By Nancy Dahlberg
Still haven’t finished your holiday shopping? Join the club. No worries though - we're here to help!
Here are some last-minute gift ideas you can secure online and need not worry about an on-time delivery. Many of these suggestions are gifts of experiences – the hot trend in gift-giving this year. Experiences are environmentally friendly, too!
Best of all, you’ll spread the cheer by supporting #MiamiTech startups and small businesses in the process. #ShopLocal this holiday season.
For the budding artist on your list, a world of talent awaits to teach ...
Through Sktchy, give the gift of an online art class with extraordinary art teachers from around the world. Use discount code SKTCHYMIA to get 50% off any class in the Sktchy Shop: http://shop.sktchy.com.
For the friend or family member who really needs a vacation (maybe that's you?)
Give the gift of a mini vacation or "Daycation" to friends and family visiting Miami or even those that live in the 305! Explore all the amazing pools and spas Miami's best hotels have to offer at Daycationapp.com and use code: HAPPYHOLIDAYS for 15% off.
For the art lover (with a big TV), a gift for the eyes – and spirit
Give the gift of Art this season. Local Miami startup Blackdove delivers a video art channel for your Smart Television. Available for AppleTV, Samsung, LG, Sony televisions. Use Coupon code MIAMITECH for a free 30 days. Create an account at https://account.blackdove.com/register and then enter the code on the account page. For help on setup: https://blackdove.com/resources.
For your mom, the gift that really keeps on giving
Martha Stewart's new floral subscription line with Miami-based BloomsyBox offers a collection of beautiful roses by subscription that have been carefully selected by Martha herself. They are available at MarthaStewartFlowers.com from sustainable flower farms from around the globe, starting at $49.99 per month. Use code MSROSES10 for a 10% discount until Dec. 31.
For the student of life who is always looking to learn something new
Give the gift of knowledge and unforgettable experiences with an in-person class in cooking, photography, music, theater, improv and more through Skillied. Take $10 off any class or gift card at Skillied.com -- just enter promo code MIAMITECH at checkout.
For families who want to keep their kids close – even when they’re not
Caribu is an interactive video-call app that helps families read and draw with kids when apart. Like FaceTime meets Kindle! With the code REFRESH, take $5 off multi-month gift subscriptions purchased through www.caribu.shop. The code is good until midnight Eastern time on 12/31/18.
For your child's Feliz Navidad enjoyment
Mundo Lanugo is celebrating a “Feliz Navidad” season with its new app, full of fun interactive games that promote the Spanish language while your child enjoys favorite Christmas-themed activities. Download now, for free!
For the traveler on your list, the gift of cherished memories (and awesome photos)
Shoot My Travel captures vacation moments your travel junkie will never want to forget, there is no better holiday gift! Book a local professional photographer for your traveler in any of Shoot My Travel’s 300 destinations worldwide. Use the code REFRESHMIAMI for a $20 discount on a booking or a gift card.
A holiday treat, Miami-style, for you and your besties
Share the gift of fun with a half-day or full day on a boat with your friends. Whether you want to treat your special people to sailing, cruising, fishing or wakeboarding, Boatsetter.com or its app can set you up – with a captain too, if you’d like. 10% off with promo code REFRESH10 on rentals of $500 or more. Coupon expires in 30 days.
For the special senior in your life who needs a little help
Papa, a “grandkids-on-demand” service, connects vetted and enthusiastic college students with older adults for extra help with day-to-day chores, activities and companionship. Call on this service to help your parent or grandparent get out for a walk on the beach, an accompanied trip to the doctor’s office or even some extra help baking those sugar cookies. Use discount code 15OFF for a 15% off on JoinPapa.com.
Don’t forget that special dog on your list, woof woof
Pamper a pooch – and delight the pooch parent – with a monthly themed Pooch Perks subscription box full of premium fun toys, gourmet treats, and accessories customized to the size of the dog. On PoochPerks.com, select your preferences, check the “gift” box and enter the recipient’s information. Enter the code MIAMITECH for a 15% discount and a free gift.
Hey, what about the cat?
Happy Holidays from the Refresh Miami team!