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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 – you're secret's safe with these last-minute ideas!
Gifts you can buy on christmas dayTotally forgot to include your granny in the shopping list this year, or surprised with a gift from someone who you have nothing to offer in return? Ouch!

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 whip up in a matter of seconds to avoid any awkward giftless situations.

Saving yourself from being disowned by a loved one on Christmas Day is easy – all you need is access to the internet (and ideally a working printer) to track down the perfect present, and make it look like you bought it ages ago.

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

    Red Letter DaysThe 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 pampering sessions.

    You'll likely be too late to get your voucher in the post, but you can opt for an online voucher instead, 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 how guilty you're feeling!)

  2. Magazine subscription

    Womens magazinesA 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!

    Guys: Men’s HealthStuffQ MagazineGQ Magazine, Dazed

    Girls: Elle, VogueMarie ClaireWomen’s HealthGrazia, Dazed

    The Damage: £16 – £40

  3. Film streaming subscription

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

    You can buy 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!

    The Damage: £5+ per month

  4. Music downloads

    Womens CDsIf films aren't their (or your) thing, then you might want to delve into some tunes instead. You can now download entire albums and store them on your computer, a pen drive or even go old school and make a mix CD.

    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.

    The Damage: ~£8

  5. Do-something-nice cheques

    Debt ChequesMake up some cheques (hand crafted or printed, depending 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: Name

    From: You

    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 you 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 CardsTrue, 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.

    The Damage: £10+

  7. Get creative

    Homemade PresentsThere'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

    Petrol Station FlowersYou can always count on petrol stations being open, even on Christmas Day (people got places to go and 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 Licorice Allsorts, Wine Gums or the classic festive Toblerone (although we still haven't forgiven them for mutilating the shape to cut costs).

    The Damage: ~£8

  9. Event tickets

    Event TicketsYou can pick up tickets for concerts, 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

    Homemade TrufflesIf 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

    IOU ChristmasAs a near final resort you can play the ol' IOU card.

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

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

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

If you've got any sneaky last-minute tricks of your own, please do us all a favour and share in the comments below (we need all the help we can get, right?).

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