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The Internet is a great place to find great deals on great gifts. Unfortunately, most internet gifts require shipping.

This page lists products that do not require shipping and make great last minute gifts. Among the list you will find gift certificates and subscriptions. The hottest last minute gift is downloadable music.

Cloud 9 LivingGive your gift recipient an unforgettable experience. Cloud 9 Living offers a wide selection of experience gifts that range for gourmet dinners, to balloon rides, sky diving, golf lessons from a pro, or race track driving.

Zinio Digital MagazinesZinio offers digital versions of popular magazines. These are high resolution PDF quality versions of the magazine delivered through the Internet. You can give set up the Zinio reader, subscribe to a magazine and get the current issue of the magazine online. Additional magazines in the subscription will automagically show up as they go to digital print.

Riddle MeDo you need an idea for the party? Riddle Me lets you generate clues for a riddle hunt. The site has riddle clues for thousands of common household objects. Simply select the items and the program will create a riddle hunt game that will keep people occupied while you start thinking about what to serve during the party.

Restaurant certificatesRestaurant.com is one of the most popular sources for last minute gifts. Not only can you purchase and print a gift certificate for a local restaurant, you can save a bundle on your gift. Restaurant.com doesn't sell a $25 gift certificate for $25. They sell gift certificates at half price! You can buy a $25 gift for $12.50. The program is easy to use. You browse to your state. Select a local restaurant, purchase and print the certificate. Restaurant.com doesn't need to ship the gift certificate to you, your friends simply ship themselves to the restaurant.

RhapsodyRhapsody is an online music service. They have hundreds of thousands of tunes from top artists. If your gift recipient is a music lover, then Rhapsody just might be the last minute gift that touches their fancy. Yes, Rhapsody costs a bit more than pirating music from P2P servers (assuming you don't get caught.) But I am old fashioned and prefer that musicians get paid for their work. At the time of this review, the subscription was $10 a month, or $25 per quarter. Your subscription starts with a seven day trial period. Giving you a chance to cancel if you so desire. This is a great last minute gift for students.

BitCasaBitCasa offers an online cloud harddrive with infinite storage. BitCasa uses client side encryption (they can't see what you upload). The online drive will appear as a local drive on standard computers. You can access the drive with a variety of apps from portable devices. The subscription price is $99/year. An infinite hard drive that one can securely access from multiple devices is a wonderful last minute gift for any technophile.

FandangoTreat the world to a movie! You can buy tickets online and pick them up at kiosks in select theatres. Buying online saves you the wait in the ticket line and guarantees you a seat ... which is critical if you hope to see popular shows on holiday weekends. You can also simply gift Fandango Bucks.

Bed and BreakfastDoes your gift recipient dream of traveling, but doesn't. A Bed and Breakfast Getaway Card will inspire your friend to get out and visit a Bed and Breakfast at the location of his or her choosing.

LiftopiaLifitopia offers discount lift tickets for ski resorts across the US. With this product, you choose the region, then the ski area, then the days for the lift tickets. Resorts often only have a limited selection of discounted tickets.

Living Language OnlineThe Living Language Online classes by Random House offer a great tool for students seeking to master a foreign language. The site offers online classes in Spanish, French, German, Italian and English. The program lets you choose your skill level and the focus of your linguistic pursuit (business, travel, student).

Questia LibraryDoes your friend love books, history and learning? If so, then Questia online library is the ultimate online resources. Questia has tens of thousands of full length books online. The books are in simple to copy and paste ASCII text. This is what academics originally dreamed that the internet would be...a repository of the greatest writings of all times. Of course, acquiring and displaying books takes resources. This is a perfect gift for students. The full year subscription is just $100. It is a great service at a great price and the money spent on the gift helps spread knowledge.

One Great FamilyOne Great Family is building a massive family tree (we are all on the same tree after all). A One Great Family Subscription is a fun idea for family members. The subscription will give your gift recipient access to this humongous database of genealogical information. This is also a project that will let your work with a family member on your family history...which is always a fun project.

Big Stock PhotoIs their a blogger on your gift list? MicroStock credits make a wonderful gift for people who enjoy blogging or designing personal web pages. Microstock refers to images made available by photographers and graphic designers for use on web pages. So, for about a dollar an image, bloggers can buy the rights to include an image in their post. Adding images to posts can make a blog more enjoyable. As a blogger myself, I like to find images that highlight points made in the blog. Microstock provides a means to do this without violating copyright laws.

Buying a blogger a stack of microstock credits shows that you are appreciative of their work, and they will have fun finding designs to illustrate their words. Above all, it feeds starving graphic designers.

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