I've got a formula for shopping last-minute gift ideas—and it's simple. Sure, you need to consider who you're buying the present for, but ultimately you just need to know which gifts are universally loved. Whether that's receiving a chic candle set, a gorgeous cafetière or a book on David Bowie, there are pieces that will satisfy everyone. Over the years, I've honed a list of these gifts, thanks to being a perennial last-minute Christmas shopper. While they're not all on the inexpensive side (hey, if you're shopping at the last minute, you have to know it can cost you), you are guaranteed to find something for everyone. Whether that's a unisex perfume or a Le Creuset dish that is a must for every home, this is the fail-safe list every panicked shopper on Christmas Eve needs. Keep scrolling for my guide to 21 of the best last-minute gift ideas.
Succulents are chic and take minimal effort to look after.
Win serious fashion brownie points by snapping up the latest Ganni tee for a special someone before it sells out (which it definitely will).
Ideal for your favourite sibling.
You can never go wrong with white sneakers.
This unisex perfume suits all, as it smells differently on everyone. It's like having your own bespoke perfume without any of the faff.
Who doesn't love something personalised?
These classic city guides are chic and travel size.
The best way to make someone's morning a little brighter.
There's nothing better than receiving new stationery for the year ahead.
For those cosy nights by the fire over Christmas.
Look, this isn't a luxury item, but this will cut down ironing time in the morning—and who wouldn't love that?
The belt that everyone is still loving.
No one will ever regret having one of these in their kitchen. So you might want to buy one for yourself too.
True, these might be better for longer hair, but there's a reason these are so loved—they just work so well.
Diptyque candles are the chic candle of choice.
Yep, this will cost you a bit, but if they're into baking, then why not?
A collection of images of the late, great Bowie, this documents the singer's journey from his beginnings.
Know a couple that doesn't get enough sleep? You know what to get them.
When in doubt, go for food.
One of our favourite pyjama brands.
Everyone in the family can appreciate this gift.
Super smart (and chic).
Men and women will love this classic wallet.
Anyone obsessed with makeup will take great pleasure in receiving a piece of the VB x Estée Lauder range.