I feel your pain.
Soooo...you waited. And then things got crazy and you didn't have time to spend forever looking for something online and the mall is a horror show and now it's a matter of days until you're on the spot with your mom/dad/boyfriend/sister looking at you like "what'd you get me?!" Don't panic—I feel your pain, and I'm here to help.
Any woman even remotely interested in makeup will be down with this gift, which feels thoughtful because it's Marc Jacobs, his products are amazing, and it shows her you think she's chic. She'll never know you popped into Sephora to grab it an hour ago.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Five Piece Petites Le Marc Lip Crème Collection, $45; sephora.com.
I know I know: The mall. But IF you can brave it, you'll be able to grab a wireless mini speaker like this guy from Brookstone, give it to your dad/brother/boyfriend/tech fiend, and call it a day.
Brookstone Big Blue Mini Wireless Travel Speaker, $59.99; brookstone.com.
There is a 100% chance that you have a Frozen fan in your life, so while you're at the mall, swing by Pandora and grab one of these sparkly snowflake numbers.
Pandora Crystalized Snowflake Ring, $90; pandora.net
Urban Outfitters locations are everywhere, so you can pick up one of these chic notebooks for your favorite to-do-list-maker pretty much day-of.
Urban Outfitters Agate Journal, $12; urbanoutfitters.com.
This sounds like the kind of thing that would take forever, but a service like Framebridge can deliver a gorgeous framed print in as few as five days. Upload a shot of you and the recipient together and they'll think you're the *sweetest*.
Custom Framing, starts at $39; framebridge.com.
Your (insert relation here) is addicted to Starbucks, so swing by their favorite location and grab some beans from their "top shelf" Reserve line. Just imagine the way their eyes will light up when they open it and catch a whiff.
Starbucks Reserve Subscription, $19/month; starbucks.com.
If your parents are anything like mine, they're swimming in VHS tapes they can't play anymore. Order them a Legacybox (give about a week for it to arrive) and have them throw all their old photos and tapes inside—they'll get thumbdrives and DVDs back that they'll be able to play to their heart's content. (Or at least until DVD players go the way of the VCR.)
Legacybox, starts at $75; legacybox.com.
I gave one of these to my mom last year and *still* hear rave reviews—it's the perfect way to tell her you think she deserves to relax, but it's also fun enough to feel special. Lush locations are ubiquitous, too, so you can get one of these gift sets even if the clock's ticking.
Lush Pop Wrapped Gift, $72.95; lushusa.com.
FEED bags are a favorite of the fashion set, and are 10 times better than your average tote because each purchase provides 10 school meals to children around the world. There's nothing like a gift that gives back to make the recipient forget the fact that you got it at the last minute.
FEED 10 Bag with Pouch, $25; feedprojects.com.
Because they are smart, Harry & David (whose catalog is doubtless somewhere in your parents' house) offer a last-minute gift selection. Nab a pumpkin cheesecake or chocolate covered strawberries and get overnight delivery for no extra charge.
Harry & David Last-Minute Gifts, prices vary; harryanddavid.com.
This is basically The Gift You Can Give Any Male You Know. They all shave (even the bearded guys have to do a little maintenance every now and then), and they all hate it. So upgrade them with one of these gift sets from your local department store.
The Art of Shaving Starter Kit, $30; macys.com.
Obviously. When I gave this to my dad last Christmas, he was agog—wine...delivered to his door?! It's especially cool because recipients get a bespoke collection of wines catered to their tastes, AND because us last-minute-ers can buy the subscription and print out a gift receipt, no waiting required.
Club W Gift Subscription, prices vary; clubw.com.