By Tim Chan, Mia Maguire | Variety
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If you have a tendency to leave your 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 gifting 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 it.
Whether you’re strapped for time or prefer to shop from the comfort of home (and let’s face it, most of us will be going this route this year because of social distancing restrictions in place across most of the country), we’ve rounded up seven of the most popular last-minute gifts to shop this year.
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. Purchase: $13+ at Winc.com.
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. Purchase: $42 at CraftBeerClub.com.
A Magazine Subscription
One of the fleeting joys of 2020 was getting something (anything) in the mail. Escalate that feeling by ordering a subscription to your favorite magazine for 2021. It’s quick, simple and gives your special person a little surprise all year. Our top suggestions include: Rolling Stone, Robb Report, Esquire, Mens Health, Real Simple, Travel + Leisure, Domino, Vogue, Highlights, The New Yorker, Time, The Atlantic and Architectural Digest.
Can’t be with Gam-Gam this Christmas? Send your apology via big screen actor and star of “Three Men and A Baby” Steve Guttenberg instead. Craft a personalized message from a Hollywood hot shot for your loved one thanks to Cameo. 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.
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. Purchase: $5.99+ on ESPN.com.
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. Purchase: $180 on MasterClass.com. If the subscription isn’t right for you, try their two-for-one classes deal they have running for the holidays.
Spa Finder Gift Card
Want to book your loved one 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. Purchase: $50+ at SpaFinder.com.
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. Purchase: $119 on Amazon.com.
Send bouquets of flowers to anyone you love by gifting them with a gift that will keep on giving. Urban Stems offers a few plan options: Classic ($50), Seasonal ($75) or Luxe ($100). It can be as often as bi-weekly, too, so the giftee in question can have constantly have fresh blooms arriving at their door.
This has been a hard year, perhaps the best gift of all is a qualified, experienced therapist who can listen. Talkspace’s mission is to provide more people with “convenient access to licensed therapists who can help those in need live a happier and healthier life.” There are different tiers and subscription packages but there is a monthly for $260.
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