Geek Squad's best last-minute digital gifts
It's that time of year again. The decorations are going up, the weather is getting colder, and everyone's doing their Christmas shopping. You've got all the major presents sorted, but you need something extra – and there's no time left to trek into town.
Don't worry, though, we've got you covered. Here's our pick of the best digital gifts you can buy without ever leaving the house!
OK, I know what you're thinking: there's nothing particularly imaginative about a gift card! But just hear me out: There are a lot of interesting places that do vouchers online these days for you to print at home, and as a little stocking-filler it's quite a good idea. But which is right for you?
An Amazon voucher would allow your loved one to get (almost) anything they wanted – but there are some more specialised choices, too.
If they're a gamer, Steam, PlayStation and Xbox all sell voucher codes through various online retailers – and a music-lover would really appreciate a voucher to use on their favourite service, be it iTunes, Google Play Music or Spotify.
Sometimes it can be hard to decide what your loved one would enjoy the most, and gift cards take away that worry. And by printing them at home or having them delivered by email, they also have the added bonus of not requiring you to force your way through the crowds at this hectic time of year!
For the people who want for nothing – or who are more concerned with good causes than their own ever-increasing collection of stuff – you could choose a charity that you think would appeal to them, and make a donation in their name.
If you're stuck for choice, Oxfam have great service called Oxfam Unwrapped that allows you make a donation in someone else's name, based on what you think they would appreciate the most and a wide range of budgets.
There some great gifts available to help people in developing nations, from goats and other livestock to wells and educational supplies.
You can personalise the donation with a range of e-cards – and if there's still time for delivery, you can even reward your recipient with some little extras like chocolates, tote bags, notebooks and calendars.
Experience days are an increasingly popular alternative to physical gifts, offering exciting days out in unusual locations and doing some very odd things!
Having been on a couple of these myself, I can honestly say that I thought they were a really good gift – and they gave me experiences and memories that I would not have otherwise had. Activities range from supercar track days for the petrolhead in your life to relaxing spa breaks that allow your loved one to unwind and pamper themselves.
That's it for our selection of the very best last-minute gifts you can grab online – but if you've got any day-saving recommendations for our readers, drop us a line in the comments below! And for more great articles from our Agents straight to your inbox each month, get your name down below for the Geek Squad newsletter.