Last-Minute Gifts

When the Only Place Open is the Drugstore
By Megan Capone      

It may be too late to have the perfect present shipped to you, but here are some great alternatives to what you were going to by from the drugstore on Christmas Eve.

Give the Gift of Knowledge

Know someone who just loves to learn? We've got the perfect gift! A gift certificate from The Great Courses - the site that brings you courses by some of the best professors from the top colleges and universities. Use Coupon Codes: 10% off $100- T8MM; 15% off $150- TRRB; 20% off $200- H899. Offer Ends 12/25/2012.

Give the Gift That Gives All Year

The great thing about magazines is that there are so many that cover so many topics. For this reason, it's the perfect gift for the one who has it all. Match your recipient's hobby to a magazine and boom you're done. Here are a few great places to pick up great deals on magazines. My tip for gift presentation? Buy and wrap a current issue with a card that read something like: "I know you can use some work on your golf swing, so I hope this year-long subscription to Beginners Golf will come in handy. Happy Holidays." Sarcasm is optional.

  • Get one year of All You Magazine for $19.95
  • Check out Zinio for up to 50% off select online magazines
  • Magmall has subscription savings on 1,000's of magazines

Give the Gift of Play

The Gamefly is a site that allows you to buy, rent and play games. It has over 8,000 new releases and classics available to rent for Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, Wii U, Wii, and 3DS, as well as older systems. PC and Mac titles are also available to pre-order and purchase on the GameFly website. Pick up a gift certificate for the gamer on your list for 15% off and it can be transmitted over email.

Give the Gift of Discovery

Ancestry.com makes the seemingly complex project of tracing your geneaology easy and fun. I've tried out a trial membership and I learned a ton about my ancestors. Choose a gift membership and the gift will be sent via email. And you didn't even have to wrap!

Give the Gift of Choice

Have you found yourself in front of the gift card section of your local drugstore completely unable to pick out the perfect gift certificate for the recipient? Forget all that. GiftCertificates.com offers an emailable SuperCertificate that allows the recipient to choose whichever gift card they want (from a huge variety on their website.)

Give the Gift of Media

  • Hulu is an online video service that offers a selection of hit shows, clips, movies and more at Hulu.com. HuluPlus adds to the Hulu experience the ability to watch entire seasons and past seasons of your favorite shows, movies and exclusive content wherever you are - online, on your phone, tablet, video game console and connected TV. Give the gift of HuluPlus and your recipient can get instant access to all of this.
  • Got an avid reader on your list? How about an avid listener? For those of us with long commutes, Audible is a lifesaver. A divison of Amazon, Audible is an online audiobook store that allows the users to download audiobook for listening on nearly any type of media device - including the entire Mac family. I have been an audible member for a few years now and I don't think I would have survived my commute without it.
  • Visit the iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store for music, podcasts, audiobooks, books, movies, TV shows, apps, games and so much more. Buy an iTunes gift card for a specific amount or set up a monthly iTunes allowance that gives your kids a set amount to spend each month. Both available for email delivery.
  • Barnes & Noble eGift Cards can be purchased for email delivery and can be used for anything on the Barnes and Noble website or in Barnes and Noble stores. They can even be used for ebook downloads.
  • You can't go wrong with an Amazon Gift Card because you can buy almost anything on Amazon these days, including TV, movie, audio and book downloads. If someone can't pick out a gift with an Amazon Gift Cards - they're doing it wrong.
  • Fandango gift certificates can also be sent via email and can be used for access to movies as many theaters nationwide including AMC and Regal Cinemas!