Simply put, online shopping has made shopping a lot easier, especially around the holidays. However, most websites can’t match up with Amazon when it comes to selection, stock, and speedy deliveries. And with almost every household in the United States having a Prime membership, nearly all of us can enjoy the benefits of two-day shipping — when and where it applies, that is. Despite having the best selection on the internet when it comes to gift-buying, there are many quality items that won’t arrive at your doorstep for weeks. To help spark some inspiration, we’ve compiled a guide to the best last-minute gifts to buy on Amazon when time is of the essence.
Hollywood: The Oral History
Compiling interviews from the likes of Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, and Jordan Peele, along with 400 others, Hollywood: The Oral History attempts to tell the story of the American film industry through those who were immersed in it the most. Oral histories are all the rage right now but have seldom been compiled with the assertiveness of Sam Wesson and Jeanine Basinger’s new tome.
The Sherlock Wooden Puzzle Game
Be your own detective by cracking this wooden puzzle, featuring 52 different challenges that help you exercise your short-term memory and deduction skills. The Sherlock is a single-person game made of beech wood with a pine storage case that looks great on the shelf.
Prometheus Lights Quick Release Keychain Flashlight
Keyring flashlights are great, but what do you do when you need to detach it in a hurry? Enter Prometheus Lights’ Quick Release Keychain Flashlight, which disengages instantly when you pull on it and features a 90-lumen bulb with three light modes.
NightWatch Magnifying Clock Dock for Apple Watch
Turn your smartwatch into a clock with NightWatch’s Magnifying Clock Dock, a solid lucite dome that enhances the digital display on your Apple Watch for easier visibility when your eyes are still trying to adjust. You can still charge your watch, adjust the volume, and turn on the display with a single touch.
Craighill Lark Knife
Craighill’s new Lark is a compact yet robust EDC pocket knife that weighs just under 1oz and stretches 2.6” closed while sporting a 12C27 stainless steel blade. The hole on the back is meant to attach a lanyard to wear around your neck.
Bellroy Lite Sling
From wallets to AirPod holders, Bellroy makes some of our favorite EDC gear. Now, you can store all that gear inside an economically-sized wide-access sling bag. Capable of 7L of storage, the pack can expand as you need it to and compress when it’s not as full.
Godinger Ship In A Bottle Whiskey Decanter
We’ve heard of a ship in a bottle, but never a ship in a decanter. This classy decanter from Godinger presents itself on a mahogany display stand alongside two rocks glasses. Impress your guests by pouring your bourbon straight from a vessel like this with a hand-blown ship inside.
Teva ReEmber Terrain
An upcycled slipper tailor-made for campsite comfort, Teva’s new ReEmber Terrain is a revamped version of its indoor slipper, but using upcycled materials and a topo-inspired quilted upper. It’s available in orange, black, or olive green.
Nothing Ear (Stick)
Released earlier this year, Nothing’s new futuristic-looking wireless earbuds, the Ear (stick), feature active noise cancellation, 34 hours of playback, 11.6mm speaker drivers, and high-quality audio from Teenage Engineering.
Nitecore Carbo 20000
Weighing just 10oz, the new Carbo 20000 from Nitecore is the lightest 20,000mAh portable power bank thanks to the innovative carbon fiber shell. Impact-resistant if dropped up to 1.5m (~5ft) and boasting an IPX5 water-resistance rating, the charger supports USB-A and USB-C ports.
Reebok Eames Classic Leather Shoes
Reimagining its Classic Leather silhouette, Reebok has partnered with Eames for a new pair of shoes based on the latter’s iconic fiberglass chair that changed the industry of plastic furniture. The shoes are made to emulate the fiberglass body of the seats and are available in several different colorways.
Varia Coffee Grinder
Winner of the Best New Non-Electric Coffee Product from the Specialty Coffee Association, Varia’s manual Coffee Grinder sports a sleek design and is housed in lightweight aluminum. Featuring 24 grind settings, the burr blades are made from high-nitrogen stainless steel for longer sharpness retention.
Rumpl The Original Puffy
A mainstay in the weekend campout space, Rumpl’s legendary Original Puffy blanket sports a ripstop shell and insulation from sleeping bags. Measuring 80” x 84”, it also features a cape clip for a hands-free wrap.
Weighing just 11.5lbs, Ignik’s FireCan portable fire pit is collapsible, making it a breeze to take with you on your camping trip. The mesh walls make it easy to see the flame and the regulator dial makes adjusting the propane tank easy.
LEGO Icons Back to The Future Time Machine
This is heavy! At 1,872 pieces, the new Delorean LEGO set from Back to the Future won’t literally send you back in time (or to the future), but it’s leagues above the simplified version from 2014. It features gull-wing doors and a flux capacity that lights up and can be made into a version from each movie in the trilogy.
G-SHOCK GM2100 Black and Gold
G-SHOCK released its gold-plated bezel version of the 2100 series a few months back, bringing some glitz to its “casi-oak” line. Featuring both digital and analog functions, the timepiece sports a beautiful black dial with a resin case that’s water-resistant up to 200m.
Oakley Sutro Ti
Oakley recently added titanium frames to its flagship Sutro shades for a lighter feel on your face, enhanced with its proprietary PRIZM lenses for better contrast and visibility outdoors. The Unobtainium earsocks help these stay on your face no matter what activities you’re engaging in.
Pro-Ject E1 Turntable
It’s easy to get lost in all the options provided by today’s vinyl renaissance. However, if you know where to look, you can nab a high-quality turntable at an entry-level price point. Pro-Ject’s E1 was released earlier this year, offering enthusiasts the brand’s acclaimed audio quality without breaking the bank.
Astell&Kern SP3000 Music Player
We’re undoubtedly exiting the era of mp3 audio, but Astell&Kern will have something to say about that. The brand’s new SP3000 Music Player is the first DAP with independent dual audio circuitry, holding 16GB of music, and runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 6125 Octa-Core CPU, all housed in a 904L stainless steel case.
LG CineBeam HU915QE
Short-throw projectors have been on the rise lately and will perhaps replace actual TV screens someday (maybe). Recently, LG updated its 4K short-throw CineBeam projector with new materials such as recycled wool and 20,000 hours of lamp life.