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20 Best Gift Cards for When You Just Can't Decide

You can't go wrong with any of these popular picks.

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One of my family members who shall remain nameless (OK, it's my husband) always buys himself everything he needs, even right around the holidays. To make matters even more challenging, my brother also lives by the "treat yourself" motto and if he wants a new video game, a new pair of sneakers or the latest book by his favorite author, he just clicks "add to cart." And I'm definitely not alone in always needing a couple of gifts for those people I just don't know all that well, whether it's a contribution to the office White Elephant exchange, a secret Santa gift or that holiday gathering at a friend-of-a-friend's house that calls for a hostess offering. Say nothing of that person who gets you a gift that you weren't expecting, leaving you in a panic to reciprocate. And this year, with shipping times stretching out past the holidays for some must-have items, more than a few of us might be starting to sweat our lists. When confronted with these challenging gift-giving situations, sometimes a gift card is the best option.

Don't clutch your pearls just yet – the best gift cards are anything but a cop-out. We love these options because they let the recipient pick out their own present (perfect for that shopaholic in your life) and may even lead your friends and loved ones to discover a new favorite retailer. Grab a festive card, write a thoughtful message inside (one of these Christmas quotes, perhaps?) and add one of these great gift cards. Holiday gift exchange = solved.

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1 Amazon Gift Card

OK, so it's not the most original idea on the block. But an Amazon gift card opens the door for your recipient to buy anything from a special treat to much-needed groceries, so it might at least be the most versatile. 

2 Blue Apron Gift Card
Blue Apron

For the frazzled parents who need help getting dinner on the table, or just to take some of the stress off the post-holiday weeks, a gift card to this Good Housekeeping Institute-approved meal delivery service will fit the bill.  

3 Disney+ 1-Year Subscription
Disney

Those chilly winter nights ahead call for some move marathons, and Disney+ has lots of new and old favorites. All they'll need are their coziest pj's and the popcorn.

RELATED: 30 Best Disney+ Christmas Movies, Because Nobody Does the Holidays Like Disney

4 Etsy Gift Card

With more artisan-made, handcrafted gifts than anyone could possibly count, Etsy is the go-to for those who like to shop small businesses. But warn your recipient when they open it: Choosing just one to support will be a real challenge. 

5 Atlas Coffee Club Gift Subscription

For that one friend who has lots of opinions about the best way to brew their Joe, a coffee subscription will enable their caffeinated hobby. With both three- and six-month options, you can also choose how much to commit. 

RELATED: 40 Gifts for Every Kind of Coffee Lover

6 Sephora Gift Card
Sephora

Have you ever tried to buy makeup or personal care products for someone else? Unless you bring the item into the store with you, the chances of picking up the wrong thing are high. Save yourself the stress with a gift card, instead. 

7 Audible Subscription Gift Card
Audible

If you've ever bought your favorite bookworm a new read just to find out they just finished it, a subscription to audible is the way to go. They can access a whole library full of books to listen to wherever, especially when reading visually isn't possible. 

RELATED: The Best Audiobooks 

8 Happy You Gift Card
courtesy of Happy Gift Cards

Give your recipient a host of options with a Happy Gift Card. Each one has a selection of retailers, including favorites like Macy's and Bed Bath and Beyond, Ulta Beauty and GameStop, restaurants like PF Chang's, The Cheesecake Factory, ColdStone and more. You can also customize their look online, for an even more personal present. 

RELATED: Here's Where to Get Amazon Gift Cards

9 Starbucks Gift Card
Starbucks

We don't care if it's cheugy: Nothing says holidays like those signature red cups. Whether they're a peppermint or gingerbread latte kind of person, a gift card to the 'Bucks will help keep the caffeine flowing. 

10 Universal Standard Gift Card
Universal Standard

With sizes that run from 00-40, Universal Standard will likely have something that fits, regardless of your recipient's body type. And with their gorgeous offerings, they'll also be stepping out in style.  

11 Goldbelly Gift Card
GoldBelly

Friends and family who have moved away from their favorite restaurants can get a taste of home – or source something special they tried on their travels –with this company that ships food from certain restaurants and small food businesses nationwide. 

12 Stockpile Gift Card
courtesy of Stockpile Gift Cards

For teens or college students who are just getting into investing, or seasoned financial pros who take their portfolios seriously, Stockpile Gift Cards are a unique gift. Choose from a selection of popular and high-performing stocks, or let your recipient pick their own investment with a choose-your-own-adventure card. Now that's really a gift that keeps on giving. 

13 Spa Finder Gift Card
courtesy of Spa Finder

Give your loved one the gift of relaxation with access to thousands of spas, fitness centers, wellness centers, salons and more. If they want to spend the day getting a massage, facial, mani-pedi, the whole nine, they can use this card that way. If a yoga or pilates class is more their speed, it works for those too. They'll feel more relaxed just opening the envelope. 

14 Cloud 9 Living Gift Card
courtesy of Cloud 9 Living

For the recipient who has everything, give the gift of experience this holiday (but always check COVID-19 regulations before booking!)  Cloud 9 lets you choose between over 600 outings, from skydiving to hot air ballooning, to cooking classes and so much more. There's something for everyone, regardless of their interests. 

15 Gift of College Gift Card
courtesy of Gift of College

For rising high school seniors or even younger kids, adding to their college fund is a thoughtful gift. You can choose your denomination to build their savings for higher education or even help pay off student loans. It may not be flashy and fun, but they'll really thank you for it down the line. 

16 MaidPro Gift Card
courtesy of MaidPro

Of all the gifts you can bestow upon a frazzled parent or busy person, a clean house might be the most appreciated. MaidPro gift cards enable you to give your loved one some time back in their schedule, not to mention a carpet with those satisfying vacuum lines and a crumb-free countertop. 

17 Groovebook Gift Card
courtesy of Groovebooks

Nowadays, we take the vast majority of our photos digitally, and that's the way they remain. But with a Groovebook subscription, you can gift a monthly photobook, so they always have the latest snaps. This is a great option for grandparents or faraway relatives, so they can still watch the little ones grow. 

18 Uncommon Goods Gift Card
uncommongoods

As the name suggests, a gift from Uncommon Goods works great for those people with great taste who might also be a little picky. Think of it like a department store with curated goods for people who like the kinds of things that make others say, "Hey, where'd you get that?" 

19 Bifties Gift Card
courtesy of Bifties

Many of us have dedicated ourselves to shopping at more Black-owned businesses this year, but that can be hard to do if you don't know what to buy. Let Bifties help. By buying a Bifties gift card, you open the door to a whole online shop full of goodies your recipient will love that also supports a small business. 

RELATED: Black-Owned Businesses to Shop Now and Forever

20 Charity Choice Gift Cards

Pay it forward by giving with Charity Choice, which enables the cardholder to direct the balance to their choice of more than 1,000 charitable organizations. This year more than ever, so many people are hurting, so the person who has everything may appreciate the chance to spread some holiday cheer. 

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