Everything is different this year, including the holidays. As much as we want to visit family and exchange gifts (or even just a hug), it still isn't safe as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc. So, instead of wrapping a gift and taking it to your loved one's house, you might want to consider taking a look at social distance-approved gifts that you can send virtually.
Here are some fun ideas:
It's impossible not to love free money. An Amazon gift card is an easy gift to give, and it's a useful and fun gift to receive. Choose from sending an eGift, a card by mail, or one you can print at home and send in a card. Amazon also has the option to send third-party gift cards for companies including Doordash, Apple, Whole Foods, Lowes, Neflix, Best Buy, Twitch, Starbucks, and Sephora.
Audible subscription - $7.95+/month
Give the gift of escaping into an audiobook or podcast with an Audible subscription. Audible Plus is $7.95 a month, which provides unlimited access to select titles; and Audible Premium Plus is $14.95 a month, also with unlimited access to the library, as well as access to one premium title a month.
Floracracy flowers - $150+
Everyone loves receiving flowers—especially during the holidays. Floracracy is a new company that is revolutionizing the online floral industry through meaningful flower arrangements—and they are truly stunning. Here's how it works: While being guided by the company's design compass, you choose the style of arrangement you want. You can then go with the flowers Floracracy's designers recommend, or you can handpick the flowers you want included. Once you've settled on the arrangement, you can add a personalized letter that prints on thick, handmade cotton paper. The arrangements are unique and impressive, and once you see how gorgeous they are, you're probably going to want to send some to yourself.
Streaming service subscription - $6.99+/month
Whether its Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, or any other streaming service subscription, endless movies and TV shows might be the absolute perfect way to finish out 2020. Netflix's standard plan is $14 a month and its premium tier is $18 a month. Hulu Basic is $5.99 a month and Hulu Premium is $11.99 a month. Disney+ is $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year.
FabFitFun subscription box - $49.99/month
You can send one FabFitFun box for $49.99 or sign your favorite gal up for an entire year at $179.99. Included in the box are eight full-size products, including beauty products, skincare, fun accessories, and new wellness products with a total retail value of at least $200. It's a fun way to keep the gifts coming all year long.
Bespoke Post subscription box - $45/month
Bespoke Post is a subscription box for "people who give a damn," according to the company. It's a personalized mix of unique products and the coolest selection of goods and gear from under-the-radar brands.
TakeLessons music or language classes - $19.95/month
TakeLessons is an online learning platform that offers more than 300 subjects, including languages, arts, music, cooking, and academic subjects. Classes are taught by a teacher, either in group or private classes. There's also the option to find a teacher to come to your home. It's a great way for people to finally learn that instrument or language they've been talking about. Gift certificates start at $50 and can be used towards any class.
If you really want to nail the holidays this year, send your loved one a Saucey alcohol delivery. You can search alcohol type, mixers, and Black owned brands. They also sell snacks, which really seals the deal. The service isn't available everywhere, so you'll need to check your friend's address first. The price depends on what you order.
Virtual gym membership - $9+/month
Who needs a gym with all the virtual gym membership possibilities. ClassPass offers over 2,000 live and on-demand workout classes starting at $9 a month. Peloton is $12 a month and broadcasts more than 90 new live classes a week. A bike isn't required as spinning is just one of the exercise options. The others include strength, yoga, meditation, cardio, running, and bootcamp.
Gordon Ramsay's Masterclass - $15/month
Chef and Hell's Kitchen star Gordon Ramsay teaches cooking classes right out of his kitchen. He offers 20 exclusive video lessons perfect for novice chefs. Each video focuses on a different skill, including knife skills, how to cook fish, how to make pasta from scratch, and how to master Beef Wellington. Don't worry, he won't yell at you, but he does drop an f-bomb or two. Several other well-known master chefs teach classes on the platform as well, including Wolfgang Puck and Ron Finley.
Milk Bar desserts - $46+
Milk Bar is a dessert spot in several cities that always has a line out the door. You can order cakes, pies, truffles, and cookies on their website and they'll ship your goodies anywhere. The company has a holiday section with all types of yummy holiday-inspired goodies.