It was the morning of Christmas, when all through the house, not a present was purchased, you dawdling louse.

Panic not,  there are ways to secure last-minute holiday gifts that, once in hand, will seem nothing short of a Christmas miracle.

From Kohl’s marathon 170-hour sale to Amazon Prime’s two-hour delivery, shopping options remain through Christmas Eve. But by Christmas morning, the fear of arriving at a holiday celebration empty-handed ticks ever closer to reality.

For those who dared push the envelope, here are some truly last-minute gift suggestions to save Christmas, and your reputation.


Already packaged and most likely of little interest to you, the gifts cluttering your desk or your closet are far more valuable when presented lovingly to family and friends on Christmas Day.

A few regifting tips:

•Make sure to find and remove the card, which may actually be inside the box. Best wishes from your local insurance agent will be a sure tell that you didn’t actually buy the enclosed magnetic paper clip holder with your girlfriend in mind.

•Take a peek inside the box to avoid an egregiously inappropriate gift, such as a bottle of scotch that’s older than the intended recipient. Besides, you might want to hang on to that.

•Be prepared with a shopping story to go with your regift. A quick search online will reveal where you might have actually purchased it.

•Try to remember who gave it to you in the first place. Regifting to the original gifter is an unrecoverable fail.


Many retailers close up shop early on Christmas Eve but when the regifting cupboard is bare, veteran procrastinators know there are still a couple of stores open on Christmas Day.

Top sellers include gift cards, beauty items, candy and batteries — an unromantic but thoughtful gift to power everybody else’s real presents.

Digital gift cards

While Amazon doesn’t yet offer same-day Christmas delivery, they and other retailers like Best Buy and Wal-Mart offer an email option for gift cards that will arrive in the recipient’s inbox in the St. Nick of time.

Homemade treats

In the words of the Pillsbury Doughboy, “Nothing says lovin’ like something from the oven.” Bake some holiday cookies. Or buy some at one of the few stores open, throw them on a plate and cover them in tin foil. Arriving at Christmas dinner empty-handed is not an option.