Hello, Today Show folks!! I’m hanging with my favorite ladies, talking about apps that send last minute gifts instantly, so you never show up anywhere giftless.
You’re on your way to a barbeque, and you realize you forgot the wine bottle at home. You bump into a first cousin who announces that it’s his birthday to-day. (Ack! why wasn’t that in your calendar!) Or it’s Mother’s day and you want to send something special, but she lives five states away.
There are so many gift-giving occasions that can sneak up on you, and now you don’t have to make a detour to hunt for something third-rate: With a tap or swipe or two, you can use apps to send last minute gifts that wow. Really, really nice ones. So nice that Kathie Lee and Hoda were impressed. Keep these apps installed, just in case.
Whether it’s my birthday, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or a Tuesday, there is nothing— I repeat, nothing— that I would like more than a massage. Ordering one up— for yourself, or someone else— just got a lot easier, with Zeel. It’s being called the “Uber of Massages” for good reason: You tell the app where you are, what kind of massage you’d like, and what time you were thinking, then it finds you a certified, background-checked massage therapist and sends them to your home. You pay through the app and gratuity is included, so no need to fumble for cash after your rub down.
Bouqs has reinvented the entire “ordering flowers” thing with busy, thoughtful people in mind. First, they have a flat rate for flowers, and don’t try to up-sell you on cheesy candy boxes or teddy bears. Second, free delivery: None of those mysterious handling and shipping fees that make the price you thought you were paying for flowers a distant memory. And finally, they cut the flowers on the day they’re delivering them. This is unheard of, and ensures that your flowers arrive as fresh as possible, and last for days. And you can do it all weeks in advance through the app, so Mother’s Day doesn’t sneak up on you (again).
I suspect that whoever said, “Don’t spend it all in one place,” never enjoyed the thrill of having a gift card in hand. Gyft makes it easy to send e-gift cards by email, text or Facebook message, so you can show up to the party empty-handed and still give the guest of honor something fabulous. Choose from over 200 retailers (Starbucks, iTunes, Home Depot, Gap, Sports Authority… the list goes on), and send in seconds. Use the app as a virtual wallet for your own gift cards too, so you can take them out of your bulging wallet.
Ding dong, it’s cocktail time! Drizly will deliver beer, wine, liquor and all the extras needed for a fun party or special occasion, within an hour. Sending a gift is just as easy as ordering something for yourself— show up for a birthday meal, and be toasting with your dessert wine by dessert. Use your app to pay (no mark-ups!) and tip the delivery guy— no cash needed. Minimum order is $20, and delivery is $5 (except in New York, where it’s free, for now). It’s available in a growing list of cities (Austin, Baltimore, Seattle, Minneapolis and Los Angeles, to name a few), so a good time can be gifted by all.
Sesame takes all the work out of curating a themed box of fun things your giftee is sure to enjoy. Each of more than 75 themed gift boxes centers around an interest (golfing, gardening, craft beers, mixology), or a fun activity (making s’mores, having a spa day, traveling or even taking selfies!). It’s all put together, and as easy to order as a pizza, right from the app. Baby gifts, thank you presents, or last-minute Mother’s Day options are all available, and each come with an “enjoyment guide” explaining what’s inside and how to use it.