Last-minute gifts for the people you forgot to shop for

Jennifer Blair

Shopping lists can get extensive this time of year. Make sure you don't overlook anyone — and get them the best presents possible — by taking our recommendations.

Between all the decorating, cookie baking, and festive get-togethers, the holidays are a crazy time -- which means it's only normal for some details to get overlooked.

And is there any worse feeling than realizing you've forgotten to get a gift for a certain someone on your list when there are only days left to shop? 

If you're panicking because you've forgotten to buy something for a coworker, your son's teacher, the neighbor who always shovels your sidewalk, or a cousin who you rarely see, stop stressing.

We've got plenty of great last-minute gift ideas that make it quick and easy to shop for anyone you might have overlooked. 

Burt's Bees Hand Cream Set: $12.99 at Amazon

Forgot to pick up a little something for the office gift exchange? This sampler set of hand creams includes three different scents and can help soothe rough, cracked winter skin, making it an excellent gift for nearly anyone. The creams are dermatologist-tested and made with 99% natural ingredients to limit possible irritations, too. 

We Took to the Woods In the Glen Bark Candle$38 at Macy's

Candles make a great last-minute gift, and this rugged option with a log-inspired jar and woodsy scent can please even the manliest man on your list. Made with pure soy wax and a 100% cotton wax, it also offers 40-plus hours of burn time to help that uncle or cousin you've forgotten to relax. 

Koolaburra by UGG Victoria Throw$69.99 at Kohl's

Everyone can use a warm, cozy blanket, so this extra-large throw is a great option for your friendly neighbor who always helps out with yard chores. It's got a super-soft Sherpa back for extra comfort and is machine-washable for super easy cleaning. 

Arizona Boys Microfleece Long-Sleeve One-Piece Pajamas$16.99 at JC Penney

Forget that your cousin had a new little one you need to shop for? These adorable microfleece pajamas can keep baby snug and warm all winter long. The zipper front closure makes it easy for mom and dad to get on and off, too. 

Women's Dearfoam Chenille Clog Slippers$33 at Kohl's

Forget that one aunt you hardly ever see is coming to the family holiday party this year? These comfy slippers make a great spur of the moment gift for tired feet. The memory foam footbed provides plenty of cushioning, and the fleece lining keeps the toes nice and warm. The rubber outsole also makes them wearable outside to get the mail or take out the trash. 

Patagonia Fisherman Beanie$29 at Nordstrom 

Your teenage cousin won't feel forgotten when you gift them this versatile beanie. Available in three colors, it's comfortable and warm, but still provides plenty of casual, cool style. Patagonia also donates 1% of its annual sales to environmental solutions, so it'll be an even bigger hit with the eco-conscious. 

Starbucks Gift Card: $25 to $50 at Amazon

Your child's teacher has to deal with high-energy kids all day, so they're sure to need a little caffeine boost from time to time. With a Starbucks gift card, they can pick up their favorite coffee drinks or sweet treats whenever they feel sluggish. You can choose from $25 and $50 denominations, too, so you don't have to spend more than you're planning. 

Godinger Cigar Glasses, Set of 2: $24.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

If you forgot to pick something for your boss, this striking set of old-fashioned glasses is an excellent option. Not only are the glasses made of dishwasher-safe glass, but they're designed with a convenient spot to rest a cigar, making it very easy to enjoy a smoke with your scotch. 

Frango Chocolates 1lb Holiday Wrapped Milk Mint Box of Chocolates: $24 at Macy's

You don't want to forget that stylist who always manages to get your hair just right, so this tasty box of chocolates can be a lifesaver. It includes 45 pieces of milk mint chocolate and is pre-wrapped in gorgeous silver and green snowflake paper, so it's all ready for gift-giving. 

RoadTrip Heated Travel Mug$19.99 at JC Penney

That coworker who can't get through the morning commute without a hot cup of coffee will love this handy heated travel mug. It can hold 16 ounces and features a digital display, which makes it easy to choose the perfect temperature -- up to 160 degrees -- for your coffee cup.

Smartwool Men's Hiking Crew Socks: $18.95 to $38.99 at Amazon

Socks are one of those practical gifts that everyone can use more of. Whether he's walking, hiking, running, or biking, your cousin, uncle, or in-law who spends all day on his feet will definitely appreciate the medium cushioning that these crew socks provide. The merino wool blend keeps feet warm, too, and the flat-knit toe seam makes the socks extra comfy. 

TONYMOLY 13-Piece All You Need Mask Set: $25 at Macy's

Have a friend or relative who's a total beauty junkie? This set of 13 sheets masks offers options for every skin type, so it won't seem like a last-minute gift at all. Whether your loved one needs intense hydration, a boost in brightness, or some deep pore cleaning, there's an easy-to-use mask in this kit to get the job done. 

Frisco Gingerbread House Hide & Seek Plush Dog Toy: $13.99 at Chewy

With so many people to buy for, it's hardly a surprise if you forget to pick up something for Fido. But this plush holiday-inspired toy isn't just adorable -- it's a puzzle that can keep your pooch entertained and stimulated for hours, so he's not pestering you while you're trying to get your Christmas dinner on the table. 

Studio Mercantile Electric Wine Opener$39.99 at Macy's 

If there's a wine drinker on your shopping list you've forgotten, this electric wine opener will earn high marks even as a last-minute gift. It can remove corks with the press of a single button and runs on batteries, so there's no annoying cord to get in the way. It comes with a bonus foil cutter, too, for added convenience. 

iLive True Wireless Waterproof Earbuds with Case: $49.99 at Kohl's

Most people can always use another pair of earbuds, but these will be a big hit with an active friend or family member. With no pesky cord to get in the way, these earbuds are perfect for workouts -- and the sporty hook design will keep them in place no matter how hard you work. They're waterproof, too, so you can work up a sweat without worrying. 

Philosophy Amazing Grace Eau De Toilette Jumbo Set$58 at JC Penney

Your friend won't know you forgot to get a gift until the last minute when you give her this lovely fragrance set from philosophy. The soft, powdery floral scent has universal appeal, and the kit includes a spray perfume, body cream, and 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath, so your loved one will smell great head to toe. 

Charter Club Soft Brushed Button-Front Top and Bottoms Women's Pajamas Set: $69.50 at Macy's

Everyone loves a pair of comfy PJs, so if you forgot to pick up a gift for a neighbor or friend, this pajama set is a lifesaver. Made of soft, breathable cotton, these PJs have a traditional button-front top and comfortable elastic waistband pants. Plus, you can choose from six different patterns, including classic stripes, to suit any style. 

Disney Frozen 2 Follow Me Olaf: $45 at JC Penney

You don't want to be a grinch and forget a toy for your distant cousin's kid, so play the hero instead with a gift that celebrates the snowman from the hugely popular Frozen 2. This fun little guy sings, talks, and rolls around -- and even comes with a remote to easily start the show. It's sure to be lots of fun for kids ages three and up. 

Field Notes National Parks Series A (Yosemite, Acadia, Zion) 3-Pack Memo Books$14.95 at Amazon

Have a relative who loves the outdoors and is always writing or sketching? This set includes three memo books with beautiful illustrations of Yosemite, Zion, and Acadia National Parks on the cover to help get the creative juices flowing. Each book contains 48 pages, too, so there's ample room to write or draw. 

Skinnydip Teal Crescent Makeup Bag$24 at Nordstrom

If you forgot to get a little something for the friend who shares carpool duties, this sparkly makeup bag is a lovely option. Not only is it gorgeous to look at it, but it's also the perfect size for stashing in your everyday bag or taking on the road when you travel. 

Unicorn Snot Holographic Body Glitter Gel: $12.99 at Amazon

Need a stocking stuffer for that wacky friend who likes trying new things? This fun body glitter is super easy to apply for a girl's night out -- and because it's made with cosmetic-grade holographic glitter, you don't have to worry about it irritating the skin. The gel base keeps the glitter from budging all night long, too. 

Publications International Campfire Cooking Book: $9.99 at Kohl's

If you overlooked the outdoorsman on your list, you can't go wrong with this fun camping cookbook. With tons of delicious recipes that are easy to make in the great outdoors, your camping fan won't be stuck making the same old hot dogs and beans anymore. The beautiful full-color photos of the finished foods really bring the recipes to life, too. 

Clinique Plenty of Pop Lipstick Set$25 at Macy's 

Picking out lip colors for a gift can be tricky, but this Clinique lipstick and gloss set is the exception because it includes shades that anyone you might have forgotten to shop for will enjoy. There's nude, classic red, and berry lipsticks, plus red and nude glosses for added shine. 

Jonathan Adler Women's Tiger Valet Tray$65.31 at Amazon

This lovely little tray is the perfect spot to toss your keys, jewelry, loose change, and other small items you don't want to misplace. But it's not just practical -- if you forgot to pick up a gift for a friend you don't see very often, she's sure to be taken with the whimsical tiger design and gorgeous 24-karat gold accents. 

Amazon Gift Card$10 and up at Amazon

When all else fails, an Amazon gift card is a no-brainer last-minute gift. Anyone on your shopping list will be excited to get one because they can pick out exactly what they want from a site that sells pretty much everything. And since you can get a card for as little as $10, it's perfect for any budget, too.


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