You’ve been procrastinating your holiday shopping all season, and now you’re in a bit of a jam. Dec. 17 is the Christmas delivery deadline for USPS Standard Parcel Post, Amazon is delivering packages through Dec. 24 with no specified deadlines and Dec. 20 is the cutoff for UPS 3-Day Select shipments (unless you want to pay more for priority mail services).
One of the very best last-minute gifts, electronic gift cards are great because you can spend as much — or as little — as you want. And all you have to do is print them out or email them to the recipient — just make sure it is a gift card they’ll actually want.
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Price: $5 to $100
Give the gift of caffeine this holiday season. Starbucks has more than 35,000 stores in 80 countries, so it’s a safe bet the recipient will have effortless access to at least one. This no-hassle Christmas present is available in a variety of festive designs, and you can load Starbucks e-gift cards with any amount from $5 to $100, making it easy for your recipient to save at Starbucks this holiday season.
Price: $10 to $500
Present your loved one with an Uber e-gift card, and give them a lift without actually having to leave your home. Select your design of choice, choose an amount between $10 and $500, add a message and choose when you want it to arrive in the recipient’s inbox.
Price: $1 to $2,000
If you’re not sure of the recipient’s tastes, trying to choose a gift card they’ll actually use can be a challenge. But you can’t go wrong with an Amazon e-gift card. The site has something for everyone.
Simply choose a gift card design, enter any amount between $1 and $2,000, select a delivery method — email, text message or share via a messaging platform — and decide when you want it delivered.
These days, it seems like just about everything has gone digital. So instead of just searching for Christmas gifts online, provide them with the gift of streaming.
Amazon Prime Video
Price: $8.99 per month; $14.99 per month or $139 per year for Amazon Prime
A gift that keeps on giving, an Amazon Prime Video membership offers unlimited access to thousands of movies and television shows. An add-on service for existing Amazon Prime members, this streaming membership does not include free two-day shipping or other standard Amazon Prime benefits.
While you can’t gift Amazon Prime Video memberships directly, you can gift a standard Amazon Prime membership at a cost of $14.99 for a one-month membership or $139 for a one-year membership.
Price: $25 to $110
Give the gift of premium cable with a Showtime e-gift card. No TV package is required to start streaming. As long as the recipient has an internet connection, they’ll get commercial-free access to Showtime original series, movies, documentaries, sports and more.
You can purchase gift cards in denominations of $25, $50 or $110, while a monthly plan will set you back $10.99 per month and an annual plan costs $99.
Last-minute Christmas gifts don’t get much easier than digital downloads, which allow you to give something with a personal touch, but without the presence of a tangible object.
Gifting a digital copy of a book is a thoughtful present that looks like it took some time to choose. Google Play has a feature that allows you to buy digital books for anyone with a valid Google account in a couple of easy clicks. Simply find a book, select “Buy as Gift,” enter the recipient’s information and your gift will be delivered to their inbox.
Movie or Television Show
Price: Varies; or $10 to $200 for an iTunes gift card
Use iTunes — if your gift recipient has it on their computer — and give them the gift of movies and television shows, one of the best budget-friendly gifts out there.
Select your gift, then click the drop-down next to the arrow button with the price and choose the gift option. Opt to share it via email, and you’ve just given a fantastic Christmas gift in the eleventh hour. Or send them an iTunes e-gift card for any amount from $10 to $200.
If you’re shopping for a music lover, treat them to a digital copy of an album or a song you know they’d enjoy on Amazon. Simply choose the music, click “More options” on the right side of the page under buying selections and click “Give Album or Song as Gift.” Choose the entire record or a single song, then email it to the recipient.
Beauty, Grooming and Fashion Kits
Treat your loved ones to chic style with these unique Christmas gifts that will help them look and feel their best. The best part is, the recipient is in control of personalizing and activating their beauty, grooming and fashion kits, so it won’t even be telling that you don’t have the first box to offer up.
Price: Price Varies
Made for both girls and guys, Birchbox gift subscriptions make really cool Christmas presents. Ladies’ boxes come with five beauty samples personally selected for her hair, skin and personal style, and the men’s subscription follows the same grooming-centric format.
Dollar Shave Club
Price: $25 to $500
Make shaving easier than ever for him with a Dollar Shave Club gift card. He’ll get a shaving-focused gift set.
Price: $20 to $1,000
Clothes shopping for others is hard, and you’re out of time for a Christmas delivery, so try Stitch Fix. The recipient can redeem their printable or electronic gift card for items selected just for them by a personal stylist. Fun and easy, this is one of those last-minute gifts that won’t even look like an afterthought.
All internet content doesn’t come free, which makes online memberships one of the savviest last-minute Christmas gifts you can buy. Offer your loved ones the gift of access to exclusive content.
Many major newspapers no longer allow unlimited browsing, so help recipients stay updated on current events with a subscription. Prices vary by newspaper, but as a benchmark, The New York Times offers basic digital access at a cost of $17 for 4 weeks, or $204 for one year.
The baseline Angie’s list membership is free, but an upgraded Key membership costs $29.99 per year. Ideal for any homeowner, beyond access to top-quality service pros and nationwide reviews and ratings, the upper-tier membership offer features such as a fair price guarantee and a complaint resolution process.
The New Yorker
Perfect for fans of highbrow literature, a digital subscription to The New Yorker provides access to the website, the Digital Edition and the publication’s complete online archive. This should supply any literary lover with plenty of reading material for the year to come.
Food and Alcohol Subscription Services
An easy Christmas gift doesn’t just have to make your shopping experience seamless. Food and alcohol delivery services are simple to purchase and make the recipient’s life a little more relaxed.
Price: $70 to $9,999
Give the gift of gourmet home cooking without having to find a recipe or go to the grocery store. Blue Apron delivers all the ingredients needed to make three pre-selected meals for either two or four people each week.
Choose a $70, $140 or $280 gift card — or input any dollar amount up to $9,999 — and print or email it to your favorite foodie. If they enjoy cooking up gourmet meals, this delivery service is well worth the money.
Price: $172.99 to $655.99
One of the most creative ways to buy someone special a drink, SaloonBox sends perfectly portioned ingredients to make two unique craft cocktails at home. Each box contains two recipes and everything needed to make both cocktails — excluding bar tools — and comes with two servings. Prices range from $172.99 for a three-month subscription to $655.99 for a 12-month prepay.
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