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So, you waited until the last minute to finish (or even start) your Christmas shopping? Fear not. You can still get something for everyone on your list with just the click of a button. The best part? There’s no shipping required. These are the 20 best last-minute gifts to buy ASAP, from the best subscription boxes to gift cards that people will actually want.
1. For the person who’s super busy: Our favorite meal kit delivery service
They barely have time to cook, let alone brave the crowded grocery store. That’s why your friend or family member will love a Home Chef subscription. Our experts chose it as the number meal kit delivery service because it delivers high-quality, fresh ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes (that taste delicious!) straight to your giftee’s doorstep.
2. For the Disney fan: This streaming service everyone is obsessed with
Forget Netflix—2019 has been the year of Disney+. The just-released streaming service makes a great gift for anyone who loves Disney or for anyone who’s watched (and rewatched) all of their favorite shows on Netflix and are ready for something new. It has a vast library of entirely family-friendly entertainment, including animated Walt Disney classics, Pixar films, Star Wars, and Marvel movies. And you can actually get your loved one a Disney+ gift subscription, so it’s easier than ever to gift one.
3. For the person who wants to try something new: Lessons from their favorite celebs
Take it from our editor-in-chief—MasterClass is a great gift for people of all interests and all ages. Whether someone wants to learn cooking skills from Gordon Ramsey, photography from Annie Leibowitz, or basketball from Steph Curry, they can take as many classes as they want with the All Access Pass. Even better, they’re running a deal where you can get two subscriptions for the price of one, so you’ll get in on this gift too.
4. For the person who loves to read: A new book every month
There are people who love Kindles and then there are people who love holding real books. If anyone on your list falls into the latter category, gift them a subscription to Book of the Month. It’s exactly what it sounds like: They’ll get up to five books per month, chosen from a vast library of everything from the latest best-sellers to literary classics.
5. For the person who never misses a workout: A ClassPass membership
Spin, yoga, pilates, oh my! No matter what workout your friend is into, they’ll likely be able to find it on ClassPass. The app allows them to take classes at all different studios (including Orange Theory, SoulCycle, and Pure Barre) at a discounted rate using credits, so they can mix up their workouts each week.
6. For the wino: A monthly box of booze
Whether it’s red, white, or rose, if it can be poured into a wine glass, chances are your giftee likes it. So what will they like even more than a bottle under the tree? Multiple bottles delivered every month. That’s what they’ll get with Firstleaf, our favorite wine subscription service.
7. For the makeup lover: The best beauty subscription box
Makeup is one of the most returned Christmas gifts. Yikes. If you have a beauty buff on your list, get them this monthly subscription box from Sephora instead. Of all the beauty boxes we tried, this one is our favorite because it gives you a variety of samples of super high-end products along with in-store perks and helpful tutorials.
8. For the dog parent: This box of goodies every pup needs
A recent study found that more people buy gifts for their dogs than their coworkers. If someone on your list is probably guilty of the same, help them spoil their four-legged friend with BarkBox. The subscription service delivers a box of treats, toys, and other dog accessories to your giftee each month, so both they and their pup will be happy.
9. For the shopaholic: This service that lets them rent designer clothes
People are obsessed with Rent the Runway—and for good reason. The popular clothing rental company offers a rotating closet of designer brands (think everything from Tory Burch to Gucci) for just over $100 a month. The unlimited membership—which our audience development manager swears by—is a great gift for anyone who is into fashion or who’s looking to upgrade their wardrobe.
10. For the person who spends all their money at Starbucks: The number one coffee subscription
If the first words out of their mouth when they wake up in the morning is “where’s my coffee,” they could benefit from MistoBox. It’s the best coffee subscription we’ve ever tried because it will ship high-quality, fresh-roasted coffee beans straight to their door and even lets them customize their own “Brew Queue” based on their tastes. It’s much more exciting than handing them a Starbucks gift card (again).
11. For the person with a green thumb: This popular plant delivery service
Plant parents rejoice! If your giftee is obsessed with houseplants, succulents, tropical plants, or all of the above, they’ll definitely appreciate a subscription to The Sill. We recommend the plant delivery service because it has such a large variety of plants to choose from (like monsteras, ferns, and even pine trees) and will deliver them safely and healthily to your giftee’s home each month.
12. For the music buff: This top-rated app
We all have that friend who’s constantly sending us new music to listen to and is rarely ever not wearing headphones. The best gift to give them this year? A premium subscription to Spotify. They’ll have access to millions of songs (completely ad-free!) that they can listen to on any device, anywhere.
13. For anyone who likes saving money: An Amazon Prime membership
If there’s anyone on your list who doesn’t yet have Amazon Prime, please help them join the 21st century by gifting them their own membership. Not only will they get access to some of the best deals throughout the year (looking at you, Prime Day!) but they’ll also get the free next-day shipping and exclusive video content that makes Prime really worth it.
14. For the Kindle owner: A gift card so they can upgrade their library
Having a book to read on your morning commute is great. Lugging around said book is not. If you’re shopping for someone who could use some better—and more convenient—entertainment while they’re out and about, consider a Kindle gift card. They can download all of the books, audiobooks, and podcasts they’d like to enjoy on their new Kindle Paperwhite.
15. For the hopeless romantic: A fresh flower subscription
Why settle for the occasional bouquet of flowers on cliche holidays when you could have one every month? That’s what your friends or family will get if you gift them a subscription to Bouqs. You can choose the frequency that they’ll receive their blooms (as often as once a month!) along with the type of flowers they’ll get, from playful sunflowers to romantic roses.
16. For the person who loves a cuppa: This monthly box of tasty teas
Sure, the tea lover in your life might like yet another Starbucks gift card—but they’d like a subscription to this monthly tea box even more. According to one of our editors who tried it out (and loved it!), the best part about Sips by is the variety. She says she was able to try more tea in three months than in her whole life and discovered new flavors and brands that she otherwise wouldn’t have.
17. For the person who always wants to grab drinks: This unique subscription service
Your giftee’s favorite hour is happy hour—and with Tippsy Sake, they can have said happy hour at home. The subscription service will deliver them three bottles of high-grade sake each month (even ones you can’t find in stores!) from different breweries across Japan. We tried it for ourselves and found it to be a fun, creative alternative to just another bottle of wine or six-pack of beer.
18. For any woman in your life: A razor delivered to her doorstep
Chances are high that you’ve seen an ad for the Billie razor on social media. But is the trendy razor really worth the hype (and worth gifting to anyone on your list)? Yes, according to our experts who put it to the test. They love that the razors—which will be delivered to your giftee each month—are great quality and deliver that smooth shave that we all want.
19. For the person with a serious case of wanderlust: An Airbnb gift card
You might not be able to fund an entire vacation for the travel addict on your list but you can fund their accommodations with an Airbnb gift card. They’ll be able to use it to book anything from a cozy cabin in the mountains to a chic bungalow by the beach.
20. For the person who wants to give back: A donation to their favorite charity
Want a feel-good present? Think outside the gift box with a donation to someone’s favorite cause or charity in their name. If you aren’t sure what that person is most passionate about, you can also buy a charity “gift card” that allows them to choose which cause they’d most like to donate to, from world hunger to the local animal shelter.
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