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The Best Virtual Gifts for Everyone on Your List

POV: You’re taking a Zoom dance class through the Ailey Extension. Photo: Retailer

The last two years of living and working at home have led to a renaissance in immersive digital classes and experiences that can be delivered with the click of a button and enjoyed right at home. This means that as shipping deadlines for guaranteed Christmas delivery continue to pass us by, you can still get everyone on your list a unique gift.  

Some of these offerings are one-on-one, allowing for a truly tailored experience, while others are group classes that still take place in the privacy of your home. A few even include supplies (like wine or cheese) that make the experiences even more immersive. All of these virtual gifts are delivered digitally, so you don’t have to worry about them arriving late. It’s just as easy as sending an e-gift card, but a little more personal. Below, we’ve rounded up 36 giftable digital experiences for everyone on your list, from the home chef looking to expand their repertoire to the musician trying to brush up on their skills.

Food and Drink | Fitness and Wellness | Classes | Activities

Virtual Food and Drink Gifts

For your friend who always pulls over when the light is on at Krispy Kreme

If hot and fresh doughnuts are what they’re after, gift them a private doughnut-making class taught by the founder of New York-based shop Doughnuttery, Evan Feldman. The class is charged per person — $69 each — and each participant gets their own DIY Doughnut Kit, which contains one pound of doughnut mix, a reusable doughnut depositor, and four Doughnuttery donut sugars. (If you want extra doughnuts after the class, you can also order their doughnut kit on Amazon.)

For the person who just learned what a bloomy rind is

For the person who’s been pinning nothing but charcuterie boards, a tasting package from New York City’s Murray’s Cheeses will bring their Pinterest dreams to life. The iconic shop offers virtual tastings via Eventbrite that cover everything from a beer-and-cheese pairing to an Italian-pairing cheese plate. Murray’s also offers a couple of holiday-specific events that you should sign up for sooner rather than later, as they tend to fill up fast. Once you place your order through Eventbrite, a shipment of cheeses for the class will be sent to your giftee prior to the date. Then, on the day of, all they need to do is tune in via the provided link.

For the person who just learned what terroir means

Just because they might not be able to visit their favorite winery right now doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy the same sort of intimate tasting experience a vineyard can provide. Priority Wine’s virtual tastings promise “no crowded Zoom calls with people you don’t know,” and allow you to choose bottles from nine participating wineries in Napa Valley, Oregon, and Virginia. To book, you just choose a package of wines to order directly from a vineyard, then schedule a tasting where your giftee can sip through their selections once they arrive. There are dozens of tasting packages to choose from, all of which are start at $75 a shipment.

For the person who wants to learn a new recipe (or two)

Even if travel is off the menu, the Chef & the Dish’s one-on-one virtual cooking classes will still allow them to take a culinary adventure from the comfort of his own kitchen. Led by chefs from Spain, Japan, Thailand, Hungary, Italy, Brazil, Turkey, Vietnam, and the U.S., the classes will give the foodie on your list an opportunity to whip up an authentic regional dish made under the guidance of a local-to-that-country teacher. Classes are held via Skype and cost $299 for a two and a half–hour cooking session (for two people) that typically yields three courses. The cost also includes a shopping list (that they’ll have to check off themselves) as well as access to a personal kitchen assistant to help set up and answer any questions in advance of the class. If your giftee wants to share their experience with more than one other person in the lesson, you can add up to two more (for a total of four) for $50 a person.

For the person who wants to learn more about the industry

If their interests go beyond cuisine, Delicious Experiences offer lessons on just about every aspect of the culinary world. You can take a class on food styling and photography or learn how to be a food writer from award-winning author Dianne Jacob. There are also more traditional classes like fresh pasta-making and cake decorating, too. You can gift a specific class, and your recipient will be able to coordinate with a chef to make the lesson even more personalized and receive a shopping list ahead of time so they’re prepared. On the day of the lesson they’ll be able to connect up to two screens, and more access can be permitted at fee. If you’d rather leave it all up to them, you can also purchase a gift card. Classes start at around $125 (and can be over $1,000).

Virtual Fitness and Wellness Gifts

For your cousin who doesn’t live near an Alo studio

From $120

If they love Alo leggings but don’t live near an Alo Studio where they can take classes IRL, a membership to Alo Moves, their online studio, is the perfect gift. It gives them access to thousands of on-demand classes and live ones. They offer yoga classes, HIIT, meditation, and even skills-based classes, where they can learn to do inversions and backbends. Gift memberships are available in 6- and 12-month durations, starting at $120.

For the person who doesn’t have time for multiple workouts a day

From $65

No worries, they’ll get a mix of pilates, yoga, and cardio all in one 60-minute Salt Drop class they can stream from their living room. The digital studio, started by former Barre3 instructor Dino Malvone, offers on-demand classes as well as daily livestreams for $65 a month. You can gift as many months as your heart desires up to a year.

For your Goopiest friends

Health coach Daphne Javitch recently launched a monthly-subscription version of the wellness-focused content she posts on her Doing Well Instagram account. While you can still enjoy videos for free on the ’gram, “there’s more of it here, and it’s nice to have it all in one place and on a less chaotic platform,” says Strategist senior editor Simone Kitchens. The subscription will give you access to exclusive content, easy recipes, guidance videos, and content from guest contributors like Michelle Williams and Dev Hynes. This is perfect for your friend who goes all-in on wellness.

For the person concerned about their health from the inside out

Founded by Bonnie Crotzer, a yoga teacher you can find at Sky Ting, this practice is all about flossing your fascia. This gift will be appreciated by someone who doesn’t need an explanation of what all of that means, but if that’s not you, here’s the TL;DR: Fascia is the body’s connective tissue, and flossing is the act of working it out. It can help relieve joint pain and improve your immune system and digestive health. A membership to the Floss gives you access to over 50 on-demand videos, weekly live classes, and you’ll be notified first about discounts, launches, and special events. Kitchens is a big fan of this as well and says it feels amazing, noting, “I’ve taken both in-person and on Zoom, and you just feel incredible afterward.”

For the person who wants to workout for the first time

Photo: FYT

As with a private language tutor, having a personal trainer can make all the difference if dad is committed to the idea of working out, but struggling with the execution. Fyt, which connects people with local personal trainers, now offers virtual one-on-one training sessions with instructors — so if dad’s getting tired of relying on YouTube workout videos or coming up with his own regimen, he can let someone else encourage him — or yell at him — to get that extra rep in. Gift cards start at $100, and pricing per session starts at just $29.

For the person trying to get back into a routine

If they’re already someone who works out and is looking for a little structure, Obé Fitness offers more than 4,000 on-demand and 100 live weekly classes across multiple practices, including yoga, pilates, cardio boxing, HIIT, and more. Each class is 28 minutes long and requires no equipment beyond a mat, though if they want more of a challenge, they can incorporate resistance bands, weights, and sliders.

For the dad who’s Peloton-curious

If you’re not looking to drop thousands of dollars to give the gift of a Peloton bike, this membership will allow them to work out with the brand’s trainers, who lead classes on the Peloton app and require none of the pricey gear. The classes — which can be streamed on demand from a phone, tablet, or TV — are broken into more than ten different disciplines, including outdoor running, strength training, yoga, cycling, and boot camp. Monthly memberships start at $13/month, after a 30-day free-trial period.

For the person who needs to let it all out

If they’re interested in a less traditional workout, the Class by Taryn Toomey is certainly that. This exercise program has developed a bit of a cult following not only because of its celebrity clientele (Jennifer Aniston and Gisele Bündchen are fans) but also because of its unusual methods. It’s a music-driven workout that aims to cleanse the physical, emotional, and spiritual, and primal screaming is encouraged. For $40 a month, or $400 a year, they get access to a robust schedule of livestream classes. On most weekdays, 11 classes are streamed from 7:15 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For the person who misses their masseuse

It’s not the same experience as getting a massage, or even going into a Stretch*d studio in person, where they provide assisted stretching services, but the company’s virtual one-on-one class is perfect for anyone on your list experiencing pandemic stress or makeshift-WFH-desk-related soreness. For $40, they’ll get a 30-minute private session with demonstrations for customized stretches they can do on their own, with what they have.