29 Last-Minute Gift Ideas You Don't Have to Ship

This one is for the procrastinators. 

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Let's set the scene: The holidays are just days (or hours) away, and you haven't bought any gifts. The stores are all closed, and it's too late to ship anything. Never fear — there are plenty of gifts you can give digitally that are just as thoughtful as any physical gift (sometimes more so).

From gift cards to food subscriptions to streaming services, these are truly the gifts that keep on giving long after the holidays. And the best part? There's no wrapping required.

Digital Gift Cards

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We'll start with the most obvious: gift cards. You don't have to fool with a physical card anymore, digital gift cards allow you to email them straight to the recipient or print them at home. Choose a retailer that the recipient would enjoy or one they wouldn't normally treat themselves to. Not sure what they'd like? Amazon is always a good idea.

Food Subscriptions

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We live in a world where you can find a subscription service for just about anything, including wine, snacks, coffee, and even meat. The best part of gifting subscription boxes is they include multiple gifts all wrapped up into one. It's easy to find one that fits your budget, with options ranging from one-month subscriptions to up to a year. You can let them know they have an exciting new subscription to look forward to receiving with an email or card.

Online Cooking Classes

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What better gift than a cooking class taught by Gordon Ramsay himself? You can give a specific class, or give a membership to an online class platform and let the recipient choose a class for themselves. The experience is sure to be more memorable than anything under the tree.

Music and Streaming Services

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There are a lot of streaming services out there for music, TVs, and movies, and the sum of all these monthly bills can add up fast. Give the gift of entertainment free of charge with a streaming service they don't already have. Some streaming services allow you to give a membership (like Disney +), while others require you to purchase a digital gift card that can be applied towards a membership. Either way, your gift will inspire many family movie nights or road trips to come.

Service Subscriptions

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One of the most pragmatic gifts you can buy is a service for something they're interested in or a need they have. Do they have a long commute? An audiobook subscription will let them know you're thinking of them.

Charity Donations

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For the person who never wants anything, making a donation to a charity in their honor is a great way to let them know you care while supporting a great cause. Try to choose a cause that aligns with their interests (you can use charitywatch.org to search for charities based on category).


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