Where to shop for last-minute Christmas presents

last-minute Christmas presents

We all leave things until the last minute, as our lives have gotten busier and busier, so it stands to reason that sometimes we might need to nip out and get a last-minute Christmas present for someone.

But where to go? The supermarkets are typically crowded at this time of year, and if you really don’t have much time the last thing you’ll want to do is stand in a queue for hours.

If you are looking for last-minute Christmas presents we have the best places to go to buy them.


Pharmacies and chemists often sell beauty products that are in gift sets, and this includes men and women’s products. You might find some real bargains too as I have noticed they frequently sell under-priced goods and great value items. You could always buy single items and make a hamper-style present yourself.


Got a foodie in the family that loves unusual or unique food items? Local delis are ideal places to pick up preserves and pickles and even chocolates, cakes or biscuits. These won’t be your typical branded items either, you will get lovely local bakers and produce that is fresh and different.

Garden Centres

Garden centres really come into their own at Christmas, and are perfect for picking up last-minute Christmas presents. You’ll get everything from books, candles, jewellery, key-rings, bags, scarves, mittens, ornaments and much more than just plants. Garden centres also offer a lot of personalised stuff such as mugs with your initials on or fridge magnets with breeds of different dogs.

Pound Shops

Before you poo poo this idea for last-minute Christmas presents, let us explain. They do tons of stuff that is suitable for a great gift, including Christmas mugs, hair and beauty products, things for the house like candle sets, cat and dog treats, games and giant versions of your favourite chocolate bars like Toblerone. It is also a great place for cheap wrapping paper and cards.

Christmas Fairs

Want your gifts already wrapped and presented in a beautiful way? Or how about picking up some homemade Christmas food such as Christmas cakes, mince pies or lovely seasonal chutneys and pickles? Often villages will hold a Christmas fair to raise funds for the local area and it is a great opportunity to buy something unique and contribute to the community. Or look out for a Christmas market in your town.

Post Offices

Although the queues for people posting cards and parcels will be longer than usual, many post offices have separate counters for products, and you’ll often find those one-shop-4-all gift cards sold in these types of premises. So if at the very last minute you still haven’t bought a gift and a gift card is all you can think of, nipping into your local PO might be your only choice.

Local cinema or theatre

Finally, why not pop into your local cinema complex and buy your intended recipient tickets or vouchers for the latest shows or film releases? This is a great idea for people that prefer experiences to material gifts.

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