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The Best Last-Minute Gift Ideas on Amazon

When you’re in a time crunch, you need great gift ideas fast—and some help from Amazon Prime doesn’t hurt.

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Not to pressure you, but we're nearly down to the wire until Christmas Day, so if you haven't crossed everyone off your gift list, better get a move on. There's no need to put yourself through a last-minute wrapping frenzy, though, with a short window of time left for items to ship, plus you can always purchase a gift card. buying well in advance frees up time during the busy weeks leading up to Christmas.

We’ve curated as some of our favorite tech, outdoor gear, and tools that make great holiday gifts. If you don't have a Prime membership, now is the time to sign up for the free 30-day trial as plow through holiday shopping. Read on to see our picks for quick-turnaround gifts to slide under the tree this year.

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For the wannabe pilot
Smartphone RC Controlled Paper Airplane Kit

This kit puts you in the pilot's seat to fly a regular paper, foam, or balsa wood airplane using your smartphone as the remote control. It'll travel up to 20 mph doing hammerheads, barrel rolls, and loops for 10 minutes of flight time on a full charge, with an impressive range of up to 230 feet.

The Dash Cam
Garmin Dash Cam

This inconspicuous camera mounts next to your car’s side mirror to record incidents while you’re driving. Video is uploaded to your smartphone via app and the camera features a 140-degree wide-angle lens and 1080p resolution. You can watch footage from up to four cameras, with each requiring an 8GB micro SD card (class-10 or faster) that’s sold separately.

For the tea lover
Tealyra Pluto Porcelain Teapot

This well-designed porcelain teapot comes in a rainbow of bright colors and is another customer favorite, with an average 4.7 stars from more than 1,700 reviewers. It has a two-cup capacity and features an extra-fine stainless steel strainer, a spout designed to prevent drips, plus it's dishwasher-safe.

The Best Magazine
Popular Mechanics Subscription

Lay some knowledge on them with a subscription to Popular Mechanics, where they can learn more about science, technology, home improvement, and how our world works.

The cozy wool throw
Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket

Based in Portland, Oregon, Pendleton has been making textiles for more than 100 years, and today is best-known for their blankets and clothing. 

This wool throw is available in several attractive colors, woven with cotton for extra softness. It measures 54 by 66 inches, and some styles come in sizes for twin and queen beds. The blanket gets rave reviews, with an average 4.9 stars from more than 1,200 customers.

For the Star Wars Fan
Star Wars Patent Poster Prints
Stars by Nature

This vintage-style set of four posters, with renderings of classic Star Wars ships and vessels, is a little more highbrow, and make attractive wall art. Images are printed on archival paper and fit in an 8-by-10 frame. 

The Coolest Science Book
Good Housekeeping Amazing Science
Good Housekeeping
$15.76 (28% off)

If you have or know kids who love performing experiments at home, this is the perfect book. It features 83 hands-on S.T.E.A.M experiments created by the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute Labs. Kids can learn how make a batch of butter, understand why water swirls down the drain by doing tests with a soda bottle, explore the physics behind bouncing balls, and more. The book is recommended for children ages 8 to 12.

1980s Retro Candy Giftbox
Vintage Candy Co.

Fun Dip, Runts, and Sour Patch Kids? Yes, please. This giant gift box is filled with candy that was popular in the 90s, back when the Sony Diskman, flannel paired with Doc Martins, and Troll Dolls were all the rage. There are 58 individually packaged pieces of loot inside, wrapped with a colorful 1990s-themed band. 

The weighted blanket
Degrees of Comfort Weighted Throw Blanket
Degrees of Comfort

A weighted blanket is a no-fail last-minute gift that works for nearly every adult and child on your list. They’re designed to reduce stress and anxiety for better sleep, and this reversible one features a velvety material on one side and synthetic sherpa on the other. It’s quilted, and each square contains small glass beads, so the weight is equally distributed across your body as you snuggle down. It comes in several neutrals and a few colors, with four weight options ranging from 12 to 20 pounds.

The Remote Meat Thermometer
ThermoPro Wireless Remote Meat Thermometer

No one likes to hover over the barbecue, doused in sweat while constantly checking the meat’s temperature. With the ThermoPro smart thermometer, you’ll never have to, as it features an impressive 300-foot range to ping you when your sirloin or ribs are cooked to perfection, plus the dual probe registers the temperature of two pieces of meat simultaneously. 

There are nine preset USDA-recommended temperature settings, which can be changed to suit individual tastes, along with a belt clip to keep it close. 

The Value-Packed Drone
Holy Stone HS710 Drone with 4K Camera
Holy Stone

This Holy Stone drone is well-priced considering its fantastic lineup of features, which include a 4K camera, 5G first-person view transmission, GPS, and a 50-minute flight time. 

There’s also a 120-degree wide-angle lens that’s adjustable up to 90 degrees and one-button takeoff and landing, which makes it easy for beginners to fly. 

Another plus: It weighs less than .55 pounds, so it doesn’t require FAA registration.

The Winter Must-Have for drivers
Ice Scraper and Extendable Snow Brush
$24.62 (15% off)

There never seems to be a good place to store snow-removal tools for the car—especially if you like to keep them inside. This kit solves the problem, with a telescopic rod that extends to more than 5 feet, plus attachments including an ice scraper and snow brush that store in a drawstring pouch.

The waterproof speaker
JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Customers give this Bluetooth speaker from JBL rave reviews, with an average of 4.8 stars from more than 40,000 reviewers. It has an IPX7 waterproof rating and approximately 12 hours of playtime on a single charge plus it can be paired with a second speaker for stereo sound. It’s available in a rainbow of colors and a few fun camo print options.

The touchscreen gloves
The North Face Etip Recycled Glove
The North Face

These unisex touchscreen-compatible gloves from The North Face are made from recycled polyester, with four-way stretch and silicone grips on the fingers and palms, plus there are clasps to connect them for storage. The gloves come in 10 solids and prints, with sizes ranging from extra-small to double-extra-large.

The immersion blender
KitchenAid Corded Hand Blender
$39.99 (27% off)

An immersion blender is a super--versatile kitchen tool that does a lot more than make smoothies. In winter, you can use to make blended soup, like butternut squash or potato leek. This one from KitchenAid comes in 11 color options and gets high marks from customers, with an average 4.7 stars from more than 3,000 reviewers.  

The Bass Fishing Kit
Googan Squad Bass Fishing Mondo Kit
Catch Co

Anyone in your life who enjoys freshwater bass fishing will love Googan Squad’s Mondo Kit. It comes with four of the brand’s most popular bait, including a pack of the brand’s Krackin' Craw, the Zinger spinnerbait, the Flat Banger crankbait, and a Juicee Jig, plus a polyester microfiber face and neck shield and a Googan Squad decal. More than 200 customers give the kit an average 4.6 stars.

Stylish Noise Cancelling Headphones
Soundcore by Anker Life Noise Cancelling Headphones
$59.99 (25% off)

These sleek noise-canceling over-ear headphones from Anker deliver up to 40 hours of playtime and are said to block up to 95 percent of low-frequency ambient sound. They feature three settings for blissful quiet time while flying, walking or running outdoors without annoying wind, and indoors to mute people chatting around you. The leather earcups are soft and well padded, plus the headphones are lightweight, at about half a pound.

The Portable Charger
Anker PowerCore 5000mAh Portable Charger

Portable chargers are an essential accessory to carry in your backpack—for yourself or a friend whose phone runs out of juice. Anker is known for making some of the best in the market, and this ultra-compact model packs 5,000 mAh of power into a cylinder that’s roughly four inches high and weighs less than five ounces. It doesn’t deliver as much power as some of the brand’s pricier chargers, but it’s still solid and for the size and price.

The massage gun
Theragun Mini

If you—or someone you know—works out regularly and hasn’t caught on to the TheraGun craze for percussive therapy massage, this model is a place to start.

TheraGuns can get pretty pricey, but their mini version costs $200 at the time of this writing. It’s a pricey stocking stuffer, but if you’re looking to go with one present to wow them rather than a collection of smaller gifts, trust us this will be a hit.

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To learn something new
MasterClass Subscription

Give the gift of knowledge with a subscription to Masterclass, which offers more than 100 classes across 11 categories, including science and tech, sports and gaming, and food, all taught by celebrities and notable figures in their field. There are new classes added every month, and they features 20 video lessons that are 10 minutes each. 

For your gym buddy
Lululemon Gift Card

Everyone loves Lululemon's atheleisure wear and workout gear, so you can't go wrong with a gift card. There's a great selection of everything from joggers and leggings to outwear and accessories for men and women. The gift card can be used in-store and online, and there are no delivery fees or expiration dates attached. 

For hot sauce lovers
Truff Holiday Gift Pack

For hot sauce with a high-end spin, look no further than Truff, which adds—you guessed it—truffles to the spicy stuff. This gorgeous gift set includes black truffle hot sauce, white truffle hot sauce, and truffle oil, all are made using only organic ingredients.

For a Star-Studded Holiday

Give them a star-studded holiday with a personalized video from their fave celeb from Cameo. There are countless actors, musicians, athletes, comedians and more, for a wide range of prices from $10 to a couple thousand dollars. For example, for $50, you can get Jonathan Schmock from Ferris Bueller's Day Off and for $250 you can get Mario Cantone from Sex & The City. It'll be a Christmas gift they won't forget.

For a wardrobe update
Huckberry Gift Card

Huckberry is the go-to for men's clothing and accessories that mix  outdoorsy with urban flair. Get him a gift card in increments valued from $25 to $500 so he can give his wardrobe a refresh with one of the brand's best-selling items, like the Flannel-lined Waxed Trucker Jacket or corduroy pants that are available in three fits. 

The tracker gadget
Slim and Mates 4-pack
Tile Mate

Tile Trackers are one of the least expensive, handiest gadgets around for finding commonly misplaced items like mobile phones, keys, and remotes. Applications are nearly endless for keeping track of common objects. All that’s required is downloading the app, using Bluetooth to find objects with a range of a few hundred feet. When your lost items are out of range, the app will identify its last location or ping your Tile network for help. The device also works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri.

For when you're really stuck
Amazon Gift Card

The most obvious last-minute idea is often the one we forget! Amazon has a bunch of holiday gift cards and e-gift cards with cute designs, plus is a one-stop-shop for gift cards from a slew of retailers, including Starbucks, Apple, Sephora, and more. 

For a break from cooking
Blue Apron Gift Card

After planning for and preparing holiday meals, the last thing anyone wants to do after Christmas is spend tons of time in the kitchen. Treat someone to a Blue Apron gift card for $65, $130, or $260, and they'll get complete meals with all the ingredients ready to throw together. You can also choose a wine delivery option.  

A campfire to go
Compact Portable Fire Pit | Compact and Lightweight | 3-5 Hours of Burn Time | No Wood No Embers | Made with Nontoxic Materials in Maryland, USA

Take your campfire to go with this little wonder in an adorably designed 100 percent recycled steel tin. Inside, there’s non-toxic soy wax and 100 percent biodegradable briquettes to get the flame going. Each tin weighs a mere pound and burns for roughly 3 to 5 hours.

Just make sure you set it on a heat-resistant surface that won’t burn if sparks fly. To snuff out the fire, simply replace the lid and wait for it to cool down.

For something special
Uncommon Goods Gift Card

Uncommon Goods is an online marketplace with high quality products from artisans, craftspeople, and designers, with a slew of categories to suit everyone on your list. There's jewelry, games for kids, items for the home, and more. Choose from a physical or digital gift card available in dollar amounts from $5 to $1,000. 

For easy brewing
Brewing Coffee Bottle

All that’s required to make a fabulous mug of brew is to add coffee grounds in the strainer and water in the heatproof glass bottle, and then give it a good shake. The coffee bottle has a five-cup capacity and works for both hot and iced coffee.

It’s an ideal Christmas gift for men who love to camp or travel, as it weighs about a pound. It works equally well as a kitchen staple to simplify anyone's morning caffeine routine. It's available in dark brown or light mocha.

The unisex ski hat
Winter Ski Hat

Carhartt’s knit ski hat is equally warm and stylish, available in eight colors and shades, with the brand’s logo front and center. It’s truly one of those gifts that’s tough to get wrong—even if the person you're giving it to has one, they’ll swoon over owning another in a second color. 

For the gardener
AeroGarden Harvest Indoor Garden with LED Grow Light

Having fresh herbs indoors is easy peasy with an AeroGarden on your kitchen countertop. The hydroponic system comes with everything you need to grow six common kitchen herbs, including dill, Thai basil, and parsley, under its LED light. Simply drop the seed pods into the slots, fill the reservoir with water, and you're ready to go.

The control panel gives you a heads-up when it's time to refill and add included plant food, plus the light operates on an automatic timer.

The Charging Pad
Anker Wireless Charger Pad

One you have a wireless charging pad on your nightstand or desk, you’ll never (ever) go back to ducking under desks and around sofas to reach an outlet. This option, also made by Anker, makes an excellent last-minute gift and features dual charging surface—which works with your phone’s case on.

Another plus: For those of you who prefer wired earbuds or headphones, this device allows you to charge your iPhone while you’re plugged in.

Three-Season slippers
Unisex High Slippers

These unisex slippers are the perfect last-minute gift for anyone on your list. They’re from Austrian brand Giesswein, which has been making boiled wool slippers for more than 50 years. This pair is made of 100 percent virgin wool, with a gum rubber sole. The slippers are crafted without using any synthetic materials and are designed for all-season wear.

The Wireless earbuds
Jabra Elite Wireless Earbuds with Charging Case

These ergonomically designed wireless earbuds from Jabra last up to 24 hours on a single charge, even with active noise cancellation turned on. There are four microphones for clear calls and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, plus you can set up a personal profile through the app for automatic sound adjustment throughout the day. They also feature a 15-minute quick-charge for an hour of juice and come with a charging case.

For the voracious reader
All-new Kindle Paperwhite (8GB; Without Ads)
$139.99 (13% off)

The new Kindle Paperwhite is sure to be at the top of Christmas lists this holiday season. Upgrades from the last model include a 6.8-inch screen, faster page turns, and thinner borders. Other highlights among top features include adjustable warm light, a glare-free display, plus it’s waterproof—so no worries if you accidentally drop it in the bath.

For the oenophile
Rabbit Electric Wine Opener Set

Show off this eye-catching electric wine opener set on the bar or kitchen counter. It's made by Rabbit, a top brand in the uncorking business, and features an electric corkscrew that recharges in the base and can open 30 bottles of vino per charge. There's also a foil cutter, an aerator with a drip-free spout, plus two stoppers with a pump to preserve unfinished wine.

For brunch at home
Berry Breakfast Gift Basket (9 Piece Wood Gift Box Set)
Stonewall Kitchen

Stonewall Kitchen's jams, dry mixes, and condiments never disappoint, and this lovely gift basket includes everything needed for a carb-loaded New England breakfast. 

There's delicious strawberry and wild Maine blueberry jam, pancake and waffle mix, scone mix, and blueberry muffin mix, plus a stainless steel ballon whisk to whip it all up. 

The Laptop Backpack
Timbuk2 Authority Laptop Backpack

This popular laptop backpack from Timbuk2 features a separate padded compartment to hold a 17-inch laptop, plus tons of organizational pockets inside and out for easy access to all your gear. It has a low profile but offers plenty of room in the main compartment for everything from gym clothes to books and thoughtful extras.

The Warmest Socks
Smartwool PhD Ski Light Elite Sock 2021

Much-loved Smartwool socks are tough to beat, and they come in a slew of styles. This unisex pair is warm but breathable, made of merino wool, with nylon and a hint of elastic so they'll keep their shape. They also provide extra support and cushioning in all the right places.

The hip waist pack
Herschel Fourteen Waist Pack

The fanny pack trend revival shows no sign of ending, and this one from Herschel is an affordable last-minute gift for anyone on your list. It can be worn around the waist, and the strap is adjustable so it also be carried crossbody. The zipper has a pebbled leather pull and it features the brand's attractive red-and-white-striped liner. The pack comes in 18 color choices. 

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