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December 20, 2020

21 Last Minute Online Gifts That Still Show You Care

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Looking for last minute online present ideas? There's no judgment here! In fact, I've separated this gift guide into last minute and ultra last minute gift ideas. For, you know, when you're lucky if you have time to forward the email, never mind look for wrapping paper. 

Let's get to work and find the perfect last minute online gift for your partner, family, kids, parents, boss, birthday, Christmas, whatever situation you find yourself in! 

Psst - last minute online gifts tend to be digital in nature and environmentally friendly. There, it isn't so bad after all!

The Best Last Minute Online Gifts

Heads up! If you buy through some of these links then we may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. However, we don't for most of the recommended gifts. Everything's there because I think it will save your last minute gift buying bacon!

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The Best Last Minute Gifts for Travellers

Last Minute Travel Experience Gifts

  • Hotel Gift Card - buy someone a gorgeous break away through the Hotel Gift Card system. You can have a physical card shipped or download a stylish e-voucher. The scheme covers 110 000 hotels in over 170 countries and includes more than 140 different brands, from the big chains to gorgeous boutique hotels. 

Last Minute Armchair Travel Gifts

Here's where you can get creative. Think online language lessons, cooking lessons from around the world and lectures from experienced academics. 

Writing Skills Starter Course

The Best Last Minute Online Gifts for People in the UK

Visit canal aqueducts in North Wales UNESCO World Heritage Site

Online Charitable Gifts with Membership Benefits

  • Buy a membership subscription to some of the charitable organisations that preserve great places to visit in the UK. Here are some of my favourites:
    • National Trust Membership - access to stately homes and both wild and cultivated gardens with activities throughout the year.
    • Cadw - unlimited access to historical sites (think castles and sweeping wild landscapes) in Wales.
    • RSPB - includes entry to natural reserves across the UK, a magazine and more. Plus, the feel good aspect of protecting wild birds. They also run a really special membership section for children. See also, travel gifts for kids.
    • The Wildlife and Wetlands Trust - more access to beautiful natural spots and a charitable donation to preserve these important areas. 
Vintage books on a shelf

Online Gifts for Readers

Whether you're looking for a last minute online gift for a birthday, for Christmas or out of the blue, one of the fastest and easiest to grasp category is a gorgeous dose of reading material. 

Paper Subscriptions: The Luxury of Touch

Newspaper and magazine subscriptions. Yes, remember them! Lovely paper objects that arrive on your doormat and are a blessed relief from the screen! If you buy a book, then it's obvious you've left it too late. Buy a subscription and print out the voucher - job done! 

eBooks: the Ultimate Online Gift?

Did you know that many publishers also offer digital versions of their books?

Audio Books: Perfect e Gifts

Of course, audio books are another great idea for loved ones who frequently have long journeys or who find reading tough on their eyes. 

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Last Minute Online Gifts for Music Lovers


Digital Subscriptions

Last Minute Online Gifts for Food Lovers

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Last Minute Online Gift Subscriptions

Nowadays, you can set up almost anything as an online subscription and these make perfect last minute creative gifts. 

The Best Universal Last Minute Gift Ideas

Perhaps you're thinking that vouchers, gift cards and coupons aren't that exciting to give as a gift. Maybe they're even shameful?!

Well, some people think of them like that. Plenty others actually prefer them since they can buy something they really want instead of someone's best guess.

And from that point of view, vouchers are some of the best last minute online gifts you can buy!

Here are some schemes that work well in many different countries. Time to send your friends and colleagues something they really want!

  • Amazon (choose the "buy gift card" option
  • Amazon Prime - Yes, you can gift Amazon Prime to someone. In addition to the monthly entertainment services like music, video and books, you also get free delivery on Amazon purchases. 
  • Visa (US only)
  • Mastercard (US only)

Beyond vouchers, look for classic gifts like flowers and chocolate:


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