Last-Minute Gifts That Don't Require Shipping: Subscriptions, Gift Cards and More
By Dale Arden Chong
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Holiday shopping is no easy feat, especially when you’re in a race against the clock. Luckily, for those of you squeezing in last-minute gifts, there are plenty of options you can still shop. Better yet, they require no shipping time at all.
According to a CBS News report, the nation's ports are getting seriously backlogged by a one-two punch: Shipping traffic is way up, while a tight labor market means there aren't enough workers to unload ships at the docks. There aren't enough truckers to get those shipments of toys, electronics and more from the docks to stores, either.
Perhaps you’re in search of a gift idea for your co-workers, in-laws, or even your best friends. Or maybe you’re finishing the holiday shopping season with a few dollars to spare. Either way, a virtual present like a gift card or a cool new gift subscription service is sure to be a crowd favorite this holiday season. And if you’re the type of person who leaves shopping for a Christmas gift until the last minute, these will get to your lucky recipient as soon as you click “send.” No shipping and no wrapping paper? Sounds like a win-win situation to us.
From an e-gift card to some of your favorite retailers like Nordstrom, Walmart and Amazon to a foolproof monthly subscription box that'll make your loved ones' days at home more comfortable, scroll down to see ET's favorite last-minute gifts below from our go-to retailer sites.
Check out all of ET's Top Picks for the Best Gift Ideas and Holiday Deals and Steals in our Holiday Gift Guide 2021.
Have someone on your list who wants to build a more sustainable closet? Give them the gift to choose a pair of shoes from Cariuma, which uses raw materials like organic cotton, bamboo, rubber, and more.
There are parents, and there are plant parents. If you can’t decide exactly what plant to send the green thumbs in your life, a gift card to The Sill, which delivers plants right to the door, will be just what they need.
There’s no time like the present to pick up a new skill. We Are Knitters offers a variety of kits that allow anyone to learn how to knit or crochet. And just in case they already learned earlier this year, they also offer kits for different levels.
If you know someone who likes to enjoy a nice glass of wine in the evenings, Winc’s curated boxes will be the thoughtful, personalized present he didn’t know he needed. Choose a one-month, two-month or three-month subscription plan.
Trade teams up with independent roasters across the country, allowing you to discover new roasts based on your personal preferences and brewing habits while supporting small businesses in the process. Choose a three-bag, six-bag or 12-bag subscription plan.
Those hoping to give their home -- whether it be in the kitchen or elsewhere -- a sustainable upgrade will love a subscription to Thrive Market to get in on the best organic foods, wellness products and sustainable household items.
MasterClass’s expansive list of offerings is the perfect way to give someone a head start on anything they’ve wanted to learn. Students of all levels can learn from world-renowned industry experts in fields ranging from arts and entertainment to science and tech.
What better way to spend time at home than with a good book? Book of the Month curates a selection of the five books to choose from for a monthly read. Give a subscription that lasts from three months to one year.
Give the gift of fresh flower delivery each month with a subscription to UrbanStems. Shoppers can choose from three plans -- the classic, seasonal or luxe -- and even have their flowers displayed in a beautiful, curated vase with each delivery.
With a subscription to Peacock TV, you can stream thousands of cult-favorite movies and shows like The Office, Parks and Rec, Yellowstone, and more. Paid plans (with limited ads) start at $5 per month.
Bring the world of Disney right into your dad or father-in-law's home with a year-long subscription to Disney+. If your dad loves everything Marvel-related, he'll love being able to watch The Defenders, Captain Marvel and a whole array of other Marvel series and movies.