11 Great Last-Minute Christmas Gifts You Can Print or Email
Avoid the crowds and long lines by getting one of these online gifts that will arrive on time.
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The clock is ticking and there's not much time left to shop for the holidays. But if there's someone on your list you haven't gotten around to yet, never fear. We've rounded up a list of great last-minute gifts you can print and wrap (or email) in seconds. And the best part is that these awesome gift options won't make it look like you scrambled to get something at the last minute.
We've included options for every budget and interest. So whether your recipient is into concerts, travel, music or binge-watching TV, you're sure to please everyone on your holiday list. Ahead you'll find our picks for the best last-minute gifts for Christmas and Hanukkah that you can buy online and send via email, including subscription boxes, printable gift cards, streaming services and more.
What's cooler than buying someone a star? Buying them an actual square foot of land in Scotland and the accompanying lordship or ladyship that goes with it. Each plot purchased comes with a personalized title certificate (delivered via email within 24 hours) and a unique plot number. This conservation-minded effort also promises a tree planted for every order. Deals start at $42.
This is such a fun, unique gift. Who wouldn't want to be "officially" designated a lord or lady?
Give the gift of travel with an Airbnb card. Cards are only available digitally, but since you can apply the funds toward any booking, it shouldn't be a problem. With Airbnb, the giftee can pick their own destination, amenities and length of stay. The card doesn't ever expire, but it must be linked to their account within 90 days of purchase, so make sure you let them know that when you give it to them. Card amounts run from $25 to $2,000 when you purchase directly from Airbnb.
Nothing beats the gift of experience, right? If you know someone who's always craved the thrill of blazing around a racetrack at breakneck speed, you can give them exactly that. Gift vouchers start at $79 for the ride-along option, with supercar driver options starting at $343.
Why stop at a single book or magazine subscription when you can gift someone a virtually unlimited supply?
Scribd, for example, costs $12 a month, a price that includes unlimited access to Scribd's library of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other media. You can give a six-month gift subscription for $60 or a year for $120.
Unlimited on-demand music is one of the true technological joys of the 21st century. So give someone the gift of , Apple Music, Google Play Music, Spotify or another subscription service. And what a gift that is: All the music of the world (more or less) at their 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. Know for sure you want to give Spotify (which, if you're curious, would be my pick)?
I've been a Netflix subscriber for as long as I can remember, so I'm always shocked to find that some folks don't have the service. How else, then, can they watch Squid Game, The Crown, Derry Girls and countless other TV gems that can be found only there?
Yeah -- you need to help these people out.
Oh, they already have Netflix? Then how about Hulu? The Limited Commercials plan costs just $8 per month, so a mere $25 gift card would be good for about three months. Don't want to purchase one through PayPal? You can find actual Hulu gift cards in just about every drug store and supermarket.
Disney Plus gives you access to the DEU -- Disney entertainment universe -- including Marvel, National Geographic, Pixar, The Simpsons and Star Wars. That also includes newer shows like The Mandalorian, WandaVision and Loki, as well as old-school classics such as Doug and DuckTales.
There's nothing better than seeing a live performance, especially after you've been hunkering down during the winter months. Give them something to look forward to when the ice thaws with last-minute concert tickets from StubHub. Catch performances from Taylor Swift, Bad Bunny, Adele, Andrea Bocelli, Harry Styles and more.
If live music isn't their style, you can give them the gift of laughter with performances from comedic legends such as Rob Schneider and others. StubHub also carries tickets to Broadway-style musicals and local ballet performances if you're looking to spend a classy night out.
Be sure to check the CNET's coupon page for money-saving codes from StubHub before you complete checkout.
Speaking 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 an entire year, the recipient gets to experience the joy that is free one- or two-day shipping on most of what Amazon sells.
But that's just for starters. They also get a considerable roster of additional benefits, including things like streaming movies and TV shows, unlimited photo storage and freely accessible libraries of music and ebooks. 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 delivery for your favorite tech-minded friend or family member and has boxes for lots of other categories as well.
Obviously the first box won't arrive in time, but you can print a here's-what's-coming certificate and give them something to look forward to.
Sure, you can run into your nearest any-retail-store-on-the-planet to grab a gift card, but that works only if you're about to see your recipient in person. If you need a gift card delivered, head to eGifter, which offers a huge selection of "cards" that arrive instantly via email. You can even include an online greeting card, invite others to chip in and add a photo or video for a more personalized touch.