Christmas is almost upon us, and if you’re anything like me you probably still haven’t bought all your Christmas gifts for your friends and family.
I find that December really creeps up on you. One minute it’s Bonfire Night, and the next minute we’re all scrambling to find the perfect gift to surprise all of our loved ones!
In this festive post, I’ve come up with 12 last-minute Christmas gifts to surprise your loved one this holiday season- inspired by the classic song!
I will just say that I tried to fit the theme of each line of the “12 Days of Christmas” song, which was a lot harder than I thought it would be. There is a tenuous link for each one, I promise, you’ve just got to look for it…
1 Partridge in a Pear Tree: House plant
If you’re looking for a last-minute gift for your loved one, a plant is the perfect choice. You can’t get it too early as it would wilt (and be very hard to hide!) so this is a great option if you want to get your loved one something thoughtful at the last minute.
You could also get a lovely bunch of flowers from your local florist.
2 Turtle Doves: Memento for both of you
If you’ve seen the film ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York’ you’ll know a kind man gives Kevin two turtle doves- one is for him, and the other he should give to someone he likes or appreciates. I love the idea of giving someone a memento, and keeping part for yourself.
This could be matching Christmas tree decorations or a piece of jewellery- just something that means a lot to both of you.
3 French Hens: Language subscription
If someone in your life wants to learn a language, why not get them a language subscription. There are loads of options for online language lessons, books you can buy, or in-person lessons you can choose from.
I loved learning a language in school, and I think it’s such a fantastic and interesting skill to have!
4 Calling Birds: Book a romantic meal out
If you have kids, or if you and your partner work really hard, it can sometimes be hard to find time for a bit of romance and fun. Book your partner a romantic meal out this Christmas.
This doesn’t have to be something expensive or posh. You could book a table at the restaurant where you had your first date, or even go down to the pub where you first met.
5 Gold Rings: Thoughtful piece of jewellery
If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for your friend or family member, why not try a thoughtful piece of jewellery?
This can easily be ordered online, or you can shop in person for your last-minute Christmas gift.
6 Geese a Laying: Bake them something delicious
Bake something for your loved one this holiday season. This is the perfect last-minute gift as you can make it at any time, and you can choose to make it as elaborate or simple as you want.
I always make a delicious chocolate and pistachio nut fudge for our Christmas dessert, and it’s a very simple Nigella Lawson recipe. You could make Christmas cookies, cupcakes, or even a full gingerbread house.
7 Swans a Swimming: Book a trip away
If you’re looking for a last-minute surprise Christmas gift, book a trip away for your friend or loved one! This could be a romantic trip, a family holiday, or a weekend away with friends.
Experiences are a fantastic way for everyone to make new memories together, and this can be booked for any time in the year- meaning your gift keeps on giving.
8 Maids a Milking: Day of “me” time
With the pressures and responsibilities of modern life, sometimes all you want to do is have a day off. But this is hard if you’re looking after young children, or if you have other responsibilities that need to get finished. So, surprise your loved one with a bit of “me” time this Christmas with a coupon for a day of alone time.
This could mean you look after the kids for the full day alone, or you do all the chores around the house. This is a free and fun way to show someone you care about them.
9 Ladies Dancing: Spa experience
Treat someone in your life to a fantastic spa or pampering experience this Christmas. Booking someone in for a treatment they will love is something you can do at the last-minute, and it will make the perfect last-minute surprise for friends or family.
10 Lords a Leaping: Pay for someone to try out a new experience
Instead of buying a physical gift, try buying someone an experience this Christmas. This could be something like a bunch of music or dance lessons, or trying out paragliding for the first time.
Gifting an experience gives your loved one the chance to make new memories trying out something they’ve never done before.
11 Pipers Piping: Take someone to see their favourite band
For your last-minute Christmas gift, buy your friend or family tickets to see their favourite band. This might be with you, or it might just be two tickets for them to take who they want, but it’s a great way to show someone how much you know them!
Tickets can be bought as close to Christmas as you want, so choose to surprise your loved one with a fun night out this holiday season.
12 Drummers Drumming: Encourage a new hobby
If your friend has recently got into a new hobby, such as blogging or playing a musical instrument, encourage this by buying something they need. This might be a new clarinet case or some baking equipment, for example.
If your loved one is getting into blogging, you could consider buying a blogging ebook for your loved one. Ebooks are fantastic as they are available for use straight away, and so they make the perfect last-minute Christmas gift.
I have a blogging ebook all about creating blog and social media content that you and your readers love, and it’s only £3.99. Check it out here.
Rachel has also discussed lots of other fantastic bloggers and creators who have guides and ebooks about everything from SEO to Pinterest! Check out her post here.
What do you think of my last-minute Christmas gift ideas? Did you get all the (tenuous) links I made to the classic Christmas carol? Do you have any suggestions for last-minute Christmas surprises for your loved one?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
Merry Christmas x