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Last-minute gifts you can buy on Amazon Prime

Because nothing else will make it in time for Christmas.

mall on christmas

Your only other option is spending Saturday at the mall.


You're out of time. Here are the gifts you can order now and still have arrive before Christmas—without paying an arm and a leg for shipping. Assuming you have Amazon Prime, that is.

And hey, that isn't such a bad gift idea either.

A good book


We've got a few suggestions.


Most books available on Amazon are available with free two-day shipping for Prime members. You can get a paperback copy of Autonomous, which came highly recommended on our list of 2017's best sci-fi books, for just $15.99. Need some more ideas? Check out our list of suggestions.

ALL the good books




Why just get them one book when you could replace their entire library? For $80, you could get your loved one unlimited access to the Kindle library.

A smart TV


The gift of fire.


The Fire TV Stick can sync with all of your friend's streaming apps, including Netflix and Hulu. It gives recommendations from each, and lets the user choose what they want to watch when they want to watch it. This is all without the need to shell out between $30-$100 every month for actual cable. $40.

A comfy butt

purple seat cushion

It's super squishy.


Got a friend who sits in front of the computer all day? This list is in fact being composed from atop a Purple-brand seat cushion. It's so squishy I can't remember what my desk chair actually feels like. $55.

A Tile

tile keyfob

They'll probably still lose their keys.


We’ve all left our wallets at a restaurant at some point or another. Give the gift of security with a Tile. It attaches to virtually anything, wallets included, and connects to your phone so that you can find your valuables from anywhere. It's not sexy, but it's practical. $25

An annual subscription to Popular Science

Popular Science November December 2017 cover

Okay, it's not on Amazon Prime, but...

Popular Science

Alright, a subscription to our print magazine isn't technically Prime eligible. But no one will know how last-minute your Christmas shopping was if you just tell them their subscription should arrive shortly. $5.

A cheap gift for your stressed-out coworker

Something to scribble on.


If you've run out of time to buy something for your office's Secret Santa exchange, we've got a whole list of potential life-savers to check out. But you should just go ahead and buy this adult coloring book. It's been a stressful year. $5

Some outdoorsy cups

yeti tumblers

For your favorite nature (and coffee) lover.


Looking for a last-minute outdoorsy gift? Famous for their coolers, Yeti also makes rugged drinking vessels, like these 10-oz. tumblers meant for hot or cold beverages. $60.

The ultimate muscle soother

A green and black ball

Who needs a foam roller?


The high-tech fitness enthusiast in your life will go crazy for this vibrating therapy ball. It can sooth their tired muscles much more effectively than a simple foam roller. $148.

An InstantPot

A pressure cooker

It really takes the pressure off.


If you dropped the ball on buying a gift for your favorite cook, never fear. The InstantPot—this year's hot ticket culinary gift and a true game changer—is available on Amazon Prime. $70.

Glasses fit for an extremely cool girl


So good.


A bunch of the items on our gift guide for women cooler than you are Prime eligible, but my personal favorite are these trendy, sturdy, and absurdly affordable sunglasses. You can get them in a variety of colors and styles, too. $30.

A cute lil camera

a yellow instax fujifilm camera

Instantly cool.


Several colors of Fujifilm's delectable little Instax camera come with free two-day shipping. It's a snap. And it looks kind of like a cookie. $72.

Touchscreen gloves

a pair of gray gloves

Pretty much universal.


If a pair of touch screen gloves isn't the ultimate all-purpose, last-minute gift, I don't know what is. $11.

Something for that good boy

an antler

Give your dog something to chew on.


Don't forget a gift for your furriest friend. Give this to your big dog to make him feel wild. Or give it to your tiny pup and giggle as he tries to drag it around. Either way, it’s an excellent chew toy for pals who rip up every gift you've ever given them. $27.

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