Guide to Gifting on the Go

5 online finds to make this season of gifts the easiest one yet

You know what magazine editors love (aside from Chanel, of course)? Fresh flowers or a great gift basket. No time to shop for the best items? Don’t know how to put one together? There’s an app for that. Read on for 5 finds that will make the season of giving easier.

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For your friend throwing the holiday dinner…

Save her (and yourself) a trip to the farmer’s market, and let BloomThat do the work. Get a gorgeously rustic bouquet of seasonal blooms hand delivered in 90 minutes. The selection changes daily, and you won’t have to sort through pages and pages of options. Flowers start at $35, and succulents start at $25. Don’t live in the Bay Area? Check out TheBouqs to get a sustainable bouquet starting at $40.

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For the gal with a discerning eye…

Gift a perfectly packaged experience a la Sesame. From a gilded stationery set ($20) to an at-home spa experience ($22), an air plant kit ($25) to only the essentials ($27)… or send a care package ($15) when your bestie is miles away with the flu… Sesame has a range of gift sets in a range of prices. A one-stop shop for curating a lovely date when you can’t physically be with your friend!


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For the lady who loves surprises…
PopSugar Must Have

What started as a way for girls to try the best new beauty products out there has turned into a phenomenon for everyone who loves opening presents. How exciting it is to get a surprise in your mailbox every month (even more so when it’s hand-picked by editors like the PopSugar Must Have box)! You will be just as excited as your girlfriend to find out what awaits her in her December box ($40), or go big with the Special Edition Holiday box ($100). Hesitant? You’ll sign yourself up when you see the past boxes.


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For the healthy do-gooder…
Love With Food

She lives for finding the latest and greatest in healthy snacks. She frequents Whole Foods. Or maybe it kills her that she lives too far from one. Send her a subscription to Love With Food to help her discover organic or all-natural snacks. The best part? With every box of snacks they send, they donate 1 meal to hungry children in America. Win-win. Gift subscriptions start at $36 for 3 months; gluten-free options available.

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If you have the perfect gift and just need to ship it…

If you’re in San Francisco, you’re lucky enough to try Shyp—the awesome new app that will not only ship your package for you, they’ll pick it up and wrap it too! Simply snap a picture of what you’re shipping, request a pick-up, and check the option for gift wrapping by Brit + Co. At $5 for the service, $5 for the gift wrap, plus the cost of shipping, rumor has it that Santa is taking the night off.


Which of these apps can’t you wait to try? 


Catherine Abalos is founder and editor of The Single Diaries.

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