By Nichole Pichardo
December 23, 2013

Year after year, I pledge to start my holiday shopping earlier next time. But here I am, Dec. 23, with a few names left on my list to cross off. So I got to thinking about some great last minute gift ideas and thought I’d share with you, our blog family, just in case you’re in a similar situation.

iTunes/Google Play Gift cards
Whether you’re shopping for a gamer, music-lover, reader or sports enthusiast, if they have an iOS or Android™ device, there’s likely something in the iTunes store or Google Play™. Let the gift recipient choose their favorite song, app, game, podcast or movie with a giftcard.

A Prepaid/No-contract cell phone
The holiday shopping season is almost over but don’t worry, searching for the perfect last-minute gift just got easier.  No-contract cellphones are great as gifts and stocking stuffers, because it’s so simple to grab a device in a store that anyone can use – no credit checks or lengthy contracts.  And no-contract brands like Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA are better than ever, with great deals for everyone on your shopping list.

Cell Phone Accessories
From cell phone cases, to Bluetooth® headsets, to fitness accessories like FitBit Flex, your friends and family will appreciate a fun, new accessory to pair with their most treasured tech item, their cell phone.

This is a gift that I love to give and receive! Purchase tickets to an upcoming event for your loved ones and put them at will call or even email them over via your smartphone, so they can print them out.

I recently got married and plan to gift some of our wedding pictures to friends and family. Most drugstores have same-day printing and photos are always a simple gift, but add the right nostalgic touch. Add a cool frame and you have a thoughtful, quality gift. If it’s a gift for a parent or grandparent, you could also frame artwork or writing from your child to really get them swooning!

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holiday season!

Nichole Pichardo is a communications manager for the Wireless Devices team at Sprint. She is based in sunny Southern California and primarily focuses on devices launching from HTC and LG. She is also knowledgeable about Sprint’s mobile broadband devices and service plans. Nichole can be reached at