Best Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

With a few days to spare before Christmas, you can still order the best personalized gifts for your family and friends from Shutterfly. 

The best last minute gifts are ones that come from the heart. Whether you’re looking for something special for family or friends, it’s not too late to create personalized gifts — from ornaments and customized blankets to photo mugs and custom keychains. With a single photo or many snapshots from throughout the year, create beautiful last minute gifts that touch the heart and warm the soul. Follow our guide below to last minute present ideas to find the most magical gifts to put under the tree. With these unique gifts, your loved ones will never guess that you shopped with just a few days to spare.

Personalized Ornament

Give your loved one a beautiful keepsake to showcase on their tree this year and every year to come. Choose a personalized ornament from an array of styles including globes and cubes. Made of durable materials like metal and pewter, our ornaments are long-lasting and can be passed down for generations. Every time mom, grandma or brother hangs your Christmas ornament on the tree, they’ll think of you. 

Instant Photo Book

Looking for last minute Christmas gifts for kids or grandparents? Select an easy-to-make photo book complete with favorite moments from the year. From the Shutterfly mobile app or your computer, upload photos of everyday happenings and special occasions. With instant books, the info from your photos like dates and location helps auto-fill the pages, so you’ll have a complete book in no time. 

Personalized Pillows

Bring a touch of love to your family or friend’s living room, den or family room. Consider a decorative pillow that matches their home decor or adds contrast. Select the color and style of pillow then choose a photo or favorite quote to put on the front. 

Custom Candle

Fill the air with magic this holiday season with a custom photo candle. From fireside spice to ocean breeze, choose a scent that’ll make your loved one feel cozy, relaxed and refreshed. Opt for a color that complements their home decor and embed a photo that will bring them joy. 

Custom Playing Cards

Whether your loved one enjoys a game of crazy eights or solitaire, design a personalized set of playing cards for them this holiday season. Choose one or more photos for the backside of the deck to showcase the family or their favorite pets. When you wrap the gift, add a handwritten note with the offer to play their favorite game. 

Wireless Phone Charger

Ensure your loved one never runs out of battery no matter where they are. Custom design a wireless charger for their iPhone or Samsung Galaxy smartphone. Whether you’re looking for last minute present ideas for your parents, friends or coworkers, a charger is both a practical and personal gift that’ll keep on giving. 

Custom Jewelry

If you’re in the market for last minute Christmas gifts for her, opt for personalized jewelry that she’ll treasure. Customize a necklace or bracelet with a photo of you and her together, or one of the kids. With different colors, shapes and designs available, you’ll have a stunning piece that complements her unique style. 

Photo Puzzle

Puzzles are a fun pastime for many, especially on cozy nights in. Make your custom jigsaw puzzle extra special by designing one with favorite photos from past trips and adventures. Whether you choose a photo from the Grand Canyon or your local park, your loved one will enjoy putting the pieces together while reminiscing.

Personalized Barware

Have a beer or wine lover to shop for? Add their name, a quote or even a photo to a wine glass, beer stein, or shot glass. With plenty of styles and sizes available, you can create barware keepsakes that they’ll enjoy for years to come whether they’re relaxing at the end of the day or hosting a party.

Custom Cutting Board

An extra cutting board is always welcomed in a kitchen, especially for the food and wine lovers on your list. Choose a phrase or quote for your cutting board, or design it with the names of those in the household. The beautiful wood design is so stunning, these personalized gifts can even be used as kitchen decor. 

Kitchen Mat

Liven up your mom or sister’s kitchen with a custom mat. Placed near the sink, stove or counter, an anti-fatigue mat offers support and cushion for time spent in the kitchen. Choose a design that involves a family photo, favorite quote or their last name. 

Personalized Socks

Brighten any outfit with a pair of personalized socks — complete with goofy photos or family portraits. Choose the color and size for your loved one, and either wrap it for under the tree or put it in their stocking.

Wall Art

Last minute gifts can still blow your loved ones away. Create meaningful canvas prints or framed art that’ll bring love to their dining room, living room or entryway home decor. Once you upload a family portrait or favorite snapshot, choose a size from 4×6 to 8×10. 

Wine Stopper

Have a wine lover or entertainer on your list? Custom design a wine stopper that they can use all year long for their favorite reds, whites and rosés. Embed a favorite photo onto the stopper along with an uplifting phrase or their name. 

Photo Tile

Stick-on photo tiles are a great way to display favorite memories and moments without damaging the walls. Design one or a few for your loved one’s entryway, living room or kitchen. Get creative and use their favorite shots from Instagram, or create a mural of travel photos, family vacations, and more.

Custom Notebook

For everything from shopping lists to jotting down memories, personalized notebooks are a frequently used holiday gift. With designs ranging from stunning florals to solid colors, create notepads for the busy but organized ones in your life. 

Customized Wristlet

Design a one-of-a-kind accessory for your best friend, sister or mom. Made of PU leather and complete with a zipper, a wristlet can house a phone, credit card, cash and more. Choose one to three photos to create a personalized wristlet she can wear out and about. 

Wind Chime

Let the cheer of the holiday season jingle all year long with a wind chime made of wood and aluminum. The best part? You can customize it with a photo, favorite quote or special message. Every time there’s a breeze, your loved one will hear a joyful tune that reminds them of you.

Desktop Plaque

Make it easy for mom, dad or grandpa to display photos of their loved ones on their desk or mantle. In a 5×7 or 8×10 size, upload favorite moments like from a trip you took or a day you spent playing outside. That’s the beauty of last minute Christmas gifts online: you can create something unique with just a few clicks. Explore desktop plaque options to find the style you like best. 

Custom Phone Case

No matter the type of phone your loved one has, you can design a personalized phone case with favorite photos from the year. Browse our custom iPhone cases and Samsung Galaxy phone cases to find a style you love. Not only are these fun and stylish last minute gifts, they’ll protect your loved one’s phone and camera.  

Tea Towel

To wrap the baked goods you might be gifting this holiday season, consider a personalized tea towel. Complete with a photo or recipe, your loved one can use a tea towel in a variety of ways, from their kitchen to their guest bathroom.

Photo Mug

When your best friend or sister reaches for their coffee in the morning, they’ll think of you. Create a custom photo mug with special moments from the year. Choose from different sizes and styles of mugs to fit their tastes perfectly. 

Photo Apron

Looking for last minute present ideas for the chef, baker or grill master on your list? Choose an adult or kid size custom apron along with a beautiful design. Add a photo or special message for a personalized gift that’ll fill the kitchen with love. 

Memory Game

Help the little one in your life learn about memory and math with a custom memory game made of their favorite people. Select photos of them along with snapshots of family and friends, including grandparents, cousins and siblings. 

Last Minute Wrap-Up

Shopping for last minute Christmas gifts has never been easier. By shopping online, you can order something truly unique for under the tree. With a few favorite photos, personalized gifts show your family and friends how special they are to you. Be sure to pair your last minute gifts with a holiday card and a handwritten note.

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