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The Most Last-Minute Gift Card Ideas in the World

By Josh Smith, dealnews writer

last minute gift ideasSo you're on your way to a Christmas party … Wait! You need a gift! What can you do? In order to save Christmas, or whichever holiday you're celebrating, we've collected the following extremely last-minute gift cards that you can give that look like you care. Order and home and print, or have the details emailed to your recipient. These gifts are so lightning fast, you could hook one up from your phone between the time you ring the bell and your host answers the door.

Last Minute Gift for Gamers:
Gamefly — Give the gift of the latest video games delivered by mail with gift subscriptions starting at $15.95. You can print these out or opt for email delivery.

Last Minute Gift for Book Lovers:
Kindle book — Need a last minute gift for a book lover with a Kindle, smartphone or iPad? Send them a Kindle book, all you need is their email address.

Last Minute Gifts for Music Lovers:
iTunes — You can send an email iTunes gift certificate from $10 to $50 from right within iTunes. Your recpient can use this for Apps, TV Shows, Movies and music.
Pandora One — For the online music lover, give a Pandora One gift subscription that delivers longer timeout periods, no ads and higher quality audio. Pandora One is $36 for a year and can be emailed or printed.

Last Minute Gifts for Photographers:
Flickr Pro — Know a photographer who needs an online gallery for sharing pictures? Pick up a Flickr Pro account as a gift, which gives unlimited uploads, as well as stats and even a free photo book. The code can be emailed or printed. SmugMug — Another last-minute gift for a photographer is this service, which offers customizable themes and a platform for selling prints.

Last Minute Gifts for Movie Lovers:
Fandango — Rather than try and figure out which theater your recipient frequents, pick up a Fandango gift certificate that can be used at many large movie theater chains. Fandango Bucks can be emailed or mailed to the recipient. Netflix — Give a DVD by mail and instant streaming gift to the movie lover who is patient enough t wait until the movie is out on DVD. Gifts start at $7.99 and can be printed out our emailed.

Last Minute Gifts For People Who Are Hard to Buy For:
Amazon — If you're at a loss, send an Amazon.com gift card. This gift card can be used on practically anything, which is why it was one of our Top Five Gift Cards of 2010. You can email, print, mail or even post the gift to your recipient's Facebook wall.
eBay — An eBay gift certificate is perfect for a recipient who loves the game of buying on eBay or is addicted to buying retro and hard-to-find items on the site. The eBay gift certificates can be printed or emailed, and you can even choose which day to deliver the email.

If you're still stumped for gifts, try our Guide to the Web's Best Gift Guides, or check out 72 Stores That Can Still Ship by Christmas, or simply get a little holiday cheer with our exclusive video of Eco Elvis singing Green Christmas.

Josh Smith is a freelance writer who writes frequently about technology and consumer electronics and is based in Ohio. Follow him on Twitter — @josh_smith. You can also sign up for an email alert for all dealnews features.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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