Last-minute shopping? A gift card to their favorite store is something they'll love

An e-gift card is guaranteed to arrive by Christmas. Consider gifting from one of these retailers

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Looking to buy a Christmas gift card for someone you may not be seeing in person this year? Christmas is just a few days away, so if you're more of a last-minute shopper, you could find yourself in a pickle if you were planning to buy gifts online. If you don't fancy a visit to your local shopping center (or mall), the next best thing is a gift card to their favorite store. It's guaranteed to arrive – in their inbox or on their doorstep – just in time. Almost every retailer offers a gift card option, especially an e-gift card option. Most retailers allow you to choose when you'd like your e-gift card delivered, write a personal message, and select from a range of increments. Just make sure you have their email on hand.

We've selected a few of our favorite shops that offer a gift card option below. Use the links to shop by region. Head to our dedicated Christmas page for more festive content. 

US Gift Cards

The magic of an Amazon gift card is they can treat themselves to something on their wishlist or stock up on essentials. It's one of the most versatile gifts out there. You can give almost any amount you choose, and buy multiples at once. View Deal

From fashion to home decor, and even beauty, Anthro is a go-to for the gifts with that curated feel. Gift in amounts from $25 up to $2,000. 

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We're optimistic that we'll get to travel again soon. Make sure they're prepared with the opportunity to pick out the luggage set of their dreams. Choose any increment from $25-$2,000. View Deal

Here's the gentle nod that it's time to upgrade their bedding or towels. A gift card allows them to choose the sheets that suits their preferences or to indulge in cozy loungewear. Choose from increments of $50- $500. View Deal

The earth-friendly bedding brand behind the Insta-popular Cloud Comforter offers gift cards in ranges from $50-$250. May we suggest the softest, all-natural Eucalyptus sheets or the super breathable Soft Hemp Linen sheets. 

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It doesn't get better than luxurious silk loungewear that is also washable and easy to care for. She'll look forward to spending all winter in this cozy and chic sleepwear. Choose from increments ranging from $50 to $500. View Deal

Maybe they've mentioned wanting to up their cooking skills or expressed a desire to sharpen their business acumen. A membership to MasterClass opens up a treasure chest of hundreds of digital video courses from the experts themselves. Think cooking classes with Gordon Ramsey; singing lessons with Christina Aguilera, and creativity and leadership seminars with Anna Wintour. So intriguing, you're definitely going to want to pick up a membership for yourself. But good news, for a limited time, you can get two annual memberships to MasterClass for the price of one!   View Deal

Milk Bar
A gift card to Milk Bar basically guarantees a sweet new year (or to save it for a special occasion of their choice) and lets them choose between Milk Bar's infamous B'Day Cake Truffles, an assortment of cookies, or even the classic Milk Bar Pie. Milk Bar ships nationwide (U.S.) and can be purchased in increments from $25 to $500. View Deal

Any design enthusiast knows that selecting art is a deeply personal experience.  Nudge them in the direction toward independent artists and allows them to select the pieces that literally speak to them through the screen. They can shop a variety of art prints, decor, customizable stationary and other gifts. Gift cards are available in increments from $25 up to $1,000. 

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Open the door to tons of fashionable possibilities with a gift card to Nordstrom. Choose from any amount. 

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Gift them the opportunity to snuggle up with some new bedding, refresh their towel stash, or find their new favorite lounge.  Choose from increments of $50 to $500. View Deal

Any comfy-addict will be ecstatic to lounge around in SummerSalt's loungewear or buttery-soft cashmere, or even try out their all new activewear. Basically, we want it all, and so will she.  Choose increments from $25-$500View Deal

Sur La Table 
Sometimes it really does feel like the chef in your life has it all when it comes to cooking gadgets. Let her choose what she'd love to splurge on next to add to her cookware repertoire— rather than a random utensil she may actually never use.  Gift increments from $10-$500. View Deal

The Sill
If she's a bona-fide plant lady or just getting into home gardening, she'll love a gift card from the trendiest plant shop around where she can choose the perfect plant that will suit her lifestyle and experience. View Deal

Uncommon Goods
t's easy to get lost scrolling through the many pages of whimsical and unique gifts from Uncommon Goods. Lead them on the pathway to discover something new and often times support an independent maker along the way. Choose from increments from as low $5 up to $1,000,. View Deal

Winc's website reads so true: "All they want for Christmas is Booze." Set them up with a wine subscription, ranging from one to three months. Once they're notified of your generous gift, they'll create a palate profile and Winc will deliver specially chosen wines to theirs doorstep each month. View Deal

UK Gift Cards

Amazon sell a whole range of gift cards (and a whole range of gifts to spend their money on). From e-gift cards to ones you can print at home, or you can buy one and send it straight to their door.View Deal

An ASOS gift card is definitely a safe bet for youngsters. They can spend it on clothes, shoes, accessories and more. From £20 to £100 available...
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John Lewis & Partners
Gift them a voucher to spend at their local John Lewis store so they can put it towards some new Le Creuset cookware, some bedding or a new vacuum....View Deal

Available from £5 to £100, a Lakeland gift card means they can expand their kitchenware once and for all. Also great for new homeowners!View Deal

The White Company
A lovely option for someone who loves this shop, now they can buy their favourite candle or reed diffuser, or some fresh fluffy towels for their guest bathroom.View Deal