12 last minute gift ideas for adults and kids this Christmas
We’ve now opened more advent calendar windows than there are left to reveal, so the final countdown to Christmas is definitely on. Do you have all your presents sorted or have you left things to the last minute?
2020 definitely isn’t making it easy for those that like to shop at the last minute – severe postal delays, supply issues and restrictions around shopping on the High Street aren’t a great combination. So, what can you do if you want to be able to put gifts under the tree, but you’ve left it too late to order online or shop in person?
We’ve put on our thinking caps on and come up with a few really thoughtful ideas, for both adults and children, which can be sorted out quickly and easily from home. You just need access to a computer and printer!
Give a subscription…
You won’t be surprised to hear that we think subscriptions make a great gift. With each monthly delivery the magic of that initial gift continues. And they make a great last-minute gift as you can usually print an e-voucher or simply create a gift certificate explaining what treats are going to be arriving in the post.
Our pick of the bunch:
Parrot Street Book Club subscription
Spark young imaginations with our monthly children’s book and activity pack delivery for children aged 5 to 12. From £39.95 for 3 months, simply print the e-voucher, wrap it and the lucky reader will be able to start the subscription when they’re ready. Find out more here.
Whiz Pop Bang magazine subscription
Bring science to life with this awesome monthly magazine featuring hands-on experiments, puzzles and science news. A great gift for kids aged 6 to 12 with rolling and fixed-duration subscriptions available. Find out more here.
Honeywell Biscuit Co’s Young Bakers Club
Each monthly box includes all the dry ingredients needed for a fabulous baking project plus a chef’s hat and an activity to do while the treats are in the oven. This subscription is ideal for ages 3 to 12 and though the first box will be sent straight away, you can download a printable a gift card to pop under the tree. Find out more here.
Reposed book subscription for adults
Why should the kids have all the fun? Each monthly box contains not only a fantastic book to enjoy but 3 to 5 unique gifts, curated to offer a relaxing and indulgent reading experience. Simply email to request a printable gift certificate and you’re good to go! Find out more here.
Papergang monthly letterbox stationery
Perfect for teens and adults, each delicious box is packed with unique, artist-designed stationery to enjoy. Gift subscriptions available; find out more here.
The Cheese Geek subscription
Who could resist a monthly delivery of premium cheese to enjoy? Various subscriptions available and it’s quick and simple to print a gift certificate. More information here.
Give an experience…
How about creating an IOU for a trip that you’d like to take together? From a far-flung adventure to a meal out closer to home? Lots of local businesses are offering gift vouchers this year, so if they’ve got a favourite you may be able to treat them to an experience you know they’ll love.
We know that tweens can be particularly hard to buy for, but we also know from personal experience that Young Driving lessons are a complete winner. You can find out more and purchase gift vouchers here.
Given these strange times that we’re in, an online experience could also be a great way to go. We love the look of:
The Sewcial Circle’s mouse in a matchbox bed sewing workshop
Taking place live via Crowdcast on Saturday 16th January (and available for replay afterwards), children aged 7+ will love learning how to create this adorable project. The price includes materials which will be posted out in advance. Find out more here.
A Fire Tech course or membership
This online hub hosts a huge range of tech and coding courses for 8 to 17-year-olds. From one-off experiences to short courses, kids will struggle to choose which they’d like to start with! Find out more here.
Join Katie Chappell’s Bullet Journal Gang
In this four-week online course Katie, an illustrator, guides you through creating and maintaining a daily bullet journal – a mindful practice that promises to cheer you on, keep you calm, and help you achieve your goals. Find out more here.
Finally, why not consider supporting a charity in the recipient’s name? Our top picks:
Sponsor a guide dog puppy
They’ll be able to watch their puppy grow from a six-week-old bundle of fur to a fully-qualified, 24-month-old guide dog, receive regular pup-dates and additional sponsor treats. You’ll be able to download a gift certificate and photo of the pup immediately. Find out more here.
Give the gift of reading
This Christmas Book Trust want to send books to over 14,250 children in the UK. £10 could send one book to a child in care, spending their first Christmas away from their family. £50 could send 5 books to a community food bank to give to children who otherwise may not receive any presents. Find out more and donate here.
Find out more about ways to support literacy charities this Christmas here.