Last-Minute Gifts for People Who Show Up Unannounced

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You know it always happens. Somebody’s cousin’s uncle shows up at your home with a tag-along. An old boyfriend from college or a stray co-worker who thought flying standby on Christmas Eve was a good plan. You know, some fool you don’t know and didn’t invite. Well here are some last-minute gifts you can have on hand so everyone feels included. Even if you begrudge giving them the last piece of sweet potato pie!

Last-Minute Gifts for Stragglers

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Gift Cards

These are great because they’re gender neutral, spend anywhere and take up virtually no space in your home.

  • Visa Gift Card – Cold, hard (electronic) cash. It’s self-explanatory.
  • Amazon Gift Card – You’re free to choose denominations from $25-$500 which can be used for anything available on Amazon.


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Fancy Candles

Scented or unscented, candles for holiday gifts are perfect. We can all use a little more warm light during the cold, dark winter nights.

Last-Minute Gifts Burt's Bees Hand Repair Kit


Health & Beauty Sets

Perfect travel-sized items that also double as stockingstuffers.

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Food & Other Useful Stuff

This list of last minute gifts for stragglers and other unexpected guests covers a lot of bases. You’ve got food, lotions & potions, and straight up cash. What else does one need?

What are some of the go-to stockingstuffers and spare gifts you keep on hand? Do tell! And don’t forget to share this post with your last-minute shopper friends!

Happy Holidays!


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  1. 24 December 2017 / 1:00 PM

    Great ideas!! I need to remember to always to something like this on hand. It’ll also relieve the stress of a hostess give for a last-minute invite.

  2. 22 December 2017 / 12:25 PM

    Having a spare gift is such a smart idea. We learned the hard way when we had to scramble out the other night before a last minute dinner we were invited to. Although I must say, if I had some champagne bears around the house, they would be MINE! lol

    • Patranila
      22 December 2017 / 1:01 PM

      I know right! I could never give them away. 😉

    • Patranila
      4 January 2016 / 12:38 PM

      Yes! They’re great! Happy New Year!

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