Great last minute gifts that you can print out or email
- December 11, 2022
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The holiday countdown has started and Christmas will be here in no time. You might be worried that there won’t be much time left to send something to a family member, friend, or colleague. But don’t worry if you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet. There are plenty of thoughtful last minute gifts out there that don’t make it seem like you made an effort to get something.
We’ve put together a list of awesome gift options that you can print and wrap (or email) in seconds. And we’ve included options for every budget and interest. Whether your recipient is into travel, concerts, music, or binge-watching TV, you’re sure to please everyone on your list. Here are some great last-minute Christmas gift ideas to buy online and email, including subscription boxes, printable gift cards, streaming services, and more.
What’s cooler than buying someone a star? To buy you a real square foot of land in Scotland and the attendant lordship or ladyship to go with it. Each lot purchased comes with a personalized Certificate of Title (delivered via email within 24 hours) and a unique lot number. This eco-conscious effort also promises a tree planted for every order. Deals start at $42.
This is such a fun, unique gift. Who doesn’t want to be “officially” referred to as a Lord or Lady?
Give the gift of travel with an Airbnb card. Cards are only available digitally but as you can use the credit towards any booking this shouldn’t be a problem. With Airbnb, the gift recipient can choose their travel destination, amenities, and length of stay. The card never expires, but it must be linked to your account within 90 days of purchase. So be sure to let them know if you give them to them. Card amounts range from $25 to $2,000 when you buy directly from Airbnb.
Nothing beats the gift of experience, right? If you know someone who’s always craved the thrill of hurtling around a racetrack at breakneck speed, you can give them just that. Gift certificates start at $79 for ridesharing, Supercar driver options start at $343.
The service seats the recipient in a select supercar at one of over 35 racetracks across the United States.
Why stop at a single book or magazine subscription when you can gift someone a virtually unlimited supply?
For example, Scribd costs $12 per month, a price that includes unlimited access to Scribd’s library of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and other media. You can gift a six-month subscription for $60 or a year for $120.
Unlimited music on demand is one of the true technological delights of the 21st century. So give away Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Spotify or any other subscription service. 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 roundup of the best music streaming services. Do you know for sure that you want to give Spotify (which, if you’re curious, would be my choice)?
I’ve been a Netflix subscriber for as long as I can remember, so I’m always shocked when I find out that some people don’t have this service. How else can they watch Squid Game, The Crown, Derry Girls and countless other TV gems that can only be found there?
Yes, you must help these people.
Oh, they already have Netflix? Then how about Hulu? The Limited Commercials plan is only $8 per month, so a gift card as low as $25 would be good for about three months. Don’t want to buy through PayPal? You can find real Hulu gift cards at almost every drug store and supermarket.
Disney/Screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET
Disney Plus gives you access to DEU – the Disney entertainment universe – including Marvel, National Geographic, Pixar, The Simpsons and Star Wars. This also includes newer shows like The Mandalorian, WandaVision, and Loki, as well as old-school classics like Doug and DuckTales.
The service supports four simultaneous streams and seven separate user profiles, making it a great gift for families. You can buy Disney Plus for yourself or give Disney Plus as a gift.
Read our Disney Plus review.
There’s nothing quite like seeing a live performance, especially after you’ve settled in for the winter months. Give them something to look forward to when the ice melts with last-minute concert tickets from StubHub. Catch performances by Taylor Swift, Bad Bunny, Adele, Andrea Bocelli, Harry Styles and more.
If live music isn’t their style, get them laughing with performances by comedy legends like Rob Schneider and more. StubHub also carries tickets to Broadway-style musicals and local ballet performances if you want a night out in style.
Be sure to check out CNET’s coupons page for StubHub money-saving codes before completing checkout.
Personally, 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 a full year, the recipient can experience the joy that free one- or two-day shipping offers on most Amazon products.
But that’s just the beginning. You also get a sizable list of extra perks, including things like streaming movies and TV shows, unlimited photo storage, and freely accessible libraries of music and e-books. That’s a lot of stuff for your $139. (Too steep? There’s also a three-month option priced at $45.)
Don’t forget the ever-popular option of a subscription box! Cratejoy’s Geek & Gaming section can help you pick the perfect monthly supply for your tech-savvy friend or family member, and has boxes for many other categories too.
Of course, the first box won’t arrive in time, but you can print out a Here’s What’s Coming certificate and give them something to look forward to.
Sure, you can go to the nearest retail store in the world to snag a gift card, but that only works if you’re going to see your recipient in person. If you need a gift card delivered, head over 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 get involved, and add a photo or video for a more personal touch.