It wasn’t long ago that if you forgot to buy a Mother’s Day gift before the holiday you were out of luck, especially if the recipient lived far away.
Gripe about the modern world’s pace, but that speed definitely works in our favor when best intentions or efforts fail.
If your mom or other gift recipient live nearby, you may be able to order and pay for a gift online and swing by to pick it up before you deliver it. We recently shared a bounty of retailers that offer that service.
But what if your gift recipient lives far away or you just don’t have time or energy to go to the store and then race around to have it delivered in time?
Check out these last-minute solutions:
Nope, we’re not talking about PJs or tins of popcorn. Giftagram is a new service that has everything from ear cuffs to Kate Spade jewelry to quality cookware and fitness trackers. And yes, you can also order flowers. This Toronto-based service that just launched in the United States this past holiday season has all kinds of great reviews. The prices are the same as in retail stores (no huge mark up) plus a portion of each Mother’s Day order is donated to Baby2Baby, a nonprofit that provides diapers, clothing and other vital goods to low-income kids.
Here’s how it works. Download the app and browse the catalog. Select the gift you want and pay. The recipient immediately receives notification that someone wants to send the person a gift and asks for the best address. That means you don’t need to worry about ZIP codes and other details. No, the gift isn’t there immediately but will arrive in three to five days. Shipping is free for gifts over $50. Shipping costs vary for gifts under $50.
Talk about a wealth of reading material. There are different subscriptions through Texture that allow the recipient unlimited access to monthly and/or weekly magazines — think People, Time, Better Homes and Gardens — and their archives to be read on tablets, smartphones and other devices. There are free trials and prices range from $9.99 to $14.99 a month and can be canceled anytime.
Amazon Prime is about a lot more than free two-day shipping for eligible purchases. Members can stream unlimited movies, TV shows and music plus store photos online. New mom alert! Prime members also receive 20 percent off diapers and 15 percent off Baby Registry items. Cost — $99 a year; $49 a year for students.
Sometimes you want to send a gift card but just don’t have time to drive around to find one from an appropriate retailer at the right price. Enter EGifter. Determine the gift card amount, pay that amount (there are no service fees) and the recipient receives immediate notification. They use the credit you arrange to choose a gift card from among 200+ retailers, ranging from Target to Morton’s Steak House and can start shopping immediately.
Ok, decide by 1 p.m. on any day (even Saturday or Sunday) that you just have to send these gourmet candies, and you can have them hand delivered that day. The only catch is that the candy must be in stock at the local Godiva Boutique and you must pay a $19.99 delivery fee. Then — presto! The candy will be hand delivered to the recipient that day.
What’s your most inspired last-minute gift? Share with us in comments below or on our Facebook page.