Christmas 2019: Cheap last minute present ideas!

Cheap and quick Christmas Day gift ideas for the last minute
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With Christmas coming here's your guide to the ultimate cheap last minute Christmas presents for 2019.

If you're on a budget and have forgotten to get an Xmas pressie for your loved ones or pals, don't worry: Here's some super money saving ideas for last minute Christmas gifts!

Chocolate gifts

Almost everyone likes chocolate and the Cadbury Gifts Direct website offers plenty of tasty gift ideas for every budget, including personalised treats. Standard delivery is 1-2 working days while there are options for Next Day delivery on orders placed before 4PM.


Puzzles are popular, and there's something for everyone at The Happy Puzzle Company: From puzzles based on TV shows and football clubs to word games, puzzle books and the humble jigsaw. Standard delivery is 3 to 5 working days but next day delivery is also available on orders placed in time!

Amazon Handmade

Create a bespoke gift for your loved one online via Amazon Handmade, the new section of the website offering a variety of customised gifts. Depending on the product and ordering time, it can be with you the very next day.

Personal hamper

Making a custom hamper can prove to be an easy last minute Christmas's day gift. You can use an online service like Funky Hampers - which offers next day delivery on orders made before 2PM - or grab a hamper and do it yourself!

Balloon Flight

Hot air balloon
via Flickr/littlemoresunshine
For a lot of people the idea of being up in the air floating in a wicker basket propelled by fire is terrifying. For others, Virgin Balloon Flights offers a once in a life time gift. You can purchase gift packages which will come in the post in a couple of days, or evouchers which will be delivered instantly via email - the perfect last minute gift idea! Use promocode Christmas10 at the checkout for 10% off Virgin Balloon Flight Christmas Gift Package for Two.

Experience days

Not sure about the balloon flight? The Gift Experience offers you the ability to gift loved ones almost anything, from track days and sky diving to wine tasting. Plus, you can get your experience delivered immediately via email as an E-Voucher. Use the discount code TGE5 for 5% off your order.


The aptly named Personalised Gift Shop has loads of real cool customisable gifts from beer tankards to sweet jars that are perfect for Father's Day. Standard delivery is 2-3 working days while orders placed before 2:30pm may be eligible for next day delivery.

Amazon Warehouse Deals

Amazon's little known Warehouse deals page offers great deals and savings which can be with you within days. What's on offer is constantly changing and deals are only available for a limited time, but you may find the perfect gift.


Discount websites like Groupon can offer up great presents with huge discounts, from meals out and spa treats to DIY tools and photobooks and frames. The vouchers and offers change constantly, so whether or not you find something suitable will depend on what you're after.

Last minute trips and tickets

Online favourites like 365Tickets and LastMinute offer cut price deals on everything from West End shows to flights, romantic getaways and adventures such as hot air ballooning. You may be able to impress loved ones with some brilliant experiences without blowing the bank.

Online subscriptions

Whether it be a simple gift card or magazine subscription, these are always easy to get set up in just minutes making them truly one of the best last minute Christmas gift ideas. Just remember to make sure you buy something that they'd be interested in, not yourself!

About the author: Thomas Brella

Thomas Brella is the founder of Student Hacks, starting the website in 2013 while studying at the University of Brighton to share tips and tricks on life as a cash-strapped student. He's now spent over 10 years scoping out the best ways to live on a budget

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