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6 Last-Minute Food and Drink Gifts You Can Get in Their Inbox Literally Right Now (Most Around $25)

That feeling when it's not the fake last minute, but the real one.

By Alesandra Dubin
Carla Hall's Top Tips for Holiday Hosting

We already brought you the fun gift ideas guaranteed to make your boozy friends say woooo!!! And then, as time drew shorter before those holiday parties, we gave you some gift ideas for gorgeous bottles, already dressed up and ready to give as last-minute gifts — no wrapping required. But now... now it's really late in the game. And since you'll read this, panic a little, steady your nerves with a paper cup full of champers from that random open bottle in the office kitchen, and then wait a few more days — well, then you're really going to need a last-minute gift idea that doesn't take more than a few seconds, and a few clicks, to pull together.

For that, we give you these six food and drink gift ideas that you can give in the form of online gift certificates — and though they may be last minute, they are no less delicious, creative, and conversation starting presents that will keep on giving right into the new year when people's access to abundant free food tends to run out anyway. (Womp womp.)

1. Saucey

Two words: alcohol delivery. Yes, Saucey is the L.A.-based alcohol delivery app that promises booze within 30 minutes or less, without any need to leave the house — which is an activity that everyone knows is just way overrated anyway. (Leaving the house, that is — not boozing.) Saucey delivers a wide selection of wines, beers, and spirits, from crowd favorites to more rare finds, straight to your gift recipient's door. Give a gift card easily. Or, for extra-clever gift giving, pre-order for delivery on a specific dateor buy an engraved bottle that belies your actual last-minute, DGAF approach.

2. Plated

You know the millennial way: It’s all about experiences over things. The millennial way is also, “Bring it to my house and have a smooth app interface.” To that end, you should give the last-minute gift of Plated, right for beginner cooks and more advanced home chefs alike. It offers 20 dinner choices and two dessert choices a week, and the gift is easily scalable: You can choose to gift a week's worth of dinners or up to a full month, starting at $55. 

3. GrubHub

Give them the gift of laziness — er, rather, of convenience! — with a gift card from Grubhub. Let them order some of 2018’s most popular foods — burritos, poke, and a wide array of “poor people” chicken options — or anything their hearts desire. Choose from plenty of festive design options for digital and physical gift cards. 

4. Instacart

Unlike, well, most things that tend to pile up around holiday time (say, that Squatty Potty from the office white elephant party), groceries are perfectly practical, and always appreciated. Give the gift of Instacart, the online grocery delivery service that pairs customers with personal shoppers who go out and do the shopping for them. You literally cannot beat that gift for convenience and utility — last minute or not.

5. Daily Harvest

Sure, we’re squarely in the thick of cookies-for-breakfast-lunch-and-dinner season. But I’m-sorry-for-all-the-cookies-I-ate season is right around the corner. Help them get a jump on their new year’s resolutions with a gift card to Daily Harvest, the brand that delivers frozen and delicious superfood meals and snacks to your door. Think: smoothies, soups, harvest bowls, and even ready-to-bake, plant-based, healthy cookie dough.

6. Veestro

Speaking of healthy, delicious, and new year’s resolution friendly, Veestro delivers pre-prepped, no-cook meals directly to their doors. There are more then 50 chef-created meals, like breakfast burritos, veggie empanadas, and country-fried not-chicken — and, yes, that's right, all are 100 percent plant based, made with organic ingredients, and free from preservatives. They are so ready for this healthy, vegan refresh after an overindulged holiday season — and now you're a hero. (Go you!)

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