With two weeks until Thanksgiving, ready or not, here come the holidays. The ubiquitous décor and reminders of the upcoming holidays can quickly lead to feeling overwhelmed. Make holiday shopping easy on yourself with these holiday gift apps and websites that show what the people on your list want, or check out these subscription services for that hard to buy for person on your list.
Give Them What They Want
Online, iOS, Android
Giftster is an online website that allows you to organize your holiday gift lists and share them with your friends and family by creating groups. Not only can you share your lists with everyone, but they can update your list to show the items they have purchased, without you being able to see what gifts you’ll be receiving! You can also create lists for each of your children, that way grandparents or other family members don’t end up giving them the same gift you do. Each item allows you to post your preferred size, color or activity, rank your items in order of most desired and link it to your favorite store. While great for the holidays, this app can be used year round for birthdays and other occasions.
Well organized, this free app allows you to sort by gifts, recipients, and even lets you create a shopping list sorted by store. Keep track of what each person wants, how many gifts you’ve gotten them, how much you want to spend, and even if you’ve wrapped the gift.
Christmas Gift List
The Christmas Gift List makes buying and budgeting easy for this year and next as it archives your list to remind you of your friends and family’s favorite items. Set a budget for each person on your list, then mark off the gifts as you purchase them. The app is also password-protected to keep gifts a surprise.
Holiday Gift Subscriptions Offer Monthly Surprises
Have someone on your holiday gift list who is challenging to shop for? Treat them to a subscription to one of these unique eCommerce delivery services…
BirchBox delivers boxes with 4 to 5 travel-sized samples of beauty, grooming and other products to fashion savvy women and men each month. The service allows the recipient to try a variety of lotions and potions to find their favorite products. Subscriptions are $10/month.
Craft Coffee sends java junkies three roasted coffees each month. The company chooses the best coffee from roasters big and small. Each coffee is packaged in a plain brown packaging so that you can fully enjoy the tasting experience without being swayed by the brand. Subscriptions start at $24.99/month for a monthly subscription, and include three types of artisan coffee, tasting notes an tips from expert brewers.
Gentleman’s Box is a subscription box for men with the essentials for today’s gentleman. From grooming supplies to wardrobe accessories, each box contains four to six products and is accompanied by the latest issue of GQ Magazine, with contents valuing at least triple the monthly cost of $25.
Kiwi Crate is a parent’s response to the phrase, “I’m bored!” Each monthly kit includes instruction and materials for 2-3 activities based around a common theme that you choose. Kits start at $19.95/month and range in age from 3 – 16+.
Try the World: Let worldly foodies experience cuisine from different country every 2 months . Each box arrives with 8 authentic gourmet foods, a Culture Guide that includes the story behind each product, recipes to make with the items, and tips to best experience the country’s culinary culture. Subscriptions start at $33/box .
Gourmet Chocolate of the Month – our list would certainly not be complete without including artisanal chocolates! For $34.95/month (plus S/H) you can send the chocolate lover in your life a pound of signature creations from a different world-class Chocolatiers. Using secret cacao bean blends and fresh, wholesome ingredients, these innovative chocolates are sure to please even the most refined palette. They currently have an offer to save up to $25 on their subscription services.
Don’t Forget About Your Pets!
Since pets are important members of the family, treat your dogs and cats to their own monthly subscription boxes.
Barkbox ships an assortment of tasty treats to your dog every month. Boxes are geared toward the size of the canine recipient – Small and Cute for dogs weighting 10-20 lbs, Just Right for dogs weighing 20-50 lbs and Big and Bold for dogs weighing more than 50 lbs. Boxes start at $29/month. Barkbox supports shelters, rescues and non-profits across the US that help dogs find their forever homes.
Meowbox is similar to Barkbox, but offers several treats for your feline companion(s). Answer a few questions about the age and gender of your cat, and Meowbox will send toys, food and treats that are made with natural ingredients. Boxes start at $32.95/month. With every box sold, Meowbox will donate a can of food to a shelter cat.
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