Best Last Minute Gifts for 2018

For most of my teen years I remember my dad dragging me to the mall on December 23rd or 24th to shop for my mom. Thank goodness he did, otherwise she’d end up with something ridiculous like car mats or a new set of pots and pans (and no, not even nice ones). This became a running joke in our family considering how early my mom gets her shopping done. This woman starts shopping as early as August, and I’m not going to lie I’ve followed suite.

This made me realize just how many people do wait until the last-minute, whether by choice or due to circumstances. There is nothing more stressful than being rushed to find that perfect gift for the special person on your list. To help with that, I’ve put together a list of some of the best last-minute gift ideas. Best part is they are all under $50!

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Gifts for the Grill Master:

Table Top Party Grill – this takes the fondue party to the next level. A great way to cook and entertain all at once. Bonus it comes with a free book full of tips and recipes!

Pulled pork shredder claws – a gift any pork master would love! These claws make the job of shredding that smoked pork much easier and let’s be honest probably a lot more fun too. Dishwasher safe makes clean up a breeze and it even comes with an eBook full of recipes.

Gifts for the Home Decor Enthusiast:

“Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave” – Joanna’s newest book is all about creating spaces geared towards the people actually living in them. It even includes a design template at the end that offers a step by step guide to planning and creating your own spaces. I’m seriously hoping someone gets this for me this year too! **hint hint**

Stoneware Bud Vases by Hearth and Hand. These vases would be a beautiful accent to anyone’s home. Since they come in a set of three they can be used in multiple ways and rooms. Pop in a couple fresh Peony blooms and these would be perfection!

Gifts for First Time Homebuyers:

Bamboo Cutting Board Set – this set includes a bamboo cutting board, spoon, tongs and spatula. The best part is that they are made from all-natural, antibacterial, antimicrobial, BPA & toxin free properties. This can double as a perfect gift for anyone who is making an effort to be more green and toxin free.

Electric Wine Opener – we were given something similar to this when we first moved in to our home together and let me tell you it was one of my favorite gifts! It made opening a bottle of wine feel fancy and even a little elite. This set even includes the first set of batteries.

Gifts for the Gamer:

Cards Against Humanity – this is one of our favorite games to play when all the family gets together. It’s definitely geared more towards adults but depending on the age and maturity of the teen this is something you could potentially play with the whole family. If you don’t have this yet, consider getting this for that hard to buy person in your life!

Catch Phrase – another one of our favorite games to play, especially when we have all the extended family together. We split into girls vs boys or adults vs kids and have a blast! It comes with 5,000 words or phrases and tons of categories to choose from.

Gifts for the Tech Savvy Person:

Echo-Dot – a great gift for the gadget obsessed or techy person in your life. It allows you to call and message anyone hands free as well as controlling different aspects of your home such as lights or heating and air. All at a very reasonable price!

Wireless Color Forecast Station – this has been a popular gift for the men in our family. Each year it seems like somebody gets this or a slightly newer model. And they have had nothing but good things to say about it. If you have someone in your life who loves weather this is the perfect gift to get them.


I hope that these gifts will help you avoid the last-minute shopping experience! What is your favorite? Have you received any of these in the past? I’d love to hear!

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