In the current world of “Uber for everything,” there are numerous apps to carry out the act of gift-giving on demand. But as Facebook continues to alert us to our closest friends’ birthdays and Instagram shout-outs take birthday cards public, we can’t help but feel that the world of gift-giving might be lacking that essential personal touch. We’ve rounded up a list of wonderfully thoughtful gifting apps that go the extra mile to make your special someone feel extra-loved.
Artifact Uprising brings your collection of 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 a 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.
BloomThat is on a mission to make sending a “little something” a big movement, and we think that’s just awesome. The company delivers fresh, individually crafted bouquets in less than 90 minutes. Wrapped in recycled burlap and tied with a pretty bow, these local blooms are the perfect birthday treat, congratulatory gesture, or “just because” pick-me-up. With bouquets starting at $35, you’re going to want to start sending these beauties to all your girlfriends.
Gyft is taking the gift card industry from plastic to digital. Say farewell to lost gift cards and unused store credit. Gyft keeps all of your e-card info on your iPhone, so it's hard not to take advantage of 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. Plus, you can 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 have cupcakes delivered. The problem is, most of the time it’s hard to schedule those surprise deliveries and sometimes even harder to figure out your friend’s work address without her knowing something special is on the way. Sweetness, the app that lets you send locally made baked goods to a chosen recipient, makes this tech transaction extra-personal. All you need to do is input your friend’s number and record a short message that will be played for your recipient upon delivery. Sweetness 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 got 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. Next time your best friend has a tough day at the office, book her a Soothe!
Sesame believes in the power of presentation. The app functions as a boutique gift shop on your phone. Select a carefully curated collection of presents, then have them delivered to your friend or family member’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.
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.