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8 Foolproof Last-Minute Gift Ideas

For that middle sibling you forgot you had.

There's always a lot to keep track of during the holidays — family feuds, the colleges your cousin has heard back from already, your aunt's gluten allergy and how many bad dates your sister's had on Hinge. So if you've forgotten to get gifts for someone (or, if you're supremely unorganized, everyone), don't fret. There are plenty of last-minute options for holiday gift-giving emergencies that are still thoughtful. Read on for our picks, and don't forget the heartfelt card!


Does your brother still use his ex-girlfriend's step-mother's account to watch his favorite shows online? Stop the madness by getting him his own account at Netflix or Hulu — or both. 


A lot of people have free music streaming accounts, but while there are many perks when you pay for premium, many people don't want to shell out that extra cash each month. Gift someone a Spotify account and they'll be grooving to anything they wish on their computers and their phones (except Taylor Swift, that is).


Is there anything you can't buy on Amazon? No, there isn't. Ergo, a gift card from the online retail giant will be well received, no matter who the recipient is. Target and Best Buy are also good options. 

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Head to your favorite neighborhood bookstore (if you have one) or Barnes & Noble to pick up a novel or coffee table book that speaks to the interests of the person you are buying it for. Hint: everyone will probably like Amy Poehler's new book, "Yes Please." 


Help your friends and family get a jump start on their New Year's resolutions (or feed their boutique fitness addictions) by gifting them exercise classes at their local gym or fitness center. For something a bit more unique, try ClassPass, a membership that provides access to hundreds of gyms and fitness classes in 14 major cities around the country. 


For busy families and couples, getting quality ingredients for cooking at home can be a hassle. Consider an at-home food subscription delivery gift like Plated, which delivers ready-to-cook ingredients and recipes based on users' meal preferences. Everything takes under 30 minutes to make and is portioned for each household.


Give someone the gift of personal styling with an at-home personal styling subscription that takes the stress out of looking good. Consider Stitch Fix for women and Trunk Club for dudes. 


Remind your loved ones to take care of themselves — or at least their skin — by registering them for a beauty subscription service. Try Birchbox, which sends a box full of deluxe samples once a month with samples that include fragrance, make-up, skin and hair care.