Last minute gift ideas for Christmas

Last minute gift ideas

Need a last minute gift idea this Christmas for that impossible to buy for friend or relative? Fear not, help is at hand…

With Christmas coming round faster than a reindeer on magic dust, it’s easy to slip into panic buying mode as you battle your way down overcrowded high streets and stressed out shoppers.

But don’t fret! If you’ve been too busy to pick out the perfect present, we’ve got some great last minute gift ideas.

Best of all, you can contently order from the comfort of your own home with a smug cup of cocoa on Christmas Eve.

E-vouchers and tickets


ITunes voucherIf you’re looking for a present for a music lover, then you can’t really go wrong with an iTunes voucher – load it up with the amount of money of your choice and you’re away.


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Give the gift of glamour this Christmas, with an instant printable gift voucher from Feel – the go-to store for beauty and cosmetics.  Give that special someone the enjoyment of choosing their own gift to their taste. The Feel Unique website is full of top designer beauty brands at discount prices, with freebie offers and loads more. They sell everything: makeup, skin, hair, fragrance, body and tanning products, so you can’t go wrong.


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For last minute gift ideas, this group buying website is jam packed with offers on just about everything you could imagine (and some things you couldn’t!) Whether the recipient is an adventurous type or a princess wanting to be pampered, you’re sure to discover a gift to suit all budgets. Choose from weekend getaways, meals out, goods, events and more – all at massively reduced prices and local to you.


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Wowcher has a load of vouchers for must-have last minute gifts! This daily deal website has unbeatable prices for presents, experience days, getaways and much more besides – and you can get the perfect pressie for your loved one at the click of a button.  Keep your eyes peeled as new deals come out every day and many go quickly.


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If you know their favourite band or comedian, why not get them tickets to their next gig? Or how about a theatre show in London’s West End, or front row seats at an upcoming sporting event? Ticketmaster has a whole bunch of entertainment tickets and many at discounted prices – so have a look and see what’s on offer now.


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Giftcardgranny sells discount gift cards online. They’re all at knock down prices, sometimes up to 50% off. They sell everything from Amazon to Zizzi cards, so it’s worth seeing what’s offer.


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Last-minute gift ideas for the kids

Adopt an animal – WWF

tiger_WWFLooking for last minute gift ideas for an animal lover? With WWF you can adopt an animal from as little as £3 a month and help to protect their species and habitat. Take your pick from 12 cute creatures and you’ll receive a beautiful cuddly toy of your animal, a gift pack including certificate and photo, a fact book, bookmarks, stickers and a WWF leaflet. Plus you’ll get a subscription to Wild World magazine.  It’s a great last minute gift that can be printed and emailed without having to wait for the post!



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Magazine subscriptions – up to 50% OFF

If you’re looking for last minute gift ideas for a teen or tween that has a hobby (or perhaps just love reading the gossip mags) then a magazine subscription could be the ideal present. You can find some great deals with gift subscriptions for £15 or under. It’s a present that will last for a whole year and most subscriptions have between 25%-50% off the normal price. Whether they’re a tech geek, into cycling or just like a good read – there’s a magazine for everyone.


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Gift experiences – EXCLUSIVE 20% OFF

Struggling to think of the right gift for that awkward-to-buy-for person? A gift experience voucher is an unusual yet thoughtful last minute gift idea – and you can purchase them online quickly and easily. Whether it’s a hot air balloon flight, a spa day, a trip to a gourmet restaurant or a behind the scenes tour of Wembley and Wimbledon… there’s an experience day out there to suit everyone!

Not sure what experience they’d like best? No problem – you can just get a voucher for a certain value, so they can choose their experience themselves.

Red Letter Days are one of the original and best gift experience sites – and we’ve blagged an exclusive 20% discount code for MyFamilyClub readers! Just enter code FAMILY20 at the online checkout page. (Code valid until 31 December 2014).


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Monthly arts and crafts supplies box – Toucan Box

toucan-boxAre you looking to buy a gift for a kid with an artistic streak? Then have a look at Toucan Box. You can gift a monthly subscription package for creative little monsters, and they’ll receive a uniquely themed box of arts and craft materials and inspiration every month delivered to their door.  Perfect for kids aged 3-8 and over, and available from £9.95 per month.


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For couples

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Theatre packages

For last minute gift ideas, we’ll give you a helping hand with a selection of theatre packages (perfect for couples) all at knock-down prices. Whether you fancy a toe-tapping musical, gripping drama or hilarious comedy, our round up of cheap tickets will bag you the best deal (and many deals include dinner as well!)


Taste Card

For a couple that likes to eat out now and then, treat them to a Tastecard this Christmas and they’ll get 50% off or 2 for 1 at thousands of UK restaurants. Not only a thoughtful present, but a gift that gives them huge benefits so they can enjoy dining out all year without having to pay full price.


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Homemade gifts

For a thoughtful last minute gift, why not give a handmade present. Inexpensive but special – it’s surprising what you can put together with a bit of creativity. For inspiration, have a look at these ideas on Pinterest – plenty of interesting and different ideas to try!


Monthly beauty box – Glossybox

glossyboxMost women love beauty bits (and freebies) – and with this last minute gift idea they’ll get five surprise beauty treats tailored to their taste delivered to their door each month in a stylish box. Glossybox have the best in make-up, skin care, hair care, nail care, fragrances, accessories and more.  Gift them with a subscription for £30.00 for 3 months or splash out on up to 12 months.


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Flowers – a monthly delivery for up to a year

Bring a smile to someone special this Christmas with a monthly flower subscription. Starting at just £16.99 a month, Bunches offer a convenient way to send a long-lasting floral arrangement for up to 12 months.


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Spa voucher

A pampering treat is a lovely little something to show you care this Christmas. If you’re looking for thoughtful last minute gift ideas, a Wahanda spa gift voucher is a great option.

They are redeemable at more than 1,300 spa venues nationwide, and come with free guaranteed next working day delivery.

Choose from £25 or more for the voucher value, and the recipient can then use it as full or part payment for a beauty treatment, fitness sessions and spa escapes at a time that suits them.


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Not Another Bill – surprise present every month

For the ultimate in last minute gift ideas that keep on giving, this is a lovely idea for Christmas. Everyone’s fed up of yet another bill through the post, so the company ‘Not Another Bill’ service aims to surprise and delight you by sending a surprise gift through the post each month, introducing you to great artists, designers and brands.

Choose from a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.


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Photobox gift vouchers

photobookPhotogifts are a cute and lovely way to capture your memories forever, but if you’ve missed boat to select and order a photo book or other personalised photo gift then fear not! You can easily order a gift voucher (£15, £30 or £40) and get free first class delivery. They come in a smart white envelope and can be redeemed on the website so they can pick the pics they love.


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Food gift subscription

Got a foodie friend to buy for? How about this three month curry recipe kit subscription? If they like cooking from scratch and can appreciate a good curry then you’re on to a winner. For only £20 they’ll receive a kit through the door with authentic made to measure spices and recipe cards for four people.


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Netflix subscription

lovefilm deals and discountsLooking for a present for a movie buff? How about a NetFlix subscription? They’ll receive unlimited access to stream TV and films from PS3, Wii, Xbox, PC, Mac, mobile, tablet and more. You can choose from a one to 12 month subscription (subscription costs £5.99 a month).


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Music lover? Get them a Spotify Premium e-gift card. They can be redeemed for 1 to 12 months of free unlimited, uninterrupted music that you can play offline too. Choose an e-card design and a personalised message and they’ll be bobbing around the house with all the beats on Christmas Day! 1 month subscription starts from just £9.99.


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Click and collect

You might not be able to make the delivery slot in time for Christmas, but if you order online plenty of stores now offer a ‘click and collect’ service. So if you’ve found the perfect pressie at Asda, Tesco, Matalan, Selfridges, Currys, BHS or other major department stores, you can go to the store at your convenience and collect before Santa comes down the chimney.


We hope you enjoyed our round-up of last minute gift ideas for Christmas and found something special for your loved ones. If you have any last minute gift suggestions, let us know below!