Calling all last-minute shoppers: Christmas is fast-approaching, and if you’re still looking for the perfect gift, you better act fast. Whether you’re shopping for a hostess gift, the finishing touch to your spouse’s home office or that kitchen gadget for the cook in your family, here are some ideas.

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Cooking gadgets

AeroGarden Sprout with LED


Want to take a stab at growing your own herbs? Do you live in a climate where growing anything in the winter is impossible? Or, do you just want to be able to buy local — so local, that you don’t even have to leave your kitchen? This growing pot from Williams Sonoma makes it easy to start your own indoor garden, ideal for herbs you can use in homemade dishes and meals. The kit comes in three colors — black, white or red — and comes with liquid nutrients and seed pods, ready to go.

Hamilton Beach breakfast sandwich maker

$23.85 (Originally $29.95)

Get your day started with fewer dishes and less work with this all-in-one breakfast sandwich maker, sold on Amazon. Removable parts are dishwasher safe, making it easy to clean, and sandwiches are ready in just five minutes. One reviewer called it a “danged clever gadget!”

Infusions glass teapot and rack set

$57.99 (Originally $86.67)

A perfect gift for the tea lover in your life, this set from Houzz comes with a tempered glass tea kettle with a removable stainless steel infuser. The tea kettle stand doubles as a place to store tea jars, accessible when the kettle is removed. The set also comes with enough sample tea satchels to brew 4-6 cups of tea.

Toaster grilled cheese bag


A great gift for a college student who may not have access to a stove, or for anyone who wants to save time and dishes, these grilled cheese bags from Uncommon Goods make cooking grilled-style sandwiches super easy. Simply place your sandwich into the Teflon bag, pop it into the toaster and cook until the cheese is melted. The set comes with three bags, and each bag can make up to 50 sandwiches.

Home decor

Glass jug vase in green

Small — $16.99; Medium — $22.99; Large — $29.99

HGTV couple Chip and Joanna Gaines have released their Hearth & Hand with Magnolia line through Target, and the collection brings affordable home styles just in time for the holiday season. This glass jug vase starts at $16.99 and comes in three sizes. Fill it seasonal decor, or gather branches from your own backyard to display. Reviewers rave about the emerald color and the versatility — tabletop or on the floor, the vase looks good anywhere.

Round hanging bud vase terrarium

$4.99 or $6.99

Looking for a subtle way to bring some green into the home this winter? These hanging terrarium glass bulbs from Cost Plus World Market come in two sizes: 4 inches and 4.7 inches. Perfect for air plants or even decor like sea glass or moss, hang these from a ceiling or a shelf to compliment your indoor garden.

Earth globe glowing water air revitalizer with lavender oil

$34.99 (Originally $69.99)

If you’re looking for more than just a simple scent diffuser, this item doubles as an air cleaner. The globe, sold by Houzz, pulls air in from the room and washes it through the water, removing allergens, dander and dirt from the air. Add a few drops of lavender oil and it diffuses the scent without using heat. Adjust the speed to adjust the soothing sounds of water. The globe also comes in three colors — silver, black and white.

Plaid faux mohair throw blanket

$20.99 (Originally $29.99)

Every couch needs a blanket, and this soft and cozy throw seals the deal. This plaid blanket from Target’s Threshold line is easy to match in any room with a rustic or contemporary feel. It comes in three colors: orange, tan and blue.

Tech toys

Amazon Echo Dot

$29.99 (Originally $49.99)

A hot seller this year, this miniature voice-controlled device from Amazon brings a virtual, personal assistant to any room in the house. Ask it to play music, adjust the thermostat, turn off a light, buy paper towels or even order a pizza. This second generation item comes in two colors — black or white — but can be customized with different color fabrics.

Bamboo charging dock

$35.99 (Originally $59.99)

Cut down on desktop clutter with this bamboo charging station sold by Houzz. Up to five devices can be stored and charged at once, keeping everything neat and tidy and the cords untangled and out of sight. The dock comes with two configurations: with and without a USB power strip.

HoMedics SoundSpa sound machine


Whether you’re working and trying to focus with ambient background noises or you’re trying to fall asleep to soothing sounds, this sound machine from Bed Bath & Beyond can help. There are six natural sounds to choose from: ocean, summer night, rain, white noise, thunder, and brook. Plug it in for use at home, or travel with the lightweight machine as it can also be battery operated.

Tile key finder


Are you always losing your keys, or setting your phone down somewhere, or forgetting your purse? This nifty keychain square, called Tile, can help you find your stuff when you misplace it. It comes in a few different colors and versions, and this particular one, called the Tile Style, has a 200 foot range and sounds an alarm when you trigger it. Or, if you lose your phone, tap the button on your Tile and your phone will begin to ring. You can also see where your Tile is located on a map on your phone.

Stocking stuffers

iHome Bluetooth rechargeable mini MicroGo speaker


This neat gadget from Bed Bath & Beyond doesn’t have to be restricted to the home — listen to music anywhere you go with the mini speaker and attached carabiner clip. Compatible with either iOS or Android, the speaker connects to your device through Bluetooth. One reviewer said it’s perfect for going on hikes as it is lightweight with great sound.

Bliss Gardens purple amethyst crystal quartz with 2 air plants

$19.95 (Originally $21.95)

If you’re looking for something small, simple and pretty to beautify a bookshelf or side table, this may be the perfect gift from Houzz. The crystal acts as a holder for the an plant, a type of plant that grows with no soil — and minimal maintenance. The crystal also features a felt base so as not to scratch surfaces it rests on. Care instructions are included.

State dish towel


Home state pride: right in your kitchen. These towels feature a silk screened, colorful collage of landmarks, images, phrases and names of each of the 50 states. Give one to a college student who studies away from home or a couple who met in a state across the country.

Google Chromecast


This nifty device from Google that fits in the palm of your hand allows you to stream shows, videos and music from your computer, laptop or smartphone. Your device becomes the television remote — search, play, pause, skip and more right from your phone. Just plug it into the HDMI port on the back of your TV, connect it via WiFi, and start casting.

Fun for kids

A-frame tent

$71.99 (Originally $89.99)

If your child is an explorer, turn their playroom into an adventure with this A-frame tent from Pillowfort at Target. The tent boasts easy assembly with bamboo poles and comes with its own matching storage bag. It also comes in different colors, including “Fiesta Stripe” and “Daydream Pink.” The tent is suggested for ages three and older.

MÅLA easel


Treat the budding artist to this easel from IKEA, which doubles as a chalkboard on one side and a whiteboard on the other. You can also purchase the other items in the MÅLA line, including a 9-pack of chalk ($0.99) or a drawing paper roll ($4.99) that fits right into the easel. The easel is recommended for ages three and older.

Wooden floor theater

$82.99 (Originally $139.95)

Set the stage for your very own puppet show with this play theater from Houzz. The set comes with four interchangeable signs, a clock with movable hands, a chalkboard and curtain, and is recommended for ages three and older. Puppets not included.

Mermaid shimmer sequin throw pillow

$11.99 (Originally $14.99)

Glitter is out and sequins are in, especially on these glam throw pillows that are proving popular this season. The pillow, from Kohl’s, is covered in double-sided sequins: run your hand across them in one direction and they’ll be one color, run your hand in the other direction and they’ll be another color. Write messages or make “drawings” all with your finger. The pillow comes in a variety of color combinations, including black and silver, red and navy, and silver and gold.

White Elephant gifts

Pocket camping hammock

$20.99 (Originally $24.99)

Whomever receives this gift in the white elephant game will be counting down the days until it’s warm enough to use it. This hammock, sold by Houzz, weighs just three pounds and comes in its own pouch, but unfolds to a full-size seven foot long, four and a half foot wide hammock. Perfect for camping or a day trip to a park, it also comes in three colors.

Fred TACO TRUCK taco holder, set of 2


The white elephant gift that any taco lover will fight over, this taco truck from Amazon is the perfect place to put down your tacos in between bites. No longer will they fall over or open up on your plate, only to spill toppings and lose fillings — keep them upright and held together with these trucks that come in salsa red and guacamole green.

Dog butt magnets, set of 6


These novelty magnets from Cost Plus World Market are sure to bring a smile to anyone who sees them. Perfect for the refrigerator, but the magnets will stick to any metal surface.

Star Wars pop molds


These ice pop molds are a fun way to make your own treats at home. Williams Sonoma sells these 6-packs, which come with two Stormtrooper, R2-D2 and Darth Vader molds each. Simply fill each mold with juice or yogurt and freeze overnight. Each mold comes with a reusable stick and drip guard to avoid mess.