Last Minute Gift Ideas For Christmas And Birthdays!

Whether you have been procrastinating, busy, forgetful, or just awaiting that last paycheck to clear, here are a few suggestions for last-minute gift ideas for Christmas or even birthdays! What’s more – these ideas will hide the fact that they had been bought at the last moment. That’s because they are personal and absolutely BRILLIANT!

Last Minute Christmas or Birthday Presents – Buying from the Supermarket

Kill two birds with one stone and pick up Christmas and birthday presents during your weekly food shopping trip at the local supermarket, or even your local corner shop, with these thrifty last-minute gift ideas:

  • Create a Food Hamper: decorate a box and fill with the person’s favorite foods and drinks. Many shops have an elegant or luxury range of foods that are ideal to purchase as gift items. This idea is personal, thoughtful and can be tailor-made to any recipient. Hint: Ferrero Rocher, Bouquet of Flowers, Cheese Plate/Platter, and maybe a card that mentions a homemade dinner? Definitely a WINNING idea!
  • A Bottle of Tipple: simply select a bottle of the person’s favorite alcoholic beverage, or choose one that is in a refreshing bottle and wrap festively or in a bottle gift bag, which is often also available at supermarkets!
  • Books, DVDs, Games, and CDs: Many supermarkets, both small and large, now hold a range of books, DVDs, games, and CDs. This is the perfect opportunity to pick up a straight forward and inexpensive gift perfect for all ages and gender.

Some larger supermarkets now stock a wide range of fashion items, beauty items, and homewares, so if you are lucky enough to have these at your disposal, there is no reason you can’t find the perfect last-minute gift.

Last Minute Christmas and Birthday Gifts – Buying Online

The internet, of course, holds vast possibilities – it just depends on how long it will take for items to arrive. Most websites do offer rush shipping, so that is always an option. The other alternative is to have the gift delivered directly to the recipient, which will add the element of surprise and extra thought. Here are some internet-related options for last-minute present-buying:

  • Sending flowers: some sites allow you to send cards and flowers together directly to the person. This is a simple, thoughtful, and apparent EASY option which is ideal for a female loved one whether it’s for your partner, mom, grandmother, or even a close friend.
  • Sending chocolates via mail: many chocolate companies now have online options to send chocolates directly to a recipient, ideal for many recipients and again, very simple.
  • Online Gift Vouchers: if you’re lacking inspiration, a gift voucher is always appreciated. These can often be sent via email, making them instant – so it’s a great gift idea if you only remember halfway through the day of the actual occasion or event!

Looking for a unique AND super out of the box gift idea? A drone! Wait, what?! The DJI Global Mavic Mini is a quadcopter perfect for tech fanatics and those who are into tech-toys. It is powerful, creative, easy to operate, and worry-free.

DJI Global Mavic Mini

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    Stabilized Gimbal Camera
    Transform any moment into a work of art. Mavic Mini supports 12MP aerial photos and 2.7K Quad HD videos. A 3-axis motorized gimbal provides superior camera stability and ensures clear, ultra-smooth footage.

    Remote Controller
    See what your Mavic Mini sees. A dedicated remote controller maintains an HD, low-latency video feed at a distance of up to 4 km. [3] Detachable control sticks can be easily stored inside the remote controller for added portability.

    Extended Flight Time
    Less battery charging, more flying. Mavic Mini’s weight allows it to stay in the air longer than similar consumer FlyCams on the market. Enjoy up to 30 minutes of flight time with a fully-charged battery.

    Complex shots are easier than ever. Shots that look like they came from a Hollywood film set are just a few taps away with Mavic Mini’s QuickShot modes, which include Dronie, Circle, Helix, and Rocket. Just select your QuickShot and Mavic Mini will execute an elaborate preset motion while recording. Take the automatically generated short video and share it instantly with friends on social media.

    CineSmooth Mode
    Smoother motion for compositions that wow. Slow down Mavic Mini’s flight speed and movements for an added layer of precision and stability. This mode is especially useful when flying in narrow or complex spaces.

    Discover Popular Spots
    Find scenic shooting locations near you. The DJI Fly app gives users integrated access to SkyPixel, a social media platform for users to share their aerial photos and videos. Browse work, share your own, and even discover popular aerial photography spots in your area.

    Two-Way Charging Hub
    The Two-Way Charging Hub can charge up to three batteries in sequence. It can also be used to store and transport batteries, and even as a power bank to charge your mobile device.

    DIY Creative Kit
    Make your FlyCam truly yours with this kit that includes shell stickers and colorful markers.

    Charging Base
    Show off your Mavic Mini while charging it with this convenient charging base.

    DJI Mini Bag
    Pack your Mavic Mini and Two-Way Charging Hub easily with this signature shoulder bag that’s perfect for everyday use.

    Snap Adapter
    Personalize your Mavic Mini with a wide range of compatible accessories when you use the Snap Adapter. [9]

    Propeller Holder
    This lightweight propeller holder protects your FlyCam propellers from being damaged during transportation. It can also be used to fasten your Mavic Mini to your bag or belt.

The DJI Global Mavic Mini is available at Best Buy stores or online! Find out more here:

Of course, you can always head to any of the usual gift sites or high street shops online, many of them now offer gift wrap services so you can send directly to the recipient, or carry it out to hand deliver on a particular day.

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  • Heather

    Considering I haven’t even begun shopping yet, I’m going to need some of these last minute gift ideas!

  • Kita Bryant

    I’m always needing last minute ideas. Time gets away from me and I forget some gifts for those outliers. Great ideas!

  • Danielle

    That drone is super awesome! I’ve been thinking about adding aerial photography and video to my blog. I think this would be perfect!

  • Jonna

    These are great gift ideas. I love the Food Hamper idea, and the Mavic Mini. I love finding unique ideas, thanks for the inspiration!

  • Tara Pittman

    I always send flowers to my mom. I am glad to see them on the list

  • Kelly MarTin

    This are great last minute gift ideas. I think gift vouchers are really good gifts and most people are happy to receive them.

  • Mahmudul

    all are great gifts ideas.. the best gift is aflowers, always evergreen

  • Sherry

    I never thought of picking up gifts at the grocery store. I love the idea of a food hamper. My husband would love to get the DJI Global Mavic Mini, that’s for sure.

  • Lisa Joy Thompson

    These are great last-minute gift ideas. I have a bin of gifts that are ready to be given at any moment. I try to keep a few things wrapped in a bright paper that could be used for Christmas or birthdays and I keep a spreadsheet as to what’s in each box. That way I can grab one in a pinch.

  • Lashunta

    A food hamper, this one may be my fave. I know I’ll have a last minute gift or 2 to pick up. Thank you for the great ideas.

  • Ntensibe Edgar Michael

    Nnniiiccceeeee….I love the Mavic! It’s kinda a new thing to me but I can surely gift it to somebody I love a lot.

  • Catalina

    I hope to buy in time gifts for everyone! Thanks for these cute ideas!

  • Scott J DeNicola

    I just had a long discussion last night with a friend about the beauty of the gift card/online gift voucher and how some people say they hate giving them because they like the person to open something. The problem with getting a gift that someone might not like is that now you’ve given them an errand and they need to now return your gift. Gift cards and vouchers are perfect. Buy what you want. THat drone is pretty cool too!

  • Despite Pain

    Those are great suggestions for last-minute gift ideas, but I think my husband would have fun with the quadcopter. I’m sure I would too.

  • Hayley Warren

    I want a drone so bad but they’re so pricy. This one looks fab!

  • Matt Taylor

    Very cool last minute gift ideas! I usually try and get my shopping done ahead of time, but it seems there is always something last minute I need to get. 🙂

  • Stephanie

    Thanks for the great list of gifts! I’m always buying things last minute. It’s good to have a list of easy things as a go-to.

  • Celebrate Woman Today

    Beautiful gifts are the ones that a person will remember and cherish. I love anything books, for example.

  • Angela

    You’ve given me some great gift ideas here.

  • Kuntala Bhattacharya

    My son absolutely loved DJI Global Mavic Mini, the moment I showed him. He learns robotics so tech machines entice him a lot.

  • The Virginia Nymph

    That idea of creating a food hamper is perfect! It will really help with those friends and family that are hard to shop for! Thank you.

  • joy

    i love the idea of a food hamper. yum! and the hamper makes for a great gift to reuse when weather warms up.

    Joy at The Joyous Living

  • Nicole Anderson | Camping for Women

    I have always been curious about drones and wanted to give them a go, but haven’t as yet. Someone I know told me that she ordered one and found it so difficult to set up and operate and that may have put me off a bit. However, I am aware that so many other people have them and seem to use them just fine. The fabulous images you can capture just can’t compare with a standard camera. I must get one for myself to try soon.

  • Norma

    Awesome ideas for last minute Christmas and birthday gifts ideas. This technology will definitely make as a great present.

  • Lindsay brown

    This is such a great list of goft ideas! I especially love your supermarket gift ideas! I’ve never thought about getting gifts from the grocery store – but those are awesome ideas! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

  • Nate

    The Drone looks hot! I might have to get that for myself, lol. I love the size and from what it sounds like, it seems to be a good choice!

  • Lyosha

    Great list! Christmas is just around the corner and we also have tons of birthdays in family in December. Great time to me

  • Kacie

    I love receiving a food hamper. I adore food and I think it’s very thoughtful when someone takes time to choose a few things they know I’ll love to eat.

  • Jennifer

    I always go for vouchers as last-minute present. It’s a bit sad to say this but it saves you from having to figure out what the person you are buying for actually wants

  • Lene

    OK. Reading this post is bad for me. I’ve drooled over drones for a really long time. Have absolutely no idea what I’d use it for, except: so! cool!. Maybe this is the perfect gift for myself this year?? 🙂

  • Emman Damian

    A bottle of wine would be nice. I think I gave a lot of my friends last year. So cool!

  • Sonia Seivwright

    Lovely list. I am always the last minute at everything. When it comes to presents, I deliberately leave it to the last minute as it gets cheaper.

  • Julia

    Hi Angela,

    Thank you for the last-minute gift ideas. They are all excellent! Your very first advice on a Food Hamper would definitely please me if I received it as a gift – all my favorites! I’m sure that my friends would enjoy it too.

    And the Mavic Mini is great too. I purchased Mavic Air as a gift for my husband – a toy for an old boy! 🙂 He loves it! Mavic Mini, while a half price of the ‘Air’ model is still somewhat on a high price edge for a gift to someone who is not so close, but a great gift for a loved one.


    ~ Julia

  • Hollie Burgess

    My hubby would love that! He is so hard to buy for. Still have no idea what he wants this Christmas.

  • emily

    these are all great gift ideas!! I think i might even treat myself to one of these.

  • Jess Howliston

    Great suggestions! I think a hamper of goodies or flowers always work really well especially if you fill the hamper with their favourite goodies or chose their favourite colours or scents for the flowers!

  • Kara Guppy

    My husband is obsessed with drones, he would love this

  • Joanna

    I love the idea of creating a food hamper. I am actually thinking of offering some this year for Christmas as gifts myself. They are so easy to personalise and who doesn’t love good food?

  • Rebecca Smith

    These are great gift ideas! I always struggle with what to buy certain people so this is a handy guide.

  • Adi

    Great round-up of ideas. Top on my list this year is a bonus- genuine mindful gadget free time with our dear ones.

  • Emily Underworld

    These are all great ideas! I love making little food hampers for people as gifts, and you can’t go wrong with chocolate!

  • Bindu Thomas

    This list is a life saver for all the last-minute shoppers. Thanks for putting this together.

  • Jenni

    I made my unable a food hamper and he absolutely loved it

  • Charli

    I love the food hamper idea – you can really make that unique to the person with all their favourite things!
    C x

  • Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    Fantastic ideas, sometimes birthdays especially creep up on us and it’s a struggle to find a last minute gift.

  • QuinCL

    DJI GLOBAL MAVIC MINI is really nice cool stuff as a gift. Tech enthusiasts would be thrilled to receive this kind of thing. 🙂