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The Best Last-Minute Gifts

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So you’ve checked your holiday gift list, and it is still alarmingly long. You know it’s time to get cracking, but where do you start? Fortunately, you have options, and they won’t put you in debt or blow your budget. (Keeping an eye on how your spending is affecting your credit? You can view two of your credit scores for free on I’ve rounded up 14 fantastic last-minute gifts that you can dash out to get at the store or order from Amazon.

1. FINsix Dart

This compact charger will be a life-changing present, taking up minimal real estate in their bag and, when connected to an outlet, simultaneously charging their PC and smart device. Available in four striking colors, it’s a perfect gift for your tech-loving relatives or friends and is listed as $99.99 at Best Buy

2. Happy Flight Emergency Travel Blanket

This washable cotton blanket comes with its own pouch for easy transport. It also functions as a mini pillow for catnaps on your travels. Available in gray and blue, it costs $30 at The Container Store

3. ShedRain Auto Open & Close Compact Umbrella

This ShedRain umbrella is available in black, zigzag or polka-dot styles and comes in a ready-to-gift box. Despite its size, this sturdy umbrella can combat the gustiest of winter winds. Get yours for $20 at Macy’s stores

4. Mario Badescu Face + Body Set

This lovely set from the iconic skincare brand includes their facial spray, botanical body soap, olive oil body lotion and vitamin E hand cream, the perfect remedies for dry winter skin. The set costs $28 at Urban Outfitters

5. Husky 65-piece Homeowner Tool Kit 

Everyone can use a high-quality tool kit. Husky’s 63-piece set has everything they’ll need, including pliers, screwdrivers and bits. Get it for $49.88 on Home Depot

6. Ice Mule Cooler – Medium

They can take this backpack cooler anywhere — it’s waterproof and it floats — and it will keep 12 cans or 5 wine bottles, plus ice, cold for hours. We’ve spotted them on the backs of bike messengers in New York City, so you know they’re tough. Available for $59.95 oat Cabela’s stores

7. Misfit Ray

This activity tracker keeps tabs on fitness activity and sleep while controlling phones and smart home devices — all while looking like a super-chic bangle. Available in Gold or Carbon Black, it’s on sale for $69.98 on

8. Montchevre Goats & Goodness Goat Cheese Bundle

A cheese lovers dream, this gift box has a cheese for every mood, from seasonal flavored goat cheeses, like Pumpkin and Cranberry Cinnamon, to Bucheron, Goat’s Milk Cheddar and Goat Milk Brie. Plus a special cheese-slicing tool. Yum. Price: $75 including free overnight shipping at

9. Black + Decker 7 Quart Chalkboard Slow Cooker

This sturdy stone wear slow cooker is dishwasher-safe and has three heat settings, and the tempered glass lid has a special hanger for when it’s not covering the cooker. Use the cool chalkboard outer layer to draw fun pictures for your guests or write reminders for yourself! $29.99 at Target

10. KN Karen Neuburger Family Plaid Printed Fleece Pajama Collection

A family that lounges together, stays together, right? These soft and comfy PJ’s are available in men’s, women’s, kids and even pet sizes! Also available in a fun polar bear pattern. $68 and up for adult sizes at Bon Ton stores

11. Kiehl’s Apothecary Preparations

This customized serum service is a gift that will delight anyone who loves takes skincare seriously. A Kiehl’s Customer Service Representative will ask a series of questions and analyze the skin to create a customized preparation that addresses their specific skin care concerns. To gift this service, purchase a $95 Kiehl’s Gift Card for your recipient at or a Kiehl’s store.

12. Tovolo 4-in-1 Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker

This isn’t any ordinary cocktail shaker. It has it’s own citrus reamer, measurements and jigger cap, so cocktails can be made all in the same container. So convenient! $27.58 at

13. Stitch Fix Gift Card
Instead of buying them clothes they might not like, give them a gift card to this online personal styling service. The recipient will receive a box of five clothing and accessories pieces based on their personal preferences on a schedule they specify. The gift card balance is used when they want to keep something from the box. Shipping is free both ways.

14. Erato Apollo 7

These ultra light, completely wireless ear buds pair with their smart device in seconds and deliver amazing sound for their tunes, clarity for calls and access to Google Now and Siri with the touch of a button. The little charging case protects the buds when not in use and provides two full charges when they’re out and about. $199 at

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