you can wear on a key chain, but it’s also waterproof with three vaulted compartments to separate your doses.
$15 and under
For the person who loves the look of marbled everything, this Gaiam foam roller might be just the thing they’re missing. It’s very helpful for a deep-tissue massage, and this one in particular we’d file under “functional décor.”
For the creative type who loves to jot and journal, we’d suggest the unconventional Princeton Architectural Press’s Grids & Guides notebook that we heard about from writer Molly Young: “Each of the 144 pages is printed with a variable grid design. This pattern is simultaneously a constraint (because grid) and a mild creative prompt (because variable). The grids are all bold enough to provide structure but faint enough to foreground your writing.”
Editor’s Note: This Grids & Guides notebook won’t arrive in time for Christmas, but this three-pack of notepads from the same brand (for even less) is still set to show up in time. There’s also a micro-size, super cheap version of the notebook that will arrive for Christmas.
$25 and under
One of the best skin-care books that came out this year from the CAP Beauty co-founders. It’s a beautifully photographed wellness guide and coffee-table book with recipes to some of their spa favorites, including the “beauty elixir,” so it would be ideal for the Goop-y, wellness enthusiast on your list.
$50 and under
A pet lounge slash design piece to round out your living room. It’s really a win-win when you and your cat can both agree on it (and the reviews are all exceptionally complimentary, if you’re not convinced).
This beard trimmer with a radial dial lets you choose lengths down to the half-millimeter for guys who prefer the 5 o’clock shadow look. Writer Kurt Soller says it’s a godsend for preventing any mess around the bathroom sink: “A vacuum-suction feature that collects the majority of your shaven hairs — up to 90 percent of them, according to the company, but who really knows?”
It’s not the most expert-recommended mat that we’ve ever featured (for that, we’d suggest this Manduka one) but now that we’ve hit peak terrazzo, this patterned mat would make a good gift for the on-trend, Girlfriend Collective–wearing yogi this year.
$100 and under
This bathrobe, from the makers of our favorite linen sheets, has “been something of a viral hit,” according to writer Amanda FitzSimons. “At its peak, Parachute’s waiting list for the bathrobe was 1,900 people long.” Accordingly, it’s made our best-seller list multiple times. It’s still available to ship by Christmas Eve if you order by 8:59 a.m. on December 20, or you can pick one up now from our holiday pop-up shop.
Editor’s Note: It’s past the shipping deadline for this Parachute robe, but you can still pick one up in person from our pop-up shop or shop
One of our favorite weighted blankets that’s a little more affordable at less than $100. It comes in a variety of weights (choose one that’s around 10 percent of your body weight) and color options. It’s still available to ship before Christmas if you’re an Amazon Prime member.
One of the cashmere sweaters that’s been selling like hotcakes since writer Lori Keong declared it “the cheapest, nicest cashmere out there — thicker, fuzzier, and downier, when compared to its peers in affordable cashmere, Uniqlo and Everlane.” It’s set to arrive for Christmas so long as you order by 1:59 p.m. on December 20 and select “Rush Shipping” at checkout.
Editor’s Note: If you run out of time on this deal, we’d suggest checking out the other cashmere sweaters we’ve singled out as the best for gifts.
$250 and under
For the person who’s sick of watching Criterion classics on a laptop, here’s an extremely portable mini-projector that will help. Writer Rachel Rosenblit calls it “dummyproof” for projecting “any streamable media, massively, onto our bedroom wall, or whatever flat surface we choose (in case you want to watch Feud … on the ceiling).”
$500 and under
If you’re shopping for a coffee snob who wants the absolute best of the best, this Technivorm Moccamaster would be an excellent place to look. Writer Maxine Builder says, “It’s a gold standard drip coffee maker that’s as easy to use as a regular Mr. Coffee but makes coffee that tastes a million times better.”
When money is no object
Smooth Italian leather headphones with “crystal clear treble, insightful midrange, and a deep solid bottom end” (according to Bowers & Wilkins) for the person who turns their nose up at Bose.
And the Sony a9 camera, which pulls out all the stops for shutterbugs. It features state-of-the-art continuous shooting modes for fast-moving subjects, front and rear dials for easy handling, and a lightweight body, so it’s ideal for a professional who wants to upgrade their camera.
Editor’s Note: The camera and portrait lens set won’t arrive in time for Christmas anymore, but you can still buy the camera base by itself and have it waiting under the tree.
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