If you often find yourself scrambling to find a gift for your hosts on the way to the party, fear not. There’s no need to stop on the way when you’ve got your phone in your hand. With these amazing apps, you can send thoughtful, tailored presents that will arrive at the shindig before you do. Your friends and family will think you thought of things months in advance and your secret will stay between you and your smartphone.
GiftRocket: Use the GiftRocket app to send a gift that’s both personal and versatile. Choose an amount and suggest a place you think it should be spent. Your gift will be printed in a beautiful card and the recipient can redeem the cash. After that, it’s up to them to decide whether they’ll take your advice or spend the cash somewhere else. That’s what we call a calculated risk gift.
Gyft: Nothing is worse than sending someone a gift card and finding out it was lost, stolen or expired before they remembered to use it. With the Gyft app, your friends and family can upload plastic gift cards to their phone, where they remain safe, organized and accessible. Use the app to send presents instantly. You can also collect and redeem reward points the more you use it.
Facebook Gifts: If you didn’t think you could possibly spend more of your time on “The Book,” you’re wrong — but the Facebook gifts feature offers time well spent. Instantly send easy-to-redeem gift cards to hundreds of stores and restaurants. You can even donate to a favorite charity in a loved one’s name and let them know right away.
Giftly: Giftly gets it. Some people on your gift list are hard to figure out. The Giftly app let’s you create a suggested present, like a dinner out, a movie date or a plane ticket. You fill in an amount and send it right away by email, text or by printing out a cool certificate. The recipient chooses the best way to receive the funds and then spends them how they wish, keeping your suggestion in mind. They can even follow up through the app to let you know how it was spent.
Sesame: This clever app helps you deliver a delightful experience to someone you love. Carefully chosen Sesame gift packages are delivered with stunning presentation in a stylish blue box. Choose from themed gift sets like the Ultimate Unwind, Baby Playdate or Snow Day, among others. Each will be delivered with a personalized card.
Bond: Whether you’re sending a pricey present or just a simple note, the Bond app will make it special. Simply type in whatever message you’d like to send to a friend, and they will hand write it using a gorgeous fountain pen and send it along for your – with or without one of their unique, gorgeous gifts.
RedStamp: RedStamp is on a mission to be your modern-day social secretary, and to make it as easy to send a meaningful, personal card as it is to poke someone on Facebook. Use your phone to whip up digital cards for any occasion, or order a paper postcard or enveloped card printed on luxe paper for a more tangible touch.
H. Bloom: Sending flowers without seeing them first is always dicey. You never know if you order roses and mums are delivered, so it’s tough to make sure your personal style is conveyed with every bloom. H. Bloom will send tasteful, consistent arrangements anywhere in the U.S., and you always know what you’re getting. If flowers aren’t your recipient’s thing, they’ll send chocolates, cookies, cupcakes or candles too — and it’s easy to order these gifts from their app.
Treat: Treat by Shutterfly is an app that allows you to send custom photo cards and gifts with just a few taps of your fingers. Beautiful photos are turned into gorgeous greetings and mailed the same day when ordered before 11 a.m. PT. You can also create personalized photo gifts like mugs, iPhone cases or personalized stationary and send them anywhere they need to go – fast.
So don’t worry about practicing your old “I can’t believe I forgot your gift at home!” routine. With these user-friendly, convenient and personal options, you can win Best Guest at every party this year … as long as you’ve remembered to pay your phone bill.