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 or subscription, which these days come from a surprisingly broad swath of places. (Did you know you could give the gift of Netflix?) 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, even one you get at the drugstore. Or better yet, put the printout in a box that you then gift wrap. There’s time for that, at least.
An Audible gift membership will get the bookworm in your life three titles per month (one audiobook and two audible originals), plus 30 percent off any additional titles.
A gift that everyone from your Billie Eilish superfan niece to your Deadhead uncle will enjoy.
If you know they’re a skin-care fiend, but you’re at a loss for what products they might want, give them a gift card to Dermstore.
So they can upgrade to linen sheets or get a new bathrobe.
We also love Brooklinen’s linen bedding, as well as its buttery-soft cotton sheets.
In our roundup of the 100 best pens, Baron Fig’s Rollerball came out on top. But the New York City–based company makes a bunch of other great office gear, too, in case pens aren’t their thing.
Makers of a Strategist-approved work bag.
An especially good last-minute gift for the hard-to-shop-for teenager.
Our beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton is “psychotically obsessed” with Ulta, and especially with how it offers both drugstore and luxury brands side by side.
If they want nothing more than to head off to the Catskills — or Palm Springs or Rehoboth — give them a hand. (If you’re looking for a way to pay for this gift, you could always list your place on Airbnb.)
If you’re looking for a gift card for someone who loves to cook, Material Kitchen makes sculptural-looking cookware (and its Japanese-style knife is a real knockout).
Yes, for all the crocheted trivets their heart could desire, but also face planters and dumpling lights.
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