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6 Last Minute Birthday Gift Ideas

on July 19, 2022

Are you in a tight spot realising you’ve forgotten a friend’s birthday? Or maybe you just can’t pick a good gift for them? Don't worry, we've all been there. 

There is still something that can be done, even if it seems like it's too late. Our experts at Clintons have curated the perfect list of ideas for those of us who are stressed with last minute birthday shopping. 

We also have a guide on some cool birthday party ideas, in case you’re tasked with some birthday planning as well.

Regardless of how difficult it seems, rest assured you won't have to find an excuse this time. You won’t need to blame the delivery service! 

6 Last Minute Birthday Gifts

1. Candles

If there is one thing that can be gifted to anyone, no matter their age or the occasion, it has to be candles. Everyone loves candles, they not only brighten up your living space but also smell great. They come in a variety of sizes, colours and scents, there are so many options to pick from.

From large Yankee candles to woodwick ones, with the number of options you have, you could club them all together so your friend has one of each type. Some outdoor candles look beautiful when they’re lit in the evening, they create a warm, soothing, romantic ambience. If you’re feeling stuck on picking a birthday gift for someone, candles can be your saving grace. 

2. Subscriptions

We live in a digital world with tons of digital spaces for things like music, movies, gaming and lots more. This is why getting a subscription for someone as a gift is always a good idea. 

There are also a number of options to choose from. If the person you're gifting likes to read, you could get them an Amazon Kindle or an Audible subscription. If they're gamers, maybe you could pick a Playstation, Xbox or Nintendo subscription. 

Subscriptions can double as a great gift for someone because you know for sure that they will be able to use them.

3. Journals / Diaries 

If you're looking for a thoughtful last-minute birthday gift for someone who likes to write, draw or get creative with a pen and paper, you should consider getting them a journal. 

Journals and diaries are simple gifts but work perfectly for those who like to write poems, make daily journal entries or collect memories. Some of them also like to collect journals for special occasions and may love one with a beautiful cover.

4. Technology

When all else fails, you always have tech gifts. There are a lot of different types of technology that make for a great last minute birthday gift. You could go for an Amazon Kindle reader or a smartwatch that can be paired with their smartphone.

5. A care box

If you have never heard of it before, a care box is literally a box consisting of items that someone likes. It works as a great last minute birthday gift if you have nothing else planned, because everything you would need would be readily available.

It works by finding a box and filling it up with things that you know your friend likes. This can include everything from favourite snacks to t-shirts based on their favourite movie or a book. You could add a lovely birthday card with a message to make it more personalised. 

6. Charity Donations 

If you're stuck coming up with a gift for someone who claims to want nothing for their birthday, you could donate to charity for them. 

Look up some charities online or in your area and donate to them in your friend's honour. If they truly want nothing for themselves, they may appreciate helping someone else out. While this may seem unconventional, it makes for the perfect last minute gift. 

Visit Clintons - Your Go-To Store for Birthday Shopping

Last-minute birthday gift shopping can be tiring and stressful. However, we've put together the best ideas and tips that we hope will help you out.

Choose the perfect birthday gift at Clintons, where you will find a wide range of thoughtful birthday gifts and fun birthday cards. 

Visit our online gift shop to find your perfect last-minute birthday gift now!