17 Brilliant Gift Cards That Are Actually Thoughtful

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Welcome to the Hunker Holiday Gift Guide. From joyful decor picks to gifts that give back, these items are sure to delight everyone on your list.

Sure, a gift card seems like a total last-minute gift but it can be a great option — especially this year. Whether you're worried about shipping delays or struggling to find the perfect gift, a gift card is a fail-proof present when you buy the right one. (Let's be real: There are worse things to receive than a shopping spree to your favorite store.)

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From an annual MasterClass membership for the lifelong student to credit for handmade goods from small businesses at Etsy, the options are endless.

Here are the best gift cards to buy this year:

1. Alo Yoga E-Gift Card, starting at $50

Give the gift of workout gear or credit toward Alo Moves, a virtual platform filled with fitness, yoga, and meditation classes. You can also get the Alo Moves Annual Membership Gift Box for 50% off right now, which includes the annual membership, membership card, and new member booklet for something to enjoy IRL.

2. Anthropologie E-Gift Card, starting at $25

For the person with whimsical style. Plus, Anthropologie's e-gift cards come in so many fun and festive designs.

3. Brooklinen E-Gift Card, starting at $50

Because everyone deserves cozy bedding.

4. Etsy E-Gift Card, starting at $25

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You can't go wrong with an Etsy gift card to help support small businesses and shop thousands of unique finds.

5. Food52 E-Gift Card, starting at $25

Treat the foodie in your life to Food52's lineup of pantry staples, cookware, home decor, and more.

6. Freshly E-Gift Card, starting at $51.95

For the person who may not have time to cook or meal prep, a Freshly meal plan would make the perfect gift.

7. Lowe's E-Gift Card, starting at $10

Make those HGTV dreams a reality with a Lowe's gift card to get everything needed for a home renovation project.

8. Madewell E-Gift Card, starting at $25

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From customer favorite denim to curated home, beauty, and wellness items, a gift card at Madewell will go a long way.

9. MasterClass Annual Membership Gift Card, $180

A year-long MasterClass membership is a gift that keeps on giving so your loved ones can learn something new from experts in food, design, wellness, and more. MasterClass also has a holiday special running so you can buy two memberships for the price of one.

10. Outdoor Voices E-Gift Card, starting at $25

Help your friends and family crush their at-home workouts in style with an Outdoor Voices gift card.

11. Parachute E-Gift Card, starting at $50

The ideal present for the minimalist homebody.

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12. ShopDisney E-Gift Card, starting at $25

Disney lovers of all ages will love a gift card to the official online Disney store.

13. The Sill E-Gift Card, starting at $25

New or experienced plant parents can shop The Sill's selection from low-light to pet-friendly options and find awesome merch made for plant people.

14. Stitch Fix E-Gift Card, starting at $20

Perfect for the fashion-forward friend who wants to switch up their look (or maybe someone who needs a little help in the style department).

15. Uncommon Goods E-Gift Card, starting at $5

A quick look at Uncommon Goods and your friends and family will find the gift they never knew they needed.

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16. Verishop E-Gift Card, starting at $25

For the person who likes a little bit of everything, Verishop has it all from beauty and fashion to home and electronics.

17. West Elm E-Gift Card, starting at $25

For the person who can't get enough of home decor. Plus, a West Elm gift card can be used at all Williams-Sonoma brands including Mark and Graham, Williams Sonoma, Rejuvenation, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, and PBteen.

18. Winc Wine Subscription Gift Card, starting at $60

Get the wine lover in your life a one-, two-, or three-month subscription to Winc's wine club. For a limited time, you can use code ​JOY15​ to get 15% off your gift card purchase of $150 or more.

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Pauline is Hunker’s Associate Commerce Editor. She covers all things home and shopping, whether it's the next must-have product launch or a roundup of the best home and decor sales. You can reach out to her at pauline.lacsamana@hunker.com.

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