Great Last-Minute Gift Ideas: Stress-Free Gift-Giving for Any Occasion

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Great Last-Minute Gift Ideas

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We’ve all been there: You realize your friend’s birthday is tomorrow, and you haven’t had time to pick up a card yet, let alone a gift. Or, your anniversary snuck up on you this year and you’re frantic because you have no idea what to get your spouse – and you’re running out of time. Last-minute gift-giving is a common occurrence, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful one. Edible Arrangements® offers a large selection of beautiful, delicious fruit arrangements and gift sets for any occasion to take the hassle out of last-minute gift-giving.

For a last-minute birthday gift, consider our mouth-watering Birthday Pineapple Drip Cakes™ & Berries with fresh strawberries dipped in gourmet semisweet chocolate topped with white chocolate Happy Birthday sentiments and fresh, cake-shaped pineapple dipped in gourmet chocolate and decorated with colorful chocolate glaze and sprinkles. Or, our FruitFlowers® Bouquet – Edible® Donut, a tasty assortment of strawberries, berries, grapes, and more, topped with a delightful Edible® Donut – a donut-shaped Granny Smith apple dipped in gourmet chocolate and decorated with colorful chocolate glaze and sprinkles – makes a perfect last-minute gift for a birthday or any occasion.

Need to brighten someone’s day or wish them well? Our Bundle of Cheer gift set has it all: chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate dipped pineapple, and an assortment of fresh fruit in a keepsake container, plus a box of mixed Dipped Fruit™ and a fun and cheerful balloon. Our Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Apples & Bananas Box is a versatile and affordable gift for any occasion, with three sizes starting at just $19. Need to say, “I love you”? Our So Very Sweet Gift Set fits the bill, featuring pineapple hearts, our legendary chocolate dipped strawberries, and other types of fresh fruit, paired with a festive love-themed balloon.

Browse our selection of birthday gifts, anniversary gifts, thank you gift baskets, congratulations gifts, anniversary gifts, and more – even “just because” gifts – to find an amazing last-minute gift for a friend, loved one, or business associate, for any occasion.

Great Last-Minute Gift Ideas

For more last-minute gift ideas, we put out a call for ideas and curated responses below. (Note: Edible Arrangements® is not endorsing any of the products or ideas discussed below, but we asked for suggestions to get some different perspectives.) Keep reading to find out what the contributors who responded to our query had to say.


Jonah PhillipsJonah Phillips

@MyWordSearch

@XWordHobbyist

Jonah Phillips started Crossword Hobbyist in 2013 because someone told him not to start a website for teachers, and he doesn’t like being told what to do. He gave Crossword Hobbyist its sister site, My Word Search, in 2015. Jonah graduated from the University of Chicago. He currently lives in New York.

“Personalized word puzzles made at Crossword Hobbyist or My Word Search would make a great last-minute gift for anyone! With a subscription you can make unlimited unique crossword puzzles or word searches in minutes, customize the look of puzzles, share puzzles online, or print or save them as a PDF. Anyone can also make a single customized puzzle for just $6.”


Jill CaponeraJill Caponera

@Promocodescom

Jill Caponera is a New York native who has called Los Angeles home for the past five years. She holds a BS in Public Relations and Organizational Communication from SUNY Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh, NY. Jill is a Consumer Savings Expert at Promocodes.com and enjoys spending her free time browsing flea markets, crafting, camping, and hiking.

“A great last-minute gift idea is a personalized photo blanket that you can quickly and easily create online on sites such as Shutterfly.com. Personalized gifts are a thoughtful way to show someone that you care. It will appear that you’ve put a lot of time and effort into the process, even if you didn’t!”


Brooke BrumfieldBrooke Brumfield

A California native, Brooke Brumfield grew up between her birthplace in Lake Tahoe and the hills of Orange County. Born into a TV newsroom out of college, she cut her teeth as a producer at ABC affiliates in Oregon and San Diego for the first three years of her career. She has since put her CSU, Chico degree in Journalism to use through community outreach, strategic communications and PR across industries including non-profits, ski, travel, finance, technology, consumer packaged goods, small business, and much, much more. She lives in the small town of Verdi, Nevada with her husband James, their Bernese mountain dog Smokey, and daughter Juniper. Brooke is also last-minute gift-giver.

“I’ve found that the most well-receive gifts are 1) things people won’t buy for themselves and 2) things people hate shopping for. Thank goodness for online shopping because I can either buy a gift certificate online and write it into the card or print it up last minute, OR I can ship it straight to their house in a day or two.

“Where I’ve really found my stride, though, is with subscription boxes. This is something I’ve found is a HUGE hit for my friends and it keeps giving. I gave my husband a subscription to Harry’s Shave Club recently. A friend got BarkBox for her two lovable dogs when she watched mine.

“For my close female friends of my age, I’m REALLY in love with PantyDrop – an underwear subscription that’s high-end and highly personalized.”


Cynthia RowlandCynthia Rowland

@CynthiaRowland

Cynthia Rowland is the founder/CEO of Rejenuve, Inc., a successful beauty and anti-aging business. She is the creator of the Facial Magic facial exercise program, the inventor of the Luscious Lips lip plumper, and the author of two books.

“One last-minute gift idea that is always welcome by beauty lovers is the at-home SkinRehab Roller micro-needling device. The SkinRehab Roller treats the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, enlarged pores, and uneven pigmentation. The 580 titanium needles disturb the skin so that our body’s amazing healing capability kicks in to enhance the area in need of repair.

“In the past, these skin-loving treatments had to be done in a doctor’s office with a steep price tag, sometimes in the hundreds of dollars for one treatment. The SkinRehab Roller retails for only $19.95, which includes instructions and a storage case.”


Adam BarracloughAdam Barraclough

@CanYouHandlebar

Adam Barraclough is in charge of communications for Can You Handlebar, a men’s grooming company with a focus on beards and mustaches. He is senior editor and a contributor to Can You Handlebar’s educational blog, The Beard Mentor. He’s been growing and caring for his beard since 2000.

“Can You Handlebar products are an excellent gift for any man. They let him know that not only are you thinking of him, but that you respect and appreciate his decision to grow and maintain a beard. And they are a gift that gives back, helping him to look his best while softening and nurturing his facial hair and addressing the dryness, itch, and flaking that many men experience when first growing a beard.

“Our goods are thoughtfully designed, from the use of premium natural ingredients to packaging built for real everyday use, and all of our products are made right here in the U.S. That’s not just a point of patriotic pride; it allows us oversight on quality control from manufacturing to the day it ships out of our Mt. Clemens, Michigan warehouse.

“Our goods are sold in barbershops and salons all over the world, as well as in every U.S. location of The Art of Shaving. We also retail through Amazon as well as our own site, offering free shipping on all domestic orders.”


Kindred BelleDr. Saniya Deshpande

Dr. Saniya Deshpande is the founder and CEO of an ethical fashion non-profit called Kindred Belle.

“We produce beautiful, vibrant apparel for women inspired by the planet’s most majestic and vulnerable creatures. Our best sellers have been the elephant and whale scarves and active wear. With each purchase, we donate 100% of the profits towards the care and conservation of the animal on your clothing, by fostering the animal on your behalf for one year! Each purchase comes with an adoption certificate, news, photos, and updates on the animal’s well-being for one year! We’ve partnered with leading wildlife funds such as David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya, who care for orphaned elephants and rhinos. Other partners include Orangutan Foundation International in Indonesia, Whale and Dolphin Conservation in Canada, Galapagos Conservancy, etc.

“This is the perfect gift for women – teachers, partners, kids and animal lovers in general. It’s a great way to show your gratitude and love, while also reminding them of that each time they get an update on their foster-baby elephant!”


Srajan MishraSrajan Mishra

@iSrajanM

Srajan Mishra is the CEO of TSI Apparel. He is an electrical engineer by degree but an entrepreneur at heart. Srajan has hands-on experience and skills in Graphic Design, Website Design, SEO, Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing, Content creation & promotion, etc.

“I would say the best last-minute gift idea is an Amazon Prime Subscription for three months. It offers great value to the recipient, and if they already have a subscription, it turns into a gift card, which they can use to buy whatever they desire.”


Samira VicinanzaSamira Vicinanza

@zigzagzurich

Samira Vicinanza is the PR Manager at ZigZagZurich, a home textile brand based in Zurich and born in 2013.

“Our Artist Cotton Blankets collection is the perfect gift (also last-minute because we have fast and free shipping). We collaborate with artists and designers and translate their art into the medium of textile, creating amazing, high-quality products for the home.”


Paige Arnof-FennPaige Arnof-Fenn

Paige Arnof-Fenn started a global branding and marketing firm 17 years ago and always tries to tailor her gifts to clients’ tastes and interests. She is the founder & CEO of global marketing firm Mavens & Moguls based in Cambridge, MA. Their clients include Microsoft, Virgin, venture-backed startups as well as non-profit organizations. She graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Business School. She is a popular speaker and columnist who has written for Entrepreneur and Forbes.

“Last-minute ideas that have been successful for me include gift certificates for hot restaurants, health & wellness things like massage or acupuncture, movie theater passes, or for my sports fans a box of goodies from their favorite teams. In my experience, people genuinely appreciate thoughtful gifts that align with their lives. Plenty of companies send generic holiday gifts to everyone, but as a small business you can really stand out by tailoring your gifts to meet their needs.”


 Eartha Watts-HicksEartha Watts-Hicks

@Earthatone

Eartha Watts-Hicks is a mom from New York City area and also an award-winning author. Her work is on Amazon.

“I always say never allow the knowledge to go to waste, so I have recently developed a Planner and Journal series to empower through time management, as well as sharing tools tips, advice, quotes, and resources.

“My latest releases are A Planner Is a Girl’s Best Friend and the Everyday Excellence Student Planner, featuring the phenomenal little Ms. Celai West and the photography of Ms. Katie Moffit.

“My planners are perpetual, filled with activity sheets that give our little ones a preview to those important life lessons that are often omitted from the school curriculum (like cursive writing and how to tell time on an analog clock).

“For those who have a daughter, niece or goddaughter, this is a great last-minute surprise for back-to-school or any gift-giving occasion.”


Bernard MeyerBernard Meyer

@bernardgmeyer

Bernard Meyer is a digital marketer, food enthusiast, and fiction lover. He runs the Meyer Food Blog with his wife and cooks whenever he has a chance.

“Subscription boxes. Yup, subscription boxes are gaining in popularity because they make everything so convenient nowadays.

“Of course, you’ll need to make sure you know what the recipient will love and enjoy. If you do, then you can start them off with a 3-month subscription box. The best part: you don’t have to leave your home to get started, and some companies deliver the first box in a few days. Some of my personal favorites include:

  • men’s tie and socks boxes
  • men’s health boxes
  • popcorn of the month boxes
  • women’s nail and face boxes

“The amount and availability for subscription boxes is amazingly varied, and I’m pretty sure anyone can find something for themselves or the special people in their lives.”


Rachel AveryRachel Avery

@findmeagift

Rachel Avery is the Digital PR Executive at Find Me A Gift.

“Every person is unique and individual, so it’s important – even if it’s a last-minute gift – that it shows some thought and effort. A great gift idea would be a gift experience voucher! There are hundreds on the market, and some give you the option of over 100 experiences, including spa days, super car driving, skiing, and weekends away. They are ideal for the person who has everything or someone who loves to try something new.”


Shelley GrieshopShelley Grieshop

@TPromotional

Shelley Grieshop is a Creative Writer/Public Relations at Totally Promotional.

“This idea is for everybody who’s ever had to scramble for a last-minute gift that needs to be personal. Good luck, right? Well here’s an idea that will save you a lot of time in the future: Take your favorite quote or saying. You know, the one everybody knows is you. Combine it with a design that fits. Extra points for you if your design is your creation! Place your text and design on a travel mug or can cooler and order a couple dozen of them. When they arrive, put them away for that day you realize you forgot to get your best friend a birthday gift, or when your co-worker is having a tough week. These gifts are personal, ready to go, and really quite affordable.”


Rebecca GrahamRebecca Graham

@BestCompanyUSA

Rebecca Graham writes and manages blog content for BestCompany.com, an independent and impartial review site where companies don’t pay to play and consumers can access real customer reviews and educational materials to help them decide which companies are best for them. She also manages content for the Gift Baskets site at BestCompany.com.

“Relive a moment in time. So many of us primarily post photos digitally with a large group of followers, making photo sharing somewhat impersonal. For a last-minute, yet meaningful gift, make a favorite memory tangible by printing a candid picture of yourself with your loved one. If you don’t own a photo printer, you can get a printed photo — and several other photo products— printed within an hour at Walgreens or even immediately if you go in with your file ready to go. It doesn’t get much more last-minute friendly than that!

“Slip your photo inside a card with a handwritten letter that describes how much the memory means to you. Consider including a gift card or cash that will pay for the two of you to enjoy a similar activity again. And, of course, it wouldn’t hurt to deliver the gift with a treat he or she can enjoy right then!”


Kathy SeldersKathy Selders

@charityontop

Kathy Selders is the Co-Founder and Board President of Charity On Top. She is a fundraising expert and consultant for nonprofits along with her business partner, Marchelle Sellers. Their BIG goal is to push money to nonprofit organizations — as much as possible to as many as possible. It is the heartfelt, mission-driven fanatical philosophy of Charity On Top that we need to keep charitable giving at the top of our minds and weave it into our everyday actions.

“More often, people are choosing to give gifts of charity. Donating to charities on behalf of gift recipients has become a popular alternative to giving more stuff. But how do you choose which charity to support?

“How about giving your recipient the ability to donate money to their favorite charity? With Charity On Top gift cards — physical cards or digital options when you need it right away — the recipient can choose to donate to any of the 1.8 million charities registered in the US.

“Charity On Top gift cards are the most inclusive way to provide meaning to your gift giving. These gift cards empower your recipient to donate money to the charity they care about most, rather than the charity you think they care about.

“The great thing about gift cards is you can purchase several at a time and have them on hand for last minute gift giving – or purchase one online and have it delivered instantly by email.

“Charity On Top provides a variety of designs for all occasions, or you can build your own custom design using your own images. They’re perfect for birthdays, wedding gifts or favors, mitzvahs, memorials, holidays, clients, employees, and for those occasions where they say ‘no gifts please.’”


Marilyn RobertsonMarilyn Robertson

@jack_and_Mary

Marilyn Robertson is the Owner of Jack and Mary Designs. All of their products are one-of-a-kind and handmade in Maine, USA. They are a proud woman-run company and have been evolving and building their business for the past 14 years. Her brand has been built around giving life to old sweaters – they are firm believers in recycling, repurposing, and reusing materials. All products are made from once-loved wool and cashmere sweaters.

“My product is The Original Memory Mittens. It will make a great last-minute gift and it covers many gift categories. You are basically delivering a future gift.

“The idea for this product was born out of the desire to preserve a sweater from a loved one in order to keep their memory alive. It all started when a friend asked if we could repurpose an old wool sweater that her late mother had worn to all of her sister’s Olympic ski races. To honor her late mother, we carefully refashioned the cherished sweater by cutting it into parts and thoughtfully piecing it together to create handmade mittens that would ensure her mother would always be by her side.

“HOW IT WORKS: A customer orders a memory mitten box to their home. Inside each box you’ll find instructions, a personalization form, and a shipping bag to mail us your sweaters. Once received, we review your personalization form, follow-up with any questions, and then get to work! Your Original Memory Mittens are shipped back to you in 2-4 weeks and cost $50 per adult pair or $40 per children’s pair.”


Alex CookAlex Cook

@aacook

Alex Cook is the founder of NanaGram, a service that lets you mail monthly, printed 4×6 prints to a loved one with just a text message. He and his brother built it as a gift for their late grandfather on his 94th birthday.

“Printed photos are an awesome last-minute gift idea. So many of us snap photos of our loved ones and adventures, only to forget to send them to print. People in the older generations like my parents (I’m 32) and grandmother absolutely love printed photos. A 4×6 printed photo is 33% larger than an iPhone screen, and unlike a digital photo frame you have to keep plugged in, printed photos can be displayed anywhere around the house. You’d be surprised how people of all ages light up when you give them printed photos. They’re kind of like vinyl records. In the past decade prices have plummeted. You can get photos printed at so many places including Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, and Amazon.”


Elena LedouxElena Ledoux

@MommyGOenergy

Elena Ledoux is the Founder and Chief Mommy at Mommy GO.

“A great last-minute gift idea is an inspirational book with a hand-written note about how that book is meaningful and made a difference in your life. Or, a donation to a non-profit on behalf of your gift recipient.”


Tyler WeinrichTyler Weinrich

@WPropertiesOK

Tyler Weinrich runs W Properties, a real estate investment company in Oklahoma City. He buys a lot of gifts for people at closings (buying or selling a home).

“Some last-minute gift ideas I would use are anything that frees up the time of the recipient. A good example is purchasing lawn-mowing service for someone for a summer. On one hand, you bought them free lawn care, but you also gave them time back. Maybe that is 30 minutes or two hours a week they can do something else with. Another good last minute gift idea is a subscription to a monthly box service like one that delivers food or make-up or clothes. This turns out to be two gifts in one…they get the gift you give them, and when the box comes they get another. Subscription boxes are easy to buy as you can do it online in a few minutes.”


Rachel StephensRachel Stephens

@tpromotional

Rachel Stephens is a customer behavior analyst for Totally Promotional.

“Think local. When in need of a last-minute gift, Amazon Prime can come to the rescue, but your thoughtfulness might not shine through. Or, perhaps you don’t even have that 2-day-shipping window. Think local! If you are giving a gift to someone from out of town, a goodie box full of hot items from your city or town would be quite memorable. If the gift is not from someone out of town, local gifts can still feel thoughtful and special. Choose a box of macaroons from the place across town that they never get a chance to treat themselves to or another local specialty. Check your local Chamber of Commerce page for ideas!”


Anastasia SharovaAnastasia Sharova

Anastasia Sharova is an entrepreneur and creator of Happy Bellyfish, an online Healthy Cooking School.

“In today’s world of technology, you can get amazing gifts without leaving your house and even without waiting for delivery. I’m talking about gift vouchers that you can order online and receive per email – this type of a gift can be in your hands literally in a matter of minutes! The best gift vouchers are not for material things, but for experiences. According to the interest of your loved ones you can gift a tour, a spa treatment, a cooking class, or even an online course in any subject they like.”


David SobermanDavid Soberman

@dsobes

David Soberman is the head of Global Marketing at Motif, which is a new consumer brand and software extension for Photos on macOS that allows users to create custom photo books, cards, and calendars. He is an experienced MBA Manager with 10 years+ of marketing, e-commerce, pricing, and data analytics experience in technology, finance, retail, and CPG industries.

“For the procrastinators out there, there is nothing more special than a personalized photo present from your family or close friend. Even if you’re not crafty or tech-savvy, photo gifts are extremely simple to create. Plus, today’s photo books come in all sizes, qualities, and prices for every budget and occasion.”


Elizabeth BlauElizabeth Blau

@elizabethblau1

With an impressive career spanning nearly three decades, James Beard nominee Elizabeth Blau is credited with transforming Las Vegas into the world-class culinary destination it is today.Together with her husband, Chef Kim Canteenwalla, Elizabeth owns and operates Vegas-based Honey Salt, Andiron Steak & Sea, and a portion of Buddy V’s Ristorante. Recently, the renowned restaurateur has also ventured beyond the US border, spearheading the food and beverage concepts behind the $600 million Parq Vancouver. She has been featured on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” the Martha Stewart Show, CNBC’s “Restaurant Startup,” and more.

“How do you find the perfect last-minute gift without making it look like a last-minute gift? As a mom, wife, restaurateur, business owner, traveler, and now cookbook writer, I find myself constantly strapped for time and therefore asking this question more than I’d like! The secret is giving a gift that is both practical and heartfelt – but also extremely versatile, easy to find, and quick to ship. My new cookbook, for example, has so much depth, creativity, and versatility that there truly is something for everybody! In addition to insider tips and tricks, there are sections tailored to kids, throwing the perfect dinner party, and knowing which tools to keep in your pantry. Find something that most people will like – a cookbook, for example – and trust Amazon to do the work! My cookbook, Honey Salt Food and Drink: A Culinary Scrapbook, is now available on Amazon Prime, meaning you can get it within two days! Now that’s holiday magic.”


Kris CalefKris Calef

 Kris Calef is the President and Founder of MonthlyClubs.com® since 1994. After an early marketing career at IBM, he now operates six monthly subscription boxes including cheese, chocolate, flowers, and more.

“A subscription box membership sent straight to your door makes a great last-minute gift idea for anyone and any occasion. Options like cheese, chocolate, or flower of the month club memberships can be purchased online in minutes along with a customized gift announcement that’s immediately sent to your loved ones. Subscription boxes are the gift that keeps on giving and give members the opportunity to explore and learn about gourmet products from artisanal craftsmen around the world.”

Edible Arrangements® offers dozens of delicious ways to solve your last-minute gift-giving needs, no matter the occasion. Browse our wide selection of birthday gifts, anniversary gifts, thank you gift baskets, congratulations gifts, anniversary gifts, “just because” gifts, and more to find the perfect gift for any occasion. No matter what you choose, your gift recipient will appreciate your thoughtfulness!