Grab last-minute gifts without leaving home or using express shipping

If you haven’t wrapped up your Christmas gift buying yet, don’t despair. You can find gifts online that will be ready in time for Christmas and give you an alternative to traditional gift cards. The best part? You don’t have to battle traffic and crowds at the mall to get them:

Netflix membership: Have a friend who loves movies? They can watch all the flicks they want right from their computer with a Netflix gift membership. Prices range from $7.99 for one month to $96 for 12 months. You can send your gift by email or print out a certificate to give to the recipient. There is one downside: the gift memberships are for online viewing only (no DVDs by mail).

Game rentals: Do your children or grandchildren love video games? Gamefly will deliver them right to the gift recipient’s door through the U.S. Postal Service. I’ve given this as a gift in the past, and it was a big hit! The service proved to be reliable, too. Gamefly gift memberships start at $23 for one month, with lower monthly prices for longer subscriptions. You can print or email a gift certificate for the subscription.

Magazines: You can find a monthly publication to match almost any interest. Give a friend a subscription to Cat Fancy, Sports Illustrated, Chile Pepper, Antique Trader or another magazine. Use Ebates to get up to 26 percent cash back when you buy through or ValueMags.

Do you have a favorite last-minute gift that can be purchased online? I’d love to hear your top picks.

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