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

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With Christmas looking (and feeling) different this year for many of us, it’s understandable if you haven’t even got round to finishing your shopping yet. Luckily, our guide to last-minute gifts, all of which you can pick up on Amazon, will make the season a total breeze. Whether you need something for your (remote) office secret Santa, or you need some stocking stuffers for your mum, dad, and boyfriend, we’ve got you covered.

For your friend whose baby is into colours now


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 colleague who snacks while she Slacks

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

For your aunt who has a ‘phone voice’

For the girlfriend who you’re just getting serious with

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

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

For the dad who insists on running a marathon in 2021

Seedlip Garden 108

nonalcoholic gift would be perfect to keep his training on track.

For your friend who just became a homeowner

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

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

For the new friend from your NaMoWriMo group

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

For your (remote) office Secret Santa

This stand folds flat so you can stash it away if you’re not using it.

For your book club’s Secret Santa

‘Shuggie Bain’: A Novel

How about the Booker Prize–winning debut from Douglas Stuart?

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

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

For your teen sister who is into vinyl


How about the latest Jessie Ware record, a.k.a. the soundtrack to a thousand lockdown discos?

For your kid’s primary-school teacher, who valiantly Zoomed their way through Key Stage 2

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

For your housemate who steals your shower products

Ironically, you might find yourself borrowing this bergamot-infused body wash yourself.

For your boss, who is not a morning person

Perfect if you work for the kind of person who doesn’t miss Pret whatsoever.

For your Über-athletic cousin

Gritin Skipping Rope

Rocky montage optional.

For your new boyfriend’s little brother

Not only is this hot sauce delicious on leftovers, but it was featured on cult-y Youtube series Hot Ones.

For your friend, who’s a frontline worker

Even 15 minutes in the company of this de-stress candle would relax him.

For the sister-in-law who doodles

Illustrator and Strategist contributor Natalya Lobanova recommends this set for any budding artist.

For your dad who has just discovered craft beer

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

‘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

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

For your clumsy friend with no insurance

This collapsable phone grip is godsend for anyone with butterfingers.

For your friend who is hosting Christmas (over Zoom) this year

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28 Last-Minute Gifts You Can Buy Now on Amazon