Anyone who bought anything on the internet within the past eight months has probably come across this general disclaimer: Shipping times may be delayed because of heavy order volume and COVID-19. It’s understandable — delivering packages is terrible during the holidays in general, so sprinkle in a pandemic and Trump going to war with the USPS and you get, for lack of a better word, a shitshow. So, for those of us who do not subscribe to the early-bird lifestyle, digital gift cards are our Most Valuable Presents of 2020.
In this shipping-challenged year, any notion of a gift card being a “lazy” present is banished, abolished, and out the window. Gifting someone a digital shopping spree to their favorite retailer cuts out the overworked middle man and is a surefire way to let a loved one know that you appreciate their existence (remotely). Ahead, we corralled a colorful list of gift cards, subscription boxes, and other instantaneous buys — anything that will help you say, “I love you”/“I miss you” via email.
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