Last Minute Gifts That Don't Require Shipping
As I write this, it is Christmas Eve, at 8:23 in the morning. If I leave my home today, I can face two kinds of traffic-- holiday revelers heading out to family home to wake up Christmas morning in a place that feels like "tradition." And panicked shoppers (many of whom, sadly, are men) who are frantically dashing to the shops hoping there's anything left for them to get their spouses, children, friends, siblings, and parents.
I am not a big fan of holiday shopping panic. I end up feeling really awful, and I spend more than I intend to when I go out and try to pick up last-minute gifts. So, I present here a list of gifts that you can decide to give the day before a holiday, birthday, or anniversary, and not end up in the hospital.
Also check out my blog post on low-impact presents for some useful advice if you're late shopping because of you just don't know what to get the person who has everything.
What to Get
- iTunes gift card
For the earbud-embedded teen or techie on your list. You can pick one up on Christmas Day at any Apple Store, or buy it from inside iTunes for electronic delivery.
- Meaningful Gifts | Heifer International Online Gift Catalog
Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like a water buffalo. Visit Heifer International & donate to help poor children & families in need.
- Firstgiving - Online fundraising for everybody
Find your recipient's name here and give the perfect socially-conscious gift in their honor.
- Audible.com Gift Certificates
Perfect for commuters, crafters, and joggers-- downloadable audiobooks for iPods, cell phones, and MP3 players.
Or consider a subscription to AudibleListener, which gives the recipient 1-2 books a month for 3 to 6 months.
- NetFlix Subscription
DVD rentals: an unlimited number of rentals for one flat fee, sent back and forth through the mail-- or downloaded instantly online.
You can't actually buy low-dollar gift cards in stores these days, but you can get a gift card delivered by email to your recipient. Hint: If your recipient owns an Amazon Kindle, this is the only way to give them a Kindle ebook gift.
Perfect for the hard-to-shop-for man in your life (or any teenaged boy)... and on sale for $5.
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