We’re just over a week away from Christmas but there’s still plenty of time to pick up some last-minute gifts for the big day. Our annual gift guides have been giving you a glimpse into our staff’s favorite tech, home goods, and more over the last two weeks. Now, it’s time to look at the best last-minute gift ideas for those shoppers with work still to be done.
9to5Toys Gift Guides:
- Patrick’s must-have gaming essentials
- Alison’s favorite beauty buys for under $20
- Ali’s top Fitness Apparel & Accessories
- Justin’s favorite gifts for musicians
- Trevor’s must-have low-cost tech essentials
- Blair’s favorite smart home must-haves
- Simon’s favorite tech gifts for banishing clutter
It seems like it has been the year of the multi-tool. In fact, this roundup of the most popular options out there has been a hit with 9to5Toys readers all year. Whether for yourself or that straggler on your shopping list, everyone needs a multi-tool for jobs around the house. Perfect for opening presents (or assembling them) on Christmas day, our top pick is the Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier for $19.97. It’s affordable and includes 12 different tools. Check out even more options in our handy guide.
Whether it’s that person who spends too much time at their desk, or someone who just doesn’t like being at one, we’ve got a great last minute gift for you right here. The Kikkerland hybrid pen holder-meets-planter adds some invigorating greenery to anyone’s drab desktop, along with a touch of industrial class via the concrete build. The planter area is great for small succulents and the rest of the concrete structure carries your loose pens, business cards and other desktop clutter.
There are two different sizes available here (small & large) starting from $20 direct from Kikkerland with free shipping and arrival before December 24th. However, they go for even less on Amazon if you place an order before the holiday delivery arrival times slip beyond the big day.
Have someone on your list who just got an Echo Dot or Home Mini? Philips Hue lights are a perfect accessory to pair with either smart speaker, as well as your smartphone and more. Opting for this two-bulb starter kit is a solid way to give them the gift of smart home lighting. Alongside the multicolor LED bulbs, a bridge is included that works with HomeKit as well. It also makes it easy to easily expand their lighting setup down the road.
Philips Hue Lights are the best in the business. And at $90, it’ll be hard to find a gift as appealing for the tech-fanatic in your life for less.
You may have gotten gifts for your parents, your cool aunt, and your sweetheart…but what about your furry best friend? If you’ve dropped the ball on getting Fido something for Christmas, fortunately, there’s still time to fetch something good.
The Harry Barker Spa Day Gift Set includes a 100% cotton terry cloth robe, bamboo brush, shea butter shampoo/conditioner, and a recycled steel gift bucket. It comes in two colors and various sizes to suit either the smallest Teacup Poodle or the biggest Saint Bernard. Not only will this be a sweet way to pamper your pupper, it’ll also be an opportunity to form an even stronger bond between the two of you. You can pick one of these gift sets up for $49.60 with free Prime shipping available in time for Christmas. By the way, it’s Oprah-approved.
If you have a jet setter on your list, the Away Carry-On Luggage is a perfect gift idea. The inside contains two spacious compartments to hold all of your essentials. One side of is designed for clothes, and the other for shoes, accessories, and more. Plus, its outer-hard shell bends under pressure and was designed to never break. It also contains a TSA lock for security and 360-degree rotating wheels for a smooth travel experience.
My personal favorite feature on this luggage is the media outlet. This carry-on can charge any phone up to five times, so you will never be without your maps, emails, or texts throughout while you’re in transit. It’s available in ten colors, and you can personalize your piece with a monogram for just a $10 fee. This carry-on luggage is rated 4.9/5 stars from over 1,400 reviews and is priced at $225.
When it comes to buying computers for the holidays, we always think about the major accessories: mouse, keyboard, monitor, and speakers. One area that we don’t normally think about, however, is keeping our data safe. The best way to do this without spending a fortune on servers is to have a quality desktop hard drive.
My favorite when it comes to this is the Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8TB External Desktop Hard Drive, which is right at $150. Though you might see other 8TB hard drives for less, this one features a built-in USB 3.0 hub on the front, meaning you’ll have easy access to be able to plug in other peripherals. Not everyone needs 8TB of storage (though it’s a great size to keep your family photos and videos backed up on), so Seagate offers this drive in 4TB, 6TB, and even up to 10TB variants, with prices from $90 shipped.
For many of us, waking up is a chore. I have tried rolling out of bed in all sorts of different ways, but the best approach I have found is tricking my mind into thinking that the sun is rising. One of the easiest ways to implement this is with a sunrise alarm clock. There are quite a few of them out there, but Philips is perhaps one of the most well-known brands among them and it offers a few models with prices ranging from around $50 to well over $100.
Philips’ base model Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock is currently $37.49 shipped at Amazon. That’s 25% off the typical rate, making for a great price on a last minute gift. Users simply set their desired wake up time and the alarm clock will gradually light up 30 minutes before, providing plenty of time for them to wake up without the need for an abrupt noise. This Amazon best-seller is rated 4+ stars by 65% of reviewers.