The start of summer has typically been a time for baby showers, weddings, Fourth of July barbecues, birthday brunches and plenty of al fresco get-togethers for no other reason than the beautiful weather. While big in-person celebrations may not be possible right now, we’ve got some creative gift ideas to help celebrate your loved ones and applaud their life milestones from afar:
Sweet Treats from Milk Bar: Try the Care Package or Truffle Trio for anyone with a sweet tooth who loves to indulge. We especially love these for quarantine birthdays.
Unique Artisanal and Vintage Finds: Nashville-based Goodbuy Girls offers thoughtful vintage wear, artisanal candles, skin products and jewelry. The Lana Bundle is perfect for your friend who wants to relax and unwind while supporting local artisans.
Houseplants From The Sill: Get indoor potted plants delivered to your foliage-loving friend to help breathe some extra life into his or her home. The Sill even offers a plant subscription service for those who are just dipping their toes into plant parenthood.
Video Message From Their Favorite Celebrity: Surprise your loved one with a custom video message from their favorite celebrity with Cameo.
…or Create Your Own Video Gift: Platforms like Tribute gives you the option of creating and compiling short clips from multiple people into one extra personalized and heartfelt video.
Cooking or Photography Class: Give the gift of learning! An annual membership for MasterClass costs just $180 for unlimited access to all classes. Popular classes include an interior design course with Kelly Wearstler, a cooking class with Gordon Ramsay or a photography class with Annie Leibovitz.
Travel Gift Card: Everyone could use a rejuvenating and restoring getaway right about now. Gift a luxe hotel stay at Kimpton with a gift card for a future trip or even a spa retreat for when travel spots open up.
Cocktail Kit: For anyone over 21 (we’re looking at you new college grads!), send a Bloody Mary Kit for virtual celebration brunches at home.
At-Home Wine Tasting Experience: Many wineries have created engaging virtual tastings with sommeliers and will deliver a flight of wines and food pairings for wine-lovers. Check out the one from Clif Family which allows you to experience Napa Valley from the comfort of your home.
Coffee Subscription Box: Monthly subscription boxes from craft coffee brands like Verve or La Colombe allow your loved ones to stay caffeinated with high-quality, sustainable coffee delivered straight to their doors.
Weighted Blanket: Weighted blankets have been shown to improve sleep and reduce anxiety. We like this stylish, crisp white one from Goop, or this cozy, luxe one from Verishop.
Framed Print: Elevate his or her at-home art game with a whimsical print or poster from a design-centric online shop. There are countless options to choose from on Society6 or Etsy.
Cozy Socks: For your friend who needs some comfort in quarantine and a good laugh, the Happy Socks Junkfood Gift Box is the perfect gift.
It doesn’t matter if you’re right down the street or across the country from those you love, there are still plenty of ways to let someone know you’re thinking about them on their special day.