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11 gifts you can buy on Christmas Day

Avoid the excruciating pain of having to admit you forgot someone in the Christmas gift-buying haul – your secret's safe with these last-minute ideas!

gifts you can buy on christmas day

Yes, you now officially have a reason to panic. It's Christmas Day and you've forgotten to get your good ol' mum a gift. Eek!

Not to worry though – as always, the world wide web's got your back, and there are a fair few options both online and off that you can sort in a matter of seconds to avoid any awkward gift-less situations.

You can purchase these last-minute gifts from the comfort of your own ho-ho-home before your nearest and dearest have even realised there's something missing under the Christmas tree!

Here's the ultimate guide to saving your bacon: a list of great presents you can buy on Christmas Day!

If you're on a serious budget this year, we've also got a great guide on thoughtful gifts for £5 or less for you to check out.

11 last-minute Christmas present ideas

  1. Experience days

    christmas gift experience days

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    The aptly named lastminute.com is a good first port of call when buying a gift for someone on Christmas Day. You'll find everything here – from weekends away to skydiving and spa treatments.

    You'll likely be too late to get your voucher in the post, but you can opt for an online voucher instead. Then simply print off the confirmation, or just get creative and make your own voucher.

    Some other sites worth scoping out for experience days are Red Letter Days and Virgin Experience Days, and for budget deals try Groupon and Living Social.

    The Damage: £10 – £50+ (depending on how guilty you're feeling!)

  2. Magazine subscription

    christmas gift magazine subscription

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    A magazine subscription is a favourite of ours. Not only is it a perfect last-minute gift that takes next to no effort, but it's the gift that keeps on giving...

    Think about it. Grab a 12-month subscription and the gift receiver will be reminded of how amazing and generous you are every single month!

    BBC Gardeners' World
    The Economist
    ELLE
    GQ Magazine
    Grazia
    Marie Claire
    Men’s Health
    National Geographic
    New Statesman
    Q Magazine
    Stuff
    Vogue
    Wired
    Women’s Health

    The Damage: £16 – £40

  3. Film streaming subscription

    christmas gift film streaming subscription

    Credit: Netflix

    Who doesn't love films, right? That's why you can't really go wrong with an Amazon Prime Video, NOW TV or Netflix subscription (unless they already have one, of course).

    You can offer to buy them a subscription for as many months as you want, and some of the super money-savers among you will notice they all offer the first month for free!

    Plus, if you're opting for NOW TV or Netflix, you can buy a gift voucher to cover the subscription. This means you can look for one on Zeek, where unwanted cards are sold for up to 20% less than their retail value!

    And remember, when you sign up for Zeek through us, you get £5 in free credit. Ooft.

    The Damage: £5+ per month

  4. Music downloads/streaming subscriptions

    christmas gift music downloads

    Credit: ARK Music Factory

    If films aren't their (or your) thing, then you might want to delve into some tunes instead.

    Head over to the likes of Amazon Music or good ol' iTunes, buy an album and then give it as a gift... simple!

    A Spotify Premium subscription is another great idea – and it's 50% off for students, working out at less than £5 a month.

    And remember, iTunes vouchers can be bought on Zeek!

    The Damage: ~£8

  5. Do-something-nice cheques

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    Make up some cheques (handcrafted or printed, depending on how creative you're feeling) for your services to be redeemed at a future date.

    For example, offer to make them breakfast in bed, or do some household chores while you run them a hot bath.

    Write the following on your do-something-nice cheque:

    To: [their name]

    From: [your name]

    This cheque entitles you to...

    Hand it to your friend/family member (maybe even with some flowers if you're feeling particularly generous) and they can enlist your services when they like.

    However, if this is for a partner or a parent, prepare yourself for the 'you should be doing these things anyway' digs.

    The Damage: < £1

  6. Gift cards

    christmas gift card

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    True, gift cards can seem like a bit of a cop-out. Why not just stump up the cash instead of forcing them to shop at the store you've have chosen, right?

    But nevertheless, there's at least some thought gone into this one.

    If you had a gift in mind that you didn't quite get round to shopping for, you could even include a note with the card saying "this is to buy that [insert item] you said you wanted".

    You can pick up gift cards all over the place nowadays, including supermarkets, petrol stations and even online. Some brands even do text gift cards!

    The choice of brands is equally vast, including iTunes, Amazon, Pizza Express and 1,000s more so this option could be a perfect last-minute saviour.

    And just to remind you that you can get discounted gift cards at Zeek...

    The Damage: £10+

  7. DIY gift

    DIY christmas gift

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    There's a lot to be said for getting creative and taking a minute to rustle something up by hand for a loved one.

    You should only need an hour or so to make something nice at 4am on Christmas morning without anyone even noticing!

    If you're looking for some inspiration of what to make, check out our homemade Christmas present ideas as well as our guide on how to upcycle old clothes into something brand-spanking-new. You're welcome.

    The Damage: ~£5

  8. Petrol station treats

    christmas gift from petrol station

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    You can always count on petrol stations being open, even on Christmas Day (people have places to go and need fuel to get there, right?).

    A bunch of flowers can look great, but if other last-minuters have already snapped them all up, don't sweat!

    Have a look for alternatives such as boxes of Liquorice Allsorts, Wine Gums or the classic festive Toblerone (although we still haven't forgiven them for mutilating the shape to cut costs).

    If sweet treats aren't really their thing, a bottle of wine, Bailey's or brandy always hits the spot – making Christmas Day extra merry! 🙂

    The Damage: ~£8

  9. Event tickets

    christmas gift concert tickets

    You can pick up tickets for concerts, comedy gigs, sports events and more in a flash by jumping over to sites like Ticketmaster.

    OK, you won't have the physical tickets to give them on Christmas Day, but you can pop the online receipt or draft up a couple of dummy tickets and pop them in a cute little homemade card.

    The Damage: £30+

  10. Cook up some treats

    cheap gift bake cake sweet treat

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    If you're a dab hand in the kitchen, why not cook up some treats? Plus, if you're at home for Christmas, you can use all their fancy grown-up kitchen gadgets and even get away with using your parents' food if you're feeling super cheeky.

    For a really cheap and simple idea why not try our chocolate truffle recipe.

    The Damage: ~£3

  11. IOU

    christmas gift i o u

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    As a last resort you can play the IOU card.

    We love a bit of money saving (and we're guessing you do too!), so why not tell your friends/family that you want to buy them something in the Boxing Day/January sales because you know you/they can get more bang for your buck?

    Let them know that you didn't forget to buy them something, that you already know what you're getting them and that it was a conscious, money-saving decision to hold off. Genius!

If all else fails then you can just claim you've become disillusioned by the commercialisation of Christmas, and choose to no longer to buy presents for anyone out of principle. Don't be surprised if you don't get any presents back, though!

We're guessing your bank account might feel the Christmas crunch after splashing out on those pressies – take a look at our New Year's money-saving resolutions to get back on track!

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