Absolutely Last-Minute Gifts You Can Score On Christmas Day

You made up with your estranged boyfriend over Skype very late last night on Christmas Eve. Or you are running through the airport on Christmas Day when you suddenly remember that Uncle Joe has been invited to Grandma’s house for dinner.  Now you need to come up with a holiday present that doesn’t look as if you snatched it at the last possible minute from a bargain bin.


You think no store is open on a Sunday Christmas Day? Don’t despair. Your neighborhood drug store and coffee shop are waiting for you. Just don’t wait too, too late. There’s a limit to the patience of even your friendliest pharmacist. Starbucks keeps Sunday hours and closes at 4 p.m.

For the relative who’s waiting at the gate.

Every airport has a gift shop, and that’s your last stop before you meet up with Cousin Megan. Head to the book section and find her favorite romance author. Combine it with a journal so she can chronicle your Christmas together.

The Girls by Emma Cline, $16; amazon.com. Moleskine Two-Go Notebook, $20; moleskine.com

For girl who will not turn loose of her phone for a second.

Delve into the dark recesses of your nearest 7-11 for stocking stuffer cell phone accessories such as earphones and car chargers. Your Slurpee headquarters also stocks cases emblazoned with all kinds of logos.

Mobile phone accessories, $2.99–$9.99, 7-Eleven

For the Zen friend who keeps you grounded.

Return the favor and help her maintain balance with a charitable Me to We water bottle, LED tabletop fountain and cozy Me to We scarf. Repeat after me: Om. Om.

Water bottle, fountain and scarf, prices vary by individual pieces, Walgreens

For the man with great hair.

This starter kit lets him experiment at home to create maintain his current look or new styles.  The result is a clean and even cut in one pass without any discomfort. No pulling. No snagging. The kit comes with shears, a comb, buzzer and different levels for the buzzer. 

Remington Haircut Clipper 18 Piece Kit, $20, CVS

For the woman who thinks one can never be too caffeinated.

You can walk into any Starbucks in the country and buy a sack of coffee, but c’mon. They also sell CDs, insulated travel cups, mugs, and in some locations, French presses and coffee makers. They will even, if you ask nicely, sell you teas.

Coffee and coffee stuff, price varies, Starbucks

For the lover of printed words and glossy photos.

A magazine subscription is the gift that keeps on giving, long after you’ve left the Christmas party. Find a periodical tailored to the taste of your giftee, buy it, and mail the subscription card ASAP. Or go online and sign them up right away. Give the magazine along with a note that promises a year of more.

Magazine subscription, price varies, CVS