Virtual Christmas gift ideas (perfect for last-minute shopping)
This year is a bit different when it comes to buying gifts. Many of us won’t be able to see our loved ones in person and our usual organised gift buying has been thrown into disarray by shop closures and the fact everything just seems a bit more hectic.
One of the great things about 2020 is the number of businesses that now offer virtual or digital products. They’re quick and easy to buy online, don’t require reliance on couriers or postage times and can be enjoyed without the need for any physical element.
If you’re looking for some virtual gift ideas, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites.
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The gift of a forest
If you have someone in your life who prefers their gifts to be super green, why not buy them a forest? Or part of one, at least…the full forest is £12,000.
With Ecologi, you can choose to plant trees and purchase carbon offsets to make your gift recipient climate positive for 3, 6 or 12 months. Or you can just plant trees in a real-life forest, in one of the world’s most climate-effective places.
A virtual gift for art lovers
Josie and Elliot run Art Sippers, a live and interactive painting show full of jokes, a party vibe, interactive quizzes, music and creativity.
A National Trust or English Heritage Membership
If your loved one loves the outdoors, what better gift is there than access to some of the UK’s most beautiful and historic places?
A sea-themed mindfulness gift
A virtual gift for new Mums
Eliza Flynn is a personal trainer who specialises in helping women to return to running after having a baby. Her Postnatal Return to Running programme was put together with a women’s health physio. It contains 6 weeks’ worth of progressive workouts, pelvic health education videos, a Facebook support group and more.
Eliza has also offered Ailuna readers an exclusive discount – just add the code AILUNA30 at checkout for 30% off if you buy before Christmas 2020.
Support small business with an Etsy gift card
If you’re not quite sure what to buy for someone, but you know you want to help support small businesses this Christmas, an Etsy gift card could be your solution. Your recipient can then choose from thousands of handmade, personalised and quirky gifts.
Virtual decluttering and green cleaning lessons
If you know someone who has been talking about decluttering or having a “big clean” this year, then an online decluttering session or series of sessions with The Green Domestic Fairy could be the perfect gift.
Kesia offers bespoke, tailored sessions to help you get your house in order, and she is also a champion for all things eco-friendly when it comes to cleaning, which is a big tick in Ailuna’s box.
A whole collection of little virtual surprises
If there’s one company that specialises in virtual gifts, it’s The Little Surprises Company. They offer a whole host of lovely online gifts.
I hope my husband is reading this because I am particularly interested in a ticket to their online wellness festival, aptly named “Restival”.
They also offer an online murder mystery party, singing lessons and even a virtual spa.
Need a party idea without having to meet up in real life?
Musingo Bingo is the ultimate online musical bingo party. Entirely virtual but no skimping on the fun. You can host your own party by checking out the Musingo Bingo website.
Are you a business owner with a virtual gift to offer?
Drop your offerings in the comments below to add to our selection. The more the merrier!