If lockdown taught us one thing, it’s that we can pretty much do everything virtually. It may not always be our first choice, but in many cases, it can actually be more convenient. You can even find some of the best virtual gifts without you or the recipient ever having to leave the comfort of their home.
Whether you think they’d like to broaden their horizons with some sort of online class, learn a new language, work out or get a little crafty, there is some sort of virtual gift that your loved ones will surely appreciate. Most of these options allow for tons of flexibility in terms of where and when they can cash in their gift. Virtual gifts are perfect for that busy friend or family member who struggles to find time for activities, or just for a lazy or last-minute gift-giver who needs something they can arrange quickly online.
Since there are so many more options these days for things you can do and buy just using your phone or computer, we sorted through everything that’s out there to put together this list of the best virtual gifts.
1. MasterClass Membership
FOR THE LIFETIME LEARNER
Before all schooling was available remotely, MasterClass was up and running fully online. If you want them to be able to choose from a wide variety of classes from acting to bread baking to dog training, all taught by experts in the field, you can gift an all-access pass, or if you know exactly what new skill they’d like to learn right at home, you can gift them a single class. Either way, it’s something they can enjoy for weeks on end.
MasterClass All-Access Pass
2. Amazon.com eGift Card
FOR THE ONLINE SHOPPER
If you’re looking for an even more flexible type of virtual gift for someone who loves to order things online, an Amazon.com eGift card is a great option. You can choose any amount to gift, and they can choose to buy whatever they want from everything that Amazon offers and have it delivered directly to their home.
Amazon.com eGift Card
FOR THE CELEB OBSESSED
When it comes to the best virtual gifts, Cameo is at the top of our list — especially if you have a friend who is obsessed with their favorite Bravo star, athlete or singer. You can have someone they absolutely love deliver a personalized video message that they can save and watch again and again. It’s a unique, thoughtful and unforgettable gift.
4. Rosetta Stone
FOR THE LINGUAPHILE
We all have that friend who’s been talking about learning a new language forever. Give them a kick start to finally accomplish this goal with the gift of Rosetta Stone. They have tons of different language options and allow you to gift three months, six months or a lifetime of learning unlimited languages.
5. ClassPass Gift Card
FOR THE FITNESS JUNKIE
ClassPass offers a more affordable way to try out different kinds of workout classes in your city. Post-pandemic, they also offer tons of online classes for those that would still prefer to exercise at home. You can even use points to get manicures and do some other fun, wellness-related things. You can gift any amount, and it’s the perfect virtual gift for anyone who loves fitness and self-care.
ClassPass Gift Card
6. Audible Credits
FOR THE BOOK LOVER
Sometimes our eyes need a break after spending so much time staring at small words on screens. If you know someone who loves to absorb literature but has been having trouble actually reading these days, gift them credits on Audible. They can listen to pretty much any book in audio form while they clean, commute, shower or just lay down and relax.
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7. Sur La Table Online Cooking Classes
FOR THE HOME CHEF
Anyone who loves to cook and entertain is familiar with Sur La Table. The once strictly retail company is now offering fully interactive online cooking classes starting at just $29. It’s one of the best virtual gifts for those looking to expand their skills and horizons in the kitchen or whip up some delicious new meals with their loved ones. You can choose from a variety of focuses from macarons and decorative pies to homemade skillet pizza and filet mignon.
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Sur La Table Online Cooking Classes
FOR THE TROUBLED SLEEPER
Let’s be real — we could all benefit from better sleep. If you happen to be looking for a virtual gift for someone who you know particularly struggles with sleep, get them a year of Calm. All they have to do is download the app and choose from a variety of soothing content. While it’s ideal for bedtime, they can also use it any them they want to work on their relaxation and mindfulness.
9. Facebook Portal
FOR THE ONE WHO LIVES FAR AWAY
This is a slightly different kind of virtual gift, but it’ll be just as greatly appreciated by anyone who lives far from their loved ones. The smart camera on the Portal automatically zooms and pans to keep everyone in the frame and has tons of other high-tech features to facilitate the best possible connection for those on either side of the camera. You can also join or host a group call with up to 50 people, making it easier than ever to stay in touch.