So you procrastinated. If you missed shipping deadlines to order gifts online and have them arrive in time for the holidays, all is not lost. There are still plenty of last-minute travel gift ideas for the travelers in your life. Luckily, many of our favorite brands offer digital travel gift cards designed to be used on future trips. From photo books designed to be personalized online by the recipient to Airbnb gift cards and airport security memberships, no one will be more aware that you haven’t shopped at the start of the year.
1. National Parks Pass
Buy now: $80, usgs.gov
Give the gift of the great outdoors with a National Parks Pass. Even if your outdoor friend already has one, the annual pass must be renewed every year. Although physical passes must be mailed, simply send them an IOU to renew their annual pass, which covers entrance fees to national parks and many other national public land sites. If you’re getting this for someone age 62 or older, keep in mind that annual senior passes are only $20, while a lifetime senior pass is $80.
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2. Scott’s Cheap Flights Membership
Buy now: From $49 for a one-year Premium Membership, scottscheapflights.com
For travelers who spend hours scouring Google Flights for fun finding flight deals to inspire their next trip, treat them to an upgraded membership to Scott’s Cheap Flights. Founded by former journalist Scott Keyes in 2015, the subscription service offers cheap flight deals from the airports of your choice via email as they are rolled out by airlines.
Digital gift cards are available for one, two or five years of Scott’s Cheap Flights Premium or Elite membership and can be emailed or printed. A Premium subscription allows users to track offers from up to 10 airports, with alerts for economy class offers, weekend getaways and incorrect fares. An Elite subscription, which costs $199 for one year, includes all the previously mentioned benefits, plus offers for premium economy, business and first class tickets for an unlimited number of departure airports.
3. Airbnb Gift Card
Buy now: Miscellaneous, airbnb.com
Whether they’re looking to book a cozy cabin in Vermont or a beach house in Hawai’i, travelers will be thrilled to receive an Airbnb gift card to help cover lodging costs on their next trip. Airbnb offers digital gift cards that can be used for any of its vacation rentals or experiences, online or IRL, worldwide. If you want to gift a physical Airbnb gift card, you can find them at stores including Target, CVS, and Walgreens, as well as grocery chains like Safeway and Kroger.
4. Hipcamp or Tentrr gift card
Buy now: Miscellaneous, hipcamp.com; tentrr.com
For those who go camping more often than they book vacation rentals or hotels, offer them a digital gift card on the camping booking platforms Hipcamp or Tentrr. Tentrr offers fully serviced campsites, with pre-pitched safari tents and other camping essentials, on private and public grounds, including many New York State parks. On the other hand, Hipcamp is a peer-to-peer booking platform for campsites on private land with sites ranging from simple take-out tent spaces to rustic cabins in the woods.
5. Flytographer Vacation Photoshoot
Buy now: From $285 for a 30 minute session, flytographer.com
Do you always end up playing Instagram photographer for your family on vacation? Give them a digital gift card to Flytographer, a company that connects travelers with local photographers for photoshoots in cities around the world, from New York to Tokyo. Sessions can be booked through Flytographer for as little as 30 minutes (ideal for families with young children) and up to two hours. A 30-minute session includes 15 prints plus the digital files and a location that travelers can choose themselves. Longer sessions include multiple locations and up to 60 prints, including digital files.
6. Artifact Uprising Gift Card
Buy now: Miscellaneous, artefactuprising.com
Push your favorite travel photographer to finally turn their memory cards full of jpegs into real prints with an Artifact Uprising digital gift card sent by email. The high-quality online printing service offers everything from small Instagram-friendly print sets to framed photographs to hardcover photo books.
7. Martha Stoumen Wine Club Membership
Buy now: From $195 per shipment, marthastoumen.com
Instead of gifting a natural wine lover a single bottle, gift them a membership in Sonoma County winemaker Martha Stoumen’s wine club, which offers privileged and exclusive access to new releases. Choose between a 6 or 12 bottle subscription, arriving in two shipments per year, in spring and fall. To give it as a gift, simply select “gift this subscription” on the membership page to fill in the recipient’s name and email address.
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8. Rosetta Stone Language Course
Buy now: From $36 for three months, rosettastone.com
Those planning a milestone trip in 2023 can offer their family online language lessons, as a digital gift card via email, to prepare for going abroad. Rosetta Stone is known for quickly teaching dozens of languages through immersive lessons that are now available on desktop and mobile apps.
9. Clear Membership
Buy now: From $89 for a six-month subscription, clearme.com
Even if they already have TSA PreCheck, a Clear membership will help frequent travelers get through airport security even faster by putting them in front of the security line. Digital gift cards are available for a six-month subscription ($89) or a one-year subscription ($189) and can be emailed or texted directly to the recipient or printed for in-person delivery.
10. Carry-on luggage gift card
Buy now: From $25, awaytravel.com
Choosing your own luggage is an entirely personal matter. Even more so with the Away suitcases, which come in nearly a dozen different colors. A digital gift card will allow the recipient to take full control of their own online design. AFAR’s favorite Bigger Carry-On starts at $295. For an additional $20 you can add a detachable USB phone charger to the suitcase.
This article was originally published in 2021; it was updated with new information on November 3, 2022.