10 Last Minute Gift Ideas for Your Neighbor

Whether They’re New Neighbors or Old Friends, Here are the Most Popular Gifts for The Folks a Few Doors Over

Ah, your neighbors. They’re more than just the people who share a property line with you – they give you a wave when you pull onto your street, they give your kid the king-sized candy bar for Halloween, they bring your trash cans out when you’re on vacation. 

Whether your neighbors are old friends or they’ve just moved in, finding the perfect gift for them can be tricky – and it only gets trickier when you’re shopping at the last minute. But not to worry. The gifts on this list are so fast that they’ll save you even when you couldn’t rely on two-day shipping to get it to your neighbor's doorstep (instead of yours) on time.

That’s right, we’re talking about GiftYa digital gift cards.

Meet GiftYa, the Ultimate Last Minute Gift Idea for Neighbors

And anyone else, for that matter. From the perfect housewarming gift to the ultimate going away present, GiftYa should be on your radar because it’s so easy to send (and to use). In just a couple of clicks, you can text or email a gift card to your choice of thousands of local and national brands. Personalizing it with a message, photo, or video clip is easy, and it makes it to your recipient in minutes if you don’t schedule it for a future date.

Your neighbor will love getting a GiftYa, too. They can redeem it like any other eGift code right from their phone, or they can link it to a credit card they carry with them anyway to automatically apply the gift balance next time they shop with that brand. That’s right, no more forgetting your gift card at home! Plus if you miss the mark, they can exchange or regift their balance in no time flat.

But what are the best brands for a last minute neighbor gift? Glad you asked. We’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorites, so let’s get started!

1 - HomeGoods

Help Their House Feel Like Home with Decor and Furniture for Every Season

Buy a Homegoods gift card

Whether your neighbors just unpacked the moving truck or have been around for years, the thing that brings you together is your homes. So why not help them freshen up their place by footing the bill for their next trip to HomeGoods

HomeGoods has everything they need to spruce up their space. They stock everything home furnishings and home decor, including furniture, lighting, mirrors, rugs, wall decor, curtains, throw pillows, and more. That’s not to mention the cooking, dining, bedroom, bath, and pet items. But our favorite thing about HomeGoods is their seasonal decor. 

Whether your neighbors are looking for tasteful Halloween decorations to haunt their home this autumn or outdoor and garden goods to make their yard the hottest hangout spot on the street this summer, HomeGoods has them covered. 

Buy a Homegoods gift card

2 - Yankee Candle

Keep Their Home Cozy with Their Favorite Home Fragrances

Buy a Yankee Candle gift card

When it comes to making a house feel like home, fragrance is often overlooked. Sure, having comfy throw blankets and plenty of storage to keep clutter at bay is important, but since smell is so entwined with our memories, nothing triggers that nostalgic homey feeling quite like the perfect room spray, wall plug in, or candle.

Yankee Candle has dominated the home fragrance game for decades with classics like Vanilla Cupcake, Fresh Linen, and Douglas Fir. Whatever home smells like to your neighbors – Pumpkin Maple Creme Caramel, Clean Cotton, or Spicy Sangria – they can pick up all of their favorites when you text or email them a gift card to Yankee Candle. 

Buy a Yankee Candle gift card

3 - Omaha Steaks

Upgrade Their Grilling Situation Any Time of Year

Buy an Omaha Steaks gift card

Nothing says summertime quite like the smell of some prime beef hitting the grill. So let the smell of burgers and steaks wafting over the fence be your inspiration for a last minute gift any neighbor would love – a little spending money at Omaha Steaks.

Omaha Steaks has everything your neighbor needs to be king or queen of the grill – burgers and franks, chicken and pork, seafood, and even sides, wine, and dessert. And don’t let the summery vibes of grilling out fool you – an Omaha Steaks gift card makes a great gift any time of year. Even if it’s too cold to cook out, your neighbor can treat themselves to one of Omaha Steaks delicious dinners in packages, including romantic steak dinner for two sets.

Buy an Omaha Steaks gift card

4 - Baskin Robbins

Help Your Neighbor Seize the Yay with a Gift Card for Their Favorite Ice Cream Treats

Text a Baskin Robbins gift card

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Baskin Robbins ice cream, that is. No matter how old your neighbor is, their inner kid will be thrilled to receive a gift to one of the biggest ice cream chains in the country. 

Here’s the scoop: whether your neighbor likes cold brew or milkshakes, classic cones or a piled high sundae, Baskin Robbins can deliver. Plus, with non-dairy ice cream options, bakery treats, and even DIY kits so that your neighbor can take the fun right to their kitchen table, BR truly has something for everyone.

Text a Baskin Robbins gift card

5 - REI

Perfect for Outdoorsy Neighbors Gearing Up for Their Next Adventure

Buy an REI gift card

Stop us if this sounds familiar: taking your neighbor’s trash cans in because they’re away camping on trash day. Or perhaps scooping their packages up and whisking them away to safety while they’re on a whitewater rafting outing. Maybe even checking on their pets or plants when they take their big climbing trip.

For outdoorsy neighbors, a gift card to REI is like setting a kid loose in a candy shop. The co-op is a one-stop shop for adventure, carrying everything from the latest outdoor-friendly clothes to mountain and gravel bikes to skis and snowboards to kayaks and paddle boards. 

Plus, if they’ve already shelled out the one-time $30 fee for a lifetime membership to the co-op, they’ll have special access to sales, discounts, used gear, and even more discounts to make your gift go even further. 

Buy an REI gift card

6 - Blue Apron

Easy Meal Kits Even the Busiest Neighbors Will Have Time to Prepare

Buy a Blue Apron gift card

As Ferris Bueller once said, life moves pretty fast. And nobody knows that better than neighbors with a busy schedule. Whether they’re balancing long hours at work with rec league, family trips, and a social life or they have a batch of kiddos that need to be carted to sports and activities in all different directions, finding the time to cook a balanced, nutritious meal isn’t always easy.

That’s where Blue Apron comes in. Blue Apron is the meal kit that puts quality first, with options to accommodate carb-conscious, vegetarian, low calorie, and wellness-oriented diets. From classic dishes like hand-cut pappardelle and smokey cheddar cheeseburgers to creative culinary creations and exotic flavors from around the world, like tofu banh mi and shawarma-spiced lamb pitas.

When they sign up for a subscription, your neighbor will choose from chef-designed meals. Blue Apron will deliver all of the ingredients and recipes right to their door in an insulated box, giving them everything they need to create culinary magic. 

Buy a Blue Apron gift card

7 - Harry & David

Put a Twist on the Classic Gift Basket 

Text a Harry & David gift card

Looking for something a little more classic in your last minute gift for your neighbor? And in that case, nothing beats a gourmet gift basket. Harry & David is one of the biggest names in the gift basket game. Based in Medford, Oregon, Harry & David offers everything from charcuterie and cheese to fresh fruit to seasonal specialties to make any day memorable. But rather than guessing what your neighbor might actually like to unwrap in a gift basket, they can choose one themself.

But our favorite part about Harry & David isn’t the fancy cheese or the mouthwatering baked goods. Harry & David gives back by supporting Smile Farms. Their mission? To ensure people of all abilities have the opportunity to contribute to their community through meaningful work. The organization has won awards for top nonprofits, best organizations in Nassau county, and for transparency. Which means that Harry & David is a company you can feel good about supporting.

Text a Harry & David gift card

8 - Olive Garden

Family-Style Dinner Out in Everyone’s Favorite Italian Kitchen

Buy an Olive Garden gift card

Everybody appreciates a break from cooking dinner every now and then, and your neighbor is no different. Classic Italian entrees are well-known crowd pleasers, and for people around the country Olive Garden is the place to get them. Your neighbor can eat their fill of pasta – from chicken alfredo to shrimp carbonara to tasty tortellini. Paired with bottomless salad, breadsticks, and homemade soup, Olive Garden is a recipe for success.

Buy an Olive Garden gift card

9 - Shutterfly

Capture Memories in Photos, Albums, and Photo Gifts

Send a Shutterfly gift card

We all love photo gifts – they’re a great way to preserve memories in beautiful keepsakes. But picking out a photo and a memento for a neighbor that you know on more of an acquaintance basis can be tricky. Sure, maybe you have a couple of snapshots of your kids playing together last summer, but does that a last minute gift make?

Luckily, Shutterfly is one of thousands of local and national merchants currently available in the GiftYa catalog. When you text or email one of these to your neighbor, they can choose from photo books, cards and stationary, mugs, plates, magnets, storybooks, door mats, post-its, journals, and more. 

Send a Shutterfly gift card

10 - Visa

Personalize a Last Minute Gift That’s As Good as Cash

Build a custom last-minute gift card

Sometimes digital gifts just won’t cut it. After all, who doesn’t love unwrapping a gift and actually being able to hold it in their hand? Sure digital gift cards are convenient, but you can also go a more traditional route and customize a physical gift card instead. 

If none of the other gifts on this list have fit the bill, you can always build a custom Visa gift card with Gift Card Granny. Customize it with a photo and a personal message, and it’s usually ready to print the same day and ship out the following day. Visa gift cards are accepted anywhere Visa credit cards are accepted, so they can use your gift to order some new yard decorations online or refresh their candle supply – the choice is completely up to them.

Build a custom last-minute gift card

That’s it for our last minute gift ideas any neighbor would love.

Finding the perfect gift for a neighbor can be tricky – especially if you’re shopping at the last minute. But if you’re looking for a neighbor gift on such short notice that even two day shipping won’t save you, we hope that our top picks on this list have given you some inspiration.

Still haven’t found the ultimate last minute neighbor gift? Not to worry. The GiftYa catalog has thousands of local and national brands, so whether it’s a gift card to their favorite local pizza shop or their favorite designer brand, you’re sure to find something they’ll love. Happy shopping!

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Trae Bodge

Trae Bodge is the shopping expert here at GiftYa. Trae helps people find the best deals and ideas on popular new items to purchase.

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