It’s crunch time! While some people find holiday shopping therapeutic and exciting, some of us get exhausted just thinking about it—especially as the deadlines for ordering online rapidly approaches.
In order to make your last-minute holiday shopping less agonizing, we consulted with fashion stylist and buying expert Pilar Scratch to get her expert guidance on selecting gifts for the important people in your life.
So, where do you start? Scratch suggests creating a budget and finalizing a list of who you’re shopping for. "Once you figure out your budget, decide what you want to purchase for each loved one,” she explains. “Last-minute gifts don't have to be cheesy and cheap. There are plenty of gifts that are so cool that they’ll think you bought them weeks in advance.”
Below, check out her suggestions that hopefully inspires your gifting plans (shoppable ideas included):
Last-Minute Gift Ideas For Mom
“When it comes to mom, she is always pleased with gifts that come from the heart,” Scratch reminds us. “However, remember, mom is nosy and always counting how much we are spending, so make it affordable.”
Lastly, she suggests looking for things that are comfortable—yet chic—for the fashion-forward mom.
Shoppable last-minute selections for mom:
Last-Minute Gift Ideas For Dad
Scratch says when it comes to shopping for dad, it’s the little things that count. “Believe it or not, dad enjoys warm and cozy gifts. A nice sweatshirt, sweater, or pair of gloves could be key to his happiness,” she suggests, adding outerwear is also a great gift. “He'll appreciate a little style in his closet.”
Shoppable last-minute selections for dad:
Last-Minute Gift Ideas For Teens
Does your favorite teen love to create content on social media? Scratch suggests helping them boost their follower count with must-have gadgets and fly fashions that'll take their videos to the next level.
Shoppable last-minute selections for teens:
Last-Minute Gift Ideas For At-Home Workers And Entrepreneurs
Working from home has become the new norm. For many, it’s a dream come true. For others, it takes some adjustment. For those who are still getting used to it, Scratch suggests helping them transform their space into a comfortable work environment. “It is just what they need to give them a little extra push to achieve their daily goals,” she insists.
Shoppable last-minute selections for those who WFH:
Last-Minute Gift Ideas For Beauty Enthusiasts
Scratch confirms that beauty gurus can be specific about their beauty routines, but that doesn't mean you can’t encourage them to step outside their comfort zone. She suggests gifting them an advent calendar or gift sets to help them try new products.
“These presents are sure to be found at Ulta or Sephora," she shares, reminding us about all the deals these retail giants are having this holiday season.
Shoppable last-minute selections for beauty enthusiasts:
Last-Minute Gift Ideas For You And Lover
Who says you can't be nice and naughty? Sexy scents and a cute piece of lingerie can be just what you need to create a memorable night with the one you love.
"When it comes to your lover, make it romantic,” Scratch shares, encouraging you to think outside the box when selecting their gift.
Shoppable these last-minute selections for you and your lover:
Last-Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas
According to Scratch, stocking stuffers should be small in size but BIG in surprise. “The stocking is the best place to store special gifts like jewelry, makeup, gift cards, and cute little trinkets,” she reminds us.
Shoppable last-minute stockings stuffers:
For more shopping ideas, check out BET's Holiday Gift Guide!
Editor’s Note: This story has been edited and condensed for clarity.