Last Minute Gifts for Kids

Last Minute Gifts for Kids

Ooops! When you forget someone on your list, or add someone last minute… or maybe you just couldn’t find the perfect thing. I’ve SOOO been there. Sometimes on Dec. 24. #momlife HA.


Well, I gotcha covered. First, a quick bit of business… some of these are affiliate links that will earn me a small commission without changing your price. I only recommend what I actually buy, so you never need to worry about that- the commissions just help pay the costs of this blog. TIA!

So, let’s jump right in, shall we? No time to waste!

Idea #1 - Magazine subscriptions

I have never been the same since I discovered magazine subscriptions on Amazon. They’re often as low as $5 for an entire year! When it comes to last minute gifts, nothing is more genius than a subscription. Why?

No one expects you to actually have something to wrap. I mean, you could have ordered that sub weeks ago, right? Just print a photo of a magazine cover, stick it in a card, and done. If you’re really ambitious, stop by the bookstore and pick up the current issue to wrap, then enclose a note that the subscription will continue all year.

Bonus- your giftee will be thinking of you and your awesome gift all year long!

Idea #2- Audible

Audio books are a HUGE favorite around here. My kids love them, and we listen in the car, at home, while they are crafting, coloring, basically anytime, anywhere.

BUT… if the kid you’re buying for isn’t your own, and you don’t know his tastes, it can be hard to pick out something, especially last minute. So, why not an Audible subscription? Amazon lets you gift a subscription to anyone with an email address.

Need something to wrap? A pair of earbuds can be found in fun colors for $5 at Target. Add a note explaining the Audible subscription, and… done.

Idea #3 Coloring Books

Coloring books aren’t just for toddlers anymore. There is something for everyone out there, and I have yet to meet a kid that couldn’t be persuaded to spend a few minutes with the right coloring book and markers.

Emphasis on the RIGHT book. My 11 year old son won’t touch a coloring book, unless it is Harry Potter or StarWars themed. Then, he’s all in. For hours.

But, not a problem, since there is a coloring book for everyone on your list.

Idea #4- Experiences

Give an experience. Not to be confused with a gift card to WalMart, an experience gift is far more personal, but yet mostly one-size-fits-all. Consider movie tickets, museum passes, water park admissions, a hotel night in a neighboring city, laser tag passes, etc. It’s a good idea to include at least 2 passes/tickets, as it’s likely your recipient won’t be attending alone.

Idea #5- Creative Boxes

I was so excited when I found these boxes! There are a variety of them available, and the genius of them is that they simply encourage kids to dig in a play. They learn while they play, they expand their curiosity, their imagination, and their dreams.

And because they’re so versatile, they are pretty much perfect for anyone. You can see the full line of choices here on Amazon (with free 2-day shipping for Prime members).

PS- I made most of my Christmas money this year working online from home. If youre curious about what I do, you can see more here.

How I Clothe 4 Kids for Under $200 Per Year

How I Clothe 4 Kids for Under $200 Per Year

5 Time Saving Hacks for Busy Moms

5 Time Saving Hacks for Busy Moms