Last-Minute “On The Go” Gifts for 2023

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It’s getting down to the wire and you still have people to shop for! No need to “panic buy,” I found 15 affordable options for the recipient on your list who is always on the go. These gifts will give your recipients the impression that you’ve been planning for months, and all can be delivered digitally, shipped quickly, or picked up in-store. For more options, check out my gift list for home & wellness here

 

Ricardo Beverly Hills Essentials 5.0 Deluxe Organizer ($40, originally $100)

This organizer is ideal for a traveler who likes to take all of their favorite products with them! It’s generously roomy and well-organized with three distinct sections and a hook for hanging on the back of a door. It also features Polygiene StayFresh™ technology, which can prevent the growth of bacteria.   

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1More Headphones S30 Sports Headphones ($69.99)

These new, sweatproof earbuds are an affordable earbud option – they are open-air so they aren’t inserted into the ear, yet they still sound amazing. They hook behind the ear, staying put for daily use and fitness activities. They sound great, pair very quickly, have a built-in mic for phone calls, and a 30-hour battery life. At the time of this writing, Amazon had a $15 coupon! Available in black and white.  

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Arden Cove Kelso RFID-Blocking Passport Pouch ($71.50)

For the stylish traveler, this minimalist clutch keeps their passport close at hand, while also providing RFID-blocking storage for credit cards, cash, and keys. The classy clutch can easily transition from the airport to a night on the town.   

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Better Days Insulated Reusable Grocery Bags ($25.90+)

This is a great bag to keep in the car for impromptu visits to the farmer’s market or grocery store. It’s also handy for picnics! The roomy bag has a durable canvas exterior and is lined with a thick thermal, leak-proof foam that provides internal insulation.  Available in a wide variety of colors.  

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DefineMe Mini Perfume Gift Set ($28) 

A sweet gift for a fragrance lover, this sample kit contains seven lovely, travel-sized scents in mini glass rollerball bottles. The fragrances are all vegan, cruelty-free, and free of gluten, phthalates, and parabens.

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Hydro Flask All Around Travel Tumbler with Handle ($44 for 40oz)

I find that a big, colorful mug keeps me motivated to stay hydrated, but not all travel mugs are created equal. This stainless steel, BPA-free mug maintains temperature for hours, is sweat-free, and has no taste transfer. I use it every day and the finish looks like new. Perhaps my favorite feature is the lid, which is easy to open and close, but is also snug and leak-free. Available in lots of fun colors.  

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3DActive Alarmee Rechargeable Personal Safety Alarm ($24.99 on Amazon) 

My teen daughter is driving now and heading off the college soon, and I gave her one of these for her keychain. The rechargeable device looks harmless, but when pulled, it emits a loud, 130db siren with a bright strobe light that is bound to scare would-be attackers.  Available in several colors.

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BlendQuik ($79.99)

I love a portable blender for making smoothies on the go, and this one from BlendQuick is a favorite because you drink directly from the blender with the silicone straw that is included. The blenders I’ve seen have the blades on the bottom, but with this one, you blend with the blades on the bottom and then flip it upside down when you’re ready to drink. Plus there’s a cool mason jar mug design with a handle, so you can even remove the cover and easily drink from the mug itself.  This blender is also great for making baby food, salad dressings, and dips. Available in several colors.  

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K’lani Hair Tie Bracelets ($18.99)

You can never have too many hair ties, especially cute ones that double as bracelets!  I have one or two on at all times and they look great with my bracelet stack!  There are lots of color combos available to suit her taste.  

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COR Surf Packing Compression Cube Set ($22.99)

I love compression packing cubes! I find them indispensable on all my trips to keep my clothes separated while also preserving space in my suitcase. This set contains two cubes of different sizes, which can be unzipped to expand and then re-zipped to compress, as well as a convenient shoe bag. Available in 3 colors. 

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Academy Outdoors Magellan Hoodies ($29.99 and up)

For the hoodie-lover on your list – these hoodies come in a variety of colors, including holiday-themed! They are soft and warm, they won’t pill, and have a flattering cut so they don’t add bulk. Kids’ styles are also available.   

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No7 Radiance Trio ($20) 

This gender-neutral set is a nice way to introduce a skincare lover to Vitamin C, which I find to be an incredibly effective ingredient for brightening the skin. The set includes travel sizes of an exfoliating cleanser, daily moisturizer, and a pair of illuminating eye masks, all in a cute pink velvet travel pouch.

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Coal Vice Pom Beanie ($26) 

These cozy, gender-neutral beanies feature a front patch with a favorite vice, like “Bacon,” “Beer,” and “Pizza.” They also have a “Hugs” hat, which obviously isn’t a vice, but a fun option for the hugger on your list.   

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ClassPass Gift Card (any amount)

For the wellness and fitness enthusiast on your list, give a ClassPass Gift Card! A ClassPass gift card provides your recipient with access to 30,000 studio & gym options around the US and 5,000 beauty partners, making it easy to book a blowout or indulge in a relaxing yoga session after a long day.

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PerfectGift.com Personalized Gift Card + Handwritten Note ($10 and up)

If, after all this inspo you’re not sure what to give someone, that’s ok…give a gift card! At PerfectGift.com, you can upload a photo and brief message to be printed on a personalized Visa card! And new this year, you can provide a longer message, which will be “handwritten” on a lovely holiday greeting card by a robotic scribe at the company’s headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA. You can even save 5% off with the code Truetrae23!

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  1. Sumi
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    These are all such great ideas!! Especially the packing cubes, I think I need those for myself too!!