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59 Best Last-Minute Holiday Gifts from Amazon

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If you’re usually one to put off your holiday shopping until the last minute (same), here’s your chance to redeem yourself and get those gifts on time, maybe even ahead of time. With the holidays just a week away, I rounded up all the best gift-worthy items on sale, or not but still under $50, that are perfect for everyone on your list and should be scored before it’s too late.

Need a good stocking stuffer? Want a Cut Shop–approved product to give a friend who always does a perfect slicked-back bun? A new pillow, perhaps? What about the best fashion products on the market? We have guides to them all: fashion, beauty, and home. This is where you can cut through the noise and get exactly what you need, when you need it. Happy shopping!

So what are you shopping for?

Stocking Stuffers

Stocking Stuffers

Samnyte Hair Wax Stick

A must-have for anyone who loves to do a slick-backed bun, says our senior shopping editor, Bianca Nieves.

Take away the guesswork and get them a gift card so they can get what they really need (or want).

Pimple patches double as the best stocking stuffers. These have hydrocolloid (yes, it works) and come in three different sizes.

Whether they’re a messy eater or constant cleaner, this desktop vacuum is for anyone who lives in front of their computer.

TOCESS Big Hair Claw Clips
From $8
From $8

Claw clips are still the hair accessory for anyone to have.

The Sandy Liang look for a fraction of the price.

TikTok knew what it was doing when it made this mascara go viral.

Another viral favorite — drop this glossy, long-wear lipstick in their stocking to complete any look.

The perfect gift for that employee who’s always asking for their deskmate’s charger.

Journaling works, and this gratitude journal is perfect for someone trying to get into it with five-minute guided pages.


The perfect gold earrings to upgrade your holiday earscape.

I’m sure you’re well acquainted with Sonny Angels by now and have a few friends who have started a major collection. This option is fun because you can stick it to a phone or computer!

For the Beauty Obsessed

This glossy oil keeps lips moisturized while adding a sheer shine. They can wear it alone or layer over lipsticks or lip liners.

This is definitely on their list. The K-beauty essence goes viral often and for good reason. The powerhouse ingredient, snail mucin, is the key to glowing skin since it helps hydrate and repair your skin’s barrier.

Lo and behold, this favorite lip mask is eligible for two-day shipping with a Prime membership.

No, they won’t think you’re trying to tell them something about the color of their teeth. They’ll be happy you gifted them this since they most likely have always wanted to purchase but didn’t want to spend $50 on them.

Another buzzy product for the makeup and skin-care obsessed people in your life is this dry-skin- and eczema-friendly foundation. With light coverage, a natural finish, and SPF 30, they’ll want to use this foundation all winter long.

Board-certified dermatologist and co-founder of Stryke Club Dr. Sheilagh Maguiness highly recommends this face cleanser, and what better time to stock up on the expert-approved one?

One of the best eyebrow gels out there (even if it is a dupe).

Weleda Skin Food Original
From $11
From $11

The under-$15 moisturizer that we love. This thick paste is derm-approved (Dr. Shereene Idriss swears by it.) In the colder months, we suggest you put a thick layer on your lips at night, and wake up to softer, non-chapped skin.

Esarora Ice Roller

If LED-light masks aren’t in your gifting budget, an Ice Roller is the next best thing. This under-$20 device is great for de-puffing and soothing your skin.

You’ve been putting off trying this cult-favorite hair dryer for how many years now? For under $40, it can be yours (or a very thoughtful gift) this holiday season.

This is Anastasia Beverly Hills’ best-selling brow product because of how easy it is to use and how it enhances the natural brows. Pair with some eyebrow gel and they’ll be getting compliments all day long.

Behold, Emma Chamberlain’s go-to sunscreen. And, yes, you do need to wear SPF during winter.

This affordable clay mask has been in my bathroom for as long as I can remember and always manages to leave my skin feeling cleaner and brighter.

The Korean beauty brand favored by creators and skin-care lovers is offering select products at a discount. If you don’t know where to start, we suggest this essentials set that includes all of their best sellers.

For the Homebody

If they’ve ever wanted to wear their blanket, now they can. This oversize fleece comes equipped with a cozy hood and pockets for their remote so they can easily take their shows from the couch to the bed.

If they’re short on space, opt for this mini-box to hold their jewelry or whatever else they can fit.

A set of four glass cups that will make you want to drink all the water (or cocktails, if preferred) in the world.

For the friend who owns too many candles.

Casper Essential Pillow

All of our readers seemed to love this pillow being on sale during Prime Day. So if you were eyeing it then, but didn’t buy it or pillows weren’t even on your holiday wishlist, that can change now.

From $70

A blanket they’ll want to live under.

If their New Year’s resolution is to drink more water, gift them this Hydro Flask.

A cute cloud dish for all the even cuter gold (or silver) jewelry they have.

For the friend who loves to host dinner parties.

Upgrade anyone’s at-home coffee or matcha game with these colorful glass straws.

These coasters are made from ceramic and have a cork bottom. Plus, they’re Jonathan Adler adjacent without the hefty price tag.

Regardless of whether they’re a puzzle person, this will look cute on their bookshelf.

A natural candle that smells of black rose and vetiver with a burn time of 55 hours all under $50? Yes, please.

Whether your friend is a matcha pro who needs a new brush or someone who wants to get into it, this starter set from Jade Leaf has everything they need.

Allow the homebody of their life to control their home tech with this Echo Dot that’s currently under $40.

For the Trendy Friend

For your fashion-forward friends, these slouchy socks pair just as well with workout gear as they do with everyday looks.

Sojos Polygon Sunglasses

A pair of sunglasses that look way more expensive than they actually are.

Levi’s Ribcage Ankle Jeans
From $56
From $56

These ribcage ankle jeans are classics and fashion-girl favorites for a reason. Available in several washes, the silhouette is easy to wear with winter boots, sneakers, or heels.

From $13

If they’re always borrowing your hoodies, gift them something warm and a little oversize of their own. These top-rated crewnecks are lined with fleece for extra comfort and warmth.

Crocs Classic Realtree Clog
From $50
From $50

For your friend who is into all things camouflage and Crocs.

Are you even from New York if you aren’t ready to bring out your puffer jacket this season? This one is available in an array of colors and sizes so you can work on your winter ’fits.

From $63

If you still can’t get your hands on the New Balance x Aimé Leon Dore kicks, consider these cross-trainers as a very stylish alternative.

Nothing says “trendy” like this New York Yankees dad cap.

For the Friend Who’s Always on the Go

The perfect carry-on addition to keep all your cords and chargers organized.

You can never have too much hand sanitizer when traveling, and Touchland products last forever and smell delicious.

Daily Pill Organizer

For your friend who travels and is really into vitamins.

We all know that person who refuses to leave the house without a full face on. This will make it easier to achieve anywhere.

To keep all their earrings and necklaces stored nice and tidy.

This suction mount has been all the recent rage and is perfect for sticking to the back of the airplane seat in front of you to catch up on Netflix.

This one is for all the friends who need a car-friendly cup (and a beloved one, at that).

This cordless heating pad is the perfect gift for anyone who doesn’t want their period pains to stop them from being on the go.

59 Best Last-Minute Holiday Gifts from Amazon