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28 Last Minute Gifts on Amazon for the People You Almost Forgot About

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Okay, so you’ve done most your Christmas shopping at this point. Something for Dad. Something for your girlfriend. You picked up something Mum will like, and you even aced Secret Santa by finding something cheap from an expensive brand — no spending a tenner on scratchcards here. Now all that’s left are the tricky last-minute gifts for the other people in your life. Your new friend from your writing class or the goddaughter who’s developing her own tastes. Even stocking stuffers from your nearest and dearest. Our guide to last-minute gifts, all of which you can pick up on Amazon, will make the season a total breeze.

For your colleague with a serious snack drawer

Haribo Cola Bottles Bulk Bag 3 Kg

Beat the 4 p.m. slump with a sugar hit.

For your aunt who has a ‘phone voice’

Charbonnel et Walker Pink Champagne Truffles

A fancy snack for a fancy aunt.

For the neighbour who always looks after your cat

Mother-in-Laws Tongue

Sign the tag from the cat if you’re feeling extra.

For your 7-year-old’s new BFF

LEGO Harry Potter Expecto Patronum Set

If in doubt, LEGO.

For the girlfriend who you’re just getting serious with

Acca Kappa Medium Pure Bristle Black Toothbrush

There’s no need for her to bring a toothbrush when she sleeps over anymore.

For your grandad who claims he doesn’t want anything this year

Laphroaig Quarter Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 70cl

A bottle of his favourite whisky will always go down well.

For your friend who just became a home owner

Bitter Campari Poster

A kitschy aperitif print would look great in their living room. This is a Strategist favourite.

For your work husband who hates plastic

Bamboo Cutlery Set

Now you can complain about Karen in marketing and combat plastic waste on your lunchtime hangouts.

For your school friend who’s very into a side hustle

Black Box Thinking, by Matthew Syed

Photographer Rankin, who told us he got into audiobooks to deal with his insomnia, recommends this book on embracing failure.

For the new friend you made at your writing group

Moleskine – Classic Expanded Ruled Paper Notebook

Scrawling an inspirational message inside from their favourite author is entirely optional (but pretty cute).

For your office Secret Santa

Post-it Dispenser

Make those passive-aggressive notes about their stolen lunch look a little cuter.

For your book club’s secret Santa

Queenie, by Candice Carty-Williams (Kindle Edition)

The breakout hit of 2019.

For your cousin, who’s a sneaker-head now

Colourblock Suede & Nubuck Eraser

An essential bit of kit — especially if she’s buying second-hand from Depop.

For your teen sister who is into vinyl

Heard It in a Past Life, by Maggie Rogers (LP)

Avoid ‘How do you do, fellow kids’–ing any teens you know by gifting them music they can listen to back at uni.

For your kids’ primary-school teacher

English Tea Shop Organic Fairtrade English Breakfast

It’s up to them if they need to add something stronger.

For your housemate who steals your shower products

Acqua di Parma Colonia Soap Bar

Ironically, you might find yourself borrowing this lemon-, sweet-orange-, and bergamot-scented soap.

For your boss, who is not a morning person

Magicafé Pour Over Coffee Dripper

Coffee now, discuss what happened at the Christmas party later.

For your Über-athletic cousin

Nike Fundamental Weight Rope

Rocky montage optional.

For your new boyfriend’s little brother

Sauce Shop Original Hot Sauce

Hint: It’s great on leftovers.

For your uncle who’s a sucker for a spa day

Weleda Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash

Rio wrote about this body wash, which makes showering feel like being in a fancy spa.

For the sister-in-law who’s a doodler

Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, 12 Count

Not too thin and not too thick, these pens come recommended by Diptique creative director Myriam Badault.

For your friend whose baby is into colours now

Press Here: Board Book Edition

You might not have a hard and fast rule on gifting for your friends’ babies, but this interactive book is a great last-minute option.

For your dad who has just discovered craft beer

Beery Gift Hamper Selection Box

A gift he can drink (and snack on) is a great bolt-on to a main present.

For your step-brother who just went freelance

Peakeep Ultra Small Battery Travel Alarm Clock

‘Being your own boss’ doesn’t mean sleeping in. This alarm clock is a Strategist favourite.

For your niece, who’s way too young for scratchcards

LEGO Minifigures

There’s no way of knowing what’s inside, but keep everything crossed for the sweetcorn guy.

For your little brother who loves normcore

adidas Men's Cushioned Crew 6-pack Socks

Turns out some of the best value sport socks are also the most covetable.

For your clumsy friend with no insurance

PopSockets PopGrip

This collapsable phone grip is godsend for anyone with butterfingers.

For your friend who is hosting Christmas for the first time

Cards Against Humanity

Give them something to break the ice.

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28 Last Minute Gifts You Can Buy Now on Amazon