Truly Last Minute Gift Guide

Throughout the year, I’ve run into situations in which I’m totally caught off guard by someone’s special day. Or, occasionally, I just want to send someone a gift on a whim. In both of these situations, I turn to gifts that don’t require any shipping and can be sent straight to my gift recipient’s inbox.

I’ve also been on the receiving end of these types of gifts and I just love them. Two of my uncles sent gifts by email last year, and I think because they caught me by surprise they were even more delightful. Here are a few cool ideas for truly last minute gifts that will arrive in your loved one’s inbox before you can say Mele Kalikimaka!

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Truly Last Minute Gift Guide: Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man: Really, any movie you love can be gifted, but this was one of my favorites of this year. It’s perfect for dads who love rock! Imagine making an album that you thought was forgotten, only to discover decades later that it made you an icon in a foreign country. That’s what happened to the subject of this documentary, which has totally re-framed the way I think about creating art. Here are some instructions on how to send music and movies as gifts through iTunes.

For: dads, husbands, boyfriends, music lovers, rock moms, and anyone who makes art.

Truly Last Minute Gifts: Umba Box

Umba Box: This monthly gift box subscription service will send a care package to your recipient for anywhere from three months to one year (or longer, if you select the month-to-month recurring membership). The items are all handmade by independent artists and totally covetable. Last year, I received an Umba Box as swag from Alt Summit and I still use the letterpress coasters every day!

For: BFFs, moms, aunts, sisters, girlfriends.

Truly Last Minute Gifts: Stumptown Coffee

Stumptown Coffee: I really love Stumptown Coffee, and I love sharing it with people who might not otherwise get to try it. Although they’re beginning to appear in local cafes all over the country, their coffee can still be a little hard to find. Ordering online makes it easy – and you can send a gift card via email in a snap.

For: barista wannabes, coworkers, caffeine lovers, foodies.

Truly Last Minute Gift Guide: Skydiving

Skydiving Session: Skydiving isn’t high on my life list (okay, it’s not on the list at all), but gift giving is about what the recipient wants most, right? This website sells skydiving sessions that can be used across the country. Although, once you gift a skydiving session you’ll have to spend the next 11 months thinking about how you’ll top yourself next year!

For: thrill seekers, friends who already have everything.


P.S. Check back tomorrow for a delicious last minute gift you can whip up in five minutes!

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  1. Love the ideas! Mom

  2. Great ideas! Although I have to admit, I don’t like heights or danger, so the skydiving photo just made my blood pressure rise. <:O Hope you're having a great week, Joy! šŸ™‚

  3. Lovely ideas!! And Searching for sugar man was the best documentary (by far) that I’ve seen in a really long time.
    No skydiving for me, no way!!
    xoxo Giova

  4. I’m with Stephanie on the skydiving… if that ever appeared in my inbox, I’d unfriend the person who sent it! šŸ˜‰

    But! You’ve solved a gift dilemma for me with that coffee, so I’m glad I popped by! XO

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