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We get it.—Life can get busy, and sometimes it’s hard to remember to send gifts for birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, and the like. Especially if those you love are far away (or you just can’t easily see the person to actually hand them a gift IRL), having the forethought to shop for a present, wrap it and ship it off in time is something that can seem nearly impossible. Sure, the holidays are still months away, but we all know how soon they creep up on us. Either way, if you know you’ll be waiting to do your shopping until the very last second, we suggest bookmarking this page now. So, to help out all the busy bees and procrastinators out there, we’ve rounded up the best last-minute gifts you can send online — many of which arrive instantly via email. (!!!) Because let’s face it: when it’s crunch time, and you’re really run out of options, you need some solid digital solutions to save the day.
Of course, you can send these online gifts ahead of time, too. They don’t seem last-minute at all, making them perfect for any situation. And if it is a last-minute gift, no one will even suspect a thing. Thanks to technology, it’s easier now more than ever to send a meaningful and useful gift online.
From MasterClass subscriptions that can connect your loved ones with celebrities and other influential people to subscription boxes that will deliver different items bi-weekly, monthly or quarterly, there’s no shortage of great gifts you can send online at the push of a button. There’s something for moms of any age and any interest. Got a beauty-lover on your list? There’s an easy online gift for them. Have a mom or stepmom who never has time to cook? Send them a membership that makes their life easier. Is your S.O. obsessed with wine? Yes, there’s an online gift for them, too.
These subscription services, gift cards and memberships are truly great last-minute gifts — for any holiday, birthday, or special celebration. In fact, you might even end up wanting to snag a few for yourself. We won’t tell.
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With a subscription to MasterClass, an online learning platform that offers lessons from industry leaders and bona fide celebrities, you take classes about acting, cooking, fashion design from A-listers like Natalie Portman, Steph Curry, Marc Jacobs and Anna Wintour from the comfort of home. A lot of people wouldn’t justify buying it for themselves, which makes it the perfect gift that’s totally procrastinator-friendly.
Function of Beauty Gift Card
Give the gift of custom-tailored skincare, haircare, and body care with a Function of Beauty digital gift card. They’ll be able to take a personalized quiz to help them find the perfect products suited for their hair and skin types — it’s totally hassle-free and pretty fun TBH. Oh, and if you’re looking for a gift for yourself, enter the code STYLECASTER10 for 10 percent off haircare products through 12/31/2022 (new customers only).
For the wine connoisseur in your life (or just someone who always has a glass in their hand, TBH), Winc offers last-minute gifters a digital gift card option that you can send to the recipient instantly via email in the amount of your choice. Send one, two or three months of Winc.—The choice is yours.
Udemy Cooking Classes
Udemy offers a HUGE selection of online courses, spanning from social media lessons to career planning and more, but our favorite area of their offerings is their virtual cooking courses. Whether you’re gifting a clueless-in-the-kitchen millennial or a bona fide chef looking to learn a new cuisine, Udemy’s catalog is chock-full of fun options.
Send a loved one a DIY floral arrangement to lift their spirits and perhaps even discover a new hobby while they’re at it. Petalled allows you to send a one-time box (you pay and they take care of the rest) or enroll in their ongoing subscription service.
Cameo allows you to create customized and personalized video shout-outs featuring some of your favorite celebs. Have Snoop Dogg sing your best Happy Birthday or Peter Weber (a.k.a. Pilot Pete from ‘The Bachelor’) blow his biggest crush a virtual kiss for V-day.
Amazon Prime Membership
If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you already know how much the service’s ridiculously expansive product range is, and how the one to two-day shipping speeds are a major game-changer. Plus, Prime members get access to special deals and streaming services. You can give the gift of prime for three months at just $39 or the entire year for $119.
This genius service allows you to create quick and thoughtful videos to surprise the giftee in question without having to DIY. It offers a vast selection of themed and customizable templates that you can send to that special someone instantly.
Disney+ is literally all of the rage right now, so why not gift your favorite Disney-obsessed person with one of the most coveted memberships of the year? The Disney+ Gift Subscription Card is just $70 bucks a pop, and you can gift a year’s worth of binge-worthy content.
Offering a huge variety of personalized and customizable boxes, greeting cards, and sweet treats, Boomf is the perfect gifting service that will leave the giftee with the impression you’d been planning this gift all year.
Urban Stems Subscription
With Urban Stems, you send bouquets of flowers to anyone you love—but you can also go a step further and gift them an Urban Stems subscription. All you have to do is choose between the Classic ($50), Seasonal ($75) or Luxe ($100) Plans, then set up how often you want flowers delivered to the recipient. It can be as often as bi-weekly, too, so your loved one can have constantly have fresh blooms.
Yes, just like groceries, household items, and even luxe beauty products from Sephora, you can now order and send flowers to your loved one for timely delivery in just about two hours with Instacart. It works just the same as getting an item delivered to you, except you’ll want to enter the recipient’s address instead of your own. The great thing about Instacart is that you can chat directly with your shopper to let them know it’s a surprise and ensure everything goes smoothly.
Hulu Gift Card
Give the gift of movies and television with Hulu gift card—available in amounts of $25 to $100. From Little Fires Everywhere to the latest episodes of The Masked Singer, there’s no shortage of amazing content on the streaming service. Plus, you can let the receiver choose whether to do the basic subscription for $5.99 a month or go ad-free for $11.99 a month.
IPSY Glam Bag Subscription
For just $12 a month (or $110 if you want to gift them for the whole year), IPSY delivers their signature, curated Glam Bags to your giftee each month. It’s a fun way to get to try new products without committing or splurging on full-size products that you’re not sure you’re in love with yet. Plus, there’s nothing like getting a package delivered full of beauty surprises.
FabFitFun Gift Card
Each season, FabFitFun sends out customizable boxes with full-size products—at a fraction of what you’d pay if you just bought every item individually. You can purchase gift cards in amounts from $25 to $300 to send to someone who would love being surprised every quarter with new goodies delivered to their door.
Bootay Bag Subscription
If the giftee in question loves loungewear and lingerie, this fun (and not overly lingerie-y) subscription service is a great choice.
ESPN+ Subscription Gift Card
Perfect the sports fanatic on your list this year (or anyone who likes to watch live games), ESPN+ is now offering gift cards to send online for subscriptions.
All it takes is literally a few clicks and you’ve scored the perfect gift for the beauty lover on your last-minute list. You can choose between three different box options: BoxyCharm Basic, which features five products worth over for $25 per month, BoxyCharm Premium which offers six or seven luxe products for $35 per month or BoxyLuxe, which delivers eight or more products for just $49.99.
A previous version of this article appeared in 2019.