Best last minute Christmas gifts for 2021: Present ideas with fast delivery times

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Is it just us or is this Christmas not feeling that, well, Christmassy?

Call us Scrooge, but there is just something different going on this year. Mariah has been played less, no mince pies have been eaten and the usual endless celebrations seem non-existent. No doubt a huge part of this is the ever-looming Omicron variant that has cause festive parties the nation over to hang up the decorations for another year.

But while we will missing the inevitable office gossip of who snogged who and who got downed one too many festive punches that they made optimistic breakfast plans with the CEO (just us?), at the moment, Christmas Day celebrations with family and friends are set to go ahead - but are you ready present-wise?

If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably left all your seasonal shopping to the last minute and are scrambling on Amazon Prime to find something anything that will pass for a thoughtful present. Delete that toaster out of your basket because we have got you covered with far better alternatives.

Below you’ll find a seemingly endless selection of joy-inducing presents with next day delivery or delivery guaranteed for the big day until very, very close to the deadline.

Last minute shoppers, you’re welcome.

AirPods 2nd generation

These are the oldest version of AirPods available to buy and the cheapest on the market. They’re chargeable by lightning cable and the case provides 24 hours of juice. Battery life offers five hours of listening time.

was: £119

Also available John Lewis

Buy now £99.00, Very

BEAUTY: Special Edition Dyson Corrale straighteners

Dyson is offering its Corrale wireless straighteners in a new limited-edition Blue and Copper hue. The device uses the brand’s pioneering flexing plate technology that offers an even distribution with less heat. The cord-free tool is great for styling on the go where the battery lasts for up to 30 minutes and charges up fully in 70.

Shop more wireless hair tools here

Buy now £399.99, Boots

Gousto gift card

Gift cards needn't be the cop-put catch-all emergency gift they once used to be - not now Gousto has thrown its hat into the ring. The recipe box company has launched gift cards, allowing you to treat loved ones to 'five-star flavour' that they can whip up at home.

They'll work for almost anyone, from sleep-deprived new parents who don't have time to fetch ingredients from the shops to students just beginning their home cooking journey. Choose from a two-person two recipe gift box (£24.99) or two meals for four diners (£31.75). A taste of Gousto without the commitment of a subscription.

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Buy now, Gousto

Five Guys gift card

We are ready to go to bat for Five Guys - we think it’s the best burger place in London. Hear us out. The possibilities are endless. The meals can be totally customisable - one patty or two, any condiment, any add-on, a seemingly endless selection of milkshakes, the best soft drink dispenser in the game and the most generous potion of chips on the fast food market.

If you’re loved one agrees, this gift card will go down a treat. It treats them to a burger and fries and can be sent digitally and bought in-person for something tangible to open.

Buy now £10.00, Five Guys

Lumie Sunrise Alarm

Bring some light to their life in this miserable British weather with Lumie. The brand specialises in these sunrise alarm clocks that will wake you giftee by mimicking natural lighting. They have been said to improve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and also packs a sunset feature too for relaxation come bedtime.

Buy now £40.00, Amazon

Flowerbx Christmas

No matter the occasion, a bunch of flowers will never go amiss and the same is true for Christmas.

There will be people on you wish list that will have spent the past couple of years (particularly in lockdown) trying to declutter their lives and so adding a gift that may not be what they’d want will only serve to counteract that. Flowers show you care and will brighten up their home during the festivities.

Get a subscription with the frequency of your choice, a seasonally apt wreath or a classic bouquet from Flowerbx.

For standard delivery, order by December 22 but next day is available too, order by December 23.

Buy now, FlowerBx


While there is certainly a magical feeling around this time of year, it can also be super stressful so this gift of self-care is that thoughtful, meaningful sort of present that shows you care.

There are over 50 treatments to choose from at Urban, ranging from massages to facials. You can opt to send a gift card via email or order a physical gift card.

Buy now £50.00, Urban

Google Nest Mini 2nd Gen

Introduce the gift of a smart assistant into their home this Christmas. Just ask Alexa anything - from the news and the weather to the latest travel disruptions - and she’ll answer back. It’s also a smart speaker connected to your music streaming app so you can fill their home with seasonal playlists. Save £7 when you buy two with the code NEST2 and you’ll cross yet another person off you ‘to-buy’ list.

Buy now £18.00, John Lewis

Secret Spa Beauty Services

Bring the spa experience to their home for some true pampering in the lead up or post the festive season. Secret Spa send expert beautician in the realm of massages, waxing, hair styling, facials, nails, haircuts and more to your door. You can gift either a value amount in a digital card or for a specific treatment.

Buy now £35.00, Secret Spa

Dents Bath Cashmere-Lined Leather Gloves

Christmas gifting and gloves go hand in hand (if you’ll pardon the pun). There’s just something about gloves and socks that are always associated with presents at this time of year. Elevate the tradition with Dents and this ultra-sophisticated set. The exterior is a durable but butter-soft leather, while the interior is lined with a cosy cashmere.

Buy now £35.00, Mr Porter

Pret Coffee Subscription

If you’ve not yet heard of the Pret subscription, you’re in for a treat. The lunch specialist’s service will give you up to five Barista-made drinks a day. Yes, you read that right. You can have either a coffee, tea, frappe, hot chocolate or more for just £20 a month. The first month is free too so technically you only need to spend it once to gift your loved one two months of free hot drinks. It can be cancelled anytime.

Buy now £20.00, Pret

Panzer’s Breakfast Box

For that strange period between Christmas and New Year’s where time doesn’t exist - that’s when a gift like this breakfast box from Panzer’s will be much, much appreciated. It comes packed with homemade Granola, freshly squeezed orange juice, bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese and of course a lemon for a citrus finish.

Buy now £35.00, Panzer’s

Magic Mixies Cauldron

Bringing the wow-factor this Christmas, this cauldron toy will be sure to ignite awe as they channel their inner witch or wizard and create a magical potion that will result in their very own Mixie furry friend. It comes complete with ingredients and a magical wand where the toy appears in a flurry of mist.

Buy now £70.00, Amazon

Diptyque Discovery Eaux de Parfums set

This is a thing of beauty. It contains five little bottles of Diptyque’s loveliest eaux de parfum complete with a cloth holder for travel - a particularly intriguing Japanese-inspired Do Son. The set has a very sophisticated box design. If you can’t choose one scent, why not have them all?

Buy now £92.00, John Lewis

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Our TVs have never been so packed with things to watch. Access to a world of entertainment is easy thanks to Amazon Fire TV, which lets you stream 4K to your set or the Amazon Fire TV Stick, which comes with and without 4K (lite).

As well as unlocking Prime Video, you can download apps like iPlayer, Disney+, ITVPlayer, All4, NOW, Ted x, YouTube and more. The remote offers shortcut buttons to your favourite streaming apps, and everything can be voice-controlled with Alexa so you literally won’t have to lift a finger if you don’t want to.

Set up is straightforward and easy. Best of all, if you’re travelling, there’s no need to remember all your various TV passwords to tap into your entertainment while you’re away. Simply pack the Fire stick with you, slotting it into the back of the new TV set on arrival. So simple.

Was: £49.99, now: £24.99

Buy now £24.99, Amazon

Mean Girls

Have you always wanted to tell your sister she’s a “grotsky little byotch” but could never find the words? Here’s your chance with the Mean Girls Burn Book game from Big Potato Games.

Roast your friends and family with this themed party game. In-depth knowledge of the iconic quotes desired (but not essential).

Rules are everyone tears out a page, you read out some questions, then anonymously write down the most outrageous thing you can think of about each other.

Perfect for Mean Girls fans, teens and young adults.

Buy now £21.99, Amazon

Fried Eggs and Rioja. What to Drink with Absolutely Everything by Victoria Moore, Granta

This is a terrifically useful little book. Victoria Moore is such a good, accessible wine writer. Here she demystifies the whole what to drink with what business. As an example of her thoroughness, she gives different pairing suggestions for fish pie with egg, and fish pie with spinach. There are some recipes too.

Buy now £12.99, Amazon

Huda Beauty Wishful My Mini Routine

Initiate what is set to be a long-lasting obsession with all things Huda Beauty with this introductory Wishful gift set. The bright and bold box opens to reveal the brand’s bestsellers; the Honey Whip Peptide Misturiser, Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub, Get Even Rose Oil and Thirst Trap Juice Serum in handy travel sizes.

Buy now £37.00, Cult Beauty

Ghd Deluxe Christmas Collection

Elevate their hair tools this Christmas with ghd’s jewel and metal inspired collection that recreates the iconic devices in a shimmery silver hue with pops of emerald and luxe velvet cases. Gift set wise, the brand has grouped its ghd platinum+ styler with the ghd helios professional hairdryer. The latter is more colour protecting and encourages stronger and shinier locks.

You will also find the original ghd platinum+ (£189), ghd max styler (£179) and ghd gold styler (£149) paired with a paddle brush and a heat-resistant bag. The comprehensive, all-in-one On the Go Gift Set (£358) contains the latest ghd unplugged styler – a cordless straightener – as well as the foldable ghd flight travel hairdryer, heat protect spray and travel sized paddle brush so they are ready and rearing to go for their next trip.

Buy now £368.00, lookfantastic

Xbox GamePass subscription

Give your giftee access to over a hundred games at their fingertips. This GamePass has been likened to Netflix, but for games. Pay a monthly subscription to open up a library of games with no additional costs.

It’s available for Xbox and PC and includes big name titles as well as those set to launch like Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5, Age of Empires, and many more.

Buy now £10.99, Xbox

Oculus Quest 2+

Enter the world of Virtual Reality with the Oculus that may just be the easiest device to use. All you need to do is put the headset on, pair with the app on your phone and you’re ready to go – no costly console necessary.

Be fully immersed in the 3D games or experiences, making the most of the expansive Oculus library. It’s more high-definition than ever with 1832 x 1920 pixels per eye (50 per cent more than the original).

Buy now £299.00, John Lewis

Kocktail The Monthly Collection

The gift that keeps on giving, you can invest in a monthly subscription service from cocktail delivery service aptly named Kocktail. The brand will deliver fresh mixes and the garnishes to match created by award-winning bartenders. The ingredients are of the utmost quality to take thirsty Thursday up a few notches. There’s also gift boxes spotlighting popular cocktails; banoffee old fashion, chocolate negroni, espresso martini and cherry cola old fashioned.

Buy now £29.00, Kocktail

M&S Light up Snow Globe Gin Liqueur & Baubles Mixed Case

The mania for snowglobe gins is such that M&S has gone one step further with this bundle. It offers two light up gin bottles (one clementine flavoured, the other sugar plum) plus three miniatures of each to hang on your Christmas tree.

Buy now £64.00, M&S

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