42 gift cards you can deliver right to their inbox for a last-minute gift that still feels personal

42 gift cards you can deliver right to their inbox for a last-minute gift that still feels personal

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Gift cards give them the freedom to get exactly what they want. Plus, you can have them delivered right to their inbox for a last-minute gifts that still feels personal.

  • Gift cards take all of the guesswork out of finding the perfect gift. They're particularly ideal with Christmas right around the corner.
  • We rounded up 42 great gift cards to get you started. Many of these are offered in both physical and digital versions, the latter of which makes them great last-minute gift ideas.
  • If you need any more gifting inspiration, check out all of our 2019 holiday gift guides here.
Gift cards are an ideal gift in a lot of ways. For instance, you get to give someone exactly what they want - in the color, style, and exact model that they want it - without polling their closest friends, family, and private online wish lists. They also typically don't expire.
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With Christmas just a few days away, a gift card is a great gift option that'll actually arrive on time - especially with most brands offering e-gift cards that deliver via email in seconds.
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Below, you'll find 42 of the best ones to give. If you want more options, there are also lots of restaurant gift cards on Amazon and plenty of other brands here. Otherwise, you might opt for stores like Best Buy and Target with free in-store pickup.

Below, you'll find 42 of the best gift cards to give this year:

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Amazon

Amazon
Buy an Amazon gift card

An Amazon gift card is a more polite version of giving them cash — with it, they can buy pretty much anything they've had on their wish list — whether it's new and exciting tech or completely utilitarian home basics. You can also buy it in a gift card box.

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Adidas

Adidas
Buy an Adidas gift card

Give them a new pair of sneakers, some new athletic gear, or cool athleisure wear with a gift card that lets them pick out their favorite pieces. Adidas has physical gift cards, e-gift cards, and even has a bulk gift card offer if you're looking to buy cards for a big group.

Plus, if you buy a $50 Adidas gift card right now, you'll get $10 promo code to use on your next order.

Warby Parker

Warby Parker
Buy a Warby Parker gift card

Help them find their perfect pair of glasses or sunglasses with a Warby Parker gift card. The physical card comes in a giftable box, but it won't arrive for five days. At this point, we'd recommend going for the e-gift card.

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Starbucks

Starbucks
Buy a Starbucks gift card on Amazon or Best Buy

You may not be there every morning, but this is one of the easier ways to buy them a hot cup of coffee each day. There's also a gift card for Dunkin' if they're a different kind of loyalist.

Best Buy

Best Buy
Buy a Best Buy gift card

Gift them all conceivable forms of tech, home appliances, and more. Let them choose the personal details like color and model.

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Framebridge

Framebridge
Buy a Framebridge gift card

Let them custom frame one of their best memories. It's something they'll probably never shell out for on their own, but they'll love having around the house.

Visa

Visa
Buy a Visa gift card on Amazon or Target

This actually is the way to just give them money. You can leave it up to them to find the purchase that will make their life better, and you can feel good knowing you made it happen.

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SoulCycle

SoulCycle
Buy a SoulCycle gift card on Zola

SoulCycle has become its own cultural movement in recent years. If they absolutely love going to spin classes, it's more thoughtful to make it easier to do an activity they already love than buy something new that they may never use.

Whole Foods

Whole Foods
Buy a Whole Foods gift card

Especially if they're a student, or if food is a big expense, they'll appreciate the help in a practical area of their life — especially if it's to a spot like Whole Foods where they can use their Prime benefits for extra savings on fresh food that's already pretty affordable.

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Delta or Southwest airlines

Delta or Southwest airlines
Buy a Delta gift card on Best Buy or Target Buy a Southwest gift card on Best Buy, Target, or Amazon

Perfect for frequent travelers, and even better for family members who see trips home as opportunities to score more miles on their go-to airline. It's also easier than booking a trip for them yourself.

If they travel by train most frequently, there's also an Amtrak gift card.

Spotify

Spotify
Buy a Spotify gift card on Amazon or Best Buy

They probably already have a Spotify account, but that doesn't mean they won't appreciate not having to pay for it for a while. A Spotify gift card lets you fund the next few months of something they love and use multiple times per day.

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Airbnb

Airbnb
Buy an Airbnb gift card on Zola or Amazon

Let them select the location and the company, but you'll foot the bill of their next great local or international adventure.

Sephora

Sephora
Buy a Sephora gift card

They already have their personal beauty favorites. This will just help them cringe a little less when they order them. Have it delivered digitally or mailed.

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Journy

Journy
Buy a Journy gift card

Journy acts like a personal travel concierge for $25 per day. An expert takes into account your preferences, plans, and feedback and designs the ideal trip — including booking hotels and making dinner reservations.

Netflix

Netflix
Buy a Netflix gift card on Target, Best Buy, and Amazon

Pair it with a bottle of wine, popcorn, and some warm and fuzzy socks for a perfect night (and month of January) spent inside and out of the cold.

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Uber

Uber
Buy an Uber gift card on at Target or Amazon

Whether it's a necessary last-minute ride to the airport or a helpful splurge so they don't have to walk outdoors in the January chill, Uber gift cards are one of the most convenient gifts you can give.

Nike

Nike
Buy a Nike gift card

Nike also lets you pick from a swath of gift card designs, including team themes for the Lakers and Knicks.

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Nordstrom

Nordstrom
Buy a Nordstrom gift card

If you want to buy them a sweater you know they'll love, let them pick the sweater.

REI

REI
Buy an REI gift card

Whether you're outfitting them for their next snowy hike or an afternoon spent in a ski lodge, you get to ensure they'll be able to get exactly the make and model of the boot or sweater they want along on the trip.

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Away

Away
Buy an Away gift card

Away's carry-ons are so popular because they're incredibly convenient. They come with an ejectable external battery that can charge a smartphone five times over, have 360-degree wheels, and only weigh seven pounds. It's a great gift — you just let them pick out their own color with a gift card.

Chipotle

Chipotle
Buy a Chipotle gift card on Best Buy

Nothing says "I love you" like four Chipotle visits in which the recipient doesn't have to second-guess adding guacamole.

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Fandango

Fandango
Buy a Fandango gift card

What's a better gift than a trip to the movies — especially with the release of so many blockbusters around the holidays? If you want to be extra generous, pick up the tab for the large popcorn as well.

Patagonia

Patagonia
Buy a Patagonia gift card

Whether they spend this on one of the many Patagonia cult-favorites or not, you can be sure they'll get something great that'll last them for years.

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Everlane

Everlane
Buy an Everlane gift card

Everlane is a cult-favorite retail startup that is committed to conducting transparent business. They're especially loved for their $100 cashmere sweaters. You can find 13 of our favorite Everlane pieces to wear every day here.

Allbirds

Allbirds
Buy an Allbirds gift card

Allbirds makes the world's most comfortable shoes out of sustainable materials like merino wool, eucalyptus leaves, and foam made from sugar cane. They're especially popular in hubs like New York City and Silicon Valley.

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Hulu

Hulu
Buy a Hulu gift card on Target or Best Buy

Gift them a Hulu gift card so they can binge-watch The Handmaid's Tale and Project Runway in peace and from under a pile of blankets this winter.

ClassPass

ClassPass
Buy a ClassPass gift card

ClassPass makes it easy to visit top-rated boutique studios and gyms for about half the typical drop-in rate ($15 or less per class). Users can use their ClassPass membership for bootcamps, cycling, Pilates, yoga, and more.

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MOUTH

MOUTH
Buy a MOUTH gift card

MOUTH sends delicious small-batch, indie food products to help small businesses grow and make it more convenient for the average person to discover the best new goods.

Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest
Buy a Daily Harvest gift card

Daily Harvest is a healthy-eating startup that sends you delicious, nutritious meals and smoothies that are pre-packed in cups and take as little as 30 seconds to make. Recipes are designed by a chef and nutritionist, and all cups are under $10. Find a full review here.

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Xbox

Xbox
Buy an Xbox gift card on Amazon, Target, or Best Buy

They can spend it on the latest games and entertainment like movies, TV, music, apps, and more.

BarkBox

BarkBox
Buy a BarkBox gift card

For the dog people, the best gift may just be gifts for their dog. Barkbox will send them a box of toys and treats every month.

Another good option for pet owners is a Petco gift card — if you think they (or their pup) may like picking out their own toys.

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PlayStation

PlayStation
Buy a PlayStation gift card on Amazon

With this, they can download the latest games and add-ons, watch movies, and more from their PlayStation 4.

Sling

Sling
Buy a Sling gift card

For $25 per month, users get access to 25 of the best channels, like CNN, ESPN, AMC, Disney, and the Food Network.

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Macy's

Macy's
Buy a Macy's gift card

Macy's has just about everything you could need for life or home, and they can stop by in person to shop or surf the selection at home on the couch.

Groupon

Groupon
Buy a Groupon gift card on Target

Groupon's daily deals include everything from pottery classes to beauty services to travel and fitness.

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StubHub

StubHub
Buy a StubHub gift card on Target

Make sure they keep going to see live music, plays, and sporting events by grabbing them a gift card to the place that houses all those tickets.

J.Crew

J.Crew
Buy a J.Crew gift card on J.Crew or Amazon

J.Crew has some of the best quality and style for the price for the basics. It also has frequent sales, meaning they may get more value out of their gift card.

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CharityChoice

CharityChoice
Buy a CharityChoice gift card on Zola

This is an easy way to empower someone else to give to a charity close to their heart. You can designate the funds for up to three charities of your choice from the online list of over 250 major charities and many local causes (totaling over 1,000 in all). For ease of navigation, they're categorized into main themes like disaster relief, hunger and poverty, and the elderly, among others.

L.L.Bean

L.L.Bean
Buy an L.L.Bean gift card

Gift cards for apparel are particularly useful, since you may not know imperative details like shoe size. If you know they love a brand, or have been pining after their own bean boots, this is a nice way to make it happen without tipping them off.

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HelloFresh

HelloFresh
Buy a HelloFresh gift card

HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that drops off fresh ingredients for delicious home-cooked meals. It makes week time prep easier, and it helps amateur and experienced cooks conveniently expand their repertoire.

Firstleaf

Firstleaf
Buy a Firstleaf gift card

Firstleaf is a wine subscription service that delivers wines from top vineyards around the world for only $13 per bottle. Let them explore great wine without worrying about the expense. Plus, its introductory box of three wines is only $15, and it sets the wheels in motion for the service to learn more about your tastes and preferences as they evolve.

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