22+ Last-Minute Gifts You Can Send by Email

Author: Stephanie Buck
Date Published: 2011-12-22
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Days before Christmas, Mashable reporter, Stephanie Buck featured Rdio's ad-free music subscription service as one of the perfect last minute gifts to purchase. A Rdio subscription, available at only $9, 99 per month, is accesible via desktop, mobile and even offline.

1. iTunes gift card

A good ol’ standby, an iTunes gift card is always appreciated. Your recipient can download any music — from Justin Bieber to Michael Bublé — to her iTunes and subsequent mobile devices.

2. Music Subscriptions

Send the gift of virtually unlimited streaming music with music subscriptions to Rdio or Spotify. Both services’ premium plans run $9.99 per month.

Keep in mind that Rdio is only available in the U.S., Canada and Brazil, while Spotify gift cards are only sold to the company’s UK customers.

3. Food and Groceries

Perfect for college students who would otherwise splurge Christmas cash on video games and skydiving, food and grocery gift cards will ensure your loved ones are well-fed — or caffeinated, if you go the Starbucks route. Or try Whole Foods e-gift cards for a healthy option.

Want something more local? Search ScripSmart for more niche food gift certificates by email.

4. Local Gift Cards

And when we say “local,” we mean it. Services like GiftRocket and Giftly allow you to tack on a gift card to almost any local business. (Trust us, we pulled up our favorite local, hole-in-the-wall deli, and we are forever believers.)

GiftRocket also allows you to purchase universal gift cards that deposit a designated amount of cash into your recipient’s bank or PayPal account.

5. TaskRabbit

Does your mom need help taking the Christmas lights down? Is your sister having trouble designing her website? Send them each a TaskRabbit gift card by email, which they can redeem for services in their area. TaskRabbit continues to expand, but for now the company only serves seven major U.S. cities.

6. Ebooks

Ereaders are becoming incredibly popular these days. If you know a friend or family member who owns one (or is about to get one as a gift), send that person the gift of reading. Buy Kindle books by clicking the “Give as Gift” widget on each Kindle Store book page. The same goes for the NOOK Book store. Both services send ebooks by email. Simple as that!

7. Audible

Send audio books for grandma’s long car rides via Audible. Either give the gift of monthly subscriptions or select individual books, both sent by email.

8. Video Streaming Service

For your movie buff buddies, give the gift of on-demand entertainment by emailing them subscriptions to Hulu Plus or Netflix, both of which are available for purchase in monthly increments.

9. Airfare

Buy your kids their next flight home, or contribute to a friend’s honeymoon plane ticket by emailing airline gift cards. Major airlines like Southwest, United and Jet Blue participate in digital gift-giving.

10. Major Online Retailers

You can’t go wrong with e-gift cards to these major retailers — they’ve got something for everybody: Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Gilt and Home Depot.

BONUS: Subscription Services

Instantly send a gift subscription service to any loved one, from mom to husband. The only catch is that the companies will need the recipient’s mailing address, so prepare for that additional step. But with this selection, we promise it’s worth it.