5 Thoughtful Christmas Gifts It's Not Too Late to Buy

Some people always know how to give the thoughtful Christmas gifts. You know the ones - they buy you that special something you mentioned off-handedly 6 months ago. Meanwhile, you got them a pair of socks. Well, I'm here to tell you that it's not too late to change your ways. Better yet, you don't have to brave the pre-Christmas feeding frenzy at your local mall to get these thoughtful Christmas gifts. Read on to discover our 5 gifts it's not too late to buy before Christmas day.

1. Photo Book from Snapfish

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Nothing could be more personal than a book of memories, and Snapfish offers the opportunity to give it. Whether it's photos from over the years, from wedding or family events, or just from their best Instagrams, Snapfish allows you to upload, organize, and order your personalized photo book with ease.

Aside from a variety of book options and price ranges, Snapfish also lets you create photo ornaments, canvases, and more.

Most orders placed by December 12 will arrive before Christmas with their standard shipping option, but expedited orders can be placed up until December 18.

As if it couldn't get any better, you can check their deals page to find all the best coupons and offers - they are currently running a sale making their 8 x 11 hardcover photo book only $9.99!

2. Cookbook from Amazon

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Amazon Prime is already the go-to for savvy last-minute Christmas shoppers. But sometimes the sheer number of options available can be overwhelming, and personalized gifts with fast shipping can be hard to come by. Enter the cookbook plan. While it might seem simple, cookbooks are a great way to give a practical and personal gift without breaking the bank, and they aren't just limited to that one friend who throws weekly dinner parties.

Know someone who's a huge celebrity fan? Buy them Chrissy Teigen’s acclaimed cookbook, Cravings. Newly vegan? Try Thug Kitchen. Weight Watchers member? Crock-Pot enthusiast? All available, all on Prime - which means two-day guaranteed shipping - and all these gifts are that rare combination of thoughtful, useful, and easy to wrap, which becomes increasingly more important during the Christmas-time scramble.

Cookbooks also tend to be inexpensive and inoffensive enough to make great secret Santa or white elephant trade gifts for any party or office - and with two-day shipping your boss will never have to know how long you procrastinated before buying them. Something to consider before you buy that Bluetooth-connected fidget spinner for your buddy.

If cookbooks aren't your speed and you're thinking of buying clothes from Amazon, take a look at our other articles here and here for a few ideas.

3. Collectible from Think Geek

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With so many fandoms around these days, it's hard to find someone not involved in at least one - whether it's Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, or Pokemon. For the excited fan in your life, Think Geek can offer the perfect present they didn't even know they needed.

Think Geek has a huge variety of items within a great price range. From Star Wars snack bowls to a Dungeons & Dragons D20 dress, a Jon Snow hoodie to a Star Trek oven mitt, there are a huge number of choices available. Appease any fanboy or fangirl, from the casually interested to the staunchly hardcore.

And the best news? Standard shipping Christmas cutoffs are at 5:00 PM on December 15 within the United States, and expedited shipping doesn't cut off until 5:00 PM on December 20.

4. Winter Scarf from Macy's

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There are a few great things about giving a winter scarf as a gift: most everyone needs one, you can never have too many, and you don't have to ask anyone for their clothing size two weeks before Christmas and admit that you haven't bought them anything yet.

Another benefit of scarves is the vast range of options available, in both appearance and in price - on the Macy's website you can find scarves from under $20.00 to over $100.00.

As long as the item is in stock, Macy's states that you can purchase it before 5:00 PM on December 20 with standard shipping, or use same-day delivery up until 10:00 AM on Christmas Eve (for those of you who live life on the edge)!

5. Subscription Box from Cratejoy

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Picture this: it's Christmas Eve and you just realized that you forgot to buy a gift for that one cousin, who of course is now spending Christmas day with you. You don't want to be rude, but without braving the mall or leaving the country you're feeling out of options.

Now all you need is a computer, and your problem is solved. Cratejoy is an online subscription box service that lets you sign up for a variety of monthly packages to be delivered to their door.

Not only does this mean you're off the hook for wrapping an actual gift on Christmas, but the recipient receives multiple presents long after Christmas is over - a win for everyone.

With a number of options from books to beauty, all at a number of price options, this thoughtful gift just might be the one that saves the holidays.

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About Taylor Threadgill

Licensed Real Estate agent. A manager in the construction industry with a degree in Architecture. Works in-depth on projects for design, photography, and digital editing.