One Week Before Christmas: Last Minute Online e-Gifts

Posted on 12/15/2010

Nothing can replace face-to-face Christmas celebrations, but when you can’t be together with your loved ones, e-gifts are a great way to spread some holiday cheer. They’re also a good option for those who procrastinate with presents and no longer have the time to shop for and ship a gift. No matter which category you find yourself in, here are some last minute online e-gift options for the week before Christmas. - Nearly 50 retailers are joining forces this year for what they’re calling Click It to Gift It Day. The holiday, celebrated on December 23, was created with last minute shoppers in mind. They want people to know it’s OK to wait until days—even hours—before Christmas to complete your shopping. Just head to, choose the retailer and create your customized gift card. You can decorate your eGift card with personal photos, images and even your own personalized holiday greeting.

iTunes Gift Certificates - Books, albums, movies—they can all be purchased with an iTunes gift certificate. Choose the denomination you want and you can either email it to the recipient immediately, or you can print the gift certificate off on your printer and deliver it to the person yourself.

eGift Social - These days we do just about everything through Facebook and now thanks to you can send gifts through Facebook, too. Whether you want to send your loved one a last minute gift certificate to Kmart or Coldstone Creamery just pick your gift, select your friend and a few clicks later your gift is sent.

Restaurant eGift - It’s great to share a meal with loved ones during the holidays, and even if you are in different places you can still enjoy a meal together in spirit thanks to an e-gift card. Several restaurants are offering the e-gift card option now including Chilis. Include a personalized message and choose from multiple gift card designs. The restaurant lets you send any amount ranging from $5 to $100.

Magazine Subscription - Magazine subscriptions make great, affordable last minute gifts. Amazon lets you select your magazine subscription and send your gift recipient notification through email. Be sure to tell Amazon what day you want the notification to show up in your loved one’s inbox. You can even have the message appear on their Facebook wall so everyone will know what a great gift giver you are.

By Alison Storm

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