Gift Edit 2023

20 of The Best Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for 2023

updated Dec 20, 2023
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.
Post Image
Credit: svetikd/Getty Images

This feature is part of The Kitchn’s Gift Edit, our editor-curated collection of gift ideas. Need more inspiration? Check out all our guides here.

It doesn’t matter how many times you check those naughty and nice lists, someone is bound to be left off of one of them. Or, maybe you’re just a procrastinator, and waiting until the final hour is how you do things. (We’re not here to judge, don’t worry.) Whatever the reason for your frenzied scramble to find gifts, we’ve got you covered. We rounded up these last-minute gifts that are actually impressively thoughtful. Every one of these gifts can bring just as much joy as any present you may have gotten ahead of time, and we bet they’re even easier to deliver. You can print these out and pop them in a card or email them and no one will be the wiser. So whether you’re looking for a few extra gifts to round out your list or you’re in need of more serious help, you’ll find the perfect present.

These are our favorite last-minute gift ideas for the 2023 holiday season.

1 / 20

A cooking class is a great, personal gift that lots of people would appreciate. And thanks to MasterClass, you can give really cool ones like learning to cook Middle Eastern cuisine directly from the man himself: James Beard Award-Winning Chef Yotam Ottolenghi. A monthly subscription to the service will get someone access to 26 video lessons so they can make dish after dish with Ottolenghi by their side.

2 / 20
Sun Basket

This meal kit delivery company sets itself apart from the rest with its top-notch sourcing. In addition to featuring fams with sustainable practcies they also cater to a variety of dietary preferences. There are 10 different meal plans including Paleo, Mediterranean, diabetes-friendly, and more, so there’s a little something for everyone.

3 / 20
Savory Spice

Even if your recipient isn’t a major home chef, they’ll appreciate a gift card from Savory Spice, whose editor-loved offerings provide an easy way to upgrade any meal. There’s something for everyone — the BBQ lover can select the Weekend Warrior Spice Set, the seafood fantastic can go for the Reel It In Set, and so on — which makes it the perfect gift for someone that you aren’t quite sure what they like.

4 / 20
Misfits Market

Misfits Market sources “misfit”produce (wonky-shaped fruits and vegetables) from certified organic farms and ships them to zip codes in around two-dozen states. The produce subscription boxes come in two different sizes which contain a mix of 12 to 14 different types of fruits and veggies. You can also shop for add-ons such as oats, legumes, chocolate, and more. Customers can choose the frequency with which their box arrives and pause their subscription anytime.

5 / 20
Thrive Market

This online marketplace delivers pantry items along with meat and seafood and some frozen options right to someone’s front door. They focus on organic brands and usually offer them at a very competitive price. A membership is required to shop the site, so you can give a gift card that includes one or give an existing member credits to spend.

6 / 20

This online shop is known for stocking food and sweets from some of the most famous restaurants and food shops across the country. With a gift card, a recipient can get a finger-licking good dinner from Nashville’s Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, a few slices from Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe, or hundreds of other options.

7 / 20
Daily Harvest

Probably best known for their smoothies, Daily Harvest now has a slew of delicious and better-for-you products to choose from including flatbreads, soups, and oat bowls. With a gift card, the recipient can pick anything from smoothies to soups to be delivered to their door. The hard part is going to be deciding which ones!

8 / 20
Murray's Cheese

More cheese, please. Says almost everyone we know! With this gift card, you can grant that wish. Recipients can take their pick at the counter of the famous New York City shop, or peruse the cheese, meat, and snack options online from the comfort of their own couch.

9 / 20

The only thing better than getting fun new tools for your kitchen or pieces for your tabletop is getting to pick them out yourself. With this gift card, the recipient can choose from all of Material's beautifully crafted and functionally designed pieces.

10 / 20

The only downside to this gift will come when the recipient has to choose what to get, because they’re likely to want it all. This brand has quickly amassed a cult-like following of people who appreciate their knives, cookware, and tools that look great and work even better.

11 / 20
Great Jones

Great Jones' products are quickly becoming modern icons: They have a very specific aestehetic that helps their cookware and bakeware stand out from the rest and they're wildly functional, too. So we’re not surprised when they are frequently sold out of fan favorites. Help a kitchen-loving person in your life be prepared the next time they restock with a handy digital gift card.

12 / 20
Porter Road
was $25.00

Treat someone to a few select items of their choice from this Nashville-based butcher shop. All of Porter Road's chicken, beef, lamb, and pork is sourced locally from ethically responsible farms that raise their animals without added hormones or antibiotics. Just like at their brick and mortar store, customers can select choice cuts of meat (like osso bucco) and get expert tips on the best way to prep and cook it.

13 / 20

Skip the pressure of selecting wine for someone else with this pick. With the gift card, the recipient is free to take Winc’s Palate Profile quiz that will reveal expertly curated wines for their unique tastes. Or, if you’re buying for someone who knows what they like, they can skip that step and add anything they like right to their cart.

14 / 20

Shrimp, scallops, lobster, calamari, red grouper, Atlantic cod — with a gift card from this retailer, your beloved can have their pick of the ocean. With an abundant mix of wild-caught and farm-raised options, this is an ideal gift for anyone who’s pescatarian, following a paleo diet, or just loves, fresh, delicious seafood.

15 / 20

This pick specializes in delivering a variety of Asian groceries to doorsteps across the country. Customers can choose from fresh fruit (like golden berries and longans), meat, tofu, and all the pantry staples anyone could ever need. In addition to the classics, they also stock a variety of up-and-coming Asian-American brands.

16 / 20

With a noble goal to reduce single-use plastic, this brand makes a variety of household products — think cleaning supplies, lotions, toothpaste, and more — in reusable packaging that are actually affordable. And the best part? They work really well, too.

17 / 20

Part online grocery story, part meal kit delivery service, this retailer offers busy people (so, um, everyone?) an option to get nutritious meals and ingredients that focus on whole foods that tend to be on the healthier side of things. Customers can choses the ingredients they like or buy a collection of suggested foods to make a complete meal. There’s even yummy dessert options like their famous black bean brownie batter.

18 / 20
Atlas Coffee Club
was $60.00

There’s no gift a coffee lover will appreciate more than a subscription to Atlas, which will give them a new brew from a different region of the world each month. Take it from our contributor Sholeen: “I have experimented with a few different ways of brewing the beans, like using my Breville Espresso Machine as well a traditional French press, and both times the flavors pulled have been complex, delicious and intense.”

19 / 20

Your giftee can pick out a meal, produce, snacks, or even flowers to be delivered right to their door when you give them a FreshDirect gift card, and there are over 15,000 options, which guarantees they’ll find something they like.

20 / 20
Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goods is our first stop when we’re looking for unique, personalized presents — and their experience offerings make for great ones. From “Songwriting 101” to how to make the “Best-Ever Homemade Farfalle and Marinara Sauce,” learning a new skill is an invaluable gift — and you can even take the class together!