Last Minute Gift Giving Tips + Giveaway

Products in this post have been received complimentary. All opinions are my own.

While I think you’re crazy if you’ve still got gifts to buy just two days before Christmas, sometimes life gets in the way, and you gotta do, whatcha gotta do.

Braving the malls days before Christmas can be a nightmare, so I’ve rounded up a few gifts that are mall-less to help keep you sane as you do your last minute gift shopping.

Check out a local Christmas Market

Filled with vendors with cool products, there are tons of markets that you can grab something cute from! Toronto has too many to list, but you can head to the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District (Thursday is your last chance!), or the Holiday Fair in the Square at Nathan Phillips Square by City Hall (ends tomorrow).

Great gifts I’ve seen this year are Cement Planters, Ornaments or anything Local-themed (ie. My Home is Toronto).

Work with an Independent Consultant

Chances are, you know a friend who sells product as an independent consultant either to bring in some extra money, or as their full-time gig. The products from these companies are often top notch, and you’re helping a friend/small business owner make some money to help them this Christmas!

Mary Kay is one of those Direct Sales organizations that help their consultants achieve success on their own terms, and sell pretty great products at the same time. While the amount of direct sales companies continues to grow, Mary Kay has been around for over 50 years, and was started with a small investment and a dream to assist women in business.

Anyways, my point here is that if you would with an Independent Consultant from a company like Mary Kay, they likely have some great product on hand, meaning you can avoid the malls, and support a neighbour at the same time.

My suggestions are the Pure Dimensions Eye Palette (I love the colours, so pretty!), the Satin Lip Set including a Shea Sugar Scrub and a Shea Butter balm, and the Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick!

Check out a local buy/trade on Facebook

In Toronto, Bunz has taken Facebook by storm with their focus on trading items for what you need. A woman even was able to forgo purchasing any Christmas gifts, and instead she trading everything she needed this Christmas with items she no longer needed.

What I love about Bunz is that I can connect with other creatives, and we can trade our products for gifts!

If you don’t have a Bunz in your town, hit up your local buy/sell group on Facebook. Someone might be willing to trade items with you, or you might be able to find a last minute gift from a neighbour across the street.

What are some of your last minute gift ideas?

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  • seham m

    I shop last minute and tend to go to Walmart

  • angela m

    Yes I shop last minute, and I usually go to Walmart.

  • Anne Taylor

    I never shop last minute, unless I realize that I’ve forgotten something that I need! Usually I shop at Walmart or Sears

  • Amy Heffernan

    Usually yes! At the mall!

  • I always order from Asos last minute as i get free next day delivery!

  • Glogirl

    I use to leave all my shopping to the last minute but it was too stressful so now I shop all year round so I can take my time and find great bargains. A last minute gift idea would be a gift card. Always useful!

  • missbobloblaw

    I do shop last minute gifts and usually hit up an SDM- they have lots to choose from!

  • Maureen Anderson

    There’s always something I forgot. I try to avoid last minute shopping but Walmart is usually closest to pick up something.

  • maria

    I have in the past, i will run into the drugstore and grab something.

  • sara rai

    I usually shop last minute at Walmart.

  • Elizabeth R

    I usually do some last minute shopping and tend to go to Shoppers Drug mart, good selection of last minute items.

  • Darlene Schuller

    Yes, I do ..ugh. I head to the mall or Canadian Tire or Walmart…. the local shops are great too they have ‘different’ things you can’t really find at bigger name stores.

  • Angela September

    no I am a planner and I do most of my shopping online in shops like Etsy or artisan goods that are more unique!

  • Marlene J

    Usually at local independent shops in my neighbourhood.

  • Juliee Fitze

    I like to get it done easily , don’t like shopping on the last week.

  • lisa bolduc

    I ususaly have 1 or 2 gifts I need to get last minute. I go to mall kiosks for some different gifts

  • Alison Braidwood

    I do shop last minute, usually for stocking stuffers/candy etc. I still have one big gift left to buy for my Dad but I’m not panicking quite yet.

  • I try not to, but maybe some stocking stuffers at the drug store.

  • Robyn Bellefleur

    No, I always plan ahead and shop early.

  • Gillian Morgan

    I try not to. I usually try to get everything done on black Friday.


    Last minute gifts are definitely something I tend to do. I end up at shoppers drug mart for small things.

  • Trish Wild

    Unfortunately we don’t shop for Christmas anymore but that’s not what Christmas is all about. We do get each other cards & normally get them at Shopper Drug Mart & buy a very loving card for my husband. Christmas is about giving Thanks & I’m thankful I’m alive! Merry Christmas to all & Good Luck!!

  • joy

    oh yes! the drug store, the grocery store, the dollar store…

  • Heather Lynne

    I try to avoid it! Usually if I have last minute things to shop for, I end up at walmart or a grocery store for little things!

  • Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard

    sometimes – I try not to. If I do it is usually shopping at a drug store

  • elaine douglas

    i usually go to a mall to do my last minute shopping

  • Marilyn M

    We usually go to the malls, including the drugstore for personal specialty items

  • Shirley S

    I usually shop for last minute gifts at Shoppers Drug Mart.

  • Cheryl MacPhail

    I do and often just to a box store or small gift shop.

  • nicolthepickle

    I do, but just at the grocery store. Those gifts are usually chocolate.

  • Tainan Lu

    I rarely do some last minute shopping

  • Courtney

    I do and it’s usually at Shoppers Drug Mart of the LCBO

  • lori butler

    the mall is where i head to

  • Anne-Marie Tvete

    Always have last minute gifts to get. I usually go to London Drugs

  • melissa marie

    i try to not shop last minute. if i do i am at the mall

  • Kim Tanti

    I like to get it done as early as possible. I even hate food shopping so close to Christmas. I so not do well in crowds


    Yes I shop last minute, and I usually go to my local drug store

  • Lushka Smith

    Sometimes I do, go to Shopper’s or RCSS.

  • Sherry moffitt

    I shop all year and if I need to pick up anything last minute it is usually gift cards.

  • HEIDI C.

    I usually just look for stocking stuffers close to Christmas and most often at Wlamart.

  • BobbiJo Pentney

    My last minute gifts are usually at Walmart, as its one of the only places open when I need last minute things. it is also a zoo.

  • Carey Hurst

    I do not really shop much at all. I have in the past had to shop last minute and Walmart or ToysRUs was the spot i would go , I am more of an online shopper now

  • Piroska

    I always end up shopping at the last minute. I get a lot of stuff at Walmart and Shopper’s.

  • Suzi

    If I need anything tomorrow I’ll be at the 7-11!~*LOL*

  • Karla Sceviour

    I try not to do last minute shopping,but there is always something last minute to pick up. I usually shop at Walmart of Shoppers Drug Mart.

  • Katrina

    I finished all my shopping early this year

  • Jolie

    I usually try not to, but always find myself scrambling at the last minute.
    I finished all my shopping early this year and still managed to forget a gift. Went to Shoppers Drug Mart to get it.

  • Julie-Lynne McCann

    yes, we head to Winners or the mall.

  • Caroline

    I am not a last minute shopper. I like to plan ahead so I can avoid getting stressed out.