Gift cards usually say “I waited until the last minute.” Make yours meaningful by considering the recipient’s lifestyle and personality.
Music Money.Beef up your runner friend’s half-marathon playlist with an iTunes gift card or upgrade your Spotify-loving pal to a premium subscription–now available in a gift card.
Personal Mary Poppins. Treat frazzled friend to a vacation from cleaning. You give a card from a home-cleaning service like The Maids or Merry Maids; she calls up the nearest office and sets a date for a clean sweep (maids.com or merrymaids.com for office locations and gift-card info).
The Gift That Keeps on Giving.With a gift card to Global Giving (globalgiving.org) or Tisbest (tisbest.org), a do-gooder friend can peruse hundreds of charities and select the cause she most wants to support.
Fancy-Food Shopping.Food will go bananas for a gift card to a pricey supermarket like Dean & DeLuca (deandeluca.com) or Whole Foods