Yeah, you can give the gift of Uber or Whole Foods.
Okay, so you waited till the very end to buy holiday gifts, and now not even last-minute sales or two-day shipping will save you. You could head out into the world, braving the crowds and trying to scrounge up some kind of gift in a blind frenzy — Wait, what’s their shoe size? Do they already have an Apple TV? — or you could save yourself the trouble with an e-gift card, which these days come from a surprisingly broad swath of places (did you know you could give the gift of Airbnb?). Here’s a tip: Even if the gift code will be emailed to them, go to the trouble of printing it out and sticking it in a card you get at the drugstore. Or better yet, put the printout in a box that you then gift wrap. There’s time at least for that.
Netflix Gift Card
So they don’t have to use their parents’ (or ex’s) account to watch Chewing Gumor The OAever again.
For the person who’d prefer to shop in SoHo, a gift card to Totokaelo —which carries clothing, accessories, and home goods from designers including Comme des Garçons, Acne Studios, Eckhaus Latta, Rachel Comey, and Off-White — is a safe bet.
If they want nothing more than to head off to the Catskills — or Palm Springs or Rehoboth — give them a hand. (Or, if you’re looking to make a bit of extra cash this holiday season, you could always list your place on Airbnb.)