3 Last-Minute Digital Gifts That Don’t Require Shipping
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Are you still scrambling to get all your gifts together? Shipping may decide whether or not your present reaches you or its recipient in time. It may actually be too late to send a package already.

So what can you do? We have prepared a list of digital alternatives to physical presence. On top of being guaranteed to arrive in time, these last-minute gifts also have a small ecological footprint.

1. Digital Gift Cards, Certificates, and Vouchers

Do you know where your gift recipient likes to shop? Most stores offer digital gift cards for their online shops.

If your giftee enjoys gaming, you could get them an Xbox or Steam digital gift card. And what would the world’s biggest online retailer, Amazon, be without digital gift card options? Amazon offers both eGift Cards and Print at Home Gift Cards, which will buy your giftee anything Amazon has to offer, including Kindle Ebooks.

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Does your friend own a Mac or an iPhone? Get them an Apple Store or App Store and iTunes Gift Card (but don’t fall for the iTunes gift card scam), which will let them choose from a world of Apple accessories, apps, and entertainment. If you’re not an Apple user yourself, you can get this Apple and App Store gift card on Amazon.

Likewise, Android users will appreciate a Google Play gift voucher (also available on Amazon).

The Netflix gift card is one of many PayPal Digital Gifts you can choose from, also including eGift cards from Best Buy and eBay. Like everything else, you can also buy a Netflix digital gift card on Amazon. Or consider getting a Fandango gift card for movie lovers How to Use Your Fandango Gift Card the Right Way How to Use Your Fandango Gift Card the Right Way Have you been gifted a Fandango gift card? Or thinking of gifting one to someone? Here's what you need to know. Read More .

In short, if it’s online and selling things, it most probably has a digital gift option and you’ll probably even find it on Amazon. If you know a little about your friend’s hobbies, the devices they own, or their online shopping habits, you can select a gift card from a matching online store and they will certainly appreciate it.

Inspired Gift Cards: Giftly

Gift anything at any place with a Giftly gift card.

If you’re still at a loss what kind of gift card you should get, use Giftly to spur your inspiration. First, you choose what you want to give, with options ranging from anything to hot cocoa, then you choose a place. Next, you customize your voucher before you pay and either print it out yourself or have it sent to the recipient via email, text, or card. If you have absolutely no clue what your recipient might appreciate, you could select to give them anything at any place.

Be careful when purchasing a gift card for someone abroad or outside the US; not all gift cards work in all countries.

2. Premium Web Services

Like online stores, other online services offer pro memberships or subscriptions. Many people are somewhat reserved when it comes to investing in such services; it’s a luxury. And that actually makes these services a perfect gift.

What better gift could you make, than to improve your friend’s experience with their favorite online service. Find out which services they frequently use and surprise them with an upgrade. Should they already have a premium subscription, it only means you made a great choice and their expiry date will be extended. Below is a short list of options.

Media Streaming

  • Netflix: Unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows.
  • Audible: Gift an audiobook per month for three months for $45.
  • Spotify: Ad-free commercial music streaming gift cards starting at $10. While you can’t buy them online, you could just buy one at a local store and share the PIN with your recipient.
  • Hulu: One month of unlimited movie and TV series. As with Spotify, gift cards aren’t sold online, but you can just share the code.

If you want to give the gift of entertainment, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Other Premium Services

Our list of online subscription gift ideas contains even more ideas and details on the services suggested above.

3. Individual Digital Gifts

Gift cards and subscriptions can be boring and may seem uncreative. Here are options for those of you seeking less generic alternatives to a physical gift.

Apps

You can gift an iOS app and thus make your present a little more personal.

In the App store or on iTunes, navigate to the app you wish to gift, tap the Share icon in the top right, on the next screen tap the Gift icon, then sign in with your Apple ID, type the email address of the recipient, add a custom message, select a date and theme for the gift, and finally tap Buy and confirm your purchase.

How to gift an iOS app.

Music

If your friend is into music and if you know what genres or artists they like, you can probably find a great album for them on one of the many places that sell music. Several allow you to give music as a gift.

  • Amazon Music Unlimited has a Give album OR song as gift button when you expand More options. Also, double-check your friend’s Wish List.
  • iTunes has an option to gift albums, which works just like gifting an iOS app, see description above.
  • Bandcamp lets you send songs or albums as a gift.

Amazon Music Unlimited gift song or album option.

Audiobooks and Ebooks

Finally, everyone loves a good story or learning new things. Some people prefer reading, others have embraced audio books which are great gifts. Find out what camp your friend belongs to and what devices they own and you’ll soon be able to identify a compatible and individual gift.

Give the Gift of Consideration

Giftfluence automatic and free charity donations.

Whatever you decide to give as a gift, be considerate. Don’t gift just because you have to or to entertain yourself. Make your gift personal, meaningful, and useful for the recipient.

Note that whenever you do online shopping, you can donate to a charity of your choice—for free—by using a service like Giftfluence. Just visit Giftfluence, choose a cause, then use Giftfluence’s online store link/s, and do your online shopping as usual. Giftfluence also lists vouchers you can use to save on your online purchases.

And if you’re not sure which gift card to choose, simply gift money!

Digital gifts without shipping is a convenient way to go. But if you’re still up in the air and would like gift ideas for a Mac user 10 Cool Gift Ideas for Mac Users This Holiday Season 10 Cool Gift Ideas for Mac Users This Holiday Season Shopping for a Mac user this holiday season? Here are awesome gift ideas for Mac users that any fan would love to receive. Read More in your life, check out these options.

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  1. Patsy Thomas
    May 12, 2016 at 11:27 am

    When you have to gift someone and looking for online shopping then I always looks for voucher as who don't like to save money.

  2. dragonmouth
    December 10, 2013 at 12:51 am

    According to Barron's, over $2 billion worth of gift cards annualy are never redeemed. That is awful lot of wasted money.

  3. dragonmouth
    December 9, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    For various reasons over $2 billion worth of gift cards go unreedemed every year in the United States. Sounds like a lot of wasted money.

  4. likefunbutnot
    December 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Amazon's App Store also allows app gifting, albeit not easily; you have to go to the gift cards section and then choose eGift an item.