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Thoughtful Last-minute Gifts That are Sure to be a Hit

by Kristin Bustamante

Nov 1, 2021

In a rush to wrap up your shopping? Top everyone’s nice list this year with these thoughtful last-minute gifts that are ready-to-ship and ready-to-wow.

Personalized leather camera strap from Etsy
Photo by: Luca Venter for Pegai

The holiday clock may be counting down, but there’s still time to grab a thoughtful, last-minute gift or two for your loved ones. On Etsy, there are plenty of shops that are stocked up with one-of-a-kind hand-crafted finds that are ready-to-ship in just a few days or less—and we’ve pulled a few of our favorites here.

Just remember: If you want these last-minute gifts to arrive before you can say “Bah humbug,” the trick is to order soon! So slip the sleigh into high gear and get ready to discover some extra-special holiday cheer for everyone on your list.

Last-minute personalized presents

Personalized last minute gifts from EtsySHOP (clockwise from left): Embroidered mama sweatshirt from EmbroiWear, from $52; custom pet parent portrait from By Jenn Ly, from $50; personalized handwriting bracelet from Tom Design, from $42; etched wood city map from Etched Atlas, from $69; personalized leather camera strap from Pegai, from $50

Just because you’re shopping for a last-minute gift doesn’t mean you can’t find something incredibly thoughtful and beautifully handcrafted. Whether it’s dolled up with their initials, their favorite city, a picture of their fur baby, or something else that celebrates how one-of-a-kind they are, you’ll find tons of last-minute personalized gifts to make them feel oh-so-special—and they’re ready to ship for holiday delivery.

Quick picks for pets (and pet parents!)

Last minute gifts for pets from EtsySHOP (clockwise from top left): Recycled dog leash from Flowfold, $25; custom pet pillow by Rarton, from $17; dog neck warmer from Delightful Dapple, from $11; custom pet portrait from Ollko Illustrates, from $20; chunky knitted cat bed from Becozi, from $92

Four-legged friends need festive finds, too! Look for last-minute pet gifts like stylish accessories for dapper dogs and chic kitties, and don’t forget the pet parents, too. Custom pet portraits are always a thoughtful last-minute gift, and a digital download-version cuts out any extra shipping time.

Last-minute gifts for her

Last minute gifts for her from EtsySHOP (clockwise from left): Linen sleep set from Mary Claret USA, $146; personalized 2022 planner from Favorite Story, $25; indigo shibori scarf from bySanz, $40

Show the lucky lady in your life just how much she means to you with a thoughtful last-minute gift she wouldn’t think to buy for herself. From stylish accessories to personalized jewelry, you’ll find thousands of ready-to-ship gifts for her that will make her holiday as bright as she makes yours.

Last-minute gifts for the homebody

Last minute housewarming gifts from EtsySHOP (clockwise from top left): Beard grooming kit from Craftsman Soap Co., from $25; bath salts from Shanti Aromatherapy, $24; ceramic travel mug from Forward Pottery, from $25; custom home portrait from Just Artin’ Around, from $40; leather drawer pull from Walnut Studiolo, from $33;

Whether they’re diehard DIYers with a project list that never pauses, or serious supporters of #SelfCareSaturdays, these last-minute gifts are perfect for those who love to spend time at home. Set them up for a stress-free weekend with relaxing bath salts and peaceful scented candles. Or help them tackle their to do list with a handmade ceramic coffee cup to keep them fueled throughout the day.

Looking for even more housewarming gifts and inspiration? Take a virtual stroll through The Etsy Holiday House.

Stocking stuffers in a snap

Last minute stocking stuffers from EtsySHOP (clockwise from top left): Mini bath bomb set from Shady Acre Homestead, $5; cassette tapes gift card holders from Claudine Hellmuth, $5; ripped coaster set from Skate or Design, $45

The stockings may be hung by the chimney with care...but have you got the stocking stuffers to make each person’s sock so sweet? These last-minute gift ideas are small enough to fit in a stocking and might just end up being the star of the show.

Fun last-minute gifts for kids

Last minute gifts for kids from EtsyShop (clockwise from top left): Kids imagination cubes from Blackbird Fly Creations Company, $15; flower painting kit from HooHoo and Mouse Design, $20; personalized name puzzle from Bloom Owl, $25; personalized eyeglass lanyard for kids from nimin, $13

Still need a few last-minute gifts for the littlest ones on your list this year? From name puzzles and games to handcrafted toys, neon signs, and crafty kits galore, there are plenty of unique gifts for kids that are ready to ship in just a few days. These thoughtful picks are sure to become treasured keepsakes for years to come, and now you can consider your holiday shopping officially done!

If you feel a bit rushed to get a super thoughtful last-minute gift, don’t worry! Etsy gift cards are the perfect present and are ready in a flash thanks to digital delivery. If you’re feeling crafty, you can even create a DIY gift card holder in the shape of the handcrafted Etsy item you’ve got your eye on.

Kristin Bustamante

Kristin Bustamante is a brand storyteller, content creator and mom, though the order changes frequently. You'll find her dreaming up new vacations, cheering from the sidelines, and drinking lukewarm coffee on the daily.