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Last-minute Gifts That’ll Arrive in Time for the Holidays

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Maybe you’ve heard: There are serious supply-chain issues right now — so serious it’s been dubbed the “supply-chain crisis” — that result in low stock and shipping delays. In fact, you may have recently come up against it yourself in the course of your holiday shopping. Or perhaps you’ve put off gift-buying altogether out of sheer dread. If your extended network of family and friends expects to receive presents from you all the same, we’re here to help. We have a whole slew of gift guides full of recommendations, and some items will still ship in time for a Christmas-day arrival. To save you the time and work of hunting them down, the Cut team is sharing its picks for holiday gifts guaranteed to arrive in time.

A statusy, stylish apron

Hedley & Bennett is offering free two-day shipping on orders placed before Saturday. I promise, anyone who cooks or bakes or even just watches the Food Network will be happy to get one of these statusy Essential Aprons, which come with a lifetime guarantee. — Rachel Bashein, managing editor

A scent reminiscent of luxury

Have you ever smelled something and thought, That smells like vacation? That happened to me when I walked into Coming Soon on Canal Street, where a waft of jasmine from a burning Seda France Japanese candle permeated the air. The store clerk told me they always have that candle lit there. The three-wick design helps the wax burn smoothly for over 60 hours and prevents it from caving in (I hate losing wax on the sides). — Joanna Nikas, deputy style editor 

Elevated condiments

As someone far too easily foisted by packaging with good graphic design, I know every gift store and upscale market stocks some kind of fancy hot sauce, jam, salt, or spicy honey. Food gifts are always pretty bankable since they don’t depend on someone’s sartorial whims or interest in expensive gadgets. (If they don’t like the flavoring, they can always regift it to someone with different taste buds.) Plus that design-y packaging will look nice sitting in their pantry. Blackcurrant mustard, anyone? — Danielle Cohen, blogger

A Japanese mascara that’s worth the TikTok hype and on Prime

All the TikToks start the same: “My stubborn short lashes never hold a curl.” And then they recommend Kiss Me Heroine Make Long and Curl. This mascara is extremely black, and just one swipe gives you sooty, dark, thick waterproof lashes that hold a curl all day. We wrote about it back in the day, and it’s been popping up all over the app again recently (even Emily Mariko is a fan). This is an extremely (and I must say it again), extremely long-wear mascara. If you do not use a proper oil-based makeup remover, it will stay there (some Amazon reviewers have worn it for three days straight, and the photos show it looks pretty much the same even days later). It is so strong the brand sells its own makeup remover, which might not be a bad idea to also pick up. It’s available on Amazon Prime, so no one will know you procrastinated. — Kathleen Hou, beauty director

The comfiest loungewear

Before you balk at the idea of $73 sweatpants, let me just say: I know. I get it. It sounds absurd. But if you have someone on your list who works from home and/or is planning to hibernate until springtime, they deserve a pair of long Jambys. These are the most comfortable lounge pants I have ever owned, and they make me feel luxurious even at my laziest — the greatest gift of all. Jambys currently has free expedited shipping on orders over $100, which guarantees arrival in time for Christmas. Plus outfit bundles are 20 percent off. At the very least, put these on your own wish list. Fancy sweatpants for all! — Mia Mercado, blogger

An old-timey shoe-shopping experience

The fact is you can’t rely on our screwed-up supply chain even with those hot two-day shipping deals. So may I suggest a novelty shopping experience that doesn’t suck? The Swiss shoe store Le Majordome recently opened a small, cozy shop on Madison, where you can take your partner a few days before Christmas and act like you’d planned this all along. The brand makes premium handmade shoes — everything from loafers to winter boots — for half the price of designer kicks. But the novelty is really the store itself, which offers a very quaint, European shoemaking experience: You work with a craftsman to get your feet measured, choose the colors and materials of everything from your heel to your laces, and just over two months later, you get the shoes sent to your door. (And no one has to know you forgot to place a gift order.) — Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz, senior writer

Massive scrunchies

Scrunchies are like lip balms: You can never have too many, and it’s always nice when someone buys a fancy one for you. There’s a good chance anyone on your list with tie-able hair will love these ginormous satin ones. They come in a bunch of fun colors you don’t see everywhere (like Dark Teal, Poppy Orange, and Neon Yellow), and they’re so voluminous and dreamy they feel a lot more special than the typical scrunchies that live on wrists. They’re big enough to hold a lot of thick, curly hair and protective styles, which is why one is in my hair at this very moment. To ensure delivery by Friday, December 24th, place your order by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. PST for free standard shipping, Tuesday by 11:59 p.m. PST if you’re cool with express shipping, or Thursday before 9 a.m. EST if you like to live life on the edge with overnight shipping. — Erica Smith, beauty writer

A gift with an experience

Perusing Salter House in Brooklyn could be a whole-day affair. Just when you think you’ve decided on a throstle-spun hand towel made in Japan or a delicate nightdress with broderie anglaise straps, another item catches your eye by selling the promise of an escape to the English countryside. Because I can never have enough hand creams, I would suggest gifting this one that smells like sandalwood from Caswell-Massey, a more-than-300-year-old company. — J.N.

A walk on the moon

For those who want to go to space but don’t want to have to be an astronaut or a billionaire to do it, these Moon Boots are the perfect gift. They are lightweight, water-resistant, and keep your feet warm and cozy in temperatures as low as minus-31 degrees. They are your Napoleon Dynamite boots, just way chic-er. I’m literally buying a pair right now. — Devine Blacksher, associate fashion editor

A status peanut

Everyone, if they’re lucky, has a great-taste friend, the one you text for a gut check on a gift or for a recommendation for that just-so something. My great-taste friend is Jon, and luckily enough, he can be yours too: He just opened Good Friend, an online shop of home goods, design items, candles, and art. I love nearly everything he stocks — unfortunately, for my budget — from the perfect artisan coffee mugs to the most elegant platters. But for a gift, you can’t go wrong with a whimsical little what-the-hell item someone would never buy for themselves — like one of these adorable little peanut candles from the Japanese candlemaker Olga Goose. (It’s Harry for me, but follow your own heart.) Orders placed with UPS ground shipping by today will arrive in time for Christmas (or by Monday with second-day air shipping), or New Yorkers can arrange for local pickup. — Matthew Schneier, features writer

A beaded phone strap

If you’re constantly walking around with your phone in your hand, let me introduce you to something both cute and practical: a beaded phone strap. Not only is this popular, but it will help you not drop your phone, which is always a plus. Urban Outfitters is currently offering free shipping, but if you’re feeling crafty and want to make your own, you could order all the supplies on Amazon and make one yourself, adding in the person’s name or whatever else they may like. — Brooke LaMantia, editorial intern

Last-minute Gifts That’ll Arrive in Time for the Holidays