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If you have a tendency to leave holiday shopping to the very last second, you’re certainly not alone. While there’s certainly still ample time to check off everyone on your list before the holidays arrive, if you do in fact procrastinate this year, you’ve still got plenty of options that you can order and send instantly online — but will actually look like you didn’t wait until the day before the holiday to think about.
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Whether you’re strapped for time or prefer to shop from the comfort of home, here are the best last-minute gifts to shop this year. In the meantime, you still have time to snag something from our other holiday gift guides: Best Gifts for Men, Kids Gift Guide, Stocking Stuffers and Gifts for Gamers.
Honor your favorite theater kid with one of the many hot tickets that are currently on sale following the theater’s anticipated reopening. From “Wicked” and “Funny Girl” to “Moulin Rouge” to “Jagged Little Pill,” there are dozens of Broadway shows that have already returned to the stage or have opening dates set for the coming year. Check out the full list of Broadway tickets that are available right now, and check out more Broadway merch to personalize your gift.
Coffee subscriptions are a promised success for people who enjoy the process of brewing their own coffee and finding new, unique blends. There a wide range of services to choose from depending on someone’s preferences: if you already know their go-to coffee shops, you can play it safe with brand-specific subscriptions like Blue Bottle and Verve, or you can go with services like Trade Coffee or Misto Box for those who like to be more adventurous with their beans. Here, check out our roundup of the best coffee subscription services of 2021.
Give the gift of meditation this year with a subscription to Headspace, whose year-long subscription is currently 30% for the holidays. The revelatory app caters to both beginners and experts, with an expansive library of more than 500 meditations for stress, resilience and compassion — for every skill level. In addition to meditation, Headspace also features relaxing sleep sounds, dreamy music and wind-down exercises for calming bedtime routines, in addition to stress-releasing workouts such as yoga and other mindful body exercises.
Audible Plus Membership
An Audible membership not only works as a great last-minute gift that saves you a trip to the store but will also feel like a thoughtful touch to those in your life who can’t stop talking about their favorite audiobooks or podcasts. Audible new Plus membership allows for unlimited access to all of their Audible Original titles, one premium title of their choice per month and exclusive discounts on high-demand content.
Vinyl of the Month Club
Music lovers who are always looking for new vinyls to add to their collection will love being introduced to Amazon’s new Vinyl of the Month subscription, which will give them the opportunity to get their hands on coveted records while being introduced to new music. Subscribers receive one hand-picked record from the Golden Era of Vinyl each month, selected by the Amazon Music team. Amazon cites artists of the 1960s and ’70s such as Pink Floyd, Aretha Franklin, Abba, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and Miles Davis as examples of the types of music subscribers can expect.
Etsy Gift Card
Crafters can be hard to shop for since they love something homemade. And if you aren’t a crafy ceramicist or knitter yourself, you can feel out of luck. But luckily, you can reap the benefits of Etsy’s community of artists. A gift card ensures that they’ll be be able to find something they really love while giving a thoughtful nod to their interests and hobbies.
Butcher’s Box Subscription
Is the grill master in your household already looking forward to the holiday parties to show off their meat-cooking skills? Give them the gift of 100% grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken, humanely raised pork, and wild-caught seafood! Send them over to the Butcher Box’s favorite box (around $135) or set them up with a monthly subscription so they can get choice cuts all year long. Shipping is free and they will deliver to your door on your schedule, so don’t worry about anything sitting out for too long. Plus, you can cancel at any time.
Wine Club Subscription
There are a number of food and beverage delivery options these days, but we like Winc — a California-based winery that offers a more personalized experience when it comes to wine. While other subscription services pre-select wines and ship them to you monthly, Winc lets you choose your own wines, based on your palate, price point and occasion(s). Many of their wines are featured at some of the best restaurants across the country, and they’re all carefully chosen by the site’s in-house sommeliers (see their current roster of wines here). Never pay for a bottle you don’t like, and you can skip a delivery any time you want. Bottles start at just $13. If you prefer not to sign up for a subscription, individual gift boxes are available to ship as well.
Murder Mystery in a Box
If someone you know is obsessed with the tricky and manipulative, then we highly recommend this beloved mystery game. This six-episode mystery game is about 10 to 15 hours of mystery-solving. Centered around an Alaskan attack, a graduate student is found dead and the incident is blamed on wildlife. But the more you learn, and the deeper you dig the more it seems as if this was no accident at all! If you’re looking to kill time and be wildly distracted from your surroundings, trust the overwhelmingly positive Amazon reviews and buy yourself a little mystery.
Craft Beer of The Month Club
Know someone who prefers beer over wine? Get them a subscription to this popular craft beer service, which will send your recipient 12 world-class craft beers a month. Each delivery includes the backstory of each brewery, so you can re-order the beers you like and get to know exactly what you’re drinking. Deliveries also include bonus gifts, like limited-edition bottle openers, coasters and more. There’s no membership fee to join and you can cancel anytime. Our suggestion: sign your friends up for a 3 or 6-month subscription, then leave it up to them to continue.
Who doesn’t need more socks? This sock subscription service charmed the sharks on “Shark Tank” and is now one of the hottest (and incredibly affordable) sock services in the game. Every month you’ll receive a pair of adorable and colorful socks in the mail, the first box is half off at $6.50 and it increases to $12 every month after. Here, sift through more innovative “Shark Tank” products you can gift this year.
Spa Finder Gift Card
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Want to book your your parent or partner into a spa or retreat, but need to be flexible with dates? Pick up a gift card from SpaFinder. The gift cards work at thousands of beauty and wellness studios across the country, with options for salons, spas, fitness classes, acupuncture, Botox, meditation retreats and more (see all participating partners here). Best of all: the cards never expire. Order a gift card and have it emailed to your recipient for immediate delivery, or package it in a free gift box and have the site send it by mail.
For the sports fans in your life, get them a subscription to ESPN+, the sports broadcaster’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service. For around $5 a month, customers get access to hundreds of live games from MLB, MLS, the NHL, Grand Slam Tennis, international soccer, Top Rank Boxing and more. Beginning in 2019, UFC fights will also be included as part of the package. The service also includes on-demand access to exclusive ESPN originals, like “30 for 30,” “E:60” and “OJ: Made in America.” Stream them anytime from almost any device. Worth noting: ESPN+ subscribers will not see display ads, pre-roll and post-roll video ads anywhere on the ESPN platform, which means no annoying commercials to wait through when you’re checking scores and highlights on ESPN.com or on the ESPN app. Plans start at $5.99/month or $49.99/year.
MasterClass Annual Membership
Whether you want to update your skill-set or inspire a friend or colleague, pick up an all-access pass to MasterClass, which features dozens of courses spanning film, food, writing and more, all taught by celebrity instructors. Learn how to shoot a basketball with Steph Curry; learn to cook with Gordon Ramsay; learn photography from Annie Lebowitz; the options are endless. MasterClass charges $90 for individual courses, but your best value is their $180 annual membership, which provides unlimited access to all 90+ courses taught by some of the best — and most famous — experts in almost every industry you can think of.
Can’t be with your loved one during the holidays? Craft a personalized message from a Hollywood hot shot instead. There are hundreds upon hundreds of television stars, musicians, athletes and (naturally) reality TV stars to choose from. You’ll even get big name a-listers like Sarah Jessica Parker or Snoop Dogg who use their cameo time to fund charities close to their heart. Personal favs. include most of the cast from “The Office,” Sean Astin, Ice T, Jon Taffer and almost all of the Real Housewives.
Amazon Prime Subscription
Amazon Prime has the best value of any online membership. One year costs $119 (that’s almost $50 less than Netflix), and gets you free shipping on just about anything to your doorstep in less than two days, a ton of original content through Amazon Studios, unlimited access to Amazon Music. You also get access to unlimited books and magazines and can enjoy Twitch for video game lovers, plus more. If any of your friends or family members don’t have Prime, this is the time to get them a gift membership. It’s one gift that will keep on giving through the year.
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