These days, we get everything delivered: our groceries, our laundry, even our tampons! So why shouldn't we have gifts delivered as well? With online shopping becoming the norm, it's rarer 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. 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 shoutouts take birthday cards public, we can’t help but feel that the world of gift-giving might be lacking that essential personal touch. To make your next gift purchase a lot easier, we’ve rounded up a list of wonderfully thoughtful gift-gifting apps that go the extra mile to make birthday gift delivery a snap and make your special someone feel extra-loved. Best of all: It’ll be ordered and done in just a few taps.
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. But classic cupcakes can feel a little impersonal. Cako lets you print your favorite photo directly on your cupcakes and it delivers them the same day. All you need to do is upload a photo, choose your cupcake flavor, and 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 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!
Giftagram believes in the power of presentation. The app functions as a boutique gift shop on your phone. Select a carefully curated collection of presents, and then have them delivered to your friend or family member’s doorstep in a beautifully designed package, no address needed. 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 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.