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The clock is ticking. If you need a last minute gift and shipping is no longer an option (because something is out of stock or it just doesn’t arrive on time), what’s the solution?
Start here: visit your friendly neighborhood business. These stores need your support more than ever, and they just might have the perfect gift.
Other than that, all you need is an internet connection – and possibly your printer – to make great gifts come out of nowhere.
What’s cooler than buying someone a star? Buy him or her a real square foot of land in Scotland and the lordship or ladyship that goes with it. Each lot purchased comes with a personal title certificate (delivered by email within 24 hours) and a unique lot number. This conservation effort also promises that one tree will be planted for every order.
This is such a fun, unique gift. Who does not want to be “officially” appointed as a gentleman or a lady? At this writing, there is a buy-one-one-one free sale, so you may be able to pick up two gifts for the price of one.
Read more: CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide – fantastic tech gifts for every budget.
Nothing beats the gift of experience, right? If you know someone who has always longed for the thrill of flying around a racetrack at lightning speed, you can give them just that. Gift cards start at $ 69 for the ride-along option, with driver options starting at $ 199. Limited time promotional code INSTANT GIFT get 25% discount on the last and 40% discount on the rides.
The service places the recipient in a selected supercar on one of 35 US race tracks.
Why stop with a single book or magazine subscription when you can give someone a virtually unlimited supply as a gift?
For example, Scribd costs $ 10 per month, a price that includes unlimited access to Scribd’s library of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more. You can gift a six-month subscription for $ 50 or a year for $ 100.
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Unlimited music on demand is one of the true technological joys of the 21st century. So give someone Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Spotify or any other subscription service as a gift. And what a gift that is: all the music in the world (more or less) at your fingertips, with options for offline listening, playlist sharing and more.
Not sure which one to choose? Check out CNET’s rundown of the best music streaming services. Are you sure you want to give Spotify (which, if you’re curious, would be my pick)? Here’s how to gift Spotify.
I’ve been a Netflix subscriber for as long as I can remember so I’m always shocked to find that some people don’t have the service. How else can they look at The Queen’s Gambit, The Crown, Cobra Kai, BoJack Horseman and countless other TV gems that can only be found there?
Yes – you have to help these people. Here’s how to gift Netflix for the holidays, including the all-important e-gift option.
Oh, they already have Netflix? Then what about Hulu? The Limited Commercials plan is only $ 6 per month, so a gift card of just $ 25 would be good for about four months. Don’t want to buy one via PayPal? You can find real Hulu gift cards at almost any drugstore and supermarket.
At the risk of sounding like an Amazon shill, I can think of few better Internet-based gifts than a subscription to Amazon Prime. I mean, talk about the gift that keeps on giving: for an entire year, the recipient will experience the pleasure of one or two days of free shipping on most of what Amazon sells.
But that’s just the beginning. They also get a significant number of extra perks, including things like movie and TV show streaming, unlimited photo storage, and open-access music and ebook libraries. That’s a lot of things for your $ 119. (Too steep? There’s also a three-month option that costs $ 39.)
Don’t forget the ever-popular subscription box option! Cratejoy’s Geek & Gaming section can help you choose the perfect monthly delivery for your favorite tech-savvy friend or family member, and has boxes for plenty of other categories too.
Obviously, the first box won’t arrive on time, but you can print out a here-what-comes certificate and give them something to look forward to.
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Sure, you can run into the nearest store on the planet to pick up a gift card, but that only works if you’re about to see your recipient in person. If you’d like to have a gift card delivered, go to eGifter, which offers a huge selection of “cards” that arrive instantly via email. You can even add an online greeting card, invite others to join, and add a photo or video for a more personal touch.
And there you have it! Great gift options that you can print and package (or email) in seconds. If you know of any other great last minute gifts, share them in the comments. In the meantime, happy holidays to you and yours from me and mine.
Originally published earlier. Updated to reflect new information.