7+ Last Minute Digital Gifts That Don’t Need 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 presents. On top of being guaranteed to arrive in time, these last minute gifts also have a small ecological footprint.

The Usual Suspects: Gift Card, Certificate, Voucher

Do you know where your gift recipient likes to shop? Most stores offer gift cards or vouchers Surprise Everyone With the Perfect Gift Cards This Christmas Surprise Everyone With the Perfect Gift Cards This Christmas Gift cards are perfect no-hassle choices for any season. Make your online shopping simple with these awesome websites for gift cards. Read More and most will have an online outlet.

H&M, for example, offers E-Gift Cards. The world’s biggest online retailer, Amazon, offers both eGift Cards and Print at Home Gift Cards, which will buy your giftee anything Amazon has to offer, including Kindle eBooks.

Amazon eGift Card Amazon eGift Card Amazon.com Gift Cards never expire and carry no fees. Buy Now At Amazon $50.00

7+ Last Minute Digital Gifts That Don’t Need Shipping Amazon eGift Cards

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. Likewise, Android users 11 Gift Ideas for Android Users 11 Gift Ideas for Android Users Looking for a gift for someone who loves their Android smartphone or tablet? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Read More will appreciate a Google Play gift voucher. Make a gamer happy with a Steam gift card. The Netflix gift card is one of many PayPal Digital Gifts you can choose from, also including eGift cards from Best Buy and eBay.

In short, if it’s online and selling things, it most probably has a digital gift option. 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

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.

7+ Last Minute Digital Gifts That Don’t Need Shipping Giftly

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

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

Audible

If you want to give the gift of entertainment 10 Ways to Give the Gift of Entertainment This Christmas 10 Ways to Give the Gift of Entertainment This Christmas In this article we explore all kinds of gift cards, subscriptions, and gadgets that let you give the gift of entertainment. As a bonus, most of them work perfectly as last-minute gifts! Read More , you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Other Premium Services

Amazon Prime

Our list of online subscriptions Top 5 Online Subscriptions You Can Give As Gifts Top 5 Online Subscriptions You Can Give As Gifts With the ever increasing digitization of society, online subscriptions have become a valid form of gift-giving and they're often more fulfilling than a physical gift of same worth. Read More contains even more ideas and details on the services suggested above.

Individual Digital Gifts

Gift cards and subscriptions can be boring and may seem uncreative. Here are options for those of you seeking for 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.

Gift 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 MP3 has a Give album OR song as gift button. 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.

Bandcamp Gift

Audio & Electronic Books

Finally, everyone loves a good story or learning new things. Some people prefer reading, others have embraced audio books. 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

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 — for free — to a charity of your choice 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.

7+ Last Minute Digital Gifts That Don’t Need Shipping Giftfluence

And if you’re not sure which gift card to choose, simply gift money 5 Creative Ways to Give Money as Gifts Online 5 Creative Ways to Give Money as Gifts Online Do you procrastinate until the last minute over a gift? Or, you don't have time to shop this year? Don't worry, there are many ways to give money as a gift. Read More .

What were the best gifts you have ever received and why did they create a lasting memory? Please share and you might inspire others looking for the perfect gift idea.

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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.