This year looks different for a lot of us. With the holidays underway and shipping deadlines passed or looming, that means we're doing our holiday shopping earlier than usual. But we know old habits die hard.
It's easy to put off your gift shopping until the last minute, and you're not the only one to do so. According to RetailMeNot, almost half of Americans typically save their holiday shopping until the week before Christmas — sometimes even later!
If you still have a few people left on your gift list, don't panic just yet. Yahoo contributing editor Chassie Post has got you covered with her best last-minute gift picks. Most of these brands not only have free shipping but will also aim to deliver your gifts just in time for Christmas. And some have exclusive promo codes for TODAY viewers so you can treat yourself to some savings during checkout, too.
Keep reading for Post's picks that make great last-minute gifts. Just be sure to double-check shipping details before you check out since deadlines will vary based on retailer and item.
Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2021 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!
Last-minute gifts that will ship on time
It's not too late to get a personalized gift! Minted is offering TODAY viewers the chance to score free rush shipping on its personalized bags or puzzles when they place their order on Dec. 21, no later than 6 p.m. EST. Be sure to use the code TODAYCHEER at checkout if you want to receive your gift by Dec. 24.
The snap totes are Minted's bestsellers and prove that fashion truly can meet function. You can personalize a leather tag on the bag with someone's name or favorite word for a thoughtful gift this year.
Those who love to keep organized while traveling might appreciate this personalized dopp kit. It comes in several fun designs and patterns and features a water-repellent lining.
Another travel essential you can customize? This sleek weekender bag with a roomy interior.
A thoughtful gift for kids and adults alike, a custom puzzle is not only a fun activity but a keepsake they can keep and frame after it's complete.
If you order this National Parks soap set (plus any other goodies) from Ursa Major by 3 p.m. EST on Dec. 21, you'll score free shipping and have your gifts by Dec. 24 via UPS. Orders must be placed through the Ursa Major website.
This soap set is a collaboration between Ursa Major and Parks Project, an organization that uses profits to protect and preserve the National Parks in the U.S. Each bar is made in Vermont and is inspired by Acadia, Zion and Redwood National Parks. Five percent of every purchase benefits the National Parks Conservation Association.
Scratch the kiddos off your list and score free shipping on fun play sets from The Follies when you place your order by 3 p.m. EST on Dec. 21.
This silk screen printed play set makes it easy for kids to learn and build without help from the adults. Once playtime is over, it folds flat right back into the box.
Not only does this set let them build, but it also lets them paint and draw. The material is washable and comes with a package of markers they can use to draw with. Then, everything can be wiped down and re-used.
Velour is back in a big way, so if you want to get someone in your life in on the trend for the holidays, don't miss this opportunity. You can use the code TODAY at checkout to snag free shipping when you place your order by 3 p.m. EST.
Festive and plush, this crewneck is made from recycled materials for a sustainable touch. Plus, it's machine washable for easy care.
Complete the tracksuit look with a pair of matching pants. Don't like joggers? You can also find them in a wide-leg style.
This chic pullover has a wide collar, balloon sleeves and dropped shoulders that give it a loose feel. It's made from the same recycled materials as the crewneck and joggers.
Not only will this one arrive on time, but you can catch a discount on it, too. When you use the code TODAY10 at checkout you can score free shipping and take 10% off of your order at Rep Provisions — just be sure to place your order by 3 p.m. EST.
Rep Provisions' beef comes from 100% grass-fed cattle right on its farm in Oklahoma, according to the brand. Rep Provisions is Land to Market verified, meaning that they use land that is verified regenerating or healing and impacting the climate crisis, so the brand says the beef is not only good for home chefs but also good for the planet. Inside the Beef, Love and Joy Box, your giftee will find five pounds of ground beef, one pound of tenderized steak strips, two 10-ounce sirloin steaks, one beef stew meat, one Chuck roast or Pike's Peak roast and one tri-tip steak.
Store-pickup last-minute gifts
It doesn't get more convenient than a sweet photo gift you can pick up on the same day that you order it. Place your order by 7 p.m. local time as late as Dec. 24 to grab your gift in time.
Print out several different photos and create a set of tiles that they can use to create a wall gallery, or stick to one for a keepsake they can place anywhere in their home. Each wall tile uses adhesive to stick to walls, making it a great gift for apartment dwellers.
Bring some warmth into their home office (or, their actual office) with this desktop calendar that you can fill with memories. You'll only need a few photos to get started.
Whether you want to satisfy someone with a sweet tooth or gift some glam to someone you love, you can likely find the gift you're looking for on your next Target run. You can place your order online and then pick everything up at the store. Same-day drive up and order pickup services will be available through 6 p.m. on Dec. 24.
From crystals to pearl accents, there's something sparkly for the fashionista in your life in this festive collection.
Whether they're a foodie, baker or someone with a sweet tooth, you can find a unique gift that's ready for store pikcup.
Milk and cookies just got a whole lot more festive. These hand-decorated treats make for something sweet to share.
The hot chocolate lover can upgrade their cup with these peppermint flavored marshmallows
Let them skip the gingerbread houses and create adorable works of art with this kit. It's perfect for anyone with kids and makes for a fun activity during the holiday season.
These adorable sweet treats are sure to impress the baker in your life. The kit includes everything they'll need to make the meringue and decorate it like snowmen.
A fun stocking stuffer or gift for the foodie, this chocolate donut makes for something sweet they can enjoy making while at home.
With these festive spoons they can turn any cup of milk or hot water into a delicious treat with flavors such as marshmallows, peppermint stick and cinnamon stick.
Before they can dive into this cookie tin, they can listen to a festive rendition of "Jingle Bells." It's a fun pick for kids (or kids at heart).
You'll be sure to find something for kids and grown-ups alike from this new, limited-time-only collection. You'll find everything from home decor to toys that are worth gifting to loved ones.
Don't forget about Fido! Give them a present they can actually use this winter with this fashion statement from LEGO Collection x Target.
Little ones get to do more than just play with LEGOs — they can cuddle up under a LEGO-inspired blanket, too.
If you want to take advantage of same-day pickup at Sephora, you could place an order on Dec. 24 and still get it in time for Christmas. If you opt for same-day delivery, you'll only need to pay a flat fee of $6.95 to have your order delivered to their door (or yours); just make sure your order is placed before 4 p.m. local time. Plus, when you use the code YEARENDSALE, you can take an extra 20% off of sale items through Jan. 1.
This kit from Sephora is a great pick for anyone dealing with dry skin this winter. It includes Sephora's All-Day Hydrator and Ultra Glow Serum, which are both vegan formulas that target dryness and dullness.
Any guy can appreciate this unique cleansing bar that not only exfoliates the skin but also massages it thanks to the textured side.
Dr. Jart's bestsellers are suitable for normal, dry, combination and oily skin and target dryness and redness. It includes a foam cleanser, ceramidin cream, a color-correcting treatment and a hydrating solution.
This limited edition set is perfect for the beauty aficionado that takes good care of their hair (or wants to start). Straight, wavy, curly and coily tresses can benefit this kit that works to repair damaged hair.
A simple eyeshadow palette can also make for a sweet gift. This palette includes matte, shimmer and metallic finishes, so they can create a range of looks from the 12 shadows.
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