Holiday Gift Ideas for the Last-Minute Shopper

by Intern Courtney

Christmas is only weeks away, and most of us are in the throes of gift-hunting and buying. But if you haven’t yet found the perfect present, this guide can help you find *just* the right thing for your mom, sister, boss, or girlfriend. Ranging from spendy to the cost of a cup of cocoa, these options will help you cross all the ladies in your life off your list.


Some of the best gifts are what I like to call “handy candy”; useful, cheap, but adorable. An easy option is makeup. 

KleanColor makes a ton of different products, but we’re especially in love with their nail stuff. They offer all the usual pinks and reds, but if you delve deeper into their catalogue, you’ll see bonkers options packed with glitter, foil shapes, and metallic elements. Winter seems like the perfect time to give yourself disco-ball nails.

e.l.f. also has a massive line of affordable cosmetics that can make for a glamorous gift. These are just a couple of my favorites.

24K 6-Piece Shimmer Eyeliner Collection, $ 10


This cheapy lip gloss will make her super shiny, and has built-in breath fresheners: e.l.f. Studio Minty Lip Gloss, $3




If you can’t afford a trip to Sweden, these fleece-lined mittens from H&M will put your lady friend in a Scandinavian mood, $12.95



She’s been using a crappy change purse for months now–blow her mind with a fancy-pants wallet. 

Kate Spade, $75

LOFT Glitter Wallet: $22.50



Prevention is the best medicine, so buy her one of these for her iBaby.

Aimo Cassette Design Cover for Apple iPhone 4, $3.30


Cross-Stitch Spade Case, $40 from Etsy seller handstitchedbyaylin 


Everything from Omoi is covetable, particularly these matchstick-lookalike fridge magnets:


iP4 Portable Stereo Boombox for iPhone/iPod, $199 at Urban Outfitters

She’s a hard-core music geek, and this portable iPhone player is too cute to resist.

If you can’t afford one of the bigger-ticket items, don’t worry. Taking the time to put a few of these presents together can create a fabulous holiday goody bag. Happy shopping!

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