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December 21, 2015 3:04 PM EST

One minute it seems like the holidays will never get here and the next thing you know they’re right around the corner. If you procrastinated on your holiday shopping this year, check out this list of last-minute gift ideas that no one will know you bought on the fly.

1. Meal prep service: For someone who is learning how to cook or for the chef who just doesn’t have time to grocery shop, a subscription to a meal prep service will do the trick. Blue Apron ($60 weekly for the two-person plan) and Hello Fresh ($69 weekly for the two-person plan) have both become popular options due to their ease and affordability. And hey, you may even get a home-cooked meal out of it.

2. Event tickets: Need a present for someone who loves going to concerts, plays, sports games or events of any kind? No need to buy them tickets for something specific. Send them a StubHub or Ticketmaster gift card or e-gift card and let them decide. You can even option to be that special someone who will go with them to that unique art installation.

3. Netflix, Hulu or HBO NOW subscription: If you’ve ever gotten that, “Sorry, too many people are using your account right now,” message on Netflix, it’s time to use Christmas to reclaim your television freedom. Purchase your loved ones a streaming subscription as a not-so-subtle hint that their mooching days are over — then change your password. (Netflix: $39.95 for six months; Hulu Plus: $47.94 for six months; HBO NOW: $74.95 for six months)

4. Spotify Premium or Apple Music: In that same vein, who doesn’t want an upgrade for their favorite music streaming service? Gift someone with a Spotify Premium or Apple Music gift card and grant them access to non-stop ad-free tunes. (Spotify Premium: $59.94 for six months; Apple Music: $9.99 per month)

5. Kindle: Instead of wracking your brain trying to figure out the perfect novel for the person who always has their nose in a book, get them the reading gift that keeps on giving. With a Kindle, the bibliophile in your life will be able to easily carry around their entire library wherever they go. (Kindle: $80 and up; Fire: $50 and up).

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6. Beer Tasting Glass Set: While you may be content to come home on a Friday night and curl up with a six-pack of whatever was on sale, most of us have at least one friend who has become a full-fledged beer aficionado. A set of tasting glasses will allow your giftee to enjoy their brews served in the proper container, but beware, this may create further opportunity for them to start a conversation about the subtle hop flavors of their latest IPA. (Dailyware Craft Brew Beer Tasting Glasses: $20; True Beer Glassware Set: $40)

7. Yoga classes: Stumped about what to get for the friend who consistently wears workout clothing as everyday attire? Prepaid yoga classes will help them get a head start on their exercise routine for the new year. Look around for classes near you, or find a Vinyasa session online. (YogaGlo: $18 per month for online membership; CorePower Yoga: Gift cards available for local studio classes)

8. Goldbelly subscription: For the person who once waited in line three hours to get their hands on a Cronut, a subscription to Goldbelly will give them instant access to amazing gourmet treats from across the country — shipped to their door. Whether it’s a New York slice from Brooklyn’s Table 87 or a collection of macaroons from New Orleans’s Sucré, the online marketplace has everything a foodie’s heart desires. (Best of Goldbelly subscription: $69 monthly).

9. Extreme experience: For the thrill-seeker who never says no to anything, or for the friend who has been trying to live more on the edge. There are a variety of services that offer an assortment of extreme experiences. Choose from skydiving (Skydive Philadelphia: $199 Christmas special; Skydive Chicago: gift cards available starting at $25), driving a race car (NASCAR Racing Experience: e-gift cards available for any dollar amount), or hang gliding (Cloud 9 New York: $180; Cloud 9 Los Angeles: $229).

10. Adele’s 25: With the exception of “Hello,” Adele’s newest album isn’t available on Spotify. So definitely grab an electronic version as a gift for any friend who hasn’t yet managed to listen to the long-awaited record. (iTunes: $10.99; Google Play: $10.99)

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