It happens to the best of us: Whether you’ve forgotten an upcoming birthday or anniversary, underestimated how long shipping will take, or just put off shopping for a Christmas present until the 11th hour, you’ve found yourself empty-handed, sans a physical gift. That means it’s time to pull out the Hail Mary that’s guaranteed to delight: the e-gift card.
It’s not our best idea, but an e-gift card will at least let your giftees pick out what they want and have something to open — even if it’s just an email. Plus there are nearly endless options, from nice-to-have gift cards for their favorite clothing store to truly useful ones for services or stores where they do their daily shopping.
To get you started, here are 95 different gift cards to Strat-approved retailers that will delight anyone on your list, from the outdoor adventurer to the gamer to the avid cook to the jet-setter. If you want to earn bonus points for presentation, we recommend taking the extra step of printing out the gift card (even though a code will be emailed to them) and sticking it in a (thoughtful!) card. Or better yet, put the printout in a box and wrap it up. It’s the little things that count.
Food and drink e-gift cards
For the person who moved away from their favorite bakery or brunch spot, Goldbelly will ship food from certain restaurants and other small food businesses nationwide. Writer Lauren Ro loves Goldbelly and uses it to ship brunch from New York–based Russ & Daughter’s to her parents every year.
A particularly thoughtful gift for anyone who uses their oven to store shoes.
Nothing says, “I care” quite like covering their grocery delivery.
Shipping perishables can be logistically difficult, but a Milk Bar gift card won’t go bad in the mail.
So they can indulge in the infamously maximalist menu and order all the chicken-parm pizzas, fried mac-and-cheese balls, and slices of white-chocolate raspberry-truffle cheesecake their heart desires.
Travel and experiential e-gift cards
Give your workout buddy the chance to try something new with a gift card to ClassPass.
For the person who loves going to see their favorite artists and teams play live.
For the movie buff whose idea of a perfect Saturday is sneaking into three screenings in a row.
57Hours will help your recipient plan everything from ski day trips to a 21-day mountaineering expedition in Argentina.
For the person who takes remote work to whole new level.
For the person planning an elaborate holiday getaway.
Or go with an Airbnb gift card if they’ve already accrued enough airline miles to last a lifetime.
They can use this gift card on rides to the airport or to Uber Eats some late-night munchies to their door.
Or you could give them credit toward their next Lyft ride, through the app where they can also rent a Citi Bike.
Tech e-gift cards
An iTunes gift card might be outdated, but an Apple gift card is quite useful. You can put it toward a new laptop, AirPods, or any other electronics or accessories sold by Apple, as well as pay for an Apple Music or Apple TV+ subscription.
For the person currently subsidizing five different streamers.
If you can’t tell the difference between Gods of War and Gears of War, you should probably just give your favorite gamer a gift card.
Fashion and accessories e-gift cards
Quince’s cozy loungewear, made from luxe cashmere and French terry, will keep them warm all winter long. A gift card will let them pick their preferred color and size — or choose something else from the retailer’s vast selection of clothing, jewelry, and home goods.
From its home offerings to clothing for the entire family, anyone will be able to make use of an H&M gift card — and get a lot out of it with the brand’s affordable pricing.
For the person who likes their clothing to come with Amazon-fast shipping.
If they’re anything like Strategist writer Tembe Denton-Hurst, who checks the retailer’s website daily, they’ll be happy to have this ASOS gift card to cover their next haul.
Lately our staff group chat has been buzzing with affordable designer finds in End’s sales bin, so a gift card here should go a long way.
Zappos is a one-stop-shop selling clothes, shoes, and accessories for the entire family, which makes it perfect for nearly any fashion-forward giftee.
Casetify offers so many custom case designs and collections to keep phones, tablets, and laptops protected that it’s probably best to just let them choose their favorite.
In addition to Anthropologie’s in-house brands, your recipient will be able to shop labels like MOTHER, Calvin Klein, Levi’s, Sunday Riley, and more. The brand’s own employees have also said great things about the housewares, which they often buy for themselves — especially the candles and glassware.
For the fashionista on your list whom you wouldn’t dare shop for, this Danish fashion brand serving up effortless cool-girl style definitely won’t disappoint.
Supply the gift card, and leave it up to the stylish person on your list to decide what they want from Revolve.
For the person who loves classic leather goods.
For the person who’s been carrying around the same wallet since college.
Beauty and grooming e-gift cards
Budding beauty bloggers would flip over a gift card from the makeup and scent emporium.
For those with ingredient sensitivities, all the products carried at Credo Beauty are guaranteed to be clean and cruelty-free.
Home e-gift cards
For your New York bestie, this e-gift card for Greenpoint’s brick-and-mortar-only destination for dinner-party essentials is the perfect combo of a digital and physical gift.
There’s no better housewarming present than a gift card to the MoMa Design Store. They’ll have their choice of unique home goods, furniture, and art.
For anyone who might appreciate some especially colorful new home goods.