10 Last-Minute Christmas Gift Cards for the Lazy Gift-Giver 

Christmas is right around the corner, meaning that it’s too late to hastily order gifts for your friends and family online. E-commerce sites and delivery riders are no doubt already working double-time to get everyone’s holiday hauls delivered, so if you want your Christmas gift to actually make it to Christmas, then you’ll need to look elsewhere for ideas. The answer to your prayers? Gift cards. 

Luckily for all you lazy gift-givers out there—ourselves included—we’ve compiled a list of last-minute Christmas gift cards so you won’t piss off your friends and family. If you’re like us and put off Christmas shopping until the last minute, then you better set aside a bigger budget to make up for your late shopping. 

Here are 10 last-minute holiday gift cards that’ll save you this merry season: 

1| Grab 

Does food actually count as a holiday gift? According to an army of titas, the answer is a resounding no. You won’t get away with that cheat, so the next best thing is a food gift voucher that they can use another time.


2| Netflix 


Got a friend that’s obsessed with K-drama, K-thrillers, and K-everything? Is he mooching off of your Netflix? Here’s a subtle gift card idea that will make him take the hint and set up his own account. 


3| Steam 

Perfect for the casual and serious gamer, this Steam gift card will endear you to the eyes of your gamer nieces, nephews, and godchildren. After all, gaming doesn’t come cheap. 


4| Apple

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Striving to be the favorite godparent at the party? Spoil your family with an Apple gift card, which you can set to any price. You can even design the digital gift cards to add even more flair to an already splashy gift. 


5| Zalora

You can never go wrong with a Zalora gift card for friends and family with a sense of fashion. The best part is that Zalora is having a site-wide sale for the holidays, so the lucky receiver of this gift card can shop to his or her heart’s content.  


6| Lazada 

It might be too late to order something from Lazada, so the workaround to this? Giving your loved ones a generous gift card to satisfy their online shopping needs. 


7| Amazon


If you’ve got a reader in the family, an Amazon gift card is a great idea as they can use it in the Kindle Store to purchase all the e-books he or she wants. 


8| Spotify 

Give the gift of Spotify—without the ads. If you have a PayPal account, you can send your friends and family Spotify gift cards. With the current Spotify fees, a P1,500 gift card can buy you free Spotify Premium for a whole year.  


9| Shangri-La The Fort 

If you want to level up your (last-minute) gift-giving skills, then consider a travel and leisure gift card from Giftaway. This gift card from Shangri-La covers both dining and stays.


10| Landers 

Are you living abroad? Giftaway teamed up with ABS-CBN to launch Checkout+, which is a gift card giving service made for OFWs. If you fit the criteria, then why not send your loved ones a chance to splurge at Landers? 



Technically not a gift card in the strictest sense of the word, you can never go wrong with cold, hard cash. But if ever you find yourself at a family reunion without any cash on hand, whip out your phone and your GCash app. Look for the Send Pamasko feature and send your nieces and nephews money online. That will surely satisfy the flock of money-hungry rugrats. 

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