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Calling All Procrastinators! These 5 Digital Gifts Are Going to Save Your Butt


By Courtney Thompson

Listen, I’ve been a procrastinator all my life, so I get it. This story should have been written days ago, and yet here I am, sweating it out at the 11th hour, trying to write asfastasIpossiblycan.

Regardless, my message is for all my fellow Last-Minute Lucys and it's pretty big. Ready? I’ve found a solution to all of our gift-giving stress. That's right. And what's it's called? THE DIGITAL GIFT! With a few swipes on your keyboard and the click of “purchase” you can give everything from music and books to movies and more to your pops this Father's Day, and he'll get a cute little email alerting them to your knows-no-bounds generosity. It's really that simple. Which means we can all go back to bed and keep hitting "snooze."


Is there any better gift than that of free shipping? Probably, yes, but let’s not underestimate how useful Amazon’s Prime membership is. Beyond shipping, subscription also includes access to Prime Video (and shows like Red Oaks and Mozart in the Jungle!) and the ability to stream millions of songs (ad-free!). Sounds like a pretty sweet gift to us.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $33/3 months, $99/1 year


You know a product is omnipresent when you use it as a verb—“Should we Netflix tonight?” So, if you know someone who doesn’t have Netflix account, you need to help a brother (or sister) out. Purchase them a digital Netflix gift card via Amazon, and it will be emailed to your recipient within 15 minutes along with redemption directions on how they can apply the amount to their subscription fee.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $10+


Coffee table books make for a great present, but when it comes to novels, auto-biographies, and everything else we bookworms are digesting, it’s gotta be digital. That's why the Kindle Unlimited subscription makes for such a great gift—it’s often referred to the “Netflix of books” for a reason!—since it allows access to 1+ million book titles, current magazines, and audio books via any device with the Kindle app. Purchase a gift subscription via the link below and your recipient will receive an email within 15 minutes.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $54.94/6 months, $119.88/1 year, $239.76/2 years


Whether you want to give an e-gift card of a certain amount of maybe Elf or Gucci Mane’s new “The Return of East Atlanta Santa” for Christmas this year, all of it can be done in under a minute right from your phone or computer. For step-by-step instructions, go here, but basically once you’ve identified the item you’d like to give, tap the share icon and choose “Gift.” Note: By default the gift is emailed to your recipient immediately after it’s purchased, but you can schedule the delivery if you tap “Today” and then schedule a later time or day.

BUY FROM: iTunes


Like books and movies, you can also send the gift of music digitally Christmas morning—the hardest part is deciding which service you want to go with. Pandora, Spotify, and Apple Music are the three streaming biggies, and we’ve linked to all them below. Heads up: You need to have an account with the service in order to gift it to someone else. And it’s up to you, but unveiling your gift while blasting “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” seems like a solid choice.

BUY FROM: Pandora Plus, $4.99/month, $54.99/year

BUY FROM: Spotify Premium, $9.99/1 month, $29.97/3 months, $54.94/6 months, $119.88/1 year

BUY FROM: Apple Music, $9.99/month

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