10 Last-Minute Gift Ideas

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That sinking feeling in your stomach is not because you devoured an entire burrito at lunch today, it’s because you have done it again. You have waited until the 11th hour to shop for holiday gifts.

Don’t worry, though, all is not lost. There are plenty of good, goof-free gifts you can grab on the way home, thanks to extended holiday hours at most stores. You can also still order some items online, though you may have to pay a little extra for express shipping. Here are some last-minute holiday gift ideas to consider getting your loved ones.

As a friendly reminder, prices are subject to change. And you may want to make sure your credit card balances can handle these extra charges. You don’t want your finances or your credit scores to be hurt by any overspending this holiday season. (You can see how your credit card balances are currently impacting your credit scores for free on Credit.com.)


Hallmark laser wreath gift ideas

Laser-Cut Wreath 

Price: $19.95 from Hallmark.com and Hallmark Gold Crown stores

You could pretty much give this to anyone who loves home décor and they’ll bring it out year after year. The 9.5” x 12.75” wreath is made from laser-cut wood and will look festive over the hearth or hanging on a door.


Joy to the World Soap Set

Price: $19.95 at Lush.com and Lush stores

This set includes a creamy and luxurious “Snowcake” Soap and the perfect-for-winter-dryness “Love and Light” hand cream. The set is already wrapped so you don’t have to do a thing.


Nomad Carabiner Charge and Sync Cable

Price: $24.99 at Best Buy

The techie on your list will love this clever accessory. The carabiner attaches to almost anything and houses a USB on one end and a lightning cable on the other (micro USB also available). Perfect for synching and charging on the go.

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Black + Decker 4-Quart or 7-Quart Slow Cookers 

Price: $24.99 or $31.99 at Staples

Even the cooking adverse can get use out of a slow cooker – just toss in the ingredients and go! And these cookers are actually stylish, so they don’t have to be stored away.

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Eva Longoria Fringe Plus Throw 

Price: $38.99 at JCPenney.com and JCPenney stores

This incredibly soft 50”x 60” fringed throw is perfect for a night in on the couch. There are four subtle patterns to work with every décor. But don’t expect to try it for yourself —this is a blanket the whole family will fight over.

Check out the rest of the items on the last-minute gift list (plus pictures!) on Credit.com.

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