To round out this year’s gift guides, I wanted to share gifts that are more experiential in nature and can be done virtually or digitally. Bonus: they’re perfect for anyone who waits ‘til the last minute to shop! From printables to at-home classes, there’s something for everyone.
As a reminder, I tend to curate these gift guides based on products we may already own, things I have my eye on or that others share, and products from brands I’m already a fan of. There will be some inevitable cross-over so be sure to check out all the guides. And as always, I’m covering a variety of price points for everyone’s budgets!
01. “I must have flowers, always always.” Monet was spot on. Gift a virtual flower arranging class led by Ashley of Tinge Floral (as a former wedding designer, I can attest to her work being incredible) through If I Made.
02. Merrilee Liddiard has long been a favorite of mine for dolls, art prints, and especially her printables. Her illustrations are so darling and there are countless craft downloads available for a nominal fee.
03. I’ve shared products from Lingua Franca before. They have the softest sweaters and accessories adorned with whimsical fun + inspiring quotes (and they give back to so many wonderful organizations)! They have a virtual embroidery workshop where someone from their team spends 2 hours walking you through how to stitch your own sweater! All materials are included with the price.
04. Give the gift of creativity and learning! MasterClass offers more than 100 digital classes from celebrities, entrepreneurs and others at the top of their fields…learn Interior Design from Kelly Wearstler, Investigative Journalism from Bob Woodward, Filmmaking from Jodie Foster and so much more. BONUS: they’re having a buy 1 get 1 membership through the 28th!
05. I was introduced to Italic a couple months ago. Simply put, they have removed brands from the shopping experience, offering high-end products made by the same factories that make popular brands’ products…and sell them to you at cost. Gift a membership ($120) and a little something so your loved one can shop year-round for everything from leather goods to cookware. They were kind enough to send me this bag and the quality is just as great as I had hoped it would be!
06. In-person wine tasting may be on hold but there’s no reason you can’t do it from home! Beloved Helen’s Wines is offering Virtual Wine Classes…an hour long Zoom class with one of their sommeliers. They’ll even provide the wine to all participants no matter where you live.
07. I only just came across Arlos Cookies on Instagram and am in awe of these gorgeous cookies. Luna has such talent! And she’s sharing it during one of her various virtual workshops. She’ll walk you through dough, icing, and color-mixing techniques and provide supply lists to make sure you’re covered!
08. We finally joined Public Goods this year and I don’t know what took us so long! It’s a member-based program (just $59 annually) that provides healthy + eco-friendly personal care, household, grocery, and pet products…all at at accessible + affordable price points (no markup!). Their minimalist packaging is super chic and they maintain partnerships with ethical vendors worldwide. If you’re not a member yet, get 15% off your first order with code MSTARRPGA…and then gift a membership to someone else!
09. If you haven’t experienced Goldbelly (especially this year), you’re missing out. Gift well-known foods from restaurants and shops all over the country, such as this Artisan Cheese Board from world-famous Zabars in New York.
10. I’ve been meaning to write a post about my favorite digital art resources but alas, this will do for now. I have used various prints from Juniper Print Shop, BFF Print Shop, Shop Vintage Supply, Collection Prints, and North & Finch around the house and in client projects. They all offer digital downloads and art prints and would make a great gift! I’m also happy to share a code for North & Finch…40% off anything in the store with code emily40, and 15% off anything at Collection Prints with code MSTARR15.
11. 2020: the year of getting organized. Or at least trying to! Gift your loved ones in-person or virtual organizing services and programs from favorites The Home Edit, Shira Gill, or The Neat Method.
12. Minni Space here in Boston is such a wonderful creative place for kids and they’ve now started offering monthly subscription kits for kids and adults! It’s a wonderful chance to explore creative mediums and activities at home.
13. Brittany from The House Lars Built offers so many colorful + festive patterns and printables. There are goodies for holidays (NYE anyone?) and everyday.
14. Bill and I pulled the trigger on a Peloton a couple months ago and are officially on the bandwagon. But you don’t need the bike to take advantage of all it has to offer…gift the Peloton app for $12.99 a month! There are literally thousands of classes (yoga, cycling, meditation, running etc.) and you don’t need a Peloton bike or any bike at all to enjoy them.
15. Got a budding photographer or blogger you need a gift for? Well the photo presets from IDCO and Madeline Harper are perfect! They’re easy to use on the (free) Lightroom app.
16. Much like wine-tasting, in-person cooking classes aren’t readily available (or safe) right now but Kitchen on Fire has various virtual options (private and public) and make them easy to gift to others! The recipient can then sign up for any class that strikes their fancy.
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