7 Thoughtful Last-Minute Christmas Gifts

We’ve put together a list of last-minute gift ideas to help you wrap up your holiday shopping. In keeping with the values of Wishlist, we’ve highlighted gifts that encourage people to explore their world, share with others, and live in the moment.

Annual National Parks Pass

Annual NPS passes include unlimited admission for 2 people to National Parks and Forests. Consider it a “fast pass” for some of America’s most beautiful and historic places. Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Acadia, Big Bend…. the list goes on.  It’s the perfect gift for active couples, families, or #vanlife enthusiasts planning that cross-country road trip.

Zion National Park – Utah



Magazine or Newspaper Subscription

On the surface, this suggestion might seem a little boring and outdated but when you consider that Americans spend on average  10 hrs per day looking at screens, it makes sense. Give the gift of digital detox and encourage your loved ones to put away the phone with a subscription to a physical newspaper or magazine. Many publications offer holiday gift specials including, The New York Times, Outside Magazine, and Conde Nast.

Spotify Premium Subscription

Show appreciation for the music lovers in your life and save them from obnoxious ads. Spotify Premium subscriptions can be purchased through the web or mobile app (instructions here). Other streaming audio gift options include SoundCloud, Apple Music or Audible.

Kiva Gift Card

Kiva connects borrowers with lenders from around the world to fund projects that alleviate poverty. Recipients of a Kiva Card apply their funds to a project of their choice and follow its progress throughout the year.

Source: kiva.org

Craft Coffee or Beer Subscription

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like coffee, beer, or both. There are a handful of subscription services that deliver curated craft beverages monthly. Popular options include Craft Beer Club and CraftCoffee.com. The recipient won’t get a physical gift on Christmas day, but they will appreciate receiving a new package every month.

Craftsy Class

While on the topic of craft beer and coffee, we’ll give a shout-out to a fellow Denver startup, Craftsy, which promotes crafting of a different sort. Craftsy is an online learning platform for artists, photographers, woodworkers, knitters, quilters, and other creative types. Gift a Craftsy Class and help your loved ones take their hobby to the next level or pick up a new one.

Wishlist Experience Gifts

A recent Cornell Study confirms what we already know: spending money on experiences leads to lasting happiness. Experience gifts at Wishlist are grouped by category. You pick the category and the recipient chooses the experiences. Give an Adventure Wishlist to your outdoorsy friend in Denver or an Urban Living Wishlist to your foodie friend in San Francisco. For a full list of experiences visit enjoywishlist.com. Send your gifts by email or use the print feature to deliver on Christmas Day.


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