The clock is ticking, but if you find yourself a few days out from celebrating the holidays without adequate presents purchased and wrapped, you still have a few options. One: splurge on next-day delivery or succumb to shopping via Amazon Prime. Two: brave the lines at the brick-and-mortar boutiques in your favorite neighborhood, no matter the winter weather. If neither of those routes seems ideal, there's a third possibility: shop online for subscription services or ticketed experiences that need not exist in a physical form quite yet.
Here are a handful of subscriptions and experiences we're giving our loved ones this year (or hoping to receive ourselves). Find the one that thoughtfully aligns with the unique tastes of your recipient, and all you'll have to do is hit "print" and slip the paper voucher into a handwritten card.
1. Tickets to a show, play or sporting event: easily purchased, happily accepted.
2. An annual membership to a museum, park or club: particularly great for families with kids.
3. A gift card to a favorite independent boutique, restaurant or coffee shop: because sometimes, people prefer picking out their own presents, bit by bit.
4. Tickets to a workshop or a class: Whether the giftee is into painting or pasta-making, most cities have an event or workshop space that offers interesting classes (like New York's Calliope or Minneapolis' Lab). Skillshare provides countless online options that are accessible anywhere.
5. For the music enthusiast: full-length, limited-edition cover albums on vinyl via Turntable Kitchen.
6. For the flower fanatic: monthly, quarterly or even weekly flower deliveries from The Bouqs Co.
7. For the kids (and for the charitable mom or dad): unique children's clothes from Kidbox, which gives an outfit to a child in need for every box sold.
8. For the family: themed or custom picture books from The Picture Book Club.
9. For the bookworm: a literary box featuring the season's hottest books, on subjects from design to wellness to fiction, from Quarterlane.
10. For the style maven: socially conscious products designed for stylish women and curated by Causebox.
11. For the paper lover: American-made stationery for letter writers by Nicely Noted (which sends three cards each month) or The Card Curative (where you pick the events for which you want to send cards, and the company mails you the perfect card option, one week in advance).