Hi guys! Today I’m going to advise you on last minute gift ideas. We’ve all been there, we’re all super busy and it’s easy to forget a special occasion. Whether that’s a Birthday or an Anniversary, sometimes we just forget till the last minute. Don’t kick yourself, and don’t feel bad!
In this blog post I’m going to advise on where you can buy your last minute gift ideas online. One thing you’ll need to consider is that next day delivery can cost extra. That doesn’t apply to all websites, but a few do charge more and it’s not always guaranteed. If you have a couple of days to spare then that’s even better. It’s best to be prepared so that you’re not stressing yourself out even more.
Which online shops offer next day delivery?
One thing to consider when you’re buying last minute is which online shops offer next day delivery? I’ve listed a few below for you, and these are what we would recommend using to find your gifts!
Amazon Prime Members
First up is Amazon. If you’re a Prime member, then you’ll be eligible for next day delivery on most items at no extra cost to you. This is certainly the cheaper option available to you. I’m already a prime member, so Amazon is almost always my go to when buying a last minute gift idea. Usually if I’m not in, the delivery man will usually leave the gift at my neighbours which is really handy!
Alternatively, what happens if you’re not able to get home to grab your gift before heading out? In that case, why not get your package delivered to your office 🙂 That way you’re not rushing to head back and getting even more stressed out!
One thing to remember is that you’ll also need wrapping paper for that gift! Unless you’re like me and you wrap your gifts in newspaper or kitchen foil… Another thing, before buying a gift or item from Amazon, please always make sure to check out the reviews first!
If you order early enough in the day (and this applies to most of websites listed below) then you’ll get your gift delivered next day. Should the website you’re on tell you it’s first class, then you want to order before about 4.30pm Mon – Fri to catch the last post. Some websites will tell you when you need to order by if you want something delivering for the next day. Remember that you will have to pay a small postage fee for first class!
You can also get “guaranteed” delivery for a certain day, this is rather pricey though.
Moonpig offers a huge array of different items that are perfect for last minute gift ideas. From flowers, to bath stuff and even some fun little gadgets great for men! The thing I really like about Moonpig is that I can also get my card from here. I don’t have to worry about getting a card from elsewhere.
Bloom and Wild
Now if I were a guy trying to be all romantic but had forgotten to buy a gift, my go to would be flowers. This is one of those last minute gift ideas that would work really well until the last minute too! If you order in time, you can get these delivered to your girlfriend/ fiances / wife’s place of work the next day. It would make her feel extra special and spoiled in front of everyone too, so extra brownie points there! 😉 Accidental romance right there!
This doesn’t just have to be for the romantic person in your life either. Having flowers sent to the office would work on days like Mother’s day too!
The Curious Pancake
Now I’ve only recently stumbled across The Curious Pancake website, and I have to say I’m already in love with it. If you’re sick of mundane and generic greetings cards from big retail names, you want to check these guys out. Claire, who is the founder of The Curious Pancake site is an illustrator and designer herself. She brings us some quirky, honest and creative designs. This card is my favorite 😀
What I love even more is that there’s work showcased by other talented illustrators. You won’t find any generic mish mash here!
There’s a small selection of last minute gift ideas on the site, and they’re all pretty funny and I’m tempted to buy a lot of things… Best of all, The Curious Pancake offers next day delivery, as well as a handwritten service! How cool is that? Add a really personal touch and make this look not so last minute with that service. And to top it off, you can get these sent direct to the recipient.
The Curious Pancake ticks all the boxes for me. Not only would you be buying a last minute gift and card, but you’d be supporting these very talented artists! I’m going to have to try these guys in July when it’s Birthday season. Seriously, I have like 6 people’s Birthdays then, it’s crazy!
Firebox is a weird and wonderful place if you’re looking for odd last minute gift ideas. You’ll find a huge assortment of unique gifts, like Unicorn Tears Gin and cute huggable Toast warming plush’s. You do have to pay standard delivery as it is, but for an extra £1.50 you can get next day delivery. When you select the next day delivery option, it will tell you how much time you have to order to catch the next day itself.
As mentioned before, the biggest thing is making sure it gets delivered to the right place. If it’s more convenient to get it delivered to your place of work, then do that.
If it’s a guy you’re looking for last minute gift ideas for, don’t worry Menkind also do next day delivery! Yay! Menkind do exactly what they sound like they do, wonderful gifts aimed at our men friends. They have a handy array of different gift ideas suited for the likes of your brother, dad, boyfriend or just friend. It won’t seem so last minute buying from here 😉
And let’s face it, even if they did realise it was last minute, you still got them a gift!
I actually never knew that Next had their own dedicated gift section, but they do! And if you order before midnight, then you can get next day delivery. Some of the gift sets they do are really luxurious! I’ll give these guys a try along with The Curious Pancake when I’m next looking for a last minute gift.
Bunches is a lovely online flower shop. They’re family owned and you can really tell from the lovingly manicured bouquets on their site that they care! All I really want to do is help support businesses like this, rather than big corporate companies. That being said, sometimes it’s just more convenient to buy at bigger retailers. But when you can, I think it’s important to support guys like these (just like The Curious Pancake!) Otherwise we’ll end up losing that really personal touch.
And what’s even better is that these guys do offer next day delivery, so that’s the convenience part down! I believe it’s just about variety, and supporting small businesses where you can 🙂
These guys are great if you don’t want to do the usual flowers/ chocolate gambit. You can get posters, wall art, mugs and all sorts from GB Posters. That’d make these look less like last minute gift ideas 😉 They also offer tracked and 24 hour delivery, which is perfect for putting your mind at ease about where your gift is!
The only thing you have to be aware of is around bank holidays when this may be delayed. And as always, there is usually an extra charge included with “guaranteed” deliver.
The Vegan Kind Supermarket
Don’t worry, the vegan supermarket also offer same-day delivery as well as next day delivery! If you’re really struggling for last minute gift ideas for your vegan loved ones, then check this out. It’s not just fresh/chilled/frozen food which they sell. They do have a little gift section as well which you can find here.
There’s some really nice little gift ideas in here that’ll be sure to help you.
Tips & Tricks On How To Help You Organise!
Buy Cards in Bulk
Ok, so sometimes it’s not always possible to be organised. But I wanted to try and advise on some ways that mean you can avoid last minute gift ideas. One of those ways is to have a handful of Birthday cards, anniversary cards etc available. That way you’re not panicking about having to go to your local tesco to get one. You’ll already have one in your house.
This is actually something that my mother in law taught me, and it’s really clever. I don’t want to panic about not finding someone the perfect card or present. And this takes away a lot of the stress/pressure. If you’re like me and you get anxious really easily over this type of thing, it will help!
If you’re worried about last minute gift ideas looking really last minute,then this is something you can try. For some reason I have a load of mason jars and all sorts at home. When I’m really struggling for time, I will bake something and put those in a jar. To top it off I tie a little gift tag around it, and get a giant ribbon and tie it around the jar. It’s super simple and easy to do.
I like to bake an assortment of things, like cookies, dark chocolate covered honeycomb and little rainbow meringues to put in there. This was something I did this Christmas actually. Not because it was last minute, but because I wanted to give a more personal touch.
Sometimes however, even I have been known to make kitchen blunders and burn everything to a crisp. Things can go wrong, and I’m not ashamed to say that instead of baking I buy! It’s still the thought that counts, and at least I tried. Not everyone has lots of money to spend, that’s life.
What I’ve done is I’ve gone and bought a big bag of mixed sweets (in wrappers) and I’ve put a handful of those in a little jar. Wrap that jar in a ribbon, and there you go. You find a lot of these in shops around Christmas time, and they cost LOADS. You can easily do it yourself for half the cost. Amazon sells some pretty cost effective jars, but even then why not try Poundland the next time you’re in there!
Some of you might find this too nerdy, but this is what I do when it comes to Christmas. I just have too many people to buy for, and it just got very stressful to keep tabs on who I needed to buy for. So I started a little spreadsheet on Google Sheets. I had a column dedicated to the people who I needed to buy gifts for, a column with a link to the gift. A column for the price, and I would mark it with a tick once I’d bought that gift. Once I had the gift delivered I’d mark it green. I’ve literally never been that organised in my life…
When you have a full time job, and lots of people to buy for sometimes you’ve got to up your game! Once you get into the habit, it really takes the stress of your shoulders. Not only that, but it helps you budget.
And that’s all I’ve got for now, these are the tips and tricks I use when I’m running behind. I hope it helps you guys too. Last minute gift ideas don’t just have to be a box of chocolates from your local supermarket!
If you have your own tips and tricks, please make sure to share them in the comment section below, we’d love to hear from you 😀
Are you maybe looking at the best ways to budget? Then you might like to check this gift guide, buying on a budget.