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How To Give Last Minute Gifts from the Comfort of Your Couch
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Christmas is coming – in just two weeks. Haven’t finished your shopping or maybe haven’t even started? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Here's how to give last minute gifts from the comfort of your couch in 4 easy to follow steps:
1 – Make a list of who you still need gifts for and what they might
2 – Gather the information you’ll need about them, such as their email address.
3 – Relax on the couch and surf, select and pay for all the gifts you need
4 – Congratulate yourself for finishing your holiday gifting before December 24.
Here are ideas for last-minute gifts you can send without leaving your couch:
Movies and tv: Subscriptions to streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Fandango, and CBS All-Access are popular choices. Simply choose the service, select and pay for a gift card or gift code and they’ll be enjoying tons of streamable content in no time.
Flowers and plants: The gift of nature and beauty can be given from places like 1800Flowers, Bouqs, and of course, local florists. You can even opt to gift a subscription where you choose the types of flowers or plants, the delivery frequency, pricing, and length of subscription.
Books, magazines, newspapers, and music: Subscriptions or gift cards for media companies provide hours of entertainment. Some suggestions are Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music, iTunes, and Audible, as well as popular magazines like Forbes and major newspapers like The Wall Street Journal.
Goods Subscriptions and Boxes: Box gifts and subscriptions abound in choices. There are so many, we couldn’t name them all. Therefore, check out companies that have multiple choices for every age and hobby, such as CrateJoy, Man Crates, and LootCrate. Or go more specific with ones like Dollar Shave Club for shaving supplies. Or KiwiCo for kids’ STEM boxes filled with science, tech and more to delight and stimulate young minds.
Meal Kit subscriptions: Want something more substantial than cookies and nuts? Consider giving boxed ready-to-cook meals from companies like Every Plate, Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, Sun Basket, and Home Chef. It’s a relief to know exactly what’s for dinner and how to prepare it. Boxes ship to your recipient’s door and are packed carefully to stay at the perfect temperature. Get a gift card or pay for a certain number of boxes for your recipient to receive.
Apps and video games: Companies like Steam, GameStop/ThinkGeek, and Amazon make it possible to purchase games, gift cards, merchandise (that can be shipped), and even in-game currency. Choose what you want and input the recipient's information (such as their email) for delivery.
Spa packages: Easy to buy and even easier to enjoy, a relaxing spa gift might be the most welcome gift after the hectic holidays. You can give a gift card from a local spa that sells them online or purchase through SpaFinder or local Groupon offers. (I recommend checking local Groupon offers for spas in your recipient’s area to save the most money on this gift.)
Services for the home and family: Contact reputable companies to inquire about paying for services like a furnace inspection, snow removal, haircuts, car washes, oil changes, and much more. Think about the types of things your recipient uses on a regular basis and see what you can gift.
Snacks, fruits, sweets, and treats: A holiday tradition for many, you can’t overlook the delicious options available from companies like Harry & David, Cheryl’s, Graze, Bean Box, Swiss Colony, and even Sam’s Club or Costco. (Yep, we put those two on the list. Check out their giftable snack boxes.)
Experiences: At the top of many “New Year’s Resolutions” lists is the goal to have more experiences and/or spend more time with family and friends. Help them keep that resolution by combing deal sites like Groupon or local area websites to find experiences and activities. Or purchase a gift card so they can choose something later.
Travel: Companies like Southwest, Choice Hotels, and countless more give the ability to pay for travel for others through gift cards and other arrangements. Want to really splurge? You can even purchase whole travel packages from places like Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline, and others.