10 Amazing Last-Minute Christmas Gifts
Dear procrastinators: You’ve put it off long enough. It’s crunch time. But don’t panic—you can still pull off a spectacular gift without paying an arm and a leg for overnight-like-right-now shipping. Here are 10 gift ideas that feel thoughtful, even if you’ll be wrapping them in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve. Even better? We’ve even found some places that will wrap it for you, other places that will do the actual gift-picking for you, and a few gifts you don’t even have to leave the house to buy. Ready to do this?
1. FOR HER: A Rescue Spa gift certificate.
A service at Philly’s top spa is a go-to gift. (We suggest the facial, which has won so many Best of Philly awards, we’ve stopped counting.) Email the gift certificate directly to the recipient or download and print it out. Instant gratification! Buy it here.
2. FOR HIM: A Komono watch from Omoi Zakka Shop ($110).
Order it online (click here to buy) and swing by the shop to pick it up. Simple as that! (The store is located at 1608 Pine Street. See it on a map here.)
3. FOR THE KIDS: A set of Teggu magnetic blocks from Momo’s Treehouse.
The new Old City toy shop sells quirky gifts for kids (i.e. blocks, craft kits, plush animals). Go for these cool magnetic blocks or use their quick personal shopping service: Call them up at 267-457-2803, tell ’em what you need and who you’re buying for and pay by phone. They’ll have your gifts all wrapped up and waiting for you at the store, located at 205 Arch Street, within an hour.
4. FOR HER: A Diptyque candle from Bluemercury ($60).
Head to one of the beauty store’s six area locations (Rittenhouse, University City, Ardmore, Wayne and two in Marlton—see addresses here) to pick up one of these posh candles. We suggest the Feu De Bois (fire wood) scent, which is as close to the real thing as you can get without an actual fireplace. Buy it online here.
5. FOR THE HOST: A bouquet on the go from Flowers & Co.
Pop into this charming Rittenhouse floral shop (at 119 South 19th Street), tell owner Nadine where you’re going and what you’re looking to spend, and she’ll whip up a picture-perfect arrangement that looks so good they’ll think you ordered it weeks ahead of time.
6. FOR THE HOST, TAKE TWO: A Philly wine bag from Verde ($20).
It makes a bottle of wine seem less last-minute. Pop by the Midtown Village shop (108 South 13th Street) to scoop one up.
7. FOR HER: Earmuffs from Anthropologie ($24.75).
The cutest and most useful accessory this winter: a pair of glorious faux-fur earmuffs—which are in stock (and on sale!) at the Rittenhouse and Wayne locations now.
8. FOR HIM: A pair of UGG gloves at Nordstrom ($175).
Sure, gloves aren’t the most exciting of presents, but they’re useful and, when they’re made by UGG, they’re also extremely warm. These are available in both the King of Prussia and Cherry Hill locations. See them here.
9. FOR ANYONE: A Nixon Mini Blaster speaker at South Moon Under ($100).
Pick up this portable Bluetooth speaker—which is water-, shock- and sand-resistant at this store with locations in Center City and Wayne. See it here.
10. FOR EVERYONE: A Starr restaurant gift card.
He’s got 21 restaurants in Philly, three in Jersey, five in New York, three in Florida and one in DC. All are good. If they can’t find something great to eat, they don’t have taste buds. Pick your amount online (go here!), print it out and get on your way.
Hey, there’s more! See more great gift ideas here.