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While it’s late in the game for getting just about anything shipped and you’d rather get a root canal than set foot in the mall, it’s not too late to get a sweet, thoughtful, just-right present that shows you really care. Your secret weapon? Printables—those gifts that promise something awesome is on its way.
From subscription boxes full of surprise treats to services that make life easier, the printable gift is the grown-up, refined, modern version of the homemade coupon book. But way way better. With all the options out there right now, the printable gift you give is likely to elicit envy among those who received a scarf. Because subscription gifts keep on giving, all year long. The best part? You can find one to delight anyone in your life. Finish your shopping here—and win the holidays.
If your aunt, sister, or friend still doesn’t have Amazon Prime, now is the time to show them what they’re missing. Prime just makes life incredibly easy. Not only will they get free two-day shipping on anything they need from Amazon—from books to cleaning supplies to pet food to home goods (it would take us all day to list, of course), but they also get the gift of movies and Amazon Original programming, like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Also included? More than a thousand free Kindle books and magazines. They will be delighted.
Shop it: Amazon Prime membership, $13/monthly, amazon.com
Even if you didn’t have time to grab a physical copy of that great book you’ve heard about, you can give it to the Kindle user on your list in the form of a Kindle gift card. Up the ante by including our list of the best books of 2019 for some inspiration.
Shop it: Kindle gift card, prices vary, amazon.com
Anyone who wants to look their best every day (not just the fashionista on your list) would love the chance to constantly refresh her closet. With this Rent-the-Runway subscription, she can borrow four items a month, strut her stuff, then swap them for another batch. There are all sorts of subscription permutations, starting at $69 a month—and each option gives her access to thousands of designer styles, from party clothes to workwear to weekend duds. All without the stress of shopping, returning, dry cleaning, or that blah feeling of “nothing good to wear.” It’s really pretty simple: new clothes every month makes getting dressed fun again.
Shop it: Rent the Runway, starting at $69 for a trial membership, renttherunway.com
Any makeup maven or beauty lover knows the name Birchbox and would be thrilled to receive a subscription to the service. She knows that means a monthly gift of new goodies in skincare, haircare, cosmetics—carefully curated to match her preferences and needs. Birchbox is the very best kind of gift—personal, indulgent, and sugar free.
Shop it: Birchbox Subscription, starting at $38.25 with code BESTGIFT15, birchbox.com
If they still haven’t gotten on the Disney+ train, well, what are they waiting for? Whether they love the original programming, cult-favorite movies, or just want a dose of Star Wars or The Simpsons, the streaming service has something for both casual and hardcore Disney fans.
Shop it: Disney+ subscription, starting at $7/month, disneyplus.com
Not sure what sort of subscription they’ll be into? Cratejoy has them all. With categories from “Food & Beverage” to “Geeks & Gaming,” the service helps you find a just-right monthly custom gift box for anyone on your list. Perhaps the sweet spot for your daughter is bath-time goodies. Maybe a box for beach lovers fills the bill for your best bud. Then there’s a box for cat owners that could solve some of your gifting dilemmas. No matter who you’re shopping for, Cratejoy has the answer.
Shop it: Cratejoy Subscription, from $2/month, cratejoy.com
Not just for music, an Apple gift card can be used for apps, movies—anything your recipient would want from the App Store. Finance their ongoing Angry Birds fix or downloads of new films. You can put anywhere from $15 to $100 on the card. Perfect for that person on your list who’s a bit of a mystery to you—your kid’s teacher, your yoga teacher—and an easy win with teens, who are so difficult to buy for.
Shop it: App Store/iTunes gift card, prices start at $15, walmart.com
Yes, it’s a gift box for your dog—or for the pet parent on your list. With Barkbox, each month means a delivery that includes two toys, a couple of bags of all-natural dog treats, and something (literally) to chew on. How fun is that?
Shop it: Barkbox subscription, starting at $22, barkbox.com
The ingredient-and-recipe meal kit extraordinaire Blue Apron is a fantastic gift for a few different types of folks on your list: those just learning to cook; those who are incredibly busy and have no time to go to the market; and those who are ready to zhush up their tired old habits in the kitchen (as in, stuck in a rut of making the same five things over and over). In short, just about everyone. Your recipient will get a box containing beautiful fresh ingredients, apportioned perfectly, with well-written instructions for meal preparation. He or she will think of you fondly with every delicious bite.
Shop it: Blue Apron subscription, save $80 on your first four boxes, blueapron.com
Whether they’re super-interested in the subtleties of the wine world or just enjoy a glass with dinner, your recipient will love discovering new reds, whites, and rosés with Winc. Each monthly box contains bottles curated to their tastes—all awesome (more than 5 million customer reviews can’t be wrong). Prefer to give a one-time gift? Winc has excellent individual gift boxes to choose from.
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