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It’s Basically Too Late for Shipping, So Print These Gifts Out

Yeah, you can give the gift of Uber or Whole Foods. Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images

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.

Disney+ Yearly Subscription

Even though most official Baby Yoda merch isn’t shipping till spring, you can still give the gift of The Mandalorian this holiday season.

Audible Membership

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.

The Criterion Channel, Annual Subscription

An annual subscription that will get your movie buff through the rest of hibernation season.

Grubhub Gift Card

A particularly thoughtful gift for your holiday host, who’ll probably be sick of cooking by the time January rolls around.

Spotify eGift Card

A gift that everyone from your Billie Eilish superfan niece to your Deadhead uncle will enjoy.

Netflix Gift Card

So they don’t have to use their parents’ account to watch Marriage Story or The Irishman.

Dermstore Gift Card

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.

Soko Glam E-Gift Card

If their bathroom cabinets are filled with sheet masks and serums, they’ll probably be delighted by the gift of K-beauty from Soko Glam.

Glossier Digital Gift Card

Give the gift of no-makeup makeup and glowing winter skin.

Everlane Gift Card

Simply — and perfectly — designed T-shirts, casual pants, sweaters, and accessories for men and women.

Parachute Digital Gift Card

So they can upgrade to linen sheets or get a new bathrobe.

Brooklinen E-Gift Card

We also love Brooklinen’s linen bedding, as well as its buttery-soft cotton sheets.

Baron Fig Instant Gift Card

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.

Cuyana Gift Card

Makers of a Strategist-approved work bag.

Baggu Gift Card

They can get nylon pouches to organize a tote bag, a chic leather bucket bag, or the classic reusable nylon tote.

Urban Outfitters E-Gift Card

An especially good last-minute gift for the hard-to-shop-for teenager.

Whole Foods

It seems mundane, but you might be opening up a whole new world for that friend or loved one who’s stuck in a Gristedes or Trader Joe’s rut.

Winc Gift Card

Give the gift of fine wine with a membership to Winc. It’ll ship wine straight to your giftee’s door — a custom selection based on their palate.

Uber Gift Card

Spare them the agony of having to wait for the J train — or pay them back for all those rides you still haven’t Venmoed them for.

Lyft Gift Card

Or you could give them credit toward their next Lyft ride, through the app.

Fandango Gift Card

Is your recipient a cinephile? Load up a Fandango card and let them at it.

Sephora Gift Card

Budding beauty bloggers would flip over a gift card from the makeup and scent emporium.

Ulta Beauty

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.

Nordstrom Gift Card

For the shopper who looks forward to Nordstrom’s reliably excellent Half-Yearly and Anniversary sales.

Lululemon Gift Card

For that sports bra, yoga mat, or seamless pair of leggings they’ve been eyeing.

Airbnb Gift Card

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.)

Material Kitchen Gift Card

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).

Postmates Gift Card

Or if they’re more the type to get takeout for dinner, give them a gift card to Postmates.

Etsy Gift Card

Yes, for all the crocheted trivets their heart could desire, but also face planters and dumpling lights.

Starbucks Digital Gift Card

It’s certainly not the most original gift — and we’ve made fun of them before — but you know it will get used (and definitely appreciated) by a bleary-eyed college student or teacher.

Amazon Gift Card

When you’re at a complete loss, a gift card to the big A allows them to do all the deciding.

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It’s Too Late for Shipping, So Print These Gifts Out