Last minute gifts are easily fixed with gift cards, but they’re dull gifts. There’s no excitement when they’re opened and they’re impersonal. But scrambling for a great gift when there’s no time to shop can be done from the comfort of your couch with these easy to get great alternatives to gift cards.
Subscription services are a growing consumer trend because they offer convenience and save time. Gifting a subscription service is a brilliant gift that is easy to get at the last minute with many options to choose from. Subscription service gifts are as easy as choosing how long you would like the gift recipient to receive the service and done. Then, write a note or place a gift voucher with the service you purchased for them and you’ve got your last minute gift covered. You can quickly and easily design a gift voucher with Canva for a personal touch.
There are several subscription services you can gift to someone. Trending and popular grocery delivery services are a favorite. Consider gifting a Shipt membership (currently running a great promo) which delivers not only groceries but just about anything you need – from laptops to ink cartridges – straight to their door. This is a great gift for anyone who doesn’t have a car, a college student, or someone who simply hates to go shopping.
Know anyone that wears contact lenses? I bet they’d appreciate getting a supply as a Christmas or birthday gift. Waldo contact lens delivery services gives 10 free pairs with sign up (just pay shipping). 👉More about Waldo
From Warby Parker comes Scout – high-quality contact lenses. A 6 day-day trial costs $5. Lasting hydration, easy to carry and affordable.
FREE Trial Set of Razors and Shave Gel from HARRY’S. Just pay $3 for shipping
Meal delivery? Yes please!!
20 recipes every week
Consider a service that takes the meal planning and the shopping out of the equation, and delight your gift recipient with easy to make quality meals. Gobble meal delivery kits are available not only for dinner but lunch boxes as well. Each week, Gobble delivers a spread of healthy and delicious recipes that are designed to batch cook in 90 minutes. You’ll receive six grab-and-go lunches delivered in a cooler packed with ice at the end of the week. Lunch kits serve 2 people. Great gift for someone who likes to explore different flavors without having to search for recipes. Menus are available for different types of diets as well. 👉menu and more details.
Meal Service for baby
Of all the subscription services available to gift, specialty foods subscritions also give a personal caring touch.
Sweet gift for candy lovers to discover delectible candies at their door 👉Candy Club learn more
Wine delivery service for win lovers – send a loved one wines delivered to their door every month for as long as you wish… 👉More about Wine
Coffee lovers would enjoy getting a java subscription that brings fresh beans from around the world to their door.
Bean Box is currently running a sampler box for $12 which has 4 1.8 oz bags of coffee (totaling to 7.2 oz), which brews 16-24 cups of coffee. Their Coffee of the Month club includes 1 12 oz bag of coffee, which brews 24-36 cups of coffee, and can be delivered every month, every two weeks, or every week. 👉Learn more about Bean Box
Box for Pets
Let’s not forget our furry friends. They can get a surprise delivered especially for them too!
Super Chewer is a subscription service for dog ‘parents’ who truly love to spoil their pups. Sign up & receive 2 tough dog toys, 2 full-size bags of treats and 2 meaty chews delivered to your door each month. 👉get Super Chewer
Every BarkBox has at least 2 innovative toys, 2 all-natural bags of treats, and a chew, curated from each month’s unique themed collection.
Gift subscriptions for kids
Monthly Subscription services for kids make fantastic and unforgettable alternatives to gift cards as well. They’re like giving a kid a Christmas surprise every month. There are several types of subscription services that will thrill any kid such as toys, books and clothes. Consider Spangler’s Science Club, a stem toy subscription service where you can choose different montly delivery plans. The subscription service sends a box with all the ingredients and instructions to do a fun science experiment appropriate for any age and knoweledge level. No parent supervision required. Save $20 off a 3 Month or more subscription with code SAVEME20.
Another choice is a subscription service that sends handpicked clothing every month for as long as you choose. Kidpick specializes in sending personalized girl clothing delivered free to their door. Each box contains three fashionable head-to-toe mix-&-match outfits. Great gift for girls size 4 – 16.
Disney Fans – Disney Premier Subscription
Disney fans will love getting a box with 3 Hardcover Themed Story Books, 3 Sheets of Collectible Stickers, FREE Sticker BookActivity & Activity Card and Collectible Tsum Tsum Figurine.
Amazon offers a membership for just about anything which make for great alternatives to gift cards. From music to books to even a cleaning service, the gift recipient doesn’t have to be an Amazon Prime member to enjoy the gift. Of course, you can also gift a Prime membership.
Anyone who reads books would enjoy getting a book subscription service. There are two options to consider – audiobooks and ebooks. Consider Amazon’s Audible subscription which gives different monthly subscription choices – 1, 3, 6 or 12 months subscription to gift. The Audible gift recipient gets 3 audiobooks each month of their gift membership and 30% off any additional audiobooks. Whatever book they get they own for life. Amazon is currently running a limited time special price of 53% off a three month membership.
A Kindle Unlimited subscription is also a great gift for book and magazine lovers as well as avid news junkies. Get daily news from The New York Times, weekly magazines or books for adults and kids. Choices are unlimited. Amazon is running an awesome deal where you pay $0.99 for a 3 month membership.
Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is a subscription service for the younger crowd that gives unlimited access to thousands of kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps and games. Gift a 3 month subcription, currently priced at $0.99 for 3 months.
How about paying for a cleaning service? Amazon Home Services offers different services that include a house cleaning. I don’t think this gift would make too many people unhappy. Personally, I would love it! The gift recipient would be able to schedule the service at their convenience, you can choose the frequency. Prices vary based on several factors. (👉learn more get details about Amazon home service).
Amazon has several memberships to choose from that are great alternatives to gift cards for kids, teens or adults. Choose one that works for you 👉 more membership choices 👈
Everyone enjoys getting money. Good old cash is always welcomed, but if you prefer to give money towards a good cause, the gift of money for a college education is priceless. Gift a 529 College Savings Plan. Use CollegeBacker to easily set one up for free, no minumum contribution required. Watch it grow tax-free, its just like a retirement account for college. You can also share a contribution link with friends and family to also contribute. 👉Learn more
Financial gifts don’t have to be limited to cash or money. Different and unique is to gift a service that helps manage and improve finances. Consider TrueBill which aims to help users stay within budget.
TrueBill is an app for iPhone and Android users that helps users take control of their finances by keeping track of and lowering bills, savings, setting monthly spending goals by working with different service companies like AT&T, Spectrum and others. TrueBill is free to use but you can choose to gift for the premium feature, which include Balance Syncing, Premium Chat, Cancellations Concierge, Custom Categories, Unlimited Budgets, Smart Savings. Choose either $3 or $12 a month. 👉Get details about TrueBill
Trim Financial is another financial manager service that would make a useful gift. This service also offers an expanded premium service that offers a personal touch by giving access to someone that can get on the phone with you to help with bank negotiations. It also provides unlimited acces to financial planners, access to TrimPay as well as access to a high yield savings account with a 4% bonus. 👉Learn more about Trim
Gifts should be memorable and fun, in addition to .sending the message that you care. Give a thoughtful and useful gift rather than a plain gift card. Any of the above listed alternatives will surely bring not only joy to the recipient, but also help save you time and keep your stress levels down.
Happy savings and gifting, TaLis.
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