As we enter the final days of December and continue to check our package tracking numbers in anticipation, some of us may be coming to the realization that the gifts we ordered for our loved ones might not make it in time.
Thankfully, there are several options for wonderful virtual gifts that can be purchased at the last minute and e-mailed to the recipient right away. Listed below are some eleventh-hour alternatives, ranging from the traditional gift card route to subscription boxes and even Italian tree adoption. Grab yourself a tea and a seat in your comfiest chair - last minute shopping has never been easier or more enjoyable.
With 2020 coming to a close, many of us are setting intentions for the new year and planning to learn some new skills. Masterclass offers over 100 classes in a variety of categories including food, science & tech and wellness, to name a few. Each class is taught by an expert in that field and consists of around 20 lessons. Since each lesson is only about 10 minutes long, they’re easy to work in for those with busy schedules. This is a great gift for anyone with a thirst for knowledge or a desire to learn from the best.
2. Coffee Subscription
For our caffeinated friends, the Tasting Flight Subscription from The Roaster’s Pack offers a selection of coffee from independent, Canadian roasters delivered straight to their door. Each pack comes with information about the sourcing and tasting notes of the roasts, plus brew guide tips for making the perfect cup each time. You can even tailor the subscription for espresso lovers or decaf drinkers and request a specific grind.
3. Encircled eGift Card
If you didn’t get around to ordering their desired piece in time for the big day, fear not. Give the gift of sustainable style with an Encircled eGift Card. These digital gift cards are sent instantly via email on purchase to the email entered at checkout. Available in a range of denominations, Encircled eGift Cards are always the right size, colour and fit. (Ordered a physical gift that won’t make it in time? Download our holiday "I Owe You" note!)
4. Virtual Yoga Studio Pass
It’s been a tough time for those who find solace at the yoga studio, with lockdown restrictions preventing us from taking part in in-person classes. Thankfully, many studios and independent yogis, like Malak Sharaf, are now offering classes online, available to be purchased in packages or as a monthly subscription. Sharaf’s classes are a fusion of yoga, barre and pilates with the intention of helping you get strong and feel good, in both mind and body. A great gift option not only for those who already know and love their yoga practice, but for anyone looking to incorporate more movement into their routine in the new year.
5. AirBnb Gift Card
We won’t be in lockdown forever! Though the pandemic is limiting travel for the next while, planning a future getaway is a great mental escape to get us through these difficult times. Whether it’s a spring cabin weekend outside the city or a cross-country expedition further down the road in 2022, research suggests that the anticipation of our next adventure can benefit our mental health. Show some love to the wanderlusters in your life with an AirBnb gift card for their post-pandemic trip.
6. Olive Tree Adoption
The Nudo Olive Tree Adoption Program brings together eight small-scale olive groves in Italy that are using low impact and sustainable farming practices and shares their premium, authentic extra virgin olive oil with people around the world. Olive tree adopters choose which grove they’d like to support and receive regular updates about their tree and farmer, as well as olive oil deliveries directly from their adopted tree. Due to the increasing industrialization of olive oil in Italy, smaller groves are being pushed out of the market and abandoned, while the land is further damaged by intensive farming practices. Nudo’s adoption program helps preserve the land, tradition and authenticity around extra virgin olive oil in Italy.
7. Virtual Astrology Reading
Want to know how the planets are aligning in 2021 for you or a loved one? Jennifer Fukushima is a Toronto-based astrologer doing virtual readings via Zoom. She offers mini readings for those new to the astrological world, or more in-depth sessions about your chart that cover career, love, family and any other areas you’d like to learn about. You’ll also receive an audio recording of your session to refer back to.
8. Clean Beauty Box
When Jessika Noda made the switch to a plant-based diet and lifestyle, she noticed how many of the beauty products she’d grown up with were filled with chemicals and questionable production practices. Introducing Jiyubox: a seasonal subscription of clean beauty and wellness products. Each box is created with a specific season in mind to address the different needs of our skin and body during that time. Boxes can be purchased as a one-time shipment, or subscribed to on a seasonal or annual basis.
9. Virtual Floral Arrangement Workshop
Whether you’re someone who’s bursting with creativity or struggling to find a creative outlet, floral workshops are a fun and engaging way to create something beautiful. Wild North Flowers offers a variety of dried wreath and fresh flower arrangement classes online, and even delivers all the necessary supplies to your door in time for class. They also offer organized group workshops - a great way to stay connected to friends and family during the dreary winter months.
10. Meditation Subscription
The benefits of meditation have long been recognized by the health and wellness community and those who practice regularly. Headspace is a guided meditation app with a mission to improve the health and happiness of the world. A free Basics course is offered for those new to the practice, and hundreds more are unlocked with a monthly or yearly subscription. Whether you’re in need of something to clear your mind on the commute to work, or are looking for more in-depth sessions to combat stress or help with sleep, Headspace makes meditation accessible for everyone.
11. Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription
Adobe has long been the go-to technology for all kinds of roles within the creative and storytelling industries, however, it’s just as accessible for those who are simply looking for a new creative channel. Though the layouts can be intimidating at first, there are a slew of training videos available for free on YouTube to assist beginners and advanced users alike. Subscriptions can be purchased for individual apps or for the entire Creative Cloud.
Know of any great, last-minute e-gifts that we missed? Let us know in the comments!
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