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No time to shop or get something delivered? These virtual gifts can be delivered straight to your recipient in seconds

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Giving to receive is not in the spirit of the holidays, but no one likes to give a gift and realize that the other person has forgotten to get you something. So if you receive an unexpected gift, you need something in reserve to return the favor. 

With same-day delivery and click and collect options from many retailers, you can usually have something physical in your hands with just 24 hours' notice. In which case, you can browse our full selection of Christmas gifts

If however, you have only a few hours – or minutes – to rectify your lack of gift, fear not. There is a wide range of presents that can be bought and delivered completely online in minutes, without resorting to a gift voucher. 

Simply pick one of these gorgeous gifts below and act like it's what you had planned all along. 

Ancestry Gift membership:  $79/£69.99 at Ancestry

Ancestry Gift membership: $79/£69.99 at Ancestry
Let your friend or family member trace their family tree with a membership to the biggest genealogy site. Memberships vary depending on the search abilities and can be expanded with AncestryDNA

MasterClass membership:  from $15/£11 per month at MasterClass

MasterClass membership: from $15/£11 per month at MasterClass
MasterClass offers a wide range of classes taught by some of the biggest names in their fields. Learn cooking from Gordon Ramsay, acting from Samuel L Jackson or hip-hop storytelling from NAS. Memberships start from just $15 per month ($180 a year) and are bound to please.

Cameo - video messages from the stars:  from $18/£14 at Cameo

Cameo - video messages from the stars: from $18/£14 at Cameo
Getting a personalized message from your favorite actor, musician or celeb trumps most presents. This one needs a little bit of time to do but some messages are available within a 24-hour window.

Fender Play - learn to play guitar:  from $49.99/£49.99 at Fender

Fender Play - learn to play guitar: from $49.99/£49.99 at Fender
Fender Play is a virtual guitar school with virtual lessons from world-class instructors. There are options for electric or acoustic guitar, ukelele and bass and memberships for six or 12 months. You can buy the physical gift card to be delivered, or simply sign them up online.

Disney+ subscription:  $79.99/£79.90 per year at Disney

Disney+ subscription: $79.99/£79.90 per year at Disney
Looking for an extra gift for the kids? Sign the whole family up to a Disney+ subscription and get all the Disney films they love on-demand, whenever they want them.

Vinyl Record of the Month Club:  $24.99/£19 per month at Amazon

Vinyl Record of the Month Club: $24.99/£19 per month at Amazon
For record lovers, this is a great new service from Amazon. You receive one essential album from the 60s or 70s each month to build your collection. Though this is only available on the US Amazon website, UK residents can sign up for international delivery.

Watch Gang - monthly watch subscription:  from $49.99 to $299.99 per month at Watch Gang

Watch Gang - monthly watch subscription: from $49.99 to $299.99 per month at Watch Gang
Watch Gang delivers a personalized watch choice each month from one of three tiers. There's even the chance to win a Rolex or Tag Heuer each week for members. The service is available internationally, though shipping costs apply.

Mat Gallagher

As T3's Editor-in-Chief, Mat Gallagher has his finger on the pulse for the latest advances in technology. He has written about technology since 2003 and after stints in Beijing, Hong Kong and Chicago is now based in the UK. He’s a true lover of gadgets, but especially anything that involves cameras, Apple, electric cars, musical instruments or travel.