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It appears that Christmas is taking on a unique atmosphere this year in 2023. Throughout this year, people have encountered deaths, inflation, the upcoming election, wars, and so much more.

In 2023, this challenging year has brought out the ingenuity of individuals, governments, churches, organizations, schools, and businesses. Confronted with the last minute Christmas shopping and give last-minute Christmas gifts,  people have sought alternative ways to share the holiday spirit and you can do so online virtually.

Gift Cards

Gift cards continue to be a popular choice, offering versatility that allows recipients to use them virtually anywhere. Major retailers such as Amazon, Home Depot, and others, along with online platforms like, make it easy to purchase and send gift cards via email to friends or family members.

Virtual Gym Membership

As we enter the new year, the hope is that local gyms will be fully accessible for exercise and fitness. In the meantime, virtual fitness experiences such as the mirror experience, Peloton, and other online gym options can help individuals stay active. You can sign up and gift a virtual gym membership through platforms like

Food Delivery Gift Cards

Food delivery services have gained popularity, especially during times when visiting the grocery store may be challenging. Platforms like Uber Eats, Doordash, Grubhub, and Shipt offer virtual gift cards that can be sent via email, providing a thoughtful way to treat friends or family to a meal without leaving home.

Transportation Gift Cards

For those who rely on rideshare services like Lyft and Uber, transportation gift cards can be a practical and appreciated gift. Whether for commuting to work, school, or simply enjoying a night out, Uber and Lyft gift cards offer convenient solutions.

Subscription & Membership Services

Consider gifting subscription or membership services for various apps this holiday season. From Netflix and Hulu to Amazon, Philo, Disney Plus, and more, these services provide entertainment options for cozy holiday gatherings. Remember to inform recipients that most subscription services have monthly fees once the gift card memberships expire.

These virtual holiday gift ideas offer a convenient way for last-minute Christmas shopping without leaving the comfort of your home in 2023.

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