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Last-Minute Birthday Gift Ideas That Won’t Feel Last-Minute

Last-minute birthday gifts should be thoughtful and suit the people you’re shopping for. And there’s one gift that will fit anyone. Gift Cards from American Express are versatile and allow your recipients to choose what they want.

Same-Day Birthday Gifts: What to Buy When You’re Out of Time

We’ve all had that heart-in-throat moment when we suddenly remember it’s a friend or family member’s birthday and realize we need to find something quickly. Shopping for last-minute birthday gifts can be stressful. It’s hard enough trying to pick out the right thing without the added pressure of a ticking clock; so what do you do when you need to find same-day birthday gifts, but don’t want them to feel like an afterthought?

Before you start shopping, take a few minutes to think about the person you’re shopping for. The best last-minute birthday gift ideas are ones that don’t feel like you waited until the eleventh hour to shop. And a thoughtful gift that shows how well you know the person’s interests and passions can make it seem like you had everything figured out well in advance.

Are you shopping for a foodie, a sports fan or a nature lover? If so, here are some last-minute birthday gifts that will hit the mark:

For the Food Lover: Send your foodie to that newly opened restaurant— you might be short on time, but a future reservation and that acclaimed tasting menu are only a phone call away. You can also circle a date on the calendar and arrange to have a local chef come to the recipient’s home and prepare a meal for a small group of friends. Cooking classes can also make great last-minute birthday gifts. Or you can run into a culinary specialty store and pick out something useful for the kitchen, along with some gourmet items to complement your foodie’s collection: Spices, coffees, teas, oils and vinegars are examples of same-day birthday gifts that can be enjoyed throughout the year.

American Express Gift Cards: The Gifts that Stand Out
  • Can be used virtually anywhere in the U.S. where American Express Cards are accepted
  • Safer than cash because the funds can be replaced if lost or stolen*
  • Choose from a variety of designs appropriate for birthdays

For the Sports Lover: Need last-minute birthday gift ideas for a sports fan? Purchase tickets for an upcoming game with a few clicks. If your budget allows, for a real treat you could even consider taking the recipient to a future game on the road. Go the distance and include an American Express Gift Card to cover the cost of concessions and parking at the game. Prefer something a bit more tangible? A local sports or memorabilia store can offer a nice collection of same-day birthday gifts. Choose from a selection of team jerseys, pick up a signed ball or bat, or frame an autographed picture of your recipient’s favorite player. Still stumped? Is your gift for the stay-at-home fan? Offer to cater a game-day meal or in-home tailgate for that next Monday night game or afternoon doubleheader.

For the Nature Lover: If you’re shopping for someone who loves to work in the yard, consider stopping by your local home and garden store to pick up a nice potted plant, a bonsai tree or a set of gardening tools and a selection of heirloom seeds. Artsy bird houses and feeders also make nice last minute birthday gifts. Or stop by your nearest outfitter or sporting goods store to grab something for that next camping trip: Campfire grilling tools (along with all the ingredients they’ll need for s’mores), a hammock for the campsite (or the backyard), binoculars or even an outdoor wildlife camera (they attach to trees, respond to animal movements and take infrared pictures at night) are just a few last-minute birthday gift ideas for anyone who loves the great outdoors.

Still need help deciding? American Express® Gift Cards make great last-minute birthday gifts for just about everyone. Even if you know what they like, you can still let them choose what they really want. American Express® Gift Cards are personal, versatile and can be used almost anywhere American Express is accepted. Include a note with suggestions for how your food, sports or nature lovers can use their gift cards, and you can breathe easy knowing that you came up with the right gift at the last minute.

Gift Cards for Birthdays from American Express

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