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 pace of the modern world, but that speed definitely works in our favor when best intentions or efforts fail.
If your mom or other gift recipient lives nearby, you may still have time to buy a gift at a store and deliver it yourself — Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 14, this year. But what if the 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 service whose mission is “to make it easy to be thoughtful, by letting you instantly send gifts to those who matter most.” You don’t even need the recipient’s mailing address.
Here’s how it works: Download the free app for Android or Apple mobile devices and browse the catalog — Giftagram boasts “a marketplace of the world’s best gifts from local boutiques and international brands.” Then select the gift you want to give and the contact you want to send it to.
Giftagram will take care of contacting the recipient for their preferred shipping addressing and delivering the gift. No, the gift doesn’t get there immediately but will arrive in three to five days.
Talk about a wealth of reading material. Texture is an app that offers unlimited access to more than 200 magazines — including back issues — that can be read on tablets and smartphones for a flat fee. Think of such mags as People, Time, Vogue and Better Homes and Gardens.
A free 14-day trial is available, and plan prices range from $9.99 to $14.99 a month. Gift options start at $30 for a three-month gift. Just make sure the recipient has an Android or Apple mobile device or Amazon Fire tablet.
3. Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime offers a lot more than free two-day shipping on eligible purchases. Members can stream movies, TV shows and music plus store unlimited photos online for free — just to name a few perks. For more details, check out “8 Major Freebies and Discounts You Get With Amazon Prime.”
New-mom alert: Prime members also receive discounts like 20 percent off diaper subscriptions.
Amazon Prime costs $99 a year (the cheaper option) or $10.99 a month. Or you can give Prime as a one-time, flat-price gift for $99 (12 months) or $33 (three months) — no need to worry about it automatically renewing on your credit card.
If you buy Prime as a gift, Amazon will email redemption instructions to the recipient on whatever day you choose. The recipient can start the membership immediately thereafter.
Sometimes you want to send a gift card but just don’t have time to drive around to find one from an appropriate retailer. Enter the eGifter Choice Card. As eGifter describes this unique electronic gift card:
“The eGifter Choice Card gives you total flexibility and choice! The recipient can choose from hundreds of gift cards on eGifter.com or in our mobile apps to get whatever they want, whenever they need it. … They can redeem the full value for one or more gift cards of their choice, such as Amazon.com, Best Buy, Adidas, Target, The Home Depot…the list goes on and on!”
So you simply decide how much you want to spend on the recipient — from $5 to $2,000 — and pay that amount online. There are no fees to send or redeem an eGifter Choice Card.
When you place your order, you’ll be able to specify whether you want eGifter to send the gift card to the recipient (on a date of your choosing), or whether you want to print a PDF version of the gift card to give the recipient yourself.
OK, decide by 1 p.m. on any day — even Saturday or Sunday — that you just have to send Godiva chocolates, and you can have them hand-delivered that day. The only catch is that the goods must be in stock at a Godiva boutique near the recipient, and you must pay a $19.99 delivery fee.
What’s your most inspired last-minute gift? Share with us in comments below or on our Facebook page.