At one point or another, we’ve all been guilty of the last minute Christmas shopping panic. Whether you’ve just missed delivery cut-offs or forgotten about someone entirely, it happens to the best of us. Now, you have two choices: braving a shopping centre or going digital. We’re going to focus on the latter option.
Here are 7 easy ideas for last minute Christmas gift ideas that won’t blow your cover. Better yet, they can all be ordered from the comfort of your couch and have zero delivery fees – who said leaving it to the last minute was a bad idea?
If you’re too late to grab a physical gift, an experience voucher is an incredibly thoughtful idea. From helicopter rides and swimming with sharks to a gourmet cooking lesson, there’s no shortage of companies offering the best in the experience game.
It’s been an incredibly long, tiresome year so a spa voucher would be well-received by just about anyone. Endota is Australia’s largest spa with 100 locations across the country. You can choose a specific treatment (if you know they love a facial) or opt for a Freedom Gift Card between $25-2000 for the recipient to choose a package themselves.
Know someone who loves a good TV binge and is always looking for the next best thing to watch? A streaming subscription is the perfect gift.
New shows like The Undoing and The Flight Attendant are currently available on Binge – great for someone who loves to be up to date with the latest shows. If they love a good scare, Shudder is home to the freakiest, spookiest movies around the world. For those who prefer more wholesome viewing, a Disney+ subscription is the way to go.
Shopping Gift Cards
- The Iconic – Men’s and women’s fashion, beauty and wellness.
- Net-A-Porter – High profile fashion brands live here.
- P.E Nation – Perfect for your fitness loving friends.
- Adore Beauty – Skincare, haircare, makeup and more.
- Sephora – Give the gift of big name beauty brands.
Book Gift Certificates
Books are an extremely popular gifting choice, but what happens if you’re not sure which genre to gift? Or, you’ve run out of time to account for shipping? A book certificate is the answer to all your problems.
Booktopia is home to thousands of enticing genres, so it’s not hard to see why Australians love buying their books from here. Gift certificates start from $20 and go all the way to $300 if you’re feeling extra generous. When they curl up with their nose deep in their next read, they’ll thank you.
Gifting a subscription is a great way to ensure your gift keeps on giving long after the Christmas period. If you know your recipients general areas of interests, you can bet there’s a subscription package out there that’s perfect for them.
Audible subscriptions start at $16.45 a month and are a great option for people who love to read but can never find the time. If your recipient loves beauty and wellness, a Bellabox subscription is guaranteed to be a winner. If a glass of wine at the end of the week is more their style, look no further than a Vinomofo subscription – you’ll earn their adoration for that one.
If you’re really unsure of what they might like, Cratejoy has thousands of subscription boxes available that cover all areas of interest.
This is a particularly good option for friends and family you won’t see at Christmas: a ticket to catch up at some point in the future (perhaps your birthday, perhaps a significant anniversary). If you’re wary of booking an actual ticket given the current circumstances, Qantas and Virgin both offer gift vouchers.
Generic Gift Cards
Think gift cards are impersonal? Think again. Plenty of people like them. For maximum flexibility, pick a gift card that’s usable with an online store or for digital media; that way, your recipient can enjoy some leisurely online shopping come Christmas afternoon.
If you really have no clue where to start, big online shopping retailers like Amazon is a failsafe bet. A gift card from Catch is another great last minute Christmas gift given the sheer volume of products they have available. Let your recipient pick the gift themselves and they can never be disappointed.