It's December 18? How did that happen? If the holidays got away from you this year — and you're feeling the pinch of the most wonderful … and freakin' expensive ... time of the year — we've got you covered in the last-minute affordable gift department. Here are the best last-minute gifts for under a ten-spot.
"Guaranteed to exterminate dirt and germs," this adorable, fruit-scented soap set contains three Daleks and one TARDIS packaged in a clear box with a bow attached — a bonus for those who don't have a minute to spare for gift-wrapping. The shop owners note that they only list items for sale that they can send in one to three days, so with expedited shipping you're good to go for the 25th. Available on Etsy.
For that stylish friend who'd love a subtle touch of rebel flair, these earrings (made from sustainably-sourced maple wood, with titanium posts) are ready to ship in one to two business days. If you have multiple jewelry nerds on your gift list, this shop offers an additional array of too-cute designs, including Sherlock and Watson silhouettes, Hogwarts crests, and wee Nintendo NES controllers. Available on Etsy.
This mug is: nerdy. Punny/funny. Microwave and dishwasher safe. And ready to ship in one business day.
Yep, you read that right. We shouted out to this set last year, and the recommendation still stands, because you get 50 horror classics (or "classics," as the case may be) for under $10. And since Amazon's doing the packing, it'll be in your hot little hands with days to spare before Christmas. Just a sampling of titles: Night of the Living Dead, Nosferatu, The House on Haunted Hill, and Attack of the Giant Leeches. Available on Amazon.
Give this gift to your favorite horror-movie fan's canine companion for hours of doggy squeak-toy fun (and human amusement, because a dog chomping on a zombie hand is a riotous sight). Available on ThinkGeek.
Shopping for a cat person instead? ThinkGeek's gotchu. Each package contains four paper sacks (which kitties think are the most fun thing ever anyway) infused with "microencapsulated catnip" that's released every time the surface is rubbed or scratched. Each bag lasts up to six weeks ... if Mister Mittens can contain his urge to shred while he's stoned. Available on ThinkGeek.
These colorful soy-wax candles finally answer the age-old question: "What scent wafts when a unicorn toots?" The answer is "a whimsical combination of ginger lime, cherry, lemon drop, pink strawberry, tutti frutti, and pineapple." Sounds delish, plus they're vegan and come in recycled-glass votives. Available to ship in one to three business days.
Color alongside quotes by Camus, Nietzsche, and other fun folks; "not for kids, unless they're smart and weird." Available on Archie McPhee.
Also from the jokesters at Archie McPhee, this stocking is illustrated with the glories of evolution, but is tastefully rendered in holiday-appropriate colors to blend in with all others hung by the chimney with care. If you have a few more bills over the $10, try filling it with some offbeat holiday candy (Sriracha candy canes, perhaps?)
The ultimate gift for your favorite cocktail-drinking cryptozoologist. For more steez that won't cost you a dime, look up some tasty drink recipes online (or invent your own ... Abominable Snowman Swizzle?) and include them with the present.