Easy last-minute gifts you can print or e-mail

The procrastination ends now. Here's your last chance to get something for that someone special.

No gift? No problem! Netflix is one of many services that lets you print your gift certificates.
No gift? No problem! Netflix is one of many services that let you print your gift certificates. Screenshot by Rick Broida

We're down to the wire, just one day to go until the ho-ho-holiday. If you're a procrastinator like me, you might be scrambling to find a last-minute gift for, say, your favorite uncle/mail carrier/blogger.

No problem: all you need is your computer and, if you want something tangible you can put under the tree, a printer. The following stores let you print or e-mail gift certificates for fast, easy, and downright thoughtful giving.

  1. Amazon.com On any Amazon page, click the Gift Cards link, then choose Digital or Print. Amazon offers a wealth of options in both categories, from video gift cards to color-in cards the kids can decorate. There's no minimum, and you're not limited to increments: your certificate can be in the amount of $19.27 if you want.

  2. iCard Give the gift of gift-card freedom. iCard lets you buy certificates that can be redeemed for merchant gift cards. The extensive merchant list covers everything from AMC Theaters to Panera Bread, to Zappos. Alas, you can't choose a custom amount -- available increments include $10, $25, $50, $75, and so on.

  3. iTunes Obviously you can grab an iTunes gift card in just about any store on the planet, but did you know you can also print or e-mail your own? Just fire up the iTunes program, head to the iTunes Store home page, click Buy iTunes Gifts, and then choose E-mail Gift Certificates or Printable Gift Certificates. Amounts range from $10 to $100.

  4. Netflix The awesomeness that is Netflix streaming can be given in the form of a Netflix gift subscription. Just choose how many months you want to give -- one, two, three, six, etc. -- and pony up $7.99 per. Choose from over a dozen eye-catching gift-card designs, add a message, then decide whether you want to print or e-mail. Easy-peasy.

  5. Restaurant.com What's better than awesome gift certificates for everyone on your list? Awesome gift certificates that don't cost you a dime. (Shhh. I won't tell if you won't.) Once again, Restaurant.com's Feed It Forward promotion lets you e-mail (but not print, sorry) $10 gift cards to anyone and everyone you know. You'd think there would be some kind of catch, but no.

Have you found another great last-minute gift option for printing and/or e-mailing? Tell me about it in the comments!

In the meantime, have a safe and happy holiday, and I'll see you back here next week -- right before the calendar strikes 2013. Merry Christmas!

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