20 Last-Minute But Incredibly Thoughtful Gifts For Everyone On Your List

Down to the wire? Don’t worry, Messycafe’s got your back.

For buyers of things everywhere, the last 19 months have been, well, a bit rough. With shipping delays (understatement), cargo ships getting stuck in the Suez Canal, and the sounding of endless alarms to start our holiday shopping early, this shopping season is already shaping up to be a bit different than years past. What hasn’t changed? The always-frantic search for last-minute gifts that don’t scream “I overnighted this from Amazon.”

And while we’d like to think this will be the year we manage to order all of our gifts weeks before the holiday rush truly hits, we’re willing to accept that honestly, that’s probably not going to be the case. So let’s raise a glass to accepting the inevitable, and knowing that just because they were purchased at the eleventh hour, doesn’t mean your presents can’t be thoughtful, special, and exactly what your giftee wants — it’s the thought that counts.

Scroll through for ideas and inspiration for the last-minute gifts everyone on your list will love.

Under $50:

Bornn Marble Enamelware Mug

Price: $17.00

Mugs are a go-to gift, and while we’ll certainly never say no to a neutral, earthenware piece, this kaleidoscopic enamelware sipper is guaranteed to bring a good bit of energy to the recipient’s morning— exactly at the time we could use it most.

Wild Sweetness

Price: $18.99

This is so much more than a cookbook. With a thoughtful approach to seasonal flavors and sweets, Thalia Ho, the author, allows her recipes to be guided by the ebbs and flows of nature, and she encourages readers to see and celebrate the inherent nourishment that can be found in the natural world.

Year & Day Bud Vase

Price: $38.00

Every table and surface will happily house one or a few of these beautiful, petite bud vases. With a semi-matte glaze and plenty of muted colors to choose from, these will be an elegant addition to anyone’s space. Bonus points if you fill it with their favorite flowers.

Santa Fe Modern

Price: $40.29

We can’t get enough of Santa Fe’s rich native culture, vibrant architecture, and countless vistas of natural beauty, and this book is a highly-visual celebration of all of that. The modernist homes featured in Santa Fe Modern highlight the beautifully interwoven qualities of nature and design. Consider this the perfect coffee table book, and one that they’ll actually read.

Sally Rooney 3 Books Collection

Price: $39.99

If they’re not a fan yet, here’s the gift that will make them binge-read every last one of Sally Rooney’s books in a single weekend Intelligent, beautifully written, and at times, addictingly heart-breaking, these are the books they’ll be talking about and suggesting for book club for years to come.

Under $100

Avocado Green Mattress Wooden Bath Tray

Price: $79.00

Is there anything more relaxing than lighting a few candles, slipping into a warm bath, and letting the stresses of the day wash away? Nope, and this sustainably-made tray makes it all the easier to enjoy. This present will help them keep their essentials on hand and at the ready with a book and a glass of exquisite wine in hand.

Lunya Washable Silk Weighted Sleep Mask

Price: $88.00

This mask is simple luxury at its finest. If they’re someone who has a hard time catching Z’s or simply needs to brush up on their sleep hygiene, this weighted, washable mask is the answer. And if you’re going big on the gifting, we recommend pairing this mask with one of their silky and smooth sets of pajamas or a lavish robe.

Jenny Bird Toni Hinged Hoop Earrings

Price: $85.00

Is there anything more classic and chic than a simple set of silver hoops? These earrings can fit a range of aesthetics and styles, making them a versatile option for any jewelry-obsessed family member or friend. And because they were designed by the “Queen of The Hoop” Jenny Bird herself, you can feel confident these contemporary, celebrity-approved earrings will be well-loved and worn.

Kai Eau de Parfum

Price: $78.00

With its long list of devotees including Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, and Charlize Theron, this boutique fragrance brand has gained a cult following because of its elusive but instantly-memorable scents. Sulfate-, paraben-, and cruelty-free, vegan and packaged only using recyclable materials, kai is the light and lovely, gardenia-scented perfume everyone will want to wear.

Quince 100% Washable Silk Robe

Price: $99.90

Quince is known for making high-quality home and apparel products accessible, and with its five-star reviews and relatively low price point, this super silky robe delivers. If you have someone in your life who loves lounging about, here’s the little bit of luxury they’ll be grateful to have in their closet.

Maison Louis Marie Le Bouquet Candle Trio Set

Price: $55.00

This trio of fragrances includes a welcome mix of fruity, spicy, and woody scents —perfect for the person who loves a little variety in their life. Made with clean ingredients, these soy candles are just the thing to create an intimate atmosphere at any time of day.

EMU Mayberry Shearing Slippers

Price: $45.00

Not sure about you, but in the past year and a half, we’ve all slowly but surely become slipper people. And with all the time we’re spending at home, the transition makes sense. If you know someone who’s let their once-abundant shoe collection dwindle in favor of fuzzy socks, here’s the elevated option they’ll never take off.

Avaline Le Perfect Evening Wine Bundle

Price: $84.00

If you haven’t heard, Cameron Diaz has added ‘winemaker’ to her resumé, and every bottle of clean and organic vino she and Katherine Power put out is nothing short of delicious. Made with less than a gram of sugar, these bottles are the smooth and easy-sipping options every dinner party could benefit from. Le perfect evening, indeed.

Under $200

Anthropologie Luxe Dyed Faux Fur Throw Blanket

Price: $102.40

Is there anything better than cuddling up on the couch with the softest, most sumptuous blanket? Add to that a good book plus the perfect playlist, and a winter afternoon of enjoying your own company awaits. BRB, wrapping ourselves up in this.

Garnet Hill Cashmere Wrap

Price: $189.00

Cold-weather layering is an art form, and this exquisitely-beautiful and thoughtfully-made wrap will help you master it. Constructed of 100% Mongolian cashmere, you can feel good about giving this gift to your lucky recipient.

Aesop The Mentor Kit

Price: $185.00

If you haven’t stepped into an Aesop store yet, know that a truly transformative experience awaits. A Certified B Corporation, their products, plus aesthetically-pleasing packaging, are a must-have for beauty experts and novices alike. This set includes a cleanser, toner, and hydrating serum —perfect for anyone who can’t ever be without their skincare routine, even while they’re on the go. Also, complimentary carbon neutral shipping on every order? Amazing.

Splurge-Worthy Last-Minute Gifts

Mejuri Solo Diamond Bracelet

Price: $250.00

Everyone deserves a special statement piece of jewelry they’ll pair with all their outfits. Mejuri is known for making minimalist pieces that elevate everyone’s unique style with just enough sparkle and shine. This diamond bracelet is made with 14k gold that’s guaranteed not to oxidize or discolor — perfect for everyday wear.

Riki Pretty Mirror

Price: $350.00

Take care of a crucial step in your makeup application process with this LED-lighted vanity mirror that’s designed to put a bright, flattering spotlight on all your features With a magnifying mirror, smartphone holder, and built-in Bluetooth technology, you can confidently consider this your ticket to looking your best on any and every Zoom call.

Jenni Kanye Shearling Mule

Price: $395.00

As with every single piece of beautiful clothing and home décor Jenni Kayne puts out, these mules have taken the internet by storm. Italian-made, they’re the most perfect intersection of practicality, comfort, and style you can find. With a shearling trim, your toes will stay cozy and warm, without ever compromising your outfit.

Kate Arends Meditation Framed Print

Price: $285.00

Kate Arends creates pieces that bring the beauty of abstract minimalism straight to the canvas. If you know of someone who loves to adorn their walls with unique and conversation-starting artwork, here’s the gift to shower them with this holiday season.


Gift giving is a surprisingly complex and important part of human interaction, helping to define relationships and strengthen bonds with family and friends. We often give gifts to re-confirm or establish our connection with others, which means that they’re a reflection of both the giver and the receiver, as well as their unique relationship — giving gifts to someone we care about allows us to communicate our feelings and appreciation for them. Hopefully, we’ve given you some ideas and inspiration for your Christmas shopping.

Stay safe, healthy, and live life to the fullest.

Xoxo, Messycafe.


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