We get it – it has been a busy month. But Christmas is now just a few days away, and if you’re starting to panic that you’ve not purchased a single present so far, then fear not, there are plenty of last-minute Christmas gift ideas that will wow your family and friends.
The good news for anyone who always leaves their Christmas shopping until the last possible moment is that thanks to the internet, next day delivery and some fabulous subscription box gift ideas, there are plenty of presents you can still get in time.
Here are a few of the best last-minute gifts that you can sneak under the Christmas tree without anyone catching on.
Speciality coffee subscription boxes
Give the gift of freshly roasted coffee to the hot drink lover in your life with a monthly subscription of speciality coffee delivered to their doorstep.
We love the Union Roasted Coffee Club, where for £12.95 a month, your gift recipient will receive two bags of premium coffee – enough to make a fresh cuppa every day – and a series of coffee cards explaining the origins and flavours behind each roast.
Monthly craft beer deliveries
Coffee isn’t the only drink that offers subscription boxes – you can also give the gift of beer by signing up for a regular craft ale delivery for your favourite beer drinker.
Beer52 offers a choice of 8, 10 or 12 beers each month – all hand-picked by their beer experts who travel the world to find the best stouts, porters and pale ales to send to their beer club members.
Along with the beers, each delivery also includes a delicious snack that partners perfectly with a pint, plus a beer-based magazine – all for a monthly fee of £24.99.
If you’re unsure what type of beer your giftee prefers, you can simply purchase the subscription, pass on the subscription code and let them choose their favourites, with minimum hassle for you!
Ideal gift for bookworms
If you have a friend who loves to keep up with the latest book releases, then this book box will make a thoughtful gift. The Teatime Bookshop offers 1, 2 or 4 books per month from a choice of genres and sends them out for delivery each month.
As an extra special touch, each parcel includes tea, coffee or hot chocolate and some tasty biscuits, so all your friend has to do is put the kettle on and enjoy their book and a brew! Book boxes start from £9.99 per month – and there is also a children’s version for all age groups from just £8.99 per month.
Presents for pooches
Last year Brits spent over £162m on their canine companions at Christmas, and if you still need to find a gift for Fido, then check out the Dog Subscription Box from Black Fief and get treats and toys delivered each month to keep your dog happy, healthy and engaged.
At £23.99 per month, the boxes provide excellent value and are always filled with plenty of surprises – plus some handy ‘poo bags’ – plus, they can also be ordered as a one-off for a furry festive treat.
Crafty Christmas gifts
Help your loved ones begin a crafting adventure with a monthly hobby kit that is bursting with ideas and creativity.
Each box contains all they will need to complete a monthly project – from step-by-step photo instructions, online video tutorials, materials and tools and even a little surprise.
Sign up your friend as a Christmas gift for £24.95 and they will receive the first box containing a kit to create a Broderie Anglaise constellation-inspired fabric lampshade.
Make it a ‘beauty-full’ Christmas
Membership to this beauty subscription box by Latest In Beauty will see six pampering treats delivered in a fabulously packaged box each month. Your gift recipient will even get to choose their products from a virtual beauty counter of hand creams, soaps, mascaras and much more.
The box is just £12.95 per month, which makes it an amazing value. Plus, every time your loved one selects their next month’s treats, they will think of you and smile!
Plant-based grocery gifts
With Veganuary on the horizon, many Brits will be giving a plant-based diet a try in the new year. If you know someone looking to join the meat-free mission, then sign them up for a monthly vegan box from The Vegan Kind.
From just £8 a month, the plant-based Lifestyle Box will contain up to eight cruelty-free treats from an online supermarket of over 5,000 products. Previous boxes have featured Oat Milk Chocolate Honeycomb Nibbles, vegan cheeses and Buttermilk Dairy-Free Salted Caramel Cups.
Say it with flowers
A seasonal flower subscription from Arena Flowers will brighten the home of your loved one all year round. Each box will arrive with beautiful, fresh, seasonal stems and greenery to create a fabulous bouquet.
Three-month subscriptions cost £75, and each delivery arrives beautifully presented with care instructions included. Plus, for every bouquet box shipped, ethical Arena flowers will plant two trees on your behalf in a country facing deforestation.
Buy a ‘Buddybox’ for your bestie
Send your favourite friend a monthly ‘hug in a box’ – the ideal gift to let them know you are thinking of them, even if you cannot be there in person.
The monthly pick-me-up contains five items that you can thoughtfully choose for your friend to promote self-care and reduce stress and anxiety. Buddybox items include hand creams, jigsaw puzzles, pillow sprays and poppy-seed cleansing bars for an instant pick me up. Prices start from £24.95 per box.
Get subscribing and send the perfect gift
Subscription boxes are a thoughtful way to bring a smile to the faces of your loved ones all year round – not just at Christmas.
You can also order right up until the last minute, print off the subscription details and slip them under the tree ready for Christmas morning which means no more panic-buying in the shops on Christmas Eve.