For some of us, procrastination is a way of life. A lot of times, we can manage to pull out a win in the end, like working all night before a presentation. However, when it comes to getting a gift during the holidays, it can be a real nightmare. It's currently too late to get gifts delivered in time, and getting into a store can be difficult or even impossible. But, there are options for gifts that are quick and easy, while still showing thought and care.
Of course, you can always get someone a gift card for Amazon or Walmart, but something more specific can be more meaningful. For the gamer in your life, you can get a subscription to a gaming service, like Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, PlayStation Plus, or Google Stadia Pro. You could also purchase in-game currency for a game they play, like Minecoins for Minecraft or Robux for Roblox. You could also purchase an actual game code. Just make sure you know what platform they play on (PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch). There is also the option to subscribe to Loot Crate, where they can get any number of cool gaming-related items every month.
For the maker in your life, you can get a subscription to a service like HackerBoxes or Adabox. If you are a maker yourself, you could also consider making a gift. There are a lot of holiday-inspired items that can be printed on a 3D printer, like ornaments. While they may take a little time to print, they will certainly show that you considered your recipient and their interests.
There are other options, of course. Depending on who you are buying for, you might have to reconsider slightly. But these can give a good starting point for considering how to handle your last-minute buying.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.
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