No Shipping Required: Digitally Delivered Long-Distance Holiday Gifts

No Shipping Required: Digitally Delivered Long-Distance Holiday Gifts

Taryn Williford
Nov 21, 2013
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A new job, school, or a new relationship can all uproot us to move somewhere far away from the friends and family. But that doesn't mean we can't shower them with love and gifts during the holiday season. Here are a few thoughtful digital gifts that can be sent online to a far-away loved one (even last-minute!), without spending any extra bucks on shipping.

eGift Cards
The beauty of gift cards is they don't have to be presented in person. eGift cards allow a generous gifter to send retail cash to their loved one via email. The giftee can redeem the gift online or print and shop at a brick-and-mortar store. Gift Card Mall is a one-stop shop for eCards from tons of different restaurants and retailers. But if the giftee has a favorite spot, check out if they offer digital gift certificates or store credit (like Amazon, Starbucks and Redbox do).

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Digital Downloads
Know a book, movie or album a friend would love? Send it to them in digital form. Online entertainment stores, like Amazon, frequently have the option to give digital downloads as gifts. That means the sender pays the bill, but the receiver (wherever they are) gets the email to download the goodies.

Magazines, music, Cookie of the Month Club... subscription services can be bought online and presented via email. If the giftee is already a loyal fan of Netflix, Hulu Plus or another monthly entertainment service, consider picking up the tab for a month or two. Or if you know their address, opt for a magazine or gift subscription that can be presented online and shipped to them later, giving over and over again. Need some ideas? Check out our 20 Monthly Subscription Club Ideas!

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