It goes without saying, it’s really challenging to sort out gifts this year. Not only are we all advised to stay away from friends and family, the postal services are more delayed and online shopping displays ‘out of stock’ notifications far more frequently. That’s why, to overcome these hurdles, I’ve been doing research into the best virtual gifts which can all be sent via an email. Gifting for those with major wanderlust doesn’t have to be stressful. Keep reading to find out my top picks for anyone who misses travel.
Virgin Experience Days: Experiences To Enjoy At Home
For £35, you can pick from 28 options and go ahead with your favourite all from your sofa. Some hot picks include a makeup tutorial, a story writing class, photoshop course or language learning opportunities. You’ve got 12 months to redeem the voucher from date of purchase, which gets sent directly into your inbox.
Movie Streaming Or Music Subscriptions
Anyone who travels frequently will know how boring being on an overnight bus for 8 hours can be. I mean, for a start there isn’t much you can do without internet and there is only so much mobile data you will be willing to use up! That’s why movie streaming or music subscriptions make such great gifts. Sure, maybe right now travel is challenging but a movie streaming subscription not only keeps you entertained on the road, it can also relive the wanderlust. I feel like this gift idea is particularly suited for children or teens.
Air BnB Vouchers
I absolutely love Air BnB vouchers as a gift idea. They seem to fit the bill whenever I don’t know what to send but want something unique. I guess the thousands of options the recipient can browse helps sweeten the deal too. There are some major perks with an Air BnB gift card. Firstly, they don’t expire. Yup. Secondly, if you don’t have someone’s email then you can send a gift card via text. Finally, you’ll be able to personalize the item how you wish from a selection of designs. All you need to do is load however much you want to spend on the gift card and add a little message. Easy. Air BnB vouchers will be really appreciated by backpackers or solo-travellers, trust me.
Secret Escapes Gift card
For something which screams luxury, go with a Secret Escapes gift card. The person on the receiving end will get to choose from a spa break, mini break or holiday. From top-up amounts starting at just £50, e-vouchers from Secret Escapes make wonderful last-minute gift ideas for people who are all about the glam life. Don’t worry if you feel the amount you load isn’t enough, as the recipient can use the voucher as a part-payment. Just as a heads up though, vouchers are valid for one year so be mindful of this as the UK is still in lockdown for a few months.
Virtual Cooking Class
If you remember one thing from this post, let it be virtual cooking classes. I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun they are. A huge bonus is the fact you’ll pick up skills which you’ll use in the future. I mean, making homemade tortellini for upcoming dinner parties would be impressive, right? Essentially, as you would imagine, virtual cooking classes give you the chance to follow a step-by-step process to re-create the host’s chosen dish. Not only are these classes a fantastic bonding experience, I am almost certain that you’ll feel accomplished afterwards. Not too long ago, I attended a virtual Japanese cooking class and I loved every second of it. Not only was I able to ask the host all my burning questions, I learnt about a new culture and made friends along the way. Of course, you can purchase a virtual cooking class for yourself but I recommend saving this for when you are with another person, such as a partner or flatmate. You know, for cracking open a few chilled drinks and having a giggle.
I couldn’t leave plane tickets off this post. I think there is a misconception that gifting someone a flight needs to be expensive. Far from it! Obviously, I’m not talking about a one-way trip across the world next summer but a little weekend away in a nearby country can cost you as little as £20. Of course, purchasing flights under the name of recipient is only really recommended if you know them well enough to suss out their schedule but even in worst case scenarios, flights can usually be changed for a small fee. If you are on a budget, head to Skyscanner to see which destinations come up as cheapest for whichever month you select.
In an ideal world, everyone would be healthy and meeting up with each other. Until then, however, let’s celebrate that graduation/wedding/birthday/new job directly from an email inbox.
See you in the next post!