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If It’s Too Late for Shipping, These E-Gift Cards Will Arrive on Time

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It happens to the best of us: Whether you’ve forgotten an upcoming birthday, anniversary, or other gifting event, underestimated how long shipping will take, or just procrastinated shopping for a 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 at least your giftees will be able to 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 87 different gift cards that will delight anyone on your list, from the gamer 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.

For your friend who’s been carrying around the same wallet since college.

For the ecoconscious person with a KN95 subscription.

At Macy’s, they’ll be able pick out whatever they want in any number of categories from clothing to beauty products to homewares.

If you really don’t know them at all, anywhere Amex is accepted, they’ll be able to swipe this gift card, too.

An iTunes gift card might be outdated, but an Apple gift card is quite useful.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.

The coffee connoisseur in your life will get to pick out exactly what they want from Fellow with this gift card, but we’re big fans of the brand’s grinder and Stagg electric kettle.

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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.

Whether they want a Super Puff or TikTok-famous vegan-leather pants, this gift card will help get them there.