12 Unique Last-Minute Gift Ideas You Can Find on Amazon

Mattel/Dr. Squatch/Amazon
Mattel/Dr. Squatch/Amazon

The holiday shopping season is coming to an end—and fast. If you’re running out of ideas for gifts and running out of time to get them, we can help. Check out our list below of 12 products that won’t break the bank and will get here with time to spare so you can wrap them up.

1. For Kids Who Want to Learn: Kano Star Wars and Frozen Coding Set; $70


Get ‘em started young with these coding sets from Kano. Available in both Star Wars and Frozen themes, kids can learn to create their own games and stories in a STEM-friendly environment. “Make learning fun” usually gets an eyeroll from the 6-and-over crowd, but this toy will prove that there’s actually a little wisdom there.

Buy it: Amazon

2. For the Beginner Home Cook: Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking; $19

Essentials of italian cooking.
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This is a perennial favorite of Mental Floss readers, and for good reason. The late Marcella Hazan is hailed as one of the preeminent cookbook writers of all time, and the Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking is one of those must-haves that chefs of any age can learn from. Her pasta sauce, in particular, is a breeze to make but still impresses even the most discerning of palates.

Buy it: Amazon

3. For the TV Fan: Sideclick Universal Remote adapter; $25

Last-minute gifts on Amazon.

Turn any Amazon Fire Stick remote into a universal remote with this attachment that allows for more button functionality. This means that with this one device you can control your Fire Stick, TV, Blu-ray player, and sound bar. You’re basically giving the gift of never having to get up again.

Buy it: Amazon

4. For the Harry Potter Fan: A Harry Potter Coloring Book; $11


Let your giftee have creative license over the denizens of Hogwarts with this coloring book based on the popular book series. Just don’t forget the colored pencils.

Buy it: Amazon

5. For the Home Cook That Wants a Challenge: Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet; $15


This skillet is perfect for anyone looking to dip their toe into the cast-iron waters. And since it comes from Lodge, you know that the low price will be backed up by the highest quality.

Buy it: Amazon

6. For the Movie Buff: The Art of Mondo; $41

The Art of Mondo book Available on Amazon.

Mondo is known as an inimitable house of jaw-dropping movie poster art—that is, if you’ve got a few hundred dollars to drop on an original print. Thankfully, the company has compiled some of its best work in this beautiful, and quite affordable, coffee-table book. Featuring art based on everything from 1931’s Frankenstein to Game of Thrones, this is a book that any film and TV fan could lose countless hours to.

Buy it: Amazon

7. For the Glasses Wearer: Nerdwax; $20


Got a loved one who can’t keep their glasses on their nose? Stuff their stocking with this handy wax that’ll keep their specs in place.

Buy it: Amazon

8. For the Beer Fan: Dr. Squatch IPA Soap; $10

Dr. Squatch/Amazon

Get the delicious, crisp scent of an IPA every time you wash your hands with this bar of soap from Dr. Squatch. Don’t worry, your loved one won’t wind up smelling like brewer’s yeast with this. It's got a bright and citrusy scent with a unique hint of beer goodness that isn't overpowering.

Buy it: Amazon

9. For the Book Lover: Winter Edition Classics; $19-$25

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Give the gift of the classics with these gorgeous hardcover prints of Little Women, Wuthering Heights, and A Tale of Two Cities. Each print is extremely limited, and when you see the detail that went into the laser-cut jackets, you’ll get why. These stories are already required reading, and these editions make them the ultimate collector’s item.

Buy it: Amazon

10. For Your Friend Who’s Always Cold: Thick Wool Winter Socks; $22

Morecoo Winter Socks From Amazon.

These socks will change your giftee’s life. They’re unbelievably soft and comfortable to the touch, but they’re also thick and durable, meaning they’re borderline slippers. These are lifesavers in the winter months. Plus, the designs have a bit of a vintage charm to them. There's a similar sock in men's sizes that is just as wonderful.

Buy it: Amazon

11. For Anyone On-the-Go: USB Bracelet; $15

Auzev USB Bracelet

This bracelet doubles as a USB cable, perfect for anyone who travels a lot and always needs a charger handy. It’s small and compact, so it can wrap around your wrist or a backpack strap. Couple this with a portable charger and dead phones can be a thing of the past.

Buy it: Amazon

12. The Perfect Stocking Stuffer: Jeopardy Card Game; $9

Jeopardy Card Game from Mattel.

It’s the classic Jeopardy everyone loves, shrunken down to fit in any stocking. Perfect for any game night, this is the most cost-efficient way to play.

Buy it: Amazon

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10 Lotions and Balms Perfect for Your Chapped Hands

These lotions and balms can help revitalize your dry, cracked hands.
These lotions and balms can help revitalize your dry, cracked hands.
Duke Cannon/Dr. PawPaw/Bliss/Amazon

Chapped, cracked hands are one of those little annoyances that can turn into a big headache after dealing with them for a few days, but after a long winter, and with all the hand-washing everyone is doing due to coronavirus concerns, it’s nearly unavoidable. To give your skin a sigh of relief, we’ve rounded up our favorite lotions, creams, and balms that will heal your raw palms and have your knuckles feeling soft and smooth in no time. Check them out below.



With all-natural ingredients that work for every skin type, this aloe vera body lotion is particularly useful for putting some life back into your hands. This lotion is fast-absorbing, quickly creating a barrier between your skin and the outside elements. And since it's not greasy, you won’t have to wait for your hands to dry (or wash them all over again) before you can get your day started.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Dr. PAWPAW MULTIPURPOSE BALM; $8-$20 (Sizes vary)

Dr. PawPaw hand cream.
Dr. PawPaw/Amazon

Your hands will feel like they’ve entered a tropical oasis after applying this soothing balm. Made from papaya (or pawpaw), a fruit that’s known for its natural healing properties, this balm also contains aloe vera and olive oil to give dry skin a natural glow. And it’s not just for helping your palms and knuckles—this balm can also be used on your lips, nails, and cuticles, and as a tool to tame flyaways or stray brows. It’s the multipurpose secret weapon that’s a must-have for any bathroom cabinet.

Buy it: Ulta, Amazon


Duke Cannon Bloody Knuckles balm.
Duke Cannon/Amazon

Even if you’re not throwing punches in the ring, you might feel like you’re in a boxing match with your raw and red hands. But Duke Cannon’s repair balm will reverse your skin damage and have you feeling like a champion once again. Best used for extensive chapping, this balm is unscented and completely free of fragrances, dyes, and other artificial ingredients.

Buy it: Amazon

4. 2-IN-1 BODY LOTION CANDLE; $29.00

Candle and skin lotion from UncommonGoods.

Not all lotions come in a tube. Try this amazing body lotion candle, which melts at a comfortable temperature so you can safely use the “wax” as a warm lotion on your skin. These 10-ounce candles are packed with coconut oil, botanical oils, and vitamins A, K, and E to instantly moisturize your hands. Scented with fresh figs, amber, and floral notes, this unique candle makes skincare feel like a spa experience.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods


L’occitane hand cream.

Applying this hand cream is like easing yourself into soft, cozy slippers after a long day. Made with 20-percent shea butter, honey, almond extracts, and coconut oil, it has a creamy feel that instantly protects and nourishes your skin as it repairs. It’s also rich in fatty acids, doing double duty to prevent wrinkles along with any cracking.

Buy it: Amazon


O’Keefe's Working Hands on Amazon.

With nearly 18,000 4.5-star reviews on Amazon, this concentrated hand cream is a true miracle that instantly repairs any cracks or dryness on your skin. And it also works to prevent future damage, creating a barrier that locks moisture in and keeps dryness out. Even if the most you’re doing with your hands involves a keyboard, O’Keefe’s will still work around the clock to keep them looking—and feeling—their best.

Buy it: Amazon


Palmer's Cocoa Oil on Amazon.

This affordable hand cream works for 24 hours, so it can go for as long as you do. Made from shea and cocoa butter, with a boost of hydrating vitamin E, Palmer’s uses natural, raw ingredients to create “glove-like” protection to keep your skin feeling soft all day long. And its coconut oil is fair-trade certified, so you can feel even better every time you use it.

Buy it: Amazon


J.R. Watkins hand lotion on Amazon.
J.R. Watkins/Amazon

Aloe isn’t just for sunburns; it’s great for use on cracked hands, too. That’s why this hand cream from J.R. Watkins, enhanced with the healing power of aloe and green tea, is your best friend when it comes to dry skin. J.R. Watkins uses plant-based ingredients from ethical sources, making it a great choice for anyone with sensitive skin. And its products are recyclable, allowing you to go green while restoring your skin at the same time.

Buy it: Amazon


Bliss hand lotion on Amazon.

PETA-certified and free of harsh chemicals, Bliss uses a special combination of natural plant-based emollients, humectants, and extracts for hydration that lasts all day. And its bright lemon and sage scent will make you feel more energized and refreshed—the perfect stand-in for a dehydrating cup of coffee.

Buy it: Amazon


Aquaphor hand ointment.

Aquaphor is an oldie but a goodie. A drug store favorite, this multipurpose ointment works to shield skin from the elements to restore it to its natural condition, and it can be used on everything from your hands to your lips to your feet. It can even help heal burns. Preservative- and fragrance-free, it’s the powerful little tube that will never let you down.

Buy it: Amazon

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These Scented Prank Candles Turn From Sweet Fruits to Sour Farts

The blissful peace of someone who has not yet sniffed a Prank Candles product.
The blissful peace of someone who has not yet sniffed a Prank Candles product.
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When someone lights a scented candle—maybe before meditating, taking a bath, or enjoying a romantic dinner—the last thing they expect to smell is a fart. That's what makes this product from Prank Candles so brilliant. As the wax melts, the aroma transitions from sweet apple pie to noxious flatulence, fouling the smeller's mood and home air quality.

In terms of appearance, the gag gift resembles a normal candle in every way. The label calls to mind the warm scents of apple pie in autumn, and when the jar is first opened, it has the smell to match. But after about an hour or so—just as the victim has gotten used to the pleasant fragrance—it changes.

Apple pie fart-scented prank candle.
Turns out receiving this scented gift isn't so sweet.
Prank Candles

Prank Candles writes in the product description, "Often—our customers will report that their victims will initially thank them because it's 'the best candle they've ever burned.' Because of this, they're even less likely to blame the candle when they think, 'WTF is that smell?'"

In addition to the apple pie scent, the company sells nasty candles disguised as fresh roses, balsam and cedar, and vanilla. The apple pie and vanilla varieties are currently back-ordered, with shipping estimated for April 15. Whether you're already planning for April Fools' Day 2021 or the birthday of a frenemy, you can order yours today for $23.