From a relaxing trip to the spa to a thrilling skydiving adventure, gift ideas for everybody on your list
If you procrastinated on your holiday shopping or simply just forgot Christmas was a thing, don’t panic. We’ve got you covered with 10 ideas for gifts that a) do not require setting foot in a store and b) do not require paying any kind of expedited delivery fees.
Boom. Nobody will know you almost forgot to get them something this year.
1. Healthy snack box subscription: For a health food enthusiast or for that one person who’s always trying to eat healthier, send a monthly box of edible goodies. (Love With Food: $36 for three months; NatureBox: $40 for two months)
2. Netflix, Hulu or Spotify subscription: For that person in your life who is always mooching off your TV and music streaming services, just get them their own account. (Netflix: $47.94 for six months; Hulu Plus: $47.94 for six months; Spotify Premium: $59.94 for six months)
3. Museum membership: Great for an art, culture or history enthusiast who is always meaning to go to their favorite museum more often. (Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City: $110 for one year individual membership; The Field Museum in Chicago: $85 for one year individual membership; Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles: $85 for one year individual membership)
4. Beauty product subscription box: For the woman (or man!) in your life who still hasn’t found the beauty products that work best for her (or him), give a monthly delivery of different serums, pomades, polishes and colognes to try. (Birchbox: $30 for three months for women / $60 for three months for men; Goodebox: $54 for three months)
5. Maid service: This might sound boring, but think about how great a gift this really is: allowing someone to start off the new year with a super-clean house that they didn’t have to clean themselves. (Molly Maid: Gift cards available starting at $100)
6. Charity gift card: Instead of giving someone a physical gift, it can be a great idea to donate to a cause in their name. If you’re unsure what cause they’re most passionate about, try giving a charity gift card. You can send it electronically, and then they can choose from a list of participating organizations. (CharityChoice: Gift cards available starting at $2)
7. A trip to the spa: For those people who really need to relax — but would never think to buy themselves a massage or facial. (Spafinder: Gift cards available starting at $25)
8. Skydiving: For the daredevil who’s always up for anything, or for the friend who always talks about wanting to skydive but hasn’t quite mustered the courage before. Find a skydiving center in your area and make sure to ask about holiday discounts. (Skydive Philadelphia: $149 Christmas special; Skydive Chicago: Gift cards available starting at $25)
9. Personal stylist: For the friend who recently started a new job and needs help finding appropriate attire — or who could simply use a hand finding more flattering clothing. Personal stylists from sites like Stitch Fix will mail five items they think you’ll like and you only pay for keep. (Stitch Fix: Gift Cards available starting at $20)
10. Taylor Swift’s 1989: As we all know, Taylor Swift’s newest album (or any of her music, for that matter) isn’t available on Spotify. So go ahead and purchase an electronic version as a gift for that friend who’s been meaning to listen to it — or for those other friends who insist they hate Taylor Swift, so you can try to change their minds. (iTunes: $12.99; Google Play: $12.49)
Want more ideas? Try last year’s gift guide.