1. Puffy Jacket
Puffy jackets, whether made with down or synthetic insulation, aren't only reserved for the outdoor adventurer. Yes, they are warm and perfectly packable for hiking, camping, climbing, snowshoeing and virtually any activity you can think of, but you don't need to be an avid outdoor explorer to own one. These compact-able jackets are also perfect for traveling (easily fit in a carry-on and can double as a cozy pillow on the plane!) or just for hanging out around town. Add The North Face's Thermoball under your tree for a last-minute gift that seems anything but. Shop all down jackets.
2. Base Layers
Base layers are a warm, cozy gift that keep giving all winter long. Their heat-trapping, moisture-wicking powers make base layers perfect for a day of skiing, snowshoeing or just watching movies with the family. With so many fun colors and patterns to choose from in base layer tops and bottoms, shoppers can get creative with this last-minute gift. Merino wool base layers from brands like SmartWool are always a good choice. The SmartWool NTS 250 Pattern base layer bottoms for women are itch-free, moisture-wicking, odor-blocking and have a variety of patterns to choose from. Shop all base layers.
3. Polarized Sunglasses
Everyone can benefit from the stylish eye-protection of sunglasses. Rather than just getting any old pair of sunglasses, invest in quality shades that feature polarized lenses, such as Smith Optics' Dover sunglasses. Polarized lenses have a polarizing film applied to the outside surface of each lens to protect them from scratches, reduce reflected glare and reduce eye fatigue. This is a great gift for anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors. Whether enjoying water sports, snow sports, sunny hikes or a day around town, a pair of polarized sunglasses fits the bill. Shop all polarized sunglasses.
4. Travel Backpack
It doesn't matter if you're traveling to work or across the country; a backpack with a laptop sleeve can make that trip a little easier. Mountain Hardwear's Zoan 21 backpack features a laptop sleeve, exterior water bottle pockets and additional organizer compartments to give every essential its own special place. Sierra Trading Post carries a variety of backpacks for casual commuters, professionals, backpackers and world travelers. Find the pack your loved one would most enjoy for a last-minute gift with a personal touch. Shop all backpacks.
For a fun last-minute gift, get your friend something that can be enjoyed at the next party. Barware glasses and accessories can be paired with cocktail ingredients for the ultimate gift basket. This set of four Moscow Mini Mule shot mugs from OGGI are stainless steel with a copper-plated exterior. They are a miniature version of the classic copper Moscow Mule mug designed to make taking shots a little more fun. Shop all barware.