These days, we get everything from our groceries to our laundry delivered, so why shouldn't we have gifts delivered too? With online shopping becoming the norm, it's increasingly rare for us to go out to a store to buy a gift for our nearest and dearest. But online stores aren’t always set up to make gift-giving a seamless process. Fortunately, in the current world of “Uber for everything,” there are numerous apps to help you give your loved ones beautiful, personal gifts with the swipe of a finger.
To make your next gift purchase a lot easier, we’ve rounded up a list of thoughtful gift-gifting apps that go the extra mile to make your special someone feel extra loved.
Artifact Uprising takes your incredible phone photography off your device and into your life. The process is easy. Just pull photos directly from your Instagram feed or camera roll, select a print style, like a woodblock or softcover photo book, et voilà! Artifact Uprising delivers premium quality prints, desk art, and gifts to your door. We love its calendar prints with a textured eggshell finish.
Say farewell to lost gift cards and unused store credit. Gyft keeps all of your e-card info on your iPhone, so it's easy to take advantage of (and remember) your prepaid shopping endeavors. Need a last-minute gift for someone? Choose from dozens of retailers, like Amazon, Target, and Sephora, and have e-cards delivered to your friends in no time.
Rack up rewards points to use toward your next online shopping binge.
Whenever we want to do something extra sweet for a friend on her birthday, we send flowers or cupcakes. But classic cupcakes can feel a little impersonal. Cako lets you print your favorite photo directly on your cupcakes and delivers them the same day. All you need to do is upload a photo, choose your cupcake flavor, add a short message to display on the cupcake, and Cako will take care of the rest!
If you’re in a meeting that’s running late or life simply got in the way of making it to Bevmo for some bubbly before a housewarming party, don’t sweat it. Minibar has you covered. Just swipe right on the app and a Minibar driver will deliver your heart’s desire (of alcohol, that is) to a destination of your choosing.
What’s better than ordering a massage therapist to your home and indulging in 60 minutes of uninterrupted bliss? Easy: surprising someone you love with a Soothe massage. The on-demand message delivery service offers a selection of handpicked, background-checked, certified, and insured massage therapists to come to your home for a 60-, 90-, or 120-minute session with only an hour's notice. Bonus: It's open until midnight.
Giftagram essentially functions as a boutique gift shop on your phone. Select from a carefully curated collection of presents and have them delivered to your loved one's doorstep in a beautifully designed package. It’s the perfect way to treat your bestie to a pampering package or your parents to a gourmet movie night. Best of all, the app will send you event reminders, so you never forget a birthday or other special occasion.
Taking gift-giving digital is definitely a time-saver in our efficiency-obsessed world, but a handwritten card never goes out of style. Shop our favorites below.
Next up: Nine of the best flower delivery services that make sending blooms a breeze.
This story was originally published on June 17, 2015, and has since been updated.