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Last minute Christmas gifts for the whole family in 2020

How is your Christmas shopping going? If you still have some last minute Christmas gifts to find the chances are 2020 is going make your search tougher than usual. Luckily you have come to the right place for present ideas that you can give the whole family.

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This gift guide includes presents for everyone that are guaranteed to arrive before Christmas and are even plastic free! 

December calendar surrounded by Christmas decorations

With most of the UK under tight COVID-19 restrictions a trip to a large shopping centre on Christmas Eve is far less possible than usual.

And, with postal services feeling the strain, can you rely on that online order reaching your loved ones before Christmas Day? In 2020, the options are very limited especially with less than one week to go before the big day.

But do not fear, I have some last minute Christmas gift ideas that you can deliver on time AND your family and friends will love! 

Last minute Christmas gifts that will arrive on time

Don’t worry if you have left your Christmas shopping super late. You can order any of the gifts in this guide up until 3pm on 21 December 2020 for first class delivery in time for Christmas Day. Or buy an e-voucher for immediate delivery at any time!

I’ve shared before how we love giving and receiving experiences or practical presents rather than something that will gather dust. This post very much follows that theme.

Even better, the experiences I’ve suggested below are valid for 20 months giving you and the recipient a confidence boost in purchasing vouchers in these difficult times.

And as if that wasn’t good enough Tin Box Traveller readers can get a 10% discount on all orders made on buyagift.co.uk and redletterdays.co.uk before 31 December 2020. Find the codes and T&Cs at the bottom of this post.

Last minute Christmas gifts for the whole family: a fun day out

Happy family have fun together at Christmas morning

Does the family you are buying for deserve a day out? It’s possible to buy vouchers for a whole host of attractions and experiences* around the country.

Here’s just a few:

Here’s even more family days out* around the country. Simply choose the experience you know they’ll enjoy.

Alternatively leave the choice to them. Give the gift of a memorable family experience with Buy a Gift’s Family Fun Experience Box* and your loved ones can pick from the full range of experiences.

There are 490 days out to choose from and it’s totally up to your recipients what they pick and when they do it.

Last minute gift ideas: a family break

Happy family arriving at hotel reception

After 2020 we all need a holiday! Have you thought about buying the special family in your life a short break voucher? This is a last minute Christmas gift that will help your loved ones make happy memories in 2021.

There’s a wide variety of family-friendly short break gift vouchers available including glamping pod getaways*, luxurious countryside hotels* and city breaks*. Simply pick the type of stay you know your family or friends have been lusting after in lockdown. 

Here’s the full range of family breaks* available from Buy a Gift.

Here’s another idea: why not make it a getaway for two* and offer to look after the kids when restrictions allow? Frazzled parents will love you forever!

Remember, if you buy vouchers from Buy a Gift or Red Letter Days they are are valid for at least 20 months, so there’s no hurry to book.

Get a 10% discount on your last minute gifts

Don’t forget to use your Tin Box Traveller 10% discount code at the checkout. Here’s the details:

Buy a Gift discount code: TINBOX10GIFT

Details: 10% off sitewide (excluding non-discountable products). Valid on purchases until 23:59 on 31/12/2020.

Red Letter Days discount code: TINBOX10RLD

Details: 10% off sitewide (excluding non-discountable products). Valid until 23:59 on 31/12/2020.


I hope this post about last minute Christmas gifts has helped you tick off the final presents from your list.

Now if that’s not an excellent reason to scoff a mince pie I don’t know what is!

Plan ahead for Christmas 2021

Why not get ahead of yourself with next year’s Christmas shopping and bookmark these practical gift guides for the future:

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