The Just In Time Gift Guide: 30+ Of Our Favorite Gifts And Their Shipping Deadlines

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If you thought securing your gifts on time last year was an ordeal, unfortunately, you aren’t out of the woods quite yet. Spirits have certainly improved in 2021; supply chains have not. 

While the greatest gifts of all are health and happiness, a little something-something for the ones you love is always nice, too. Especially when it arrives on time. So, with that, I present TQE’s 2nd annual Just In Time gift guide: a list of 30+ brands and their recommended order-by deadlines for a December 24th arrival. Shop now, and shop quickly. These dates are recommendations, not guarantees. 


Our Place’s Always Pan and Perfect Pot in lavender
Credit: @fromourplace

Our Place 

The brand’s beautiful, functional cookware and kitchenware is selling out quickly. Secure an Always Pan ($145) or Perfect Pot ($165) in your favorite colorway before it’s gone. 


Order the brand’s non-stick, non-toxic cookware (from $95) and bakeware (from $40) online by the first week of December. Miss that deadline already? Check your local Crate & Barrel, Target, Nordstrom, or Bed, Bath, & Beyond for an IRL experience. 

December 1

Good Side

Shop the brand’s simple silk sleep staples -- like eye masks, pillow cases, and scrunchies (sets from $53) -- by December 1. 


Outer’s outdoor sofas and chairs (from $1150) are an internet favorite for their revolutionary design. Order yours by December 1, or add the brand’s Bug Shield Blanket ($125), Outdoor Rugs (from $575), or other accessories to your cart by December 6.

December 7

Rainbo’s all-star tincture lineup
Credit: @rainbomushrooms


Medicinal mushrooms make a lovely stocking stuffer, and Rainbo’s assortment -- for immunity, energy, brain power, and more (from $40) -- is unbeatable. Order for your functional food-y friends and family by December 7. 

December 8


MERIT’s luxury, minimalist beauty products are safe for the body, skin, and planet. Standouts include the brand’s The Minimalist complexion stick ($38), Shade Slick tinted lip oil ($24), and Brush No. 1 ($30). Introduce your giftee to their new favorite minimal-effort, maximum-effect beauty brand and order by the below dates: 

Ground Shipping CA: Order Placed by 12/8, 12pm ET (PFS ships by 12/10, 14 days transit)
Ground Shipping US: Order Placed by 12/10, 12pm ET (PFS ships by 12/14, 10 days transit)
Expedited Shipping CA: Order Placed by 12/13, 12pm ET (PFS ships by 12/15, 9 days transit)
Expedited Shipping US: Order Placed by 12/15, 12pm ET (PFS ships by 12/17, 1 week transit)

December 9

Happy Dance

Shop premium CBD skincare, bath, and body products (from $15) by Kristen Bell for a happier holiday. Shipping deadlines vary:  

USPS APO/FPO First Class and Priority Mail: Thursday, December 9

USPS First Class Mail: Monday, December 13

USPS Priority Mail: Wednesday, December 15

FedEx 2-Day: Monday, December 20 by 12 PM PST

FedEx Standard Overnight: Wednesday, December 22 by 12 PM PST

Lord Jones

The CBD celebration continues with Lord Jones. From gumdrops (from $35) to supplements (from $50), skincare (from $19), and apparel (from $20), Lord Jones has something for everyone (21+) on your list. Shipping deadlines vary:  

USPS APO/FPO First Class and Priority Mail: Thursday, December 9

USPS First Class Mail: Monday, December 13

USPS Priority Mail: Wednesday, December 15

FedEx 2-Day: Monday, December 20 by 12 PM PST

FedEx Standard Overnight: Wednesday, December 22 by 12 PM PST 

Ilia Beauty

Award-winning clean beauty in over 30 shades? Say less. Shop with a number of shipping options:  

International: December 9

Domestic: December 13

US 2-day: December 16

US overnight: December 19

December 10

Fly By Jing’s pantry staples are drool-worthy
Credit: @flybyjing

Fly By Jing

The brand’s Sichuan Chili Crisp ($15) has made headline after headline, and it really is that good. Pump up their pantry or fancy up their freezer with FBJ’s newly-launched dumplings (from $39.99) with an order by December 10.  


Weighted blankets are always a win. De-stress and cozy up with a Bearaby cotton ($199), tree ($269), or velvet ($289) napper by December 10. 


A TQE favorite for superfoods and skincare, Golde makes for a merry morning. Order from matcha ($28) to masks ($34) and mixers ($24) by December 10 with ground shipping or December 17 with 2-day shipping. 

December 12

Grow your greens at home with Gardyn’s AI-powered garden
Credit: @gardyntech


Grow your own greens! The brand’s AI-powered garden (from $699) earned a spot on TIME’s 100 Best Inventions List for its hybriponic innovation and is sure to earn a spot on your giftees 100-best-gifts-ever list, too. Order by December 12. 

Lettuce Grow 

More greens, please. This self-watering, self-fertilizing Farmstand (from $348) is a product and experience. Order a gift that keeps on giving (literally) by December 12.  

Cuzen Matcha

Another green favorite, this matcha maker ($369) grinds organic matcha leaves for the smoothest latte you’ve ever tried (at home or a coffee shop, mind you). Order your new favorite morning (or afternoon) boost by December 12 with free shipping or December 16 with expedited shipping. 


Candles are a big yes in this house, and Otherland’s holiday selection ($36) is swoon-worthy. Warm scents in beautiful vessels? We’ll take one of each by December 12, please. 

Low alcohol aperitifs mean no ugly hangovers this holiday
Credit: Haus


A TQE favorite for years at this point, Haus’ low-alcohol aperitifs (from $40) provide the party without the hangover. All we have to say is cheers to that! Shipping deadlines vary: 

Ground: December 12

2-day: December 21 by 11am

Overnight: December 22 by 11am

December 13


DEUXn’t (too much? sorry) miss out on good-for-you, vegan, gluten free cookie dough this holiday season. Especially when flavors like Spiced Sugar Cookie and Pumpkin Spice are involved. Order the brand’s Holiday Gift Pack ($70) by December 13.  


A stocking stuffer we can get behind, Jot’s concentrated coffee ($24) is a morning buzz to write home about. Order yours by December 13. 


We’re living in knits and silks this winter and bet the leading lady in your life wouldn’t mind doing the same. Shop the brand’s best selling sleepwear (from $48) for a dream-worthy gift. Shipping deadlines vary:

Ground: December 13

Express: December 16

Expedited: December 20


The perfect gift for the traveler in your life, Cadence’s eco-friendly travel containers (from $14) are as functional as they are durable and beautiful. Shipping deadlines vary: 

Ground: December 13

Expedited: December 19

Overnight: December 20

December 14

Slumber Cloud

A dreamy night of sleep is just a click away. Shop the  brand’s NASA-approved temperature regulating bedding (from $179) and comforters (from $199) by December 14.

Modern wellness by @getmaude


The perfect gift for that special someone, maude’s modern wellness products are sleek and sexy. Order your favorite-ever lubricants (from $10), vibrators (from $45), candles (from $15), and soaks (from $18) by December 14. 

December 15


Gift a better way to feel with the brand’s premium full-spectrum CBD products. Shop mints ($35 with subscription) and tinctures (from $20) by December 15. 


For the scent fanatic in your life. Order the brand’s best-selling fragrances (from $65) -- or newly-launched candles (from $49) -- without stress: each Snif product comes with a try-before-you-buy tester. Place your order by December 15 for an on-time delivery. 


A good hair day is priceless, which makes good haircare a must. Shop by concern -- like frizz (from $18), dry or damaged (from $16), and scalp balance (from $16) -- by December 15. 


Italian leather shoes for him and her. Shop Koio’s boot (from $348), sneaker (from $248), and slip-on (from $168) collections by the below shipping deadlines: 

Ground: December 15

Express: December 22

Overnight: December 23

vitruvi’s Stone Diffuser
Credit: @vitruvi


Team TQE loves aromatherapy, so it’s no surprise that we’ve been ogling the brand’s holiday collection (from $28) since it dropped. Shop diffusers and warm holiday blends by December 15 with standard shipping or December 20 with express shipping. 

Comme Si

A holiday classic for a reason, socks make a perfect gift -- and Comme Si makes the perfect sock. Order your new favorite socks (from $26) and silk boxers ($198) by December 15 with free shipping and December 19 with expedited shipping, and thank us later. 


The Malibu-based brand makes clean skincare inspired by the ocean. Order from Osea’s holiday kits (from $28) and discover why we rave about the brand any chance we get. Order by December 15 with standard shipping or December 21 with 2-day shipping. 

AKILA’s Logo silhouette


This modern eyewear brand sells out constantly, and honestly, we get it. From stylish genderless shades (from $120) to blue-light-blocking lenses (from $110), AKILA offers a timeless gift for the cool girl or guy in your life. Order by December 15 with ground shipping or December 21 with 2-day shipping. 


For the athlete (or not), consider APL’s line of best-in-class footwear. Our editors love the brand’s Streamline sneakers ($300) and Lusso slides ($175), and we guarantee you’ll find a gift-worthy APL pick, too. Receive free ground shipping through December 15 and free second-day shipping through December 21. 


G(ear) up for a whole lot of fun styling the perfect earscape with Studs. The brand is offering a number of holiday gifts -- including curated, giftable sets (from $68) and digital piercing gift cards -- this season. Shop the sets by December 15. 

December 16


The softest vegan blanket we’ve ever felt! The brand’s Netflix collab -- featuring a Marshmallow x Netflix blanket ($175), Schleepy wearable blanket ($95), and several other styles -- is worth the splurge this season. Order yours by December 16. 


If you or your loved ones haven’t yet hopped aboard the compression sock express, now’s the perfect chance. With tons of health benefits (for decreased swelling, increased blood circulation, and more), shop the brand’s compression socks (from $18) in a number of heights and colorways by December 16. 

December 19


Comfortable shoes for humans and the planet. Cariuma’s eco-friendly sneakers (from $79) are the perfect gift for everyone on your list -- even those who have it all. Order by December 19 and let your loved ones know you’re thinking about them and the planet this holiday season. 

December 20

Dada-inspired tableware, courtesy of @dadadaily 

Dada Daily

The only reasonable option for the host with the most, Dada Daily offers tons of dinner-party-friendly gifts -- like vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free snacks (from $35), candles (from $65), and tableware (from $28) -- all inspired by the Dada Art Movement, of course. Shop by December 20 with ground shipping or December 22 with overnight shipping. 

December 22


Here to save the day (in the most beautiful way), Noémie offers custom fine jewelry at an affordable price. From the brand’s Symbol Ring collection ($480) to its Custom Name Necklaces ($640), a Noémie gift carries thought -- and an affordable price tag. Order by December 22 for engraved items or December 23 for other fine jewelry. 

December 24

So we meet again, procrastinators of the web. Luckily for you, most DTC brands offer e-gift cards that read I-want-you-to-choose-something-you’ll-love-forever and definitely not I-forgot-to-buy-you-a-physical-gift. And, if you live in a major city, you’re in extra-luck. Brands like FastAF and Gopuff carry tons of great DTC brands, too. 

Happy shopping and happy holidays -- same time, same place next year? 

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