Looking for Thoughtful Last-Minute Gifts? 17 Ideas That Are Delivered Instantly
Alas, Christmas morning is less than 48 hours away, and you may be panicking because you’re still trying to figure out what to get your brother/mother-in-law/best friend (we’ve all been there). Of course shipping deadlines have come and gone, and while you might think your only option is to brace yourself for the mean halls of the mall and hope you find the right something before closing time, know that we’ve got your back, and there are, in fact, a handful of other choices far better than a discounted pine-scented candle you found at the checkout line.
For the true gifting procrastinator, this list is for you.
All the ideas that follow can literally be bought minutes before a gift exchange and delivered by instantly printing for or emailing to its receiver. Don’t worry though, they don’t feel the least bit rushed.
Downloadable (& Printable) Art Prints From Etsy
One of my favorite (and super affordable) last-minute gift ideas that I turn to again and again is a downloadable art print from Etsy. There are tens of thousands of options to choose from that you can print yourself at home (best to do on quality card stock or photo paper), from quotables and other word art, to architectural prints and plant watercolors. Step it up one more notch and order a simple frame online (like this one from Target) for quick store pick-up.
Here are a handful of our favorite prints to get those creative juices flowing:
Say you have someone special to you that insists they want absolutely nothing for the holidays, but you can’t help but want to do something. Consider giving a charitable donation in their name to a cause you know they feel passionate about. GlobalGiving Foundation let’s you select from a vast assortment of causes and projects, from environmental initiatives to hunger aid.
eGift Cards & Certificates
Of course, gift cards and “last minute” are pretty synonymous, but being that there are a myriad options out there, it’s about getting creative. Of course sites like Amazon and Giftcards.com sells egift cards from tons of restaurants and retailers, but consider more niche spots such as:
- Jeni’s: This IRL and online ice cream shop sells online gift certificates to buy all the pints of ice cream you could want delivered to your door.
- Shutterfly: A great gift for anyone (like your mom!) obsessed with printing out photobooks and custom calendars
- ClassPass: Got a friend who lives for finding new workout classes? Gift them with a month-long membership of trying out new studio fitness experiences to get their new year started right.
- Airbnb: Did you know they offer more than just properties for renting? You can also buy city-specific experiences like foodie bike tours, surf lessons, photography classes and more.
- Ticketmaster: We all know a fanatical concert goer, right? This is one gift card that won’t sit in anyone’s wallet for too long unused.
- Zeel Massage: Zeel offers same-day, in-home massage services in dozens of cities across the country.
Subscription Services & Boxes
Oh man is the world of subscription services and boxes a vast one. For those who aren’t sure where to start, check out this starter pack of ideas:
- Plated: There’s a plethora of meal delivery services out there, but Plated seems to be a crowd favorite. Choose to send this gift via email or print out at home to give in person.
- Audible: For anyone with a super long commute whose eyes are too tired in the morning or after a day’s work to read a book, consider this audio book subscription service from Amazon.
- Netflix: For anyone who has that person in their life who hasn’t bitten the bullet and needs a little push (only because you know once they enter the world of instant streaming, they’ll never look back…and you may never see them again).
- My Subscription Addiction: You can’t buy anything directly from this site, but it’ll give you a ton of ideas for subscription boxes to gift depending on your giftee’s likes and hobbies.
- Cratejoy: Unlike My Subscription Addiction, you can purchase straight from Cratejoy. The recipient won’t receive the box immediately, but the anticipation of getting something good in the mail in the new year is almost as good.
Looking for ideas for the ubercreative or crafty person? Anyone with a DIY, sewing, baking, cooking (and beyond!) itch would absolutely love any of the classes on Craftsy. Simply find a course you want to give, and choose the “Gift This” option. Another great site for online classes is Creative Live (especially for any photography lovers out there).
Amazon Prime Membership
The gift that keeps on giving: A membership to Prime opens up a whole world of Prime-only lightning deals, Prime Video, Prime Audio, Prime Pantry, and of course, free two-day shipping. Who wouldn’t want that? Choose between a 3-month membership for $33 or a 12-month option for $99.