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When you can't be with someone in-person, that doesn't mean you can't show them how much your care. A great virtual gift works well for the giver (you don't have to leave home to purchase it!) and the recipient, who can use the item from the comfort of home. Some fun options can include an olive oil tasting taught by the pros, guitar lessons for the musician in the family, or cooking classes for kids. All done virtually.
Here are the best virtual gifts.
Airbnb Virtual Cultural Tour
Even if you or your loved one isn’t planning a trip at the moment, you can still give that special someone the gift of travel—well, sort of. Though they won’t venture out their front door for this excursion, they'll be transported to the destination of your choice through an immersive online experience. Choose from a variety of classes, all taught by industry experts, that range from traditional dance routines to museum tours to private tarot readings.
Pasolivo Virtual Tasting
Gather your friends, family, or co-workers for a yummy olive oil tasting. Pasolivo's tastings include up to two hours of a virtual experience with one of their experts and a sampling of two olive oils, vinegars, and spices. It's such a fun way to learn about foundational ingredients that can truly make a dish shine.
Masterclass Virtual Cooking Class
Even the most avid cooks may be tiring of their standard rotation of meals. Spice things up by giving them a cooking class with the world-renowned, Michelin-star chef Thomas Kellar. He teaches fundamental cooking techniques as well as the notoriously tough-to-master hollandaise sauce.
Netflix Gift Card
For anyone who enjoys Netflix and chill, then a Netflix gift card is a simple, but useful gift. Simply choose the amount (there's a $25 minimum) and it can be applied to the recipient's account. To make the gift even more special, plan a virtual screening or watch party so you can both view the same show or movie at the same time.
Priority Wine Pass Virtual Wine Tasting
Though a winery visit may not be within everyone's budget or schedule, you can still give someone the gift of a unique tasting session. Through Priority Wine’s virtual tastings, you’ll have the ability to set up a private, live event. Simply choose a package of wine (there are 25 packages that range in price, according to your budget and location) from U.S. wineries, then schedule the actual tasting with the winemaker or winery owner.
Rosetta Stone Lifetime Unlimited Language Learning
To help give them that cultural immersion they’re looking for (and maybe prepare for an upcoming trip), consider enrolling them in this popular language learning program. For a flat fee, you can give them a lifetime membership, giving them access to immersive and interactive exercises in any language of their choosing—both written and oral—that’ll help them become fluent in no time.
Ess-a-Bagel New York Bagel Brunch
This bagel brunch, from the famed Essa Bagel, comes with six of the fluffiest, most delicious bagels (in a choice of two flavors), a half-pound of lox, and a half-pound of cream cheese (with plenty of flavors to pick from). Of course, you can up the lot by adding a second serving of cream cheese or additional smoked fish for bigger families.
Cameo Celebrity Shout-Out
For a really special gift they won’t soon forget, tap a celebrity to send a personalized message. No, you don’t need to finagle any networking magic to make it happen, just the easy-to-navigate service called Cameo. Browse from thousands of familiar faces—actors, musicians, athletes, and influencers— who'll send your recipient a direct message, and even book a live call through Zoom. Price varies based on the celebrity you choose, but there are plenty of great, affordable picks.
Treat a budding musician to online guitar, bass, or ukulele lessons. Through a series of step-by-step classes taught by experienced instructors, they’ll learn the basics of playing a string instrument at their own pace. The program promises that after just three lessons, they’ll walk away knowing how to play along to the tunes of popular songs, like “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles and “Give Me Love” by Ed Sheeran.
Williams Sonoma Virtual Cooking Events
Williams Sonoma's virtual events have something for everyone in the family. There are cooking and baking camps for the kids, a coffee club, or even a cocktail-making course taught by pro mixologists. Some of the classes are individual and others are part of a weekly series.
Jonathan Yarwood Golf Lesson
Missing quality time on the course? With the gift of feedback from a world-renowned pro, your recipient can up their golf game right from the comfort of their backyard. Just send a short video of their swing to the provided email and within 48 hours, they'll receive a response from Jonathan Yarwood. The personalized response video will address any adjustments or improvements that can be made.
Audible is a go-to for those who prefer listening to a book or podcast. Just select the membership (a month to a year) and your recipient has access to thousands of programs. Share your favorite audiobook with them, listen along together and compare notes on your favorite crime podcast, and so much more.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This roundup was updated by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020 and included well researched products that send a virtual hug to the people you care about the most. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City.