Time's quickly running out if you plan on getting any gifts for this holiday season. Already some of the best sellers on Amazon have run out of stock and won't be available until January at best. Plus, the deadline for getting a product in time with Amazon Prime's free two-day shipping is closing quickly. It won't be long now before you won't have any other option than to go digital.
Lucky for you, that's not necessarily a bad thing. While gift cards are the obvious choice, there are plenty of other options out there that don't require shipping. Here are 10 digital goodies to help save your holiday season.
Old reliable. The tried and true. The gift card.
With basically every retailer/service in the world offering gift cards, it should be a piece of cake to find one that your friend, distant family member, or the coworker that you got for secret Santa would like. Just make sure you're fully versed in the right and wrong way to buy gift cards.
All the rage in 2016, subscription boxes are the perfect gift that keeps on giving. Basically, every month a box arrives in the mail filled with all manner of themed items. There are boxes for dog lovers, cat lovers, foodies, bookworms, and even those that enjoy the finer things in life. Really, there's a subscription box for just about anything you can think of.
Groupon offers deals on just about everything, which is exactly what you'll need for a last minute gift. While you won't have time to get those Beats earbuds that're 50% off in, you can send a digital coupon for something like a spa day or a nice dinner.
If you know any kind of gamer and need a last minute gift, save yourself the mad dash to a store and opt for a digital code instead. If they play on a console like the Xbox One or the PS4 you can get digital codes from Amazon, Microsoft, or Sony. If instead, they enjoy playing PC titles, there isn't a better option than Steam, which will allow you to gift a game directly to their account.
Dropbox, Spotify, Netflix, Audible, and so much more all offer premium services with a slightly higher price tag and even more features (or less ads). You'll have to have a general idea of what your friend enjoys the most, but armed with that knowledge you can expand their experience tenfold.
So you didn't hit the cutoff for the free two-day shipping to arrive in time for the holidays. That's fine. You can always make sure they're not stuck in the same ordeal come next year. At $33 for three months or $99 for 12, you can gift your friend a Prime membership that includes an exhaustive range of benefits including free two-day shipping, Prime Music, Prime Video, Prime Reading, Amazon Drive, and more. Bonus, if they're already a Prime member they'll receive Amazon credit instead.
Sometimes, all you need is a nice bouquet of flowers. Using services like 1800flowers.com, you can have a beautiful arrangement delivered to your parents or in-laws as late as Christmas Eve.
Last, but certainly not least, consider donating to a charity for your friend on their behalf. There are plenty of amazing causes out there that deserve some extra attention. Heifer International is a personal favorite that goes above and beyond to end hunger and bring sustainable practices to communities in need. But, there are plenty of others out there and resources like Just Give can help you find the perfect fit.
After all, tis' the season to give.