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10 cool last minute gifts to put under the Christmas tree

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Sunday, December 20, 2015, 9:22 AM

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The rush is on to get that perfect gift for your loved one. Here are some great last minute gifts to grab on the go.

Look out — Christmas is almost here again.

With only a few days left until Santa starts making his rounds, some may find themselves trying to cram gift shopping before the big holiday.

Here is a list of perfect — and affordable — last-minute presents to put under the tree:

1. For the “get rich quick” person: Scratch-off lottery tickets

The odds of winning a large sum of money from a $ 5 scratch-off ticket might be as low as one in 2,000, but giving a loved one that once-in-a-lifetime chance is way more fulfilling.

Scratch-off lottery tickets are a great — and inexpensive gift — for that person who is always looking for some extra cash or going through financial struggles this holiday season.

Some scratch-offs can cost as much as $ 20 and others as little as $ 1 — being sold at just about every gas station and convenience store around the country.

2. For the “obsessed with their house smelling good” person: Scented candles

Anyone can appreciate a nice set of sweet smelling candles as a surprise holiday gift.

And candles aren’t just a gift for women.

Companies like Man-Cans.com — launched by 13-year-old Hart Main — offer a variety of candles for men, with scents that include fresh cut grass, bacon and after shave.

More expensive choices typically include more decorative packaging, but other types can sell for as little as $ 1-a-piece at local stores.

3. For the avid reader : Magazine subscription

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For that person that is always looking for a good article to read, purchase a subscription to their favorite magazine or newspaper.

For those that still love flipping through the pages of a good magazine — or reading articles on their smartphones — what’s a better gift than a subscription to his or her favorite magazine?

Sites like Amazon.com and discountmags.com offer great subscription deals for magazines like People, Essence and Time.

4. For the person that is constantly on their phones: Decorative phone case

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A pretty phone case is a gift that will always put a smile on someone’s face – especially if that person is always on their phone.

Picking the perfect phone case is an even harder decision than deciding between an iPhone and an Android — especially for those people that just can’t seem to put their phone down.

The cases can be a quick and easy gift for an office grab bag, or an extra gift for a family member under the tree.

And now with options from major designers, including Kate Spade and Marc Jacobs, a nice phone case could add great style to anyone’s wardrobe.

5. For the tech guru that has to have the latest gadgets: Polaroid mobile printer

With Polaroids coming back in style, a Polarioid mobile printer would be a great gift idea for someone that always needs to have the latest gadget on deck.Mike Hutmacher/ASSOCIATED PRESS

With Polaroids coming back in style, a Polarioid mobile printer would be a great gift idea for someone that always needs to have the latest gadget on deck.

Showing off that perfect selfie to those that don’t have Instagram will become easier when you place the Polaroid Mobile Printer under the tree this Christmas.

Super easy to use, the hot item allows you to print directly to your phone or tablet by using Bluetooth or a USB cord — printing colorful photos to place in a frame or poster board without have to purchase ink.

The printer is sold at numerous stores including Best Buy, Urban Outfitters and Nordstrom.

6. For the product junkie: Birchbox

A Birchbox subscription will save the product junkie in your life a trip to the local beauty supply store.

A Birchbox subscription will save the product junkie in your life a trip to the local beauty supply store.

Birchbox is a great gift for someone who can’t stay away from stores like Sephora or in the beauty section at Target.

The subscription service — which sends customers a box full of beauty goodies — has become a popular gift for both men and women since the company was established in 2010.

Users can find popular beauty and grooming brands like Miss Jessie’s and Clinique as best sellers on the site.

7. For the workaholic: Starbucks gift card

The family member that is always busy would appreciate a Starbucks giftcard for a nice cup of coffee to grab on the go.

The family member that is always busy would appreciate a Starbucks giftcard for a nice cup of coffee to grab on the go.

A gift card from Starbucks or their favorite coffee shop is a great — and easy gift — for someone that is constantly on the run.

Since some people probably don’t have time in the morning to use a Keurig, a stop at the local Starbucks to use a gift card will likely put a smile on a person’s face.

8. For the millennial in your life: Knock Knock Selfie photo album

A Knock Knock Selfie album is a great gift for that teenager in your life that is constantly snapping selfies.

The album — that has a mirror on the cover — has 32 pages of picture slots for the gift recipient to place tons of priceless selfies in.

The book can be purchased on knockknockstuff.com or at stores like Barnes and Nobles and Papyrus.

9. For the little kid running around your house: a Magic 8 Ball

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It might have be an old school toy but the classic Magic 8 Ball will still keep the kids of the new school busy.

Keep kids busy this holiday season with a classic Magic 8 Ball — a gift that kids of all ages should enjoy.

Turning kids into magicians, the 8 ball gives you the answers to all the burning questions you’ve been dying to ask — just by giving the ball a good shake.

The ball can be purchased at stores like Walmart or any toy store for under $ 15.

10. For the Christmas jokester: Elf on the Shelf

The Elf on the Shelf has become a popular dool - especially for adults that want to cause a little mischief this holiday season.ANDREW KELLY/REUTERS

The Elf on the Shelf has become a popular dool – especially for adults that want to cause a little mischief this holiday season.

Celebrating the holiday season would not be complete without an Elf on the Shelf.

The fun, and somewhat creepy, doll started as a Christmas tradition for kids to enjoy, but somehow turned into a prop for adults to have fun with during Christmas.

The magic Christmas dolls are sold at stores including Bed, Bath and Beyond and Walmart — varying in price.

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