Everyone wants to be great at giving gifts, but finding the perfect present isn't always an easy task. Thankfully, there are businesses that offer unique and exciting ways to show someone you care. From mobile gift cards to curated gift baskets, these 11 businesses make it easier to give.
1. Book of the Month
If your gift recipient loves reading, the Book of the Month will be a great surprise. Book of the Month is a subscription box where users get to pick a book from five curated options including early releases and debut novels. From mysteries to romance novels, there will be books for every reader on your list. You can gift members three months, six months or 12 months of a subscription.
While Elfster is dubbed as a "free Secret Santa generator," it's helpful for all holidays and gift-giving occasions. The Secret Santa function allows users to set up an exchange in minutes. Participates can also set up rules to make sure you never draw your spouse or yourself.
With Elfster, you can also add to links and notes to your wish list. When someone buys something off your list, they can mark it as bought so others know not to buy you that gift. Elfter also keeps track of birthdays and addresses and will remind you if someone you follow is having a birthday soon.
Giftagram's was created to make gift giving easier. It is a free, easy-to-navigate app that offers users instant access to a marketplace of hand-picked, curated products. Giftagram uses propriety technology to send items that are chosen with a smartphone or tablet in just a couple clicks. First, choose your gift from a selection of high-quality products from local and international retailers. Next, enter your recipient's information so Giftagram can contact the person via text or email about your gift. Once the recipient enters their address, the company will ship the gift.
Giftsnideas is an international gift-sending website that allows customers to send gifts to more than 12,279 cities internationally. The staff hand-picks a wide variety of gifts from around the world, and customers can browse the wide array of products. You can find the perfect gift for every occasion, knowing it can be sent to your loved ones, no matter how far away they live.
Gift baskets are fun and exciting. However, compiling and packaging a basket on your own can be time-consuming and expensive. GiftTree creates beautiful themed gift baskets, all hand-assembled, that are designed to have an impact on those who receive it. You can search baskets by price, occasion and gift type. In addition to its keepsake baskets, GiftTree also offers an extensive collection of personalized and engraved gifts for all occasions.
Everything is going mobile — including gift giving. With Gyft, you can give and manage gift cards from your mobile device. Users can purchase and send gift cards that can be used at more than 200 retailers, from department stores to restaurants and everything in between. Recipients can manage and redeem their gift cards from the app on their iOS or Android devices.
Handwrytten allows you to send cards and notes, with a message that's handwritten in ink. Simply pick out a card and type your message, and the website's robotic handwriting machines will "wryte" messages in a variety of different handwriting styles, from casual to fancy. The card is then sealed in an envelope, addressed, stamped and sent out for delivery. The starting price is $3 per card (cheaper than some store-bought cards), making Handwrytten an affordable way to send meaningful notes.
8. Packed with Purpose
Gifting company Packed with Purpose sells gift boxes that contain handcrafted products from nonprofits and businesses that employ people with disabilities. The company has a range of boxes available to fit any occasion. One of its most popular boxes – A Sweet Thanks, Deluxe – includes items from seven socially-responsible companies or nonprofits. For example, one business, Greyston Bakery, employs individuals with histories of incarceration, homelessness or drug use and provides housing, health services, childcare and training to its workers.
9. Personal Creations
Personal Creations offers a personalized gift-sending experience. The company sells a wide range of thoughtful and fun gifts. All products offered are available to etch, monogram or embroider with names, initials or a personalized message. Personal Creations focuses on major holidays, and releases limited-time items for each occasion.
Snappy makes it easier for managers to send gifts to their team. Snappy uses automation to automatically send personalized gifts for anniversaries, birthdays and holidays. Snappy's staff will curate a list of gifts and employees get to choose what they want. All the gifts can be personalized with logos and more. Gifts may range between trending products to subscription boxes.
With Sugarwish, you can send a personalized assortment of candies without even asking about their favorites. All you do is select a bag size, personalize an e-card and send the gift to your recipient. They will receive an email with your e-card and a coded link to the Sugarwish website, where they can select candies for the box. Once your recipient has submitted those choices, Sugarwish packages up the gift and sends it out. Whether you're sending a gift to friends, family, employees or even your boss, Sugar wish makes it easy to send a personalized gift.
Additional reporting by Brittney Morgan and Camille Mason.