Here are the best last-minute gifts for your partner if you’ve suddenly realised you forgot all about them. The best present ideas for a cover up!
We’ve all experienced that terrible feeling when you realise that you’ve forgotten a special occasion: the birthday, the anniversary, the Valentine’s Day treat. It happens to the best of us, and at least, if you’re reading this, you’ve remembered just in time.
If you need a last-minute gift idea for your partner, don’t panic. That’s the worst thing you can do, because you’ll end up buying something over-priced or unwanted, or both. Here’s a quick list of indispensable gift ideas to get you off the hook.
So relax, read on, you’ve got this.
8 Best Last-Minute Gifts
If you need a last-minute gift NOW, then these are the best quick gift ideas for you.
1. Tinggly gift voucher
You can’t go wrong with a Tinggly experience gift voucher. Literally hundreds of bucket-list experiences to choose from, all over the world. It’s perfect for travellers, or just a weekend when there’s nothing to do. And so easy to use: a few clicks and a stylish gift box is winging its way to your partner, or you can email the voucher (with a personalised note of course) if you’re really short on time.
Half the fun with Tinggly is deciding what to do: a romantic hotel stay? A soothing spa day? An exciting skydive? Or something you can share as a couple? And the other half, it’s the memories you get afterwards.
2. Mapness Map
If you’re looking for a last-minute gift for your partner, these Mapness Maps are a great idea. There are a few different designs you can choose from. I went for the classic design for a present for Ben. It’s weird seeing the map of Barton-under-Needwood and Southampton so close together.
Ben and I are only a few months apart in age so it’s crazy to think of us growing up at exactly the same time and stages in different counties in England, destined to be together one day.
Maybe this would be a great idea for your partner?
You can get a £5 discount on Mapness using this link for your map and there are different colours and designs to choose from.
Mapness also have personalised word posters you can buy, instead of maps. Take a look at the Mapness website to see the full list of designs!
3. Podcast subscription
What are the two things that everyone has? A) a smartphone and B) interests!
A podcast subscription puts the two together brilliantly and will provide your partner with literally hours of entertainment. All you need to know is what their interests are: music, film, travel, comedy, gardening?
There are thousands of great podcasts out there now that can be subscribed to with a few clicks of a button, and it makes for a really thoughtful gift idea.
4. Coffee machine
Everyone loves a coffee, right? They’re so expensive in coffee shops though. It’s much more cost effective to buy a machine and make your own at home. The cost outlay may be more initially, but it definitely adds up to a better deal.
There are plenty of options for coffee machines under £100. Your partner will love you for it!
5. Flowers made from beef jerky
The Manly Man Company® is a veteran-owned small business that makes ‘manly’ gifts including Beef Jerky Flowers, Bacon Roses, Manly Gift Boxes, and Meat Card™. They’ve been featured on over 30 major outlets including Good Morning America, The Today Show, and USA Today.
Unfortunately they only deliver to the USA, but if you’re over there you can pick up some meaty products for your loved one. I mean, I’m not a man but personally I’d love some flowers made from beef jerky. Take a look at their site for all their meaty delights, you can buy here.
6. Adopt an animal
Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you need to get a dog. Adopting animals is about helping wildlife, and who doesn’t like wildlife, seriously?
For just a small monthly or yearly cost you can make a big contribution to caring for animals in need, in your partner’s name. If they love elephants, or dolphins, or just cute baby goats, then trust me, there is an animal out there in need.
Your partner gets that warm feeling of knowing there’s an animal out there doing better because of them. You get a card once in a while from the animal itself, letting you know how it’s doing. And no mess on the carpet to worry about.
Since the dawn of time, a bunch of flowers has been the go-to last-minute gift solution for those with short on imagination. This is how gardening was invented: neanderthals didn’t want to run the risk of meeting a mammoth while out gathering wildflowers because they’d been forgetful.
So, I’m definitely not suggesting you buy flowers for your partner because it’s obvious you forgot.
Instead, go for a plant. These require a little more thought than just grabbing the nearest bunch of flowers, and not only do they look great around the home, but they can live for years. Buy a nice pot too, and you’re on to a winner.
8. Romantic dinner
An old classic, true, but unlike flowers, this is one that never fails.
It takes a matter of minutes to book a table at your partner’s favourite restaurant, or the new place in town that everyone’s talking about. Can’t get a reservation? Then it’s time to get to work.
A 3-course meal, with wine, candles and a heartfelt card is something that anyone can achieve, even if you’re not even sure where the kitchen is. If you lack the skills to prepare a gourmet meal at short notice, then keep it nice and simple. If your intended is a travel lover, then make the meal country themed. You can go all out. Oh, and you should also check out my list of presents for travel lovers too.
Easy romantic meals can involve just a few ingredients to each course, nothing too challenging, and give yourself enough time to take it slowly. If you mess it up, so be it. Buy more wine.
What’s important is you made an effort.
Last-minute gifts for your partner
I hope these last-minute gift ideas for your partner have given you some inspiration to get you out of that dark hole you’ve made for yourself.
Now all you need to do is print out the confirmation, declare your love, and you my friend have got off of that little memory lapse scot free!