5 last minute gifts for every occasion

If you’re anything like me (aka not the best at updating my calendar), you probably find yourself scrambling for a gift at the eleventh hour fairly often. There are so many celebrations to attend during the spring that it’s enough to make your head spin. Thankfully, we live in a world with Amazon Prime and other great resources at our fingertips (not sure how my mom survived two week-long shipping times in the dark ages of the ‘90s). Before you show up at the next soiree with yet another gift card, consult this list.


Bamboo Cutting Board Gift Set from Amazon

Everyone could use an extra cutting board or two around the house (hello, epic charcuterie platters!), and this set also includes a spoon, spatula and tongs. Plus, its all made from 100 percent organic bamboo from an environmentally friendly company. Win-win.

Price: $22.99

Kid’s birthday

Lewo Wooden Stacking Game

Resist buying another piece of plastic that kids will get tired of after a month. A children’s version of the always popular Jenga, the Lewo stacking game is fun, colorful and helps develop fine motor skills. Bonus: the reviews are great and the price is on point.

Price: $11.99

Baby shower

Muslin Swaddle Blankets from Amazon

I think we’re all guilty of waiting until the last second to grab a shower gift and finding that nearly everything from the registry has been purchased. Luckily, there are still plenty of universal items that all moms and babes love. These muslin blankets are ultra soft, breathable and lightweight enough to throw over the stroller on a warm day or to use as a nursing cover. 

Price: $20.99

Teacher’s gift

Monogrammed mug from Anthropologie

This hip, personalized mug would look great on any desk. If your child’s teacher is a caffeine lover, include a small sample of gourmet coffee inside the mug. If not, fill it with a candle. Sadly, wine bottles do not fit inside, but we won’t judge the teacher for which beverage they fill their mug with on the weekends. 

Price: $8 plus shipping

Long distance loved one’s birthday

Food Delivery from Tastes of Chicago 

Have a friend or family member that no longer lives in the Midwest? Send a delicious piece of Chicago right to their front door as a birthday gift. Choose from options like Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza, Eli’s Cheesecake and Portillo’s Italian Beef, or combine best sellers for the ultimate Windy City experience. Each package comes with complete cooking instructions and shipping is ultra fast. 

Price: Varies depending on item, pizzas two packs start at $61.99 (includes shipping)

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