Last-minute tech and mobile gifts you can still buy right now

It's too late to ship anything, but you can still impress and upgrade your friends and relatives

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  • Pandora One, Rdio, or Slacker Radio Plus gifts, for the more casual listen-at-work type. Pandora cards are available at some stores, but online is a safer bet. As with Spotify, the gift is subtle, but they'll definitely appreciate it at least twice: once when they activate, once when it almost runs out.

  • Netflix gift subscriptions are somewhat redundant for people who already know, use, love, and subscribe. I highly recommend it for those who might have Netflix access on one of their devices and not really know about it: on their TV, their Blu-Ray player, or through their kids' Xbox 360, PS3, or even the Wii.

  • Tricker but still handy last-minute gifts

    • Forcing them into Amazon Prime is tricky, because you can't give Prime as a gift—not without sneaking into their Amazon account, anyways, which is a bad idea around the holidays. What you can do is get a pre-loaded gift credit card and wrap it around a print-out of an Amazon Prime page, and a note about the free two-day shipping, the streaming movies, and the Kindle "loaners" that are now their standard of living for 13 months (the first trial month is free).

    • Dropbox, because it will make everything easier. If you know someone is getting a new computer-ish gadget for Christmas, this is just about as good a companion gift as you can get. Like Amazon Prime, there are no gift options (why, Dropbox, why?). But you can do the same pre-loaded credit card incentive, and you can set up Dropbox on their devices and show them how the super-easy link sharing works as part of the gift. And if they have an iPhone or iPad, Dropbox's automatic photo backup service is going to be serious peace of mind.

    • An actual photo, which is perhaps the best suggestion Ihnatko has in his guide. You are taking and conveniently cloud-saving so many photos these days, but printing out a select image, or a few, can mean so much to your relatives and friends, and it's a real gift they can hold. Bonus points for framing. If you can upload and print out at a Walgreens or CVS or another nearby store before the gift moment, do so. If not, you can buy some photo paper and lose a little ink off your own printer, or give them a Kodak, Snapfish, or other gift certificate that lets them choose the sizing and shipping.

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