10 Last Minute Subscription Gifts That Just Keep Giving

Looking for the Perfect Subscription to Give Parents, College Students, Besties, Partners, and More? We’ve Got You.

Lately it seems like you can’t just buy anything anymore – you have to subscribe to it. Whether it’s media, software, or another industry entirely, subscriptions have become the name of the game.

If you’d rather pay $10 for one DVD than $10 a month for every movie you can think of, this change has been pretty annoying. But for last minute shoppers, the subscription model is a godsend. Why? It takes minutes to send one of these virtual gifts to anyone on your list.

But not all subscriptions are created equal. We’ve searched high and low for the best subscription gifts you can send even if you need a gift so fast even two day shipping won’t save you. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming at ya: 

  • The best food prep and food delivery subscriptions
  • Entertainment subscriptions anyone would love
  • Clothing and beauty subscriptions to keep them looking and feeling their best

And more.

Meet GiftYa, The Ultimate Last Minute Gift

Not sure which Hulu tier your friend wants to subscribe to? Or maybe you aren’t sure how many meal prep kits they need delivered each week? Not to worry. You don’t actually have to sign your friends and family up for a subscription service to give them a great subscription gift – you can just send a GiftYa.

If you haven’t been on our blog before, allow us to introduce ourselves. GiftYa is a digital gift card solution that makes it easy to personalize, send, and use a gift balance – without the pesky plastic card that’s so easy to lose or leave at home when you need it.

Choose from thousands of local and national brands in the GiftYa catalog. You can add a photo or video clip, personal message, and send it off immediately or schedule a delivery. In just a couple of clicks, you’ve landed a thoughtful gift in your recipient’s email or text messages.

But it’s not just great for gift givers. Recipients can redeem their gift from their phone or link the balance to a card they carry all the time anyway – that way, they never forget to use the balance again. Plus, if they aren’t in love with the brand you select for them, regifting or exchanging their balance is easy.

Now that we’re all on the same page, let’s get to the good stuff – the best last minute subscription gifts out there.

1. Hulu 

Hours of Entertainment for Anyone Who Loves Spooky Season, Anime, or Wants a Peek at Hulu Originals

Text a Hulu gift card

Known for its annual Huluween celebration and more recently for Animayhem – a celebration of adult animation and anime – Hulu is one of the biggest names in the streaming game. And unlike certain competitors who have cracked down on password sharing, Hulu still believes that love means sharing your subscription. 

They can catch FX shows like The Bear or the American Horror Stories anthology, or bundle with ESPN to keep on the latest sports news. 

Text a Hulu gift card

2. Paramount+

For Classic Cartoons and All the Comedy You Can Handle

Text a Paramount+ gift card 

A relative newcomer to the world of tv and movie streaming, Paramount+ is probably best known for bringing old favorites back into the fold. After all, where else can you catch iCarly (and its more mature relaunch for young adults), your favorite old school Nickelodeon game shows, and all of the Nick Jr. your kid could want?

Paramount+ also carries CBS, MTV, Comedy Central, and more – so there’s something for everyone on your list.

Text a Paramount+ gift card 

3. DoorDash

When Cooking Dinner at Home Just Ain’t It

Text a DoorDash gift card

Everyone gets busy. Whether you’re a college student struggling to balance classes and homework and clubs, a parent running kids to friends houses and practice, or just a human who has to work to pay the bills, everyone has days that make you want to collapse on the couch when you get home instead of cooking a nutritious meal.

That’s where DoorDash comes in. And more specifically, the DashPass subscription. DashPash gets subscribers $0 delivery fees, lower service fees, cash back on pickup orders, and members-only offers and items to really stack the savings.  

Text a DoorDash gift card

4. Uber

The Go-To Subscription Gift for People Who Are, Well… On the Go

Text an Uber gift card

Ever wondered if an Uber gift card works for Uber Eats, too? Well it does! Uber is trying to streamline the process of helping users “Go Anywhere. Get Anything.” by ensuring the apps work well together. The Uber One subscription is just another way the services are tied together – for $9.99 a month, members get exclusive perks in both apps like:

  • Unlimited $0 delivery fees on Uber Eats
  • Up to 10% off eligible Uber Eats deliveries
  • Member pricing and top-rated drivers on Uber
  • Members-only offers and promotions 

This makes Uber One the perfect subscription gift if you want your recipient to get the most bang for their buck. Whether they’re a city dweller without a car of their own, someone who likes to paint the town red and needs a safe ride home, or just a busy person who likes to order in their favorite foods, this gift subscription is sure to be a hit.

Text an Uber gift card

5. Blue Apron

Flavorful Meals for the Whole Family (Without the Hassle)

Text a Blue Apron gift card

Coming up with something to cook every night can be exhausting. You might get sick of having the same dishes every single week, but who really has the time to research recipes to expand their repertoire? That’s where a meal kit subscription like Blue Apron comes into play.

The “meal kit that puts quality first,” Blue Apron asks subscribers to customize their membership with their dietary requirements, number of meals per week, and personal goals. Then members get to select creative recipes to add to their box. Boxes of ingredients (recipes included) show up in temperature-controlled boxes every week, taking the hassle out of getting creative in the kitchen.

Blue Apron features signature, vegetarian, and wellness-centered meals like:

  • Chipotle pulled pork tacos and nectarine salsa
  • Miso mushroom and brown rice bowls
  • Balsamic chicken and green beans
  • Romesco lasagna
  • Creamy lemon crab fettuccine

And more, so they’re sure to find something they like.

Text a Blue Apron gift card

6. Stitch Fix

Upgrading Outfits for Ladies, Men, and Children

Text a Stitch Fix gift card 

Staying on top of the latest fashion trends can be tough. Wouldn’t it be easy if someone else did it for you? Now, they can.

Stitch Fix is a subscription that matches members with their very own personal stylist. Members fill out a brief quiz to give their stylist an idea of their lifestyle, budget, sizes, and styles, and the stylist does the rest. Every month, a box of items curated to their preferences arrives at their doorstep. They can keep what they like and send back what they don’t – and they only pay for what they keep. 

With stylists specializing in women's styles, mens fashion, and kids clothes, this is a great subscription gift for anyone. 

Text a Stitch Fix gift card 

7. Book of the Month

Help Them Freshen Up Their To-Read List 

Make reading fun again when you sign up to be a Book of the Month member. Image courtesy of Book of the Month.

This isn’t your grandma’s book of the month club! Well, technically, it is, but it’s gotten a major makeover. Book of the Month is the ultimate subscription gift for the reader in your life. Every month, the BOTM team picks five new release books. Members select their favorite, and it arrives on their doorstep just a few days later! Each box comes with a bookmark, and members can choose to add on additional books and items for an additional fee if they choose.

Book of the Month is a great way to keep up on the latest releases. Selections include a mix of genres, so whether they’re into romances, literary fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, sci-fi, historical dramas, or anything else, they’re sure to find their next fave here.

8. Ipsy 

Try Out High End Makeup Without Breaking the Bank

Find your new favorite beauty products with a monthly Glam Bag subscription from Ipsy. Image courtesy of Ipsy.

Buying full-size makeup products can be a big investment if you just want to try something out, but samples are often so small you can hardly get a sense for how it works. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was something in between?

Actually, there is! Ipsy is a makeup subscription that sends five deluxe samples – usually about a month’s worth of each product – every month for just $13. Products can be skincare, selfcare, makeup, nail polish, or even fragrances. A quick quiz helps ensure you get matched with products that will work for you. 

And honestly, who doesn’t love getting a little surprise in the mail? 

9. ScentBird

High-End Fragrance Without the High-End Price Tag

ScentBird makes designer fragrance affordable. Image courtesy of ScentBird.

Personal fragrance gets expensive fast. Move a tier up from drugstore fragrances, and you’ll quickly find yourself paying $100+ for a bottle, whether it's mens, womens, or unisex. ScentBird is a fragrance subscription service that lets you indulge in designer fragrance – for a much more affordable $16.95 per month.

Your first order comes with a mini atomizer that holds about 120 sprays of your chosen fragrance – or enough to last until the next order.

It’s the perfect gift for anyone with discerning taste in perfumes and colognes.

10. Kindle

Unlimited Reading and Listening on Any Device

Kindle Unlimited puts millions of books and audiobooks at your fingertips. Image courtesy of Amazon.

This one’s another great gift for the reader in your life! You might be familiar with Kindle – Amazon’s ereader. But have you heard of Kindle Unlimited?

Members get unlimited access to over 4 million titles, ranging from classic literature to new releases. The subscription also includes audiobooks and magazine subscriptions. Members can access their library on any device – whether its a Kindle or the Kindle app on a smartphone or tablet. 

They can read their favorite series (again) or try out a totally new genre. So whether they’re devouring the next SJM series or doing a deep dive into self help books, listening to Gollum read the LOTR books before watching the extended editions again or catching up on the latest celebrity gossip, Kindle Unlimited has something to offer.

Complete the Gift: Text an Amazon gift card so they can stock up on all their favorite ebooks, physical books, and audio books.

There you have it, the best subscription gifts you can get at the last minute.

Subscriptions make great gifts because your recipient can look forward to them month after month, even after their birthday, holiday, or other celebration is over. We hope you’ve found the perfect last minute subscription gift on this list, but if you haven’t, head over to the GiftYa catalog to see what else we have in store. With thousands of local and national brands to choose from, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list. Happy shopping!

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Trae Bodge

Trae Bodge is the shopping expert here at GiftYa. Trae helps people find the best deals and ideas on popular new items to purchase.

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