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Last-Minute Gift Ideas Perfect for Busy Families

With the constant hustle and bustle of the holiday season, getting gifts for everyone on our list always seems to come down to the last minute — even for those of us with the best intentions. Because of that, we thought we’d make things a little easier for you by compiling a list of last-minute gift ideas perfect for busy families. Here’s what we came up with!

A HANDY SALT KEEPER. A perennial kitchen staple, the time has finally arrived for storing salt in a beautiful and useful container. Give this as a gift (and get one for yourself while you’re at it), filled to the brim with pink Himalayan salt.

Perfect For: Your child’s teacher.

wooden container with lid propped open

SNAPCHAT SPECTACLES. The newest iPhone may be a bit of a reach this year, but Snap’s Spectacles are a bit more budget-friendly, that is, if you can get your hands on them. Bonus: they’re surprisingly stylish.

Perfect For: Your 17-year-old (or even your 30-something).

woman on red background wearing sunglasses

A COMFY ROBE. No matter how hectic the day has been, there’s nothing more comforting, more soothing than stepping into a warm, fuzzy robe. PS Earn a few extra bonus points by getting it monogrammed.

Perfect For: The woman in your life.

gray folded robe

A HOME-COOKED MEAL. You can’t put a price on a home-cooked meal, especially for someone who doesn’t always have the time or the means to enjoy the taste of one made with love and care. Whip up a friend’s (or loved one’s) favorite meal and surprise them with it by dropping it off at their house. The old saying really is true: The way to someone’s heart is always with food.

Perfect For: A single mom or dad.

bowl of noodle soup garnished with meat and carrots

THESE SCENTED CANDLES. The great thing about a scented candle is that it immediately makes your house feel fresh and clean — and oh-so-cozy. Candles always make great gifts because they’re inexpensive and easy to wrap, ship, and deliver. Besides, one can almost never have enough deliciously scented candles.

Perfect For: Your favorite office co-worker.

voluspa scented candle container

COOKING LIGHT MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION Give the gift that keeps giving on throughout the year with a subscription to a cooking magazine like Cooking Light. From healthy yet delicious cook-tested and approved recipes, to tips and tricks on wellness, travel and beyond this magazine is always chock-full of useful and entertaining information.

Perfect For: Your mom.

cooking light magazine cover featuring cheesecake dessert on cover

AN AMAZING UMBRELLA. True, this falls on the practical spectrum of gift-giving, but on those rainy winter days, a quality umbrella is the gift that keeps giving — or preventing wet hair, running mascara, and cold damp jeans. And they’ll always remember you when it rains!

Perfect For: Your big sister.

transparent extended umbrella

GRACE NOT PERFECTION. Lifestyle blogger Emily Ley’s mantra about seeking grace in our imperfection has appealed to us from the get-go. Her new book Grace Not Perfection expands on her message of slowing down and simplifying and finding joy in what she describes a “beautiful mess of life.” What more than to give the message of simplification in a beautiful book to someone seeking tips and tricks to slow down?

Perfect For: Your best gal pal.

grace not perfection pink book cover

PRESSURE COOKER. I never understood the concept of a pressure cooker until I learned how to use one. You can make soup stock in 15 minutes, cook dried beans in under an hour, whip up steel-cut oats in half-hour — there’s very little a pressure cooker can’t do. This is the gift to get for the busy cook who hasn’t yet discovered this tool as their new favorite time-saving gadget.

Perfect For: Your in-laws.

instant pot pressure cooker

SHIPT MEMBERSHIP. Let’s be honest: fewer trips to the store always make one’s spirits a bit brighter.  Surprise your busiest friend or loved one with the gift of grocery delivery and you may reap the rewards of seeing them more often. The gift of time is always one of the best gifts you can give someone, and coupled with the gift of food, the gift of Shipt doesn’t get any better for busy families.

Perfect For: Anyone you know who would benefit from the gift of time.

shipt shopper helping member unload groceries in kitchen

We hope you enjoyed these last-minute gift ideas perfect for busy families. Any ones we missed? Comment below!  And be sure to check Shipt’s holiday page for all your holiday needs and inspiration!

family meal at table with holiday menu text overlay



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