The best last-minute Christmas gifts of 2022

Left it a bit late? Shop these last-minute Christmas gifts and thank us later.

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If you're a last-minute Larry (or Lucy) then Christmas has probably snuck up on you. But there's no need to panic-buy any old thing because we've found these last-minute Christmas gifts that your nearest and dearest will actually like.

We get it. From the recent big freeze making us wonder if we'll have a White Christmas (opens in new tab) to plans for Royal Mail postal strikes (opens in new tab) during December, there's been a lot going on to make Christmas shopping take a back seat this year. Factor in the cost of living crisis, and many of us are thinking twice before we tackle the Christmas shopping,

So we've put together this list of last-minute gifts that will still get there in time but won't cost a fortune. They don't scream 'bought this at the Spar on my way here' or even 'didn't think about your pressie properly' - they're classy, tasteful, and thoughtful gifts that will bring a smile to the recipient's face. They'll never know that you didn't even think about getting them a gift until the eleventh hour.

Here's our pick of the best last-minute Christmas gifts for 2022.

Best last-minute Christmas gifts at-a-glance

  • Amazon (opens in new tab) - Order by Monday 19 December for standard delivery
  • Marks and Spencer (opens in new tab) - Order hampers by 10pm Monday 19 December 
  • John Lewis (opens in new tab) - Order by 4pm on 22 December for next-day delivery
  • Selfridges (opens in new tab) - Order by 23 December for UK same day delivery
  • Not On The High Street (opens in new tab) - Delivery timeframes differ

Best last-minute Christmas gifts to buy in 2022

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Cadbury's Love from Santa Dairy Milk 850g, £12 | Moonpig (opens in new tab)

What do you buy at the last minute for the person who has everything? A giant bar of Dairy Milk, of course! The 'Love From Santa' message on the packaging makes this a perfect 11th hour treat for someone special who loves a square or two of Dairy Milk.

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Gift Edit for Sleep & Wellness £30 | Look Fantastic (opens in new tab)

Worth more than £129, this gift set contains a curation of popular sleep and wellness products so it's the perfect gift for anyone in need of some serious rest and relaxation. Items include Mauli Sleep Dharma Pillow Mist, Neom Perfect Night’s Sleep Magnesium Body Butter and Aroma Active Sleep Salt Soak - all for just £30.

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No7 The Ultimate Skincare Collection 10-Piece Gift Set was £85 now £41 | Boots (opens in new tab)

The Boots Ultimate Skincare Collection gift set is back - but with three new products including some of the most iconic No7 items with a total value of £140, including No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Day Cream, Night Cream, Eye Cream, and Lip Care.

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Perfect Night's Sleep Scented Candle £18 | John Lewis (opens in new tab)

This Neom candle will make a dreamy gift. Light it before bed for the gift of sweet sleep. It's a complex blend of 100% natural fragrances with 19 pure essential oils including English lavender, precious jasmine & sweet basil to help you drift off. We also love the Neom Organics London Wellbeing Pod Mini Diffuser (opens in new tab)

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Personalised Intertwined Necklace £99 | Merci Maman (opens in new tab)

Featuring two intertwined circles deesigned to symbolise an ever-lasting bond, this necklace can be hand-engraved for the ultimate personalised gift. It comes packaged in an elegant gift box and is available in 18K Champagne Gold Plated, 925 Sterling Silver and 18k solid gold.

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Personalised Cosy Sherpa Blanket With Carry Bag £29.95 | Not On The High Street (opens in new tab)

This cosy blanket is as soft as can be and comes with a matching carry bag so you never have to leave home without it. is available in crimson red or charcoal grey with a cream sherpa reverse and - best of all - it can personalised with up to three lines of embroidery - a cosy keepsake gift that's also highly practical.

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2023 Daily Planner, £49 | Hello Day (opens in new tab)

A planner is the perfect last-minute Christmas gift for that person in your life who's always juggling and writing lists - bring them the gift of calm organisation in this beautiful, elegant package. We love the attention to detail including gold monthly tabs, hot pink inside covers and the stunning keepsake box. 

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The Ultimate Collection £39.99 | Paddy and Scotts (opens in new tab)

The coffee fan in your life will love this collection of rare limited edition coffees. There's the lightly acidic Easy Days, deep and smoky Chit Chat and a cinnamon / chocolate medium roast called Wakey Wakey. Best of all, they're suitable for all methods of coffee brewing so you don't need to check what coffee equipment your gift recipient prefers!

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Fanatic About Chocolates Letterbox Gift, £18 | Moonpig (opens in new tab)

The chocoholic in your life will love this letterbox gift featuring chocolate to suit all tastes, from classic milk chocolate to orange-infused and even caramel crunch. Featured chocolate brands include Tony's Chocolonely and Willies Cacao.

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Jack Daniels Letterbox Gift Set, £28, Moonpig (opens in new tab)

Another letterbox gift but this one's for the whisky drinkers rather than the chocolate lovers. Included are three Jack Daniels miniatures (No.7, Tennessee Fire Liqueur, and Jack Daniels Honey) plus a hip flask. It also comes with six whisky stones which you keep in the freezer and pop in your drink in place of ice without diluting it! 

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Sustainable Electric Toothbrush was £90 now £63 | Suri (opens in new tab) 

We're obsessed with this sustainable electric toothbrush which comes with a slimline charger and self-cleaning UV travel case. It uses recyclable plant-based heads and, unlike other electric toothbrushes, you can repair the battery and motor if required. No more toothbrushes going to landfill. It gives an incredible fresh-from-the-dentist feel plus there's a 100-day money-back guarantee if you don't love it! 

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Tracker Decon FG2 Mens, £180.00 | VivoBarefoot (opens in new tab)

Not gonna lie, this is an expensive last-minute Christmas gift. But if you've saved for something special and want to give a gift that's as thoughtful as it is practical, we can't recommend the Tracker Decon FG2 highly enough for outdoorsy types. The outsole has multi-terrain grip  and the wool and wild hide leather upper gives amazing flexibility for a barefoot shoe. 

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Uniquely Crafted Variety 12 Pack Nitro Cans, £29.99 | Mocktails (opens in new tab)

What do you buy at the last-minute for the friend who doesn't drink alcohol? This set of 12 uniquely-crafted alcohol-free canned mocktails is the answer. You get a mix of Mockarita, Mockscow Mule, Mockapolitan and Sansgria mocktails with less than 96 calories per can. Yum. 

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Kidi Super Star DJ, was £64.99 now £48.99 | Vtech  (opens in new tab)

Mini music fans will get hours of fun from this DJ toy which includes a microphone, adjustable stand, and jack audio cable, so you can connect your own music player! It's also suprirsingly versatile - you can remove or reduce the vocals of songs, play games and add more than 30 sound effects to your performances as well as record your own sound effects and tracks.

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Segway Thrill for Two was £59.00 now £29.00 | Menkind (opens in new tab)

If you need a last-minute gift but don't want to waste cash on an item that the recipient might not need or use, go for a gift experience instead. This instructor-led Segway experience is better than half price and you can order up to 22nd December for Christmas delivery.

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Philips Wireless Bluetooth Noise-Cancelling Earbuds £69.99 | Currys (opens in new tab)

The family gadget lover is always hard to buy for but they'll thank you for these wireless, noise-cancelling earbuds. Available in black or white, they're splash and sweat-resistant and give 29 hours of playtime. In mono-mode you can take even calls with one earbud while you charge the other one, doubling the possible talk time. And if you're short on time, just a 10-minute charge is enough to give you another hour of battery life. 

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Festive For the Family Collection was £45 now £34.50 | Hotel Chocolat (opens in new tab)

This Festive For the Family Collection contains a generous selection of truffles, batons, hot chocolates, and more, including Hotel Chocolat classics such as the Winter Puddings H-box which contains 14 dessert-inspired chocs from Treacle Tart to Cinnamon Buns. Or what about
Salted Caramel Cheesecake Macarons, Orange Batons, and Salted Caramel & Clementine hot chocolate, to name just a few of the goodies you get in this collection? Yes please, we'll take it all. 

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The Ultimate Pamper Box, £17.99 | Etsy (opens in new tab)

The perfect pick-me-up for someone who's had a difficult year, this box contains all sorts of self-care treats for a seriously relaxing pamper session. From facemasks to moisturiser, there's plenty here to make someone special feel loved and cared for this Christmas. 

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Studio Creator Photo Creator Instant Camera, £69.99 | Very (opens in new tab)

Kids can create, print and personalise their own photo and video content with this pocket-sized instant camera, It's packed with fun features including 20+ photo filters and effects, a shutter timer, video recording mode and a special lens for selfies! It comes with a micro-SD card, and a USB charger cable for downloading photos/videos, as well as paper rolls, marker pens and stickers

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Philips PerfectDraft, was £275 now £199 | Beer Hawk (opens in new tab)

Treat him to pub-quality draught beers at home with his very own beer tap! This is a seriously expensive bit of kit but if the family is clubbing together to treat a beer-loving family member, this is definitely one of the best last-minute Christmas gifts money can buy. In the long run, it works out significantly cheaper than nipping to your local for a pint plus you can earn a fiver every time you return an empty keg using the free recycling scheme. A PerfectDraft machine keeps your beer chilled to the perfect temperature and the keg will stay carbonated and fresh for up to 30 days. (If it lasts that long…) 

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Cricut Joy Cutting Machine: was £242.94 now £169.99 | Amazon (opens in new tab)

Along with the Cricut Joy this bundle includes absolutely everything you need to start your Cricut cutting adventures, including Fine Point Pens (Black, Brown, Grey), Card Mat, 12 Insert Cards with Envelopes (Pastels), 5 Smart Vinyl sheets (Elegance), and Transfer Tape (6m). Serious crafters and wannabe Cricuteers will be absolutely delighted to find this under the tree - we've had hours of fun with ours!

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Simmonn Wool Blend Felt Slippers was £50 now £35 (opens in new tab)

We know what you're thinking -- slippers are a naff gift. But not these gorgeously classy ones from Ted Baker! Plus they're a bargain at this price. Stock is low though, so don't dither!

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Classic Mixed Trio Gift was £47.72 now £35 Laithwaites (opens in new tab)

This delightful wine gift includes a fruity Italian fizz and a pair of legendary French wines – Cabalié is the most re-ordered red at laithwaites, and they say the Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc is 'a thriller with glorious citrusy zing and a lovely fresh finish'. Definitely the best last-minute Christmas gift for the wine lover in your life.

Heidi Scrimgeour
Consumer Editor

As a parenting specialist, Heidi has written for Prima Baby, Gurgle and Practical Parenting and was baby gear editor of Mother & Baby magazine for six years, looking after regular consumer features for the shopping pages as well as specialist consumer content such as buying guides and gift guides.