But you still have options. The miracle of technology can conceal your procrastination, and your friends and family will still get amazing gifts they’ll love. So put down that box of chocolates from Target and get one of these way more thoughtful alternatives that you can still give, even if you’re out the door to a party tonight.
Vinyl is back in a big way. That said, VMP is a subscription service designed for the audio aficionado who doesn’t mind a surprise. Once you gift a subscription to someone, they’ll receive a special-edition LP, a 12 x 12-inch art print, and a custom cocktail recipe delivered directly to their door at some point in the month. The random record selection encapsulates a swath of genres, too, meaning your recipient will never know whether to expect a classic Wilco record or a new release from a new hip-hop prodigy.
If you know someone with an Internet connection who isn’t watching Netflix, they should be. If you know someone who already is, one of these cards will let you grab the bill for their House of Cards binges. You’ll also be able to talk all about Scrotal Recall together the next time you hang out — or, you know, not.
Ignore the name, you need never step foot in an adult store for this very clever gift. The Rasterbator is an online tool that turns any image into a PDF you can print on regular paper, then assemble into a mondo, wall-sized poster — imagine Samuel L. Jackson’s head blown up to the size of a minivan. Most people use ordinary laser printers for a grey-scale effect (stay a little late at work?), but you could also bring the PDF to a Kinko’s and have it printed up in color for some punch.
Steam lets you instantly give the PC gamer in your life the latest titles without even leaving the house. You can choose from $60 blockbusters such as Fallout 4 or $10 cult classics like Hotline Miami. They can download and play in just minutes, and they’ll own the games forever. No clue what to choose? You can also give gift cards in different dollar amounts, or select a title directly from their wishlist.
Why give one song when you can give more than 30 million? Despite the rise of competitors like Apple Music and Google Play Music, Spotify remains one of the best streaming-music service out there. Spotify Premium unlocks offline listening, better sound quality, and best of all, no ads! You can give 1-, 3-, 6-, and 12-month subscriptions at $10 a month. The mere fact the Beatles catalog is likely about to land on the service is just an added plus. Read more here.
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