The holiday season is such a busy time of year, so it is no wonder that so many of us wait until the last minute to finish our shopping! Gift cards are a perfect solution for any last minute gifts you may need. They show the people on your Christmas list that you know their interests, like an L.L. Bean gift card for an outdoorsy type. Gift cards also allow them to choose their own present, making them the best of both worlds.
In this list we have picked out our favorite gift cards for everyone on your list, from family members to significant others, friends or even coworkers. All of the gift cards in this list are available for email delivery, so even if you wait until Christmas Eve you can still rest assured that they will have something special to open on Christmas day! Some of the cards in this list also have the option to ship a physical card, just make sure to order by the 19th for free standard shipping, or the 22nd for two-day Amazon Prime shipping.
If you do not see the perfect gift card in this list, click here to browse the hundreds of last minute gift card options that are available for instant email delivery on Amazon.com.
For more ideas, click here to see all of our curated lists for Christmas 2016. They are full of great ideas for gifts to put under the tree or in a Christmas stocking this year.
1. The Best Gift Card for Mom
If there is one thing every mom deserves, it is to be pampered! Show your mom that you appreciate all she has done for you over the years by spoiling her with a massage, facial, mani pedi or whatever she wants with a Spafinder gift card. This gift card is valid for tons of different beauty and spa services, so she is guaranteed find something that she loves.
2. The Best Gift Card for Dad
Instead of getting the same old tie and cufflinks for your dad this year, let him pick out some winter fashions that he will really love. This gift card from Gap has the option to shop at any Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic or Athleta location, in person or online. Whether you dad wants some casual clothes, comfy home wear, athletic gear or any other fashions, this gift card lets him have it all!
3. The Best Gift Card for Baby and Kids
Baby and kids are super fun to shop for, but last minute shopping can be difficult. Instead of buying something they may or may not love, go with a gift card for their parents to get them something special. Some of the best baby shops have instant delivery gift cards available, including Baby Gap, Carter’s, Osh Kosh, The Children’s Place and Gymboree.
Buy the Baby Gap gift card here, the Carters/OshKosh gift card here, The Children’s Place gift card here or the Gymboree gift card here.
4. The Best Gift Card for Teens
Teenagers can be super hard to shop for, since fashions change so quickly and tastes even more so. Instead of guessing and probably getting it wrong, get your teen a gift card to their favorite store and they will love you for it! Forever 21 is a popular choice and will definitely be appreciated. For shoes, both teen boys and teen girls will love a gift card to Famous Footwear. If you are shopping for a budding musician, it does not get any better than a gift card to Guitar Center. Any of these gift cards are an awesome choice for teens!
Buy the Forever 21 gift card here, the Famous Footwear gift card here or the Guitar Center gift card here.
5. The Best Gift Card for Best Friends
If you are stuck on Christmas present ideas for your best friend, why not get them a cool experience as a gift? A gift card to Sur La Table can be used for a cooking class, or if they prefer they can also use it to get for the finest cookware, dinnerware, cutlery, kitchen electrics, bakeware and more. If your friend likes cooking, they will really love this as a gift. A nice add on or alternate gift would be a gift card to Whole Foods, where they can spoil themselves rotten with the finest quality organic groceries and home goods.
If your friend is always on the go, they will definitely appreciate an Uber gift card for Christmas. This will guarantee they always have a ride to wherever they need to be. And of course, you can never go wrong with an Amazon.com gift card. This is the ultimate crowd pleaser and the best choice for any indecisive gift giver!
Buy the Sur La Table gift card here, the Whole Foods gift card here, the Uber gift card here or the Amazon.com gift card here.
6. The Best Gift Card for Girlfriend/Wife
If you want to spoil her rotten this Christmas, gift cards are the best choice. She can pick out her own style and preference and buy something really nice that she would not otherwise get for herself, whether it is jewelry, clothing, perfume, makeup or whatever else she loves. A gift card to Sephora is sure to be a hit, or if she is a shoe lover she will love to pick out a nice pair from DSW. Another option is for a high end clothing store like Express, so that she can get some stylish winter clothing. She is going to love any (or all) of these gift cards!
7. The Best Gift Card for Boyfriend/Husband
With an electronic gift card to airbnb, you can give your sweetheart the gift of a relaxing vacation anywhere he wants! This gift card will show him how much you love and appreciate him, and it will be a great opportunity for you to make special memories together, too.
Another fun idea would be to gift him a “staycation” with night on the town. Give him a gift card to AMC theaters or Regal Cinemas and his favorite restaurant, and let him pick the movie and the restaurant for your date. He will love it!
If you want to be even more of a homebody, treat him to a night in with a Netflix gift card and a pizza delivery from Dominoes! Either way, this is the perfect gift for any man who deserves to just relax and be catered to!
Buy the airbnb gift card here here, the AMC Theaters gift card here here, the Regal Cinemas gift card here, the Darden restaurant gift card here, the Netflix gift card here or the Dominoes gift card here.
8. The Best Gift Card for Grandpa
Grandpas usually have a lot of time on their hands for the hobbies they love like fishing, golfing, hunting and other outdoor activities. This gift card to Bass Pro Shops is his ticket to all of the gear he needs for his favorite past times. This gift card is available for email delivery, or you can print it out and give it to him in person.
You can also opt for an L.L. Bean gift card, where he can get gear for all kinds of other outdoor activities. Even if he is not the most active person, he can pick out some awesome, high quality winter gear like boots, gloves, jackets and more.
9. The Best Gift Cards for Grandma
Grandmas tend to be crafty, whether they love to knit, sew, scrapbook or just make fun crafts with their grandkids. JoAnn fabric and craft stores have everything she needs to finish all of her projects. Your grandma will definitely appreciate this gift card!
If your grandma is like mine, she may not be the crafty type. Any stylish grandma will love a gift card to Nordstrom where she can get herself a nice piece of jewelry, perfume, winter scarves and gloves, or whatever other stylish gift she wants!
10. The Best Gift Cards for Coworkers
For coworkers, it is best to keep gifts friendly yet impersonal. You spend all day every day with your coworkers, but it can still be difficult to get to know them on a personal level like others on your Christmas list. If you are shopping for a small gift for multiple coworkers, coffee gift cards are perfect for a cheap treat. Everyone loves a free coffee, especially during Peppermint Mocha season!
Starbucks gift cards are available in singles for $25, or you can purchase bundles of four cards at $10 each. If you want an email delivery card, go with The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, which is available in any denomination.
Want to see more gift ideas? Check out our gift guides to see more of our favorite gifts for 2016. We also have specially curated Toys pages for gift ideas for your kids. Or, take a look at Amazon’s Gift Guides to see some of their favorite items for the holidays.