17 Last-Minute Holiday Presents That Aren’t Gift Cards

Published on: Dec 2, 2021fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round
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The holidays will be here before you know it. Big deep breath. If you haven’t started shopping yet — don’t panic. We did the work for ya and are servin’ up lots of gift guides and an interactive, 3D shopping experience

And in case you missed it, worldwide shipping delays aren’t making things the easiest this year. So we also rounded up the best gifts that’ll ship fast. We even have subscriptions and experiences your recipient can use whenever they want. Keep calm and gift on.

golden steer restaurant steaks that ship
A steak gift box if they're a real home chef...

They'll receive two steaks (that feed two to three people) from the iconic Golden Steer restaurant in Las Vegas, a Golden Steer Steakhouse cookbook, and house-made extras like Sergio's Seasoning and Maitre D' Butter. It'll be unlike any meal they've ever had. They'll get to choose between rib eye or filet. If you’re hesitant on shipping — don’t be. All boxes get shipped overnight no matter where they are going nationwide. Our mouths are watering. ($205, Golden Steer Company)

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organic wine
Wine made from organic grapes…

These bottles are from around the globe, hailing from France, Chile, Australia, and more. Every time they sip, they’ll know they’re doing good by the planet. They’re supporting organic growers and sustainable farmers, and drinking wine that’s free from additives. Which means no remnants from pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers. For 15% off, use code SKIMM15. (Prices vary, Kind of Wild Wines)

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apple airtag tracking device
A tracking device that’ll help them avoid the daily frantic search for their keys…

Stop the madness with this Apple AirTag. It simply attaches to any item (backpacks, wallets, etc.) and — via a one-tap setup — syncs with an iPhone or iPad. When something goes missing, the AirTag can play a sound to help them locate their valuables. The future is here, and it’s about to make their life easier. ($29, Apple)

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online class experience gifts you can purchase
An experiential gift that also comes with a physical present... 

Because sometimes you want to give more than an envelope. Choose from any number of activities: truffle making, painting lessons, cocktail crafting, and so much more. With each activity, your recipient will receive a complementary product shipped to their door. They’ll have everything they need to put their learning cap on. And for more of our fave holiday gifts from Uncommon Goods, shop here. (Prices vary, Uncommon Goods)

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nespresso machine for coffee and espresso
A Nespresso machine for the person who can never get enough java…

Now’s the time to splurge on them. They’ll be able to choose between coffee or espresso with the push of a button. Once they place a capsule in, they’ll just need to rest their mug down. The machine automatically disposes of used capsules, aka no cleanup necessary. The water tank can heat up in as little as 15 seconds. Along with the machine, they’ll also receive an Aeroccino (so they can froth milk) and a tasting box of 12 capsules. Now they’ll actually wanna get up in the morning. ($207.99, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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waterproof amazon kindle for reading
A waterproof Kindle with double the storage…

What’s better than having all their favorite books at their fingertips? Not worrying about lugging them along on vacation or losing them to their bathwater. Enter the new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite. It still has a glare-free screen and holds twice as many items as earlier versions. The screen brightness is adjustable, aka it’s easy to read comfortably at night and outdoors. It also includes Audible, so they can pair the Kindle with their headphones via Bluetooth. ($139.99, Amazon)

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masterclass educational class subscription
A MasterClass subscription to boost their brain power… 

From acting classes with Samuel L. Jackson to cooking classes with Gordon Ramsay to conservation with Dr. Jane Goodall. They’ll be able to explore their interests and learn from experts, or try their hand at something brand new. All courses are on-demand videos, so learning is on their terms. Class is in session. ($180/year, MasterClass)

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cratejoy subscription boxes
A ton of subscription boxes that’ll keep on giving past the holidays…

From a succulent kit to a date-night collection, Cratejoy has lots of different subscriptions for everyone on your list. For 20% off, use code SKIMM20 to save on the first shipment of select boxes. Don’t mind us, but we’re eyeing the Shaker and Spoon Cocktail Club. Pinkies up. (Shop all boxes, Cratejoy)

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tinggly experience gifts for travel
A handpicked adventure within the US for the hard to pin down…

With Tinggly, your giftee is in the driver’s seat. They get to decide where to adventure — and when. You simply select a collection and then they choose which one sounds the most enticing. They can relax in Hawaii, explore San Francisco, or climb a mountain in Colorado. Pack your bags. (Prices vary, Tinggly)

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oversized fleece hoodie for lounging
An oversized sweatshirt they can cuddle up in…

It’s gigantic, has a front pocket for their phone, and is made from flannel for ultimate warmth. It’s pretty much a wearable blanket, so it’s got more than enough room to cover their legs and feet when curled up. Evenings spent on the couch never felt so good. ($30.99, Amazon)

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amazon livestream holiday-themed experiences
A holiday experience you can livestream together...

Like viewing European Christmas lights, virtually visiting a holiday market in Madrid, meeting Santa's helper in Prague, and more. There are group and private experiences, so all you've gotta do is pick something that's convenient for their schedule. During the livestream, the two of you will be able to engage with local hosts, ask questions, and take photos. (Prices vary, Amazon)

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memory jar you can drop notes and photos into
A feel-good memory jar to record special moments…

The entire fam can drop in photos, handwritten notes, tickets, and more. It’ll act as a time capsule for everyone, filled with exciting and happy moments to look back on come the end of next year. Cue the nostalgia. ($20.78, Amazon)

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handheld muscle massager for sore muscles
A handheld massager to soothe aching muscles… 

Whether they’re sore from an intense workout or poring over a report at their WFH setup, this deep-tissue back and body massager can help. It beats at up to 3,700 revolutions per minute and comes with six interchangeable heads to provide relief where they need it most. It’s kinda like their own personal masseuse. Except much more affordable. ($79.97, Amazon)

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indoor putting green for golf
An indoor putting mat that will keep their golf game solid… 

Whether their upcoming golf trip was canceled or they’re trying not to get rusty this winter, this professional putting green will satisfy their need for green. Fitted with an automatic ball return and two different-sized practice holes, it’s a perfect way to provide hours of stress relief and entertainment to the stuck-at-home golfer. ($59.99+, Amazon)

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bamboo bathtub tray to hold bath items
A tray that makes bath time much more relaxing… 

This bamboo tray turns even the tiniest of bathrooms into a spa-like destination. It’s expandable to fit standard-sized tubs and has designated areas to hold a wine glass and to keep a book or tablet safely in place. They’ll be able to keep their phone within reach, along with their favorite body scrub. Now they can finally lie back and enjoy their time spent soaking. ($34.99, Amazon)

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journal that you can write one line a day in
A one-line-a-day journal for the person who doesn’t have much time to journal…  

This handy notebook takes the big commitment out of the practice by prompting them to write just a single line each day. The journal can hold up to five years of memories, making it easy for them to look back on a specific date and remember how they were feeling. It’s like a mini time capsule so they can see just how far they’ve come. ($15.26, Amazon)

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llama shaped stress toy
A llama stress toy for the days when they just can’t…

Squeeze it out. They can keep this mini toy on their desk, in their bag, or, if they need, in a pocket. Sometimes keeping one’s hands busy and mind distracted is a big help. Think of this as a great stocking stuffer. ($13.50, Amazon)

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