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Easy (but great) last-minute Christmas gifts you can print or email

Did you forget a gift or just wait too long to buy something? It's not too late. When all you have left are hours, here are a handful of awesome presents you can give in seconds.

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The clock is ticking. Best case, the only online shopping option still available to you is 1-day shipping from the likes of Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart. Even so, out-of-stock warnings and post-Dec. 26 shipping dates mean that procrastinators are starting to come up empty for last-minute holiday shopping binges. And what if you forgot about one of your holiday parties and don't want to arrive empty-handed? What if an extra guest shows up for Christmas dinner and you need an instant gift?

Quick fix: Support a friendly neighborhood small business. You can find some great last-minute gifts there. Beyond that, all you need is an internet connection and your printer to make gifts materialize out of thin air. 

Read more: CNET's Holiday Gift Guide -- fantastic tech gifts at any budget. 

The gift of reading


Why stop at a single book or magazine subscription when you can gift someone a virtually unlimited supply?

Scribd, for example, costs $9.99 per month, a price that includes unlimited access to Scribd's library of e-books, audiobooks, sheet music, magazine and news articles and more. You can give a three-month gift subscription for $25, six months for $50 or a year for $100.

The gift of listening


If you know someone who still consumes music old-school -- LPs, CDs and so forth -- it's time to introduce them to the joys of unlimited on-demand listening.

In other words, give them the gift of Amazon Music Unlimited, 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)? Here's how to give Spotify as a gift.

The gift of watching

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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 Black Mirror, BoJack Horseman, Glow, Godless, Maniac, Stranger Things, The Crown and countless other TV gems that can be found only there?

Yeah -- you need to help these people out. Here's how to gift Netflix for the holidays, including the all-important e-gift option.

Oh, they already have Netflix? Then how about Hulu? The Limited Commercials plan costs just $6 per month, so a mere $25 gift card would be good for about four months. 

You can buy physical cards in just about any store, but if you want something you can print, you'll need to head to PayPal for a Hulu e-gift card. Hulu proper, curiously, doesn't offer them.

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Disney Plus gives you access to the near entirety of the Disney entertainment universe -- including Marvel, National Geographic, Pixar, "classic" Disney titles and the full Star Wars library. That includes The Mandalorian, the instant hit that brought Baby Yoda to the world. And thanks to Disney's recent purchase of Fox Studios, you'll find the full library of The Simpsons included with this subscription service, too. The cost is $6.99 per month, but preordering 12 months of the service brings the price down to $70 -- or just $5.83 per month. And because it supports four simultaneous streams and seven discreet user profiles, it's a great gift for most families. Just keep in mind that some Verizon and Fios users will already be getting a free year to start.

You can buy Disney Plus for yourself, or give Disney Plus as a gift. Read our Disney Plus review.

The gift of Prime


As Larry David might say, the gift of Amazon Prime is pretty, pretty, pretty good!


At the risk of sounding like an Amazon shill, 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 1- or 2-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 $119. (Too steep? There's also a three-month option priced at $39.)

The gift of gift cards

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.

The gift that comes every month

Don't forget the ever-popular subscription-box option! 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.

And there you have it! Six awesome gift options that you can print and wrap (or email) in seconds. If you know of any other great last-minute gifts, share 'em in the comments. In the meantime, happy holidays to you and yours from me and mine.

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Note: Originally published earlier. Updated to reflect new ideas and/or information.