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5 Last Minute Gifts That’ll Fool Them Into Thinking You Planned It All Along

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* Last minute gifts don’t have to be cheap or bad
* Skip the generic grocery store bouquet and find something online instead
* No shipping required! Order up till the very last second

Just because you’ve procrastinated until the very last minute to get your gifts, doesn’t mean your recipient should be screwed — or Scrooged. Here’s how to fake it like you’ve been planning these presents for months… even if you just clicked “BUY” right now.

1. SpaFinder Gift Card

You don’t have to profess to know all the hottest spas in town to impress your loved ones. Just give them a SpaFinder Gift Card and then let them choose the spa they want to visit. SpaFinder gift cards work at thousands of locations across the country, with options for salons, spas, fitness classes, acupuncture, meditation retreats and more. Best of all: the cards never expire.

Our suggestion: purchase a gift card online, print it out, then tuck it into a little gift box along with a fresh-smelling candle. Wrap it up with a bow and give him or her the gift of relaxation.

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2. Craft Beer Club

Sure, subscription boxes get a bad rap, but there’s a difference between getting something you don’t want every month, versus something you’ll actually use — or drink. Enter the “Craft Beer Club.” For just $42 a month, your recipient will get 12 world-class craft beers (four different styles each month). Plus, every box includes the backstory on each brewery, so you can re-order the beers you like and get to know exactly what you’re drinking. New club members receive a ton of free bonus gifts in their first shipment, including bottle openers, coasters, greeting cards, magazines and more.

The best part: there’s no membership fee to join and you can cancel anytime. Our suggestion: sign your friends up for a 3 or 6-month subscription, then leave it up to them to continue.

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3. MasterClass Pass

Not familiar with MasterClass? It’s basically an online course taught by some of the best — and most famous — experts in almost every industry you can think of. Learn how to shoot a basketball with Steph Curry; learn to cook with Gordon Ramsay; learn photography from Annie Lebowitz; the options are endless. New this season is a filmmaking course taught by Martin Scorsese and an acting course from Helen Mirren.

A single class costs just $90 and includes 10-20+ hours of audio and video instruction, plus a course workbook that you can download and keep. Select classes also let you upload questions to the instructors — Serena Williams could respond with a personalized video on improving your backhand, or Frank Gehry could write back with tips on how to find employment in a successful architecture firm.

An all-access pass give you access to all classes for a single year and is just $180.

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4. Tickets To a Big Game (or Big Concert)

No one can deny the power of Hamilton. And while tickets to the award-winning Broadway musical may be sold out online, we’ve found some great, affordable seats through Ticket Network. The site lets you order tickets to sporting events, concerts and theater productions with confidence. Your tickets are guaranteed to always arrive before the event and your tickets will be the ones you ordered, or better seats than you paid for. Think of Ticket Network as your middleman between re-sellers and ticketing agencies, to find you the best deals.

Surprise them with tickets to see Taylor Swift’s world tour, or get seats for the next big UFC fight. Not sure what to get, or on a budget? Kick off their ticket purchasing experience with a Ticket Network gift card. The gift cards can be purchased from as little as $25 and they never expire. Our suggestion: attach the tickets to a physical CD of the artist you’re seeing, or to a piece of fan merch if you’re going to a game. They’ll get something to enjoy now, and tickets to look forward to later.

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5. Amazon Prime Membership

Amazon Prime has the best value of any online membership. One year costs $99 (about $30 less than Netflix), gets you free shipping to just about anything to your doorstep in less than two days, and gives you unlimited access to full-fledged streaming services (like Amazon Video and two million songs on Amazon Music).

Newest benefits you might not know about: When shipping to select metro areas, Prime members get free two-hour delivery with Prime Now on groceries. You also get access to unlimited books and magazines, can enjoy Twitch for video game lovers and more. If any of your friends or family don’t already have Prime, they’d be thrilled to get a membership as a gift. See all the perks of Amazon Prime here.

It’s one gift that will keep on giving through the year.

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