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Last Minute Ideas For When You Just Can’t Get There

Our gift guides are created to suggest the most practical solutions for a range of pressures we all face. This gift guide is devised to offer a considerate gift to those we don’t get to see as much as we’d like. Be there without being there. 

The fast pace of life, together with the high cost of living, and limited time off from work can sometimes create a deficit of extended friend and family time. This means that the expression of love and gratitude for distant loved ones – some of whom may actually be living on a fixed income – is an especially considerate gift. Here are just a few ways send love when you can’t send yourself.

Ideas for What To Express When Giving This Gift: Oh my gosh, I miss you so much. Why do we live so far apart? I just wanted to be there somehow with you. You are always close in my heart. Sending you love over the many miles that separate  – but never divide us.

Merry Maids Cleaning Service Gift Card

Everyone loves a clean house. That’s about all there is to say about that. To learn whether Merry Maids operates where your recipient lives, click here.

Why We Love This Gift:  This gift is a terrific one for anyone anywhere. Absolute convenience and versatility. (And such a gift). There are so many ways in which this gift works for everyone.

What To Express in Your Card: I am thinking of you. Even though I’m not there to make a mess of your house, I still want to help you clean up. xo


Seamless Gift Card

Give the gift of take-out. Cooking can be fun – but too much can be a chore. To see whether Seamless operates where your recipient resides, click here.

Why We Love This Gift: We love this gift because it is take-out and everyone loves take-out. It gives your recipient the flexibility to order exactly what they want, when they want it. Nothing says I love you like Pad Thai.


Whole Foods Market® eGift Card

Whole Foods Market is the leading natural and organic food retailer. Whole Foods Market gift cards never expire and can be redeemed at any location. Learn whether your recipient lives near a Whole Foods Store using this store locator.
Present the Whole Foods Market gift card to the cashier at the time of purchase
The available balance will be applied toward the purchase from soup to nuts.
Whole Foods Market gift cards may be used at all Whole Foods Market stores in the United States and Canada.
No returns and no refunds on gift cards.

Why We Love This Gift: Whole Foods is a veritable cornucopia of outstanding food – fresh and delicious. Editors at Give InKind love nothing more than a wander through the aisles of perfectly ripe cheese, succulent fruit, organic meat and more. Whole Foods has terrific pre-made options which are a great gift for families needing to keep multiple balls in the air. Plus, a great cheese plate is both delicious and expensive.


Instacart Gift Card

Instacart is a grocery delivery service that delivers in as little as an hour. We connect you with Personal Shoppers in your area who pick up and deliver your groceries from your favorite local stores.

Please check your recipient’s zip code before ordering. To check, click here.

Why We Love This Gift: Shopping for groceries is a chore under the best of circumstances. For families trying to budget, filling their cabinets is a huge help. It is a lovely way to remind those you love that you have not forgotten the day-to-day challenges they face.

What to Express in Your Card: I was thinking about the things you have to get done every day. I hope you’ll let me help a little by giving me a chance to buy you some groceries– and have them delivered to you. I want for you one less task.

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