9 Gift Cards Ideas That Don't Feel Last-Minute

9 Gift Cards Ideas That Don't Feel Last-Minute

December 20, 2018

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We’re getting down to the wire for holiday shopping and no matter how much we plan in advance, there’s always that one person — OK, fine, it’s more than just one — who we forget to buy a gift for. Despite making lists and checking them twice, every year we’re bound to be scrambling last-minute to buy a present for someone and hoping it doesn’t look like it’s an eleventh-hour purchase.

Gifts cards are definitely not something any recipient could ever complain about — it’s basically free money and a guaranteed shopping trip! But those gift cards you can buy at any convenience store or cash in at general stores just really don’t have the extra personal touch like a thoughtful gift. It’s truly every gift giver’s nightmare.

But fret not because we’re here to make sure you look like you put plenty of thought into your present — and we’ll keep your secret that you were a little late to the game. We’ll also help save you from the dreaded trip where you rush to the pharmacy to browse the gift card rack before a holiday gathering. These much more personal-feeling digital cards have something for everyone including the person who only posts food pictures on Instagram, only shops the latest trends at top stores and even for the tech enthusiast who has it all already.

Trust us, these will definitely put a smile on anyone’s face, spread the holiday cheer and may even rival Santa’s level of gift-giving. Saint Nick himself may be calling you next year for gifting advice.

The Makeup Lover: Name a makeup lover who doesn’t constantly shop at Sephora? I’ll wait. With all of our favorite brands and many more added regularly, Sephora is a one-stop shop for all things beauty. Plus, we’re sure there will be a post-holiday sale on the horizon as a perfect time to cash this present in!

See It: Grab a Sephora gift card to finish your last-minute shopping!


The Trendsetter: For that friend who looks like they just walked off the pages of a magazine or has followers on Instagram constantly asking for outfit credits, give the gift of Nordstrom. With countless brands and the latest in fashion, Nordstrom has everything needed to keep up with the endless trends out there.

See It: Grab a Nordstrom gift card to finish your last-minute shopping!


The TV Fanatic: We all know that person who is constantly waxing poetic about popular TV shows. We consider that friend the ultimate resource for helping us find out what’s worth watching and skipping. So consider this Netflix gift card a present for ourselves, too, when we get new recommendations for shows to binge.

See It: Grab a Netflix gift card to finish your last-minute shopping!


The World Traveler: We may not all call ourselves globetrotters, but trust Us, in our dreams, the setting is always an exotic destination full of margaritas and sans emails. So frequent flier or not, sending a pal on a vacation is always the right thing to do. You can actually buy a gift card for Delta Airlines for that friend who is in desperate need of a getaway.

See It: Grab a Delta Airlines gift card to finish your last-minute shopping!


The Workaholic: Just like we always know someone who is in need of a vacation, we know someone who works so hard, they may as well live at the office. And let’ be honest, getting through the day’s workload requires a Frappuccino or two. Starbucks is always there to fulfill our caffeine needs and even our sweet tooth when we need an afternoon pick-me-up treat.

See It: Grab a Starbucks gift card to finish your last-minute shopping!


The Tech Lover: Keeping up with technology is almost as hard as keeping up with the Kardashians. There’s a new device almost daily we need to add to our ever-growing gadget collection from Bluetooth headphones to robot vacuum cleaners. And since gizmos aren’t always the most affordable purchase we make, a gift card to Best Buy will definitely help.

See It: Grab a Best Buy gift card to finish your last-minute shopping!


The Foodie: For the home chef or food lover who has a fully stocked kitchen, having top appliances to make tasty meals is key. Bed Bath & Beyond has top brands in cookware to make whipping up meals easy. There’s also the goods to help make the perfect #Foodstagram plus everything necessary for hosting and so much more. Not to mention, there’s the whole bed, bath and beyond part we didn’t even mention.

See It: Grab a Bed Bath & Beyond gift card to finish your last-minute shopping!


The Movie Buff: Going to the movies is not only a great night out with friends or a date night, but how else could we keep up with what our favorite stars are actually doing? Regal has plenty of gift card options for movie lovers, and even those who need an extra large soda and popcorn, too.

See It: Grab a Regal gift card to finish your last-minute shopping!


The Person Who Is Always Shopping: This one is for all of Us! No matter what we need, whether it’s apparel or home goods and appliances or furniture, JCPenney is our go-to and always has what we need — and sometimes too much.

See It: Grab a JCPenney gift card to finish your last-minute shopping!

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