Well, now you’ve done it. What were you doing this whole time? Whatever, it’s none of our business and we don’t want to sound like your mother. Here’s a list of last minute gifts that you can still buy that will help the recipient maintain the illusion that you were thinking about them before, like, ten minutes ago or whatever. We know you’re busy, and we promise you can still make their day. But seriously, it would be nice if you were a little more responsible. Just saying.
If procrastination is winning the gift shopping battle, you can emerge victorious by running down to your local art, science, or history museum to grab a gift membership.It will seem like something that you put a lot of thought into, finding a gift that enriches their lives, exposes them to new cultures, and all that junk.
Stock E-Gift Cards
When you’re down to the very last minute and considering just giving cash, consider a iStock gift card instead. You can buy them actual fractional shares of top companies like Apple, Google and Facebook. It may jumpstart them on a path to wise investment strategy. You can get iStock as an electronic gift card immediately (if you’re actually down to the last seconds) or as a physical gift card if you have a couple days for shipping.
Lottery Ticket Bouquet
Lottery tickets are a great gift you can pick up at your local convenience store, that come with a serious upside. If they win big you may get a piece of the action. Lottery tickets are often things that people won’t buy for themselves, believing that they never win anything, but who could help but get their hopes up when you present them with a dozen chances to strike it rich?
1 Year Of Amazon Prime
If they don’t already have a subscription to Amazon prime, it’s your duty to bring them out of the dark ages. It’s a gift that keeps on giving, and you can get it for them right now. They’ll get free shipping on tons of great stuff from Amazon as well as access to a bizillion movies for free.
Be a Butler For A Day
Need an idea that you can actually do later instead? Set up a day to be their personal butler and take care of them the way that they think they deserve. Butle them good, go all out on this one. For one day, your name is Jeeves and you’re willing to perform any task they desire with the greatest candor and professionalism.
Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription
If you want a last minute gift that doesn’t seem like one, you can get an instant subscription to the Adobe Creative Suite in their name. It will give them access to the most powerful creative applications on Earth, well, in the cloud actually. They’ll be able to make professional videos, animations, music, websites, graphic artwork and more, and of course, they’ll always have the latest version of Photoshop.
Donation In Their Name
So you forgot to order a gift in time, eh? Well, time to pull out the old checkbook. Find a cause or organizational that they’re passionate about and make a donation in their name. It’s a gift to them and also a gift to the world. Plus it’s tax deductible, so you win too.
Weekly Produce Delivery Service
Leaving gift shopping till the last minute is part of human nature it seems. Everyone does it, so don’t feel bad. The trick is finding something that doesn’t look like a last minute attempt. Luckily there are a ton of great subscription services you can order online right now, like a weekly delivery of fresh, locally grown produce. You’ll be doing them a favor in more ways than one, and each time a new delivery arrives they’ll think of you, and how you always give the most amazing gifts. You’re welcome.
Why just give money when you can pair it with the experience of spending a day together? Everyone has a list of things that they want to buy but can’t quite justify the expense. Cross a few things off that list by taking them on a shopping spree. If you need to have something for them to open or unwrap, just make a little gift card and let them pick a day that works for them.
Sh*load of Batteries
When you’ve put it off and put it off again, and need to get a gift TODAY, it’s time to get creative. Batteries are something that everyone is in a constant state of running out of. Nothing is worse than needing to replace a battery only to discover you need drop what you’re doing and run to the store, or go without your electronics. Plus they’re kind of expensive so people don’t always buy them in bulk. When they open your gift – a heavy box crammed full of AA batteries, they’ll be a little confused at first, but they’ll thank you for years to come as the gift will be save the day time and time again.
Experiences Are The Best Gifts
If you’ve got no time for shopping or delivery, it’s time to look in your community and see what options you have. There are likely things to do in your area that you don’t even know exist. Take a cooking class together, try indoor skydiving, maybe even plan a trip together and offer to cover some of the costs as your gift. At the end of it all, people don’t look back and wish they had more things, they reflect on their memories and experiences.
Night Of Babysitting
For a parent juggling a million things at once, sometimes the very best gift is simply a chance to get away from it all. Make a coupon for a night or two of free babysitting. It will only take you a few minutes to put together, and it will definitely be appreciated. Show me a parent who doesn’t want a night away from the kids, and I’ll show you a parent that has forgotten that they need to take care of themselves too.
You can order a membership from AAA online and just tell them the actually card is in the mail. It’s thoughtful gift that may come in handy and may even save the day sometime in the future. As a AAA member they’ll get roadside service and other perks like discounts on all sorts of things related to automobiles, and even cheaper rates at some hotels.
1 Day of Yard Work
Here’s a gift you can give at the very last minute that will leave them feeling like they owe you one. Offer to do someone’s chores or yard work for an entire work day. Go all out and let them see you bust your hump. They deserve it, and so do you – you almost forgot to get them a gift after all.
Buy them a couple tickets to a great event or show as a little test. Will they give the extra ticket to you? You just gave them this very thoughtful gift, after all. Or do they keep them both. In which case, maybe they just get a box of chocolates from the drug store next time.
Lobsters By Mail
Lobsters have many, many great qualities, not least among them are their nutritional and flavor profiles. But they’re dumb as dirt, exceptionally slow, and don’t drive. So if it’s inconvenient for you to go all the way to the ocean to find the best lobsters, you’re going to have to have someone mail them to you. Thankfully, lobster mail is now a reality.
Booze It Up
If you’re out of ideas and out of time, there’s always the one thing that never rarely fails – booze. Run over to your local ABC store and grab something nice. Extra points if you can find a bottle as old as they are. One could argue that a cheap bottle of Aristocrat is actually more of a punishment than a gift, so keep your eyes off that bottom shelf.
50 Reasons We Love You Jar
If you’re not quite down to the last minute, and have a couple hours to spend making something, you could consider giving them a jarful of compliments. Get several other people involved in writing the little messages and you can fill it up in no time. Kinda sappy, but it’s actually one of the more thoughtful gifts you could give someone. Even the toughest cookie will crumble from all the tears.
Night On The Town
So you’re on the way to go pick them up, and realize you totally forgot to get them a gift. Seems like a problem at first, and perhaps it is something you should work on, but there’s an easy solution. The night is on you! All expenses paid, do whatever the hell they want. Say you planned it. They might not believe you but they won’t care at all.
Blue Apron Subscription
You can order a subscription to Blue Apron right now and have the boxes sent anywhere you want. If they like to cook, or want to learn how, these weekly meal deliveries are amazing. The food is tasty and healthy, and they get to try all sorts of things that they may not have ever heard of. Would you like fennel pollen on that? Of course you would, it’s delicious.
Money is the standard solution for last minute gifts, or last-second-I-totally-forgot gifts. Since money is actually a really great gift, it works out every time. You can disguise the fact that you almost dropped the ball by doing some “quick” origami and making a nice arrangement.
Trip To Amusement Park
Truly a gift that will make them scream, and if it doesn’t the corkscrew roller coaster will. Buy tickets for the two of you online and print them out at home. At the birthday celebration you can put the tickets in a card and figure out a time when you can make the trip. They’ll remember the experience forever, which is much more valuable than any doodad, whosie-whatsit or thingamajig.
A Costco membership can save someone a lot of money, eventually, after they actually use up those 200 rolls of toilet paper, that 20 pound block of cheese, and pallet of Raisin Bran. You can visit the Costco website and set up a membership for someone as a gift and they can get the actual membership card later.
You could just get them a gift card to a spa or for a massage, but why not go for a more interesting experience like cryotherapy? It’s basically a box you get into to get blasted by ridiculously cold air for a short period of time. Advocates say that the treatment rejuvenates the body and helps repair tissue damage. If your town doesn’t have a cryotherapy place yet you could try a bathtub full of ice and a big fan.
5 Star Dinner
No time left to shop? Just treat them to a gourmet dinner. Go somewhere they can try something new or eat something they can’t cook themselves. It’s a classic gift that you can easily pull together at the last minute. If you have trouble finding an open table you can always just make reservations for a later date.
Imagine their surprise when you tell them you’re on the way to pick them up, and then roll up in a stretch limo. Rent it for a few hours so they have enough time to make several stops. Do some normal stuff in a limo – maybe take them to the drug store or to get groceries. Then go out on the town for dinner and drinks (or just drink in the limo). Take a limo to the mall for a shopping spree and score double points. On any given day there are plenty of limos available to rent immediately in most cities. It’ll be fun for you too, and they’ll tell stories about it for years.
Southwest Airlines Gift Card
Help someone get away and recharge in a faraway place where nobody knows them and they can act however they want with virtually no longstanding social repercussions. Because when things get tough, evacuation is usually the only solution. Traveling may be a fool’s paradise, but it’s better than the sucker’s prison they’re stuck in now.
AirBNB Gift Card
Standard hotels are convenient and something of a social institution, but when it comes down to it they’re all the same, except that in the cheaper ones the desk clerks are a little creepier and the maids are drunker. Airbnb takes the predictability out of travel lodging and replaces it with an endless variety of unique experiences. For people who appreciate the human touch.
Hilton Hotel Gift Card
When traveling, some people really like an element of predictability to anchor their experience in an unfamiliar place. With a recognizable name like Hilton, you know exactly what to expect. Unfortunately, that name and that predictability come at a premium. You can help take the sting out of a vacation’s most expensive element by picking up the tab ahead of time.
Gift Card For Hotels.com
Back in the old days you were really rolling the dice when you chose a hotel. Either you called blindly after skimming the phone book or simply drove all night and hoped you saw a vacancy sign before you ran out of gas and got murdered by a vagrant. A hotels.com gift card is not just a way of picking up the tab for a night’s stay; it’s also the priceless gift of peace of mind.