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You want to show how much you care, but they say they don’t need anything. In that case, gift that special someone a special experience and add on a unique item to make it, well, extra special.
MasterClass is a website that pools lessons from the world’s experts on nearly any topic you can imagine. If someone in your life is naturally curious or looking to learn a new skill, this could be the perfect gift. While we picked the Science of Better Sleep MasterClass for this gift guide – paired with a new pillow, of course – there are also courses in cooking, sports, business, gardening and more. Perfect for self-improvement gurus and those who know there’s always more to learn.
Like MasterClass, there’s something for everyone with an Airbnb Experiences trip. But unlike MasterClass, you get to hit the road with this one. What will you and that special person try first? Do a jazz crawl in Harlem? Learn to make croissants in Paris? Learn the Samurai way in Japan? No matter where they pick, make sure they have the right bag to get there with everything they need. Perfect for weekend adventures with friends, romantic getaways and those who like to find the places only the locals know.
Tourism is starting to pick up again in the wake of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean we’re looking for the same kinds of travel experiences. If you’re loved one is like a lot of others, they’ll love a trip somewhere more remote and full of natural wonder. Gift them a National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass and this map to help them decide where to go first. Perfect for nature lovers, roadtrippers and the entire family.
You know they deserve to be pampered, but choosing between a massage or a mani-pedi can be tough. A gift through Spafinder.com lets them pick what would be most relaxing (and gets you out of figuring out what exactly Rhassoul is). The Nodpod is described as “a weighted blanket for your eyes” and might just help them stay relaxed long after their luxurious spa date. Perfect for anyone who needs a little R&R and self-care.
Everyone has a thousand (or more) pictures on their phone, but when was the last time they had a proper photo taken of the family? Gift someone time with a professional photographer. They can use it just to capture this moment in time, when the kids are small or before they head off to college, or to use for holiday cards. It might be especially meaningful if you schedule with a local artist and support a small or minority-owned business. Don’t forget a new frame so they can proudly show off the photos later. Perfect for families, long-distance grandparents and people who just really, really love their dog.
Do you know someone who likes to roll up their sleeves and get their hands a little dirty? Then a home improvement class might be for them. Lots of stores will offer expert tutorials on things from tiling and plumbing to landscaping and even storm prep. Many of these classes, like the ones at Home Depot, were still offered virtually as of late 2021, but check with local retailers if you’d like something in person. No matter what kind of project your recipient is learning, a tool apron could come in handy, not to mention add some protection while they hone their skills. Perfect for first-time homeowners and DIYers who want to be more self-sufficient.
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