10 Winning Last Minute Birthday Gifts That Anyone Would Love

I'll help you brainstorm your last minute birthday gift ideas... because you really need a great idea (ahem, right now ) that you can give to your coworker, your mother, your boyfriend.... So here are some ideas for anyone!

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1. Travel Size Blue Tooth Speaker

If they don’t already have one of these babies, this rocks as a last minute birthday gift! There’s nothing so satisfying as listening to your music with a tiny speaker that can really boom.

I've seen them in action. Hint to anyone shopping for me - I neeeeed.

2. Italian Soda Syrups

There's nothing quite so refreshing as a simple yummy Torani flavor poured over club soda and ice - mmm, so good! To make it look like a finished gift, I recommend getting a set of 3 to 6 different flavors to wrap up together.

3. Magazine and Chocolates

I like any excuse for a little frivolous reading. Snag a nice box (or bag) of chocolates to throw in with a magazine about DIY, decor, hunting, technology, fashion, or whatever they’re interested in.

Magazines look really cool wrapped in a wine bottle bag or box. Just roll it up and in it goes!

4. Snuggly Blanket

Everyone can use another blanket! Just decide if you're going to make it yourself, order a personalized one from Shutterfly, or just buy their favorite fuzzy kind from Kohl’s.

One of best blankets I ever got was a simple one my college roommate made me. It was fleece with a cool tiger printed on it (my favorite animal) and she just cut and tied the edges. That's got to be one of the easiest DIYs ever.

5. Cooking Set (Or Baking Set, Or Grilling Set, Or…)

However they like to cook, get them a little something they can use (aprons or utensils) along with something to delight their taste buds (mixes and spices).

  • An apron and a cake mix.
  • A leather mitt and a Dutch oven recipe book.
  • Grilling utensils and a marinade mix.

Super easy for a last minute birthday gift!

6. Chic Water Bottle

A quality water bottle makes a great last minute birthday gift for people in all walks of life. The average Joe (or Jane like me) likes to have a little water on hand when driving around town. The avid athlete can always use another one to take jogging, biking, or to the gym.

I prefer my metal one, but others may like the gallon size or a thermos instead. Just find a quality one you think they would like.

7. Kit of “Personals”

Just about every store has pre-made sets of personal care items – but it really is better to make your own set if you can. It looks less contrived and more thoughtful (which is important when you're shopping for last minute).

Lotion, soap, and hand sanitizer is the classic trio I use when I’m making my own gift set.

Bath and Body Works is a great place to get them because the person you're buying for can exchange them  if they can’t stand the smell – even if they used them a couple times! Talk about awesome customer service.

8. Mug And Creamers

Whatever their warm drinkable comfort is – for me it is hot cocoa – find a tasty threesome of flavored creamers. Then find a mug with a funny phrase, fitting picture, or a monogram and package them together.

Beware of DIY “Sharpie” Mugs!

Fun as they are, many of the tutorials leave you with a design that comes off in the dishwasher. Yikes! If you DO decide to use one of those designs, at least include some typed up instructions on how to care for their mug (“hand wash with love, never in the dishwasher”).

9. Movie And Popcorn

Cinema tickets, DVDs or Blu-rays wrapped with a box of Pop Secret popcorn is one of my favorite birthday gifts to get and  to give. Now that’s entertainment for all your senses!

10. Books Make Great Gifts Too!

Not just any book. Get one from their favorite series, genre or author Better yet, buy them the next book in the series they can’t put down right now. If they have a sense of humor, the hilarious Calvin and Hobbes is hilarious.

In other words, if you have any idea what kind of books they like, you can’t go wrong with this!

Which Last Minute Birthday Gift Is YOUR Favorite? Tell Us In The Comments Below!

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