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An escape room board game to hold ’em over until they can frequent an actual puzzle room IRL. With this Walking Dead-inspired version, they’ll have to ~escape~ from zombies that are, uh, not very pleasant conversationalists.
A gift assortment of Popbar hot chocolate sticks that’ll upgrade their favorite winter beverage and holiday tradition into something slightly more luxe than Swiss Miss (no shade to Swiss Miss). It’s not the iconic cup they get at Bryant Park every year, but it’s close.
A British Cadbury chocolate box and Japanese candy and snacks because food is a universal language and they truly miss traveling. With these gifts, it’ll feel like their taste buds are on vacation — riding the tube and climbing Mount Fuji one chomp at a time.
A wireless Bluetooth mic if they do not give a bleep about singing off-key. If they miss screaming in falsetto to “Bohemian Rhapsody” or belting out Celine Dion on karaoke night, this will definitely lessen their sorrows.
A challenging 1,000-piece puzzle so they can feel like an Emily in Paris cast-member sans complicated love life. For the pal who is used to shaving several trips off their travel bucket list every year, this thoughtful present will keep ’em occupied for several an afternoon.
An Airbnb virtual experiences so they can travel the 🌎 through their own laptops. Here’s a small sampling of the available classes:
A design your own espadrilles so they can ~visit~ a Barcelona workshop. They’ll learn the history of this iconic shoe before choosing the size, laces, threads, and type of stitching — not only will they see the shoes being made, but the final product will also be shipped to their home at no extra cost!
A coffee master class because the coffee culture in Vietnam? ‘Tis strong, pun intended. They can learn all about its history (including how to brew their own own authentic cup) with Lê, a Hanoi resident.
A history of Pompeii tour so they can learn through the eyes of an archaeologist. Roberto will talk them through the city’s history (both before and after the eruption of Vesuvius), plus discuss the daily life of the average ancient Roman.
A tiny science kit with a mini booklet that contains instructions for over 20 experiments! Step one toward their Nobel Prize requires sparking their interest, and considering museums are kind of a no-go… this rainy day activity is *sure* to do just that!
A Sur La Table online cooking class for a gift that keeps on giving. Each interactive course starts at $29, lasts up to two hours, is lead by expert chefs, *and* means they’ll be able to whip up their very own pad thai. Or dumplings. Or [insert food to make my stomach growl here].
A pack of Bertie Bott’s beans and a chocolate frog mold so they can pretend that they’re feasting in the Great Hall i.e. Universal Orlando, because they had finally planned a trip to Diagon Alley but that was postponed due to *looks around* the year that is 2020.
A DIY hot sauce kit that’s nearly as fantastic as their weekly trip to that boutique hot sauce shop. What can I say other than they like to live dangerously. From cayenne and ancho to curry and chili spice recipes, their taste buds are about to go for a ride. Glass of milk not included but highly encouraged.
Spirits of Latin America: A Celebration of Culture & Cocktails, a recipe book jam-packed with 100 cocktail recipes that would receive an A+ on any report card. This highlights the grape-based spirits from Chile, Peru, and Bolivia to tequila-based concoctions in Mexico.
A beignet mix from Cafe du Monde — one bite of these puffy, covered-in-powdered-sugar homemade French doughnuts will transport them to the heart of NOLA. “Don’t you just love Jackson Square this time of year?”
A handmade gift from Scenery, a company that takes Broadway prop trash and turns it into true treasure: think a coffin ring made from the pre-Broadway stage of Beetlejuice the Musical or a pouch crafted from a Wicked bounce drop. Talk about a present that defies gravity for the theater lover in your life, eh?
A Brooklyn Brew Shop kit packed with everything they need to craft their very own hard cider. Just supply some apple juice and rent a warehouse because no doubt they’ll want to open their own brewery after having a sip of the below — forget the $7 wine. You”ll be gifting handcrafted cider from now on.
A C’est Moi clay mask perfect for anyone with limited storage space. One pack contains six ~cloud~ tablets: add 1/2 teaspoon of water, mix into a paste, and apply. Voila! A marshmallow extract and white clay combo will leave their complexion feeling nourished, clean, and luminous — and it won’t have been as boring as a plain old sheet mask.
A handheld electric milk frother that makes it easy to whip up their very own, typically very expensive drink at home — and quickly. This stainless-steel whisk truly has so many darn uses: Let their mouth water at the thought of cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, matcha, milk shakes, and more. If they miss checking out new coffee shops, this gift is where it’s at.
A ticket stub collector box that forces them to finally go through their physical concert tickets and reminisce about the time in which their teen angst dreams came true upon seeing Paramore perform “Misery Business” live. This can even be mounted!
OR! A keepsake journal so they can gather up old travel mementos and stick ’em in this ring-bound book (here’s looking at you, various museum receipts). Not only does this turn tickets into a scrapbook they’ll cherish forever, but it also prevents said ticket stubs from cluttering up every nook, cranny, and corner of their living space.
An electric S’mores maker to bring the great camping outdoors into the comfort of their own home. This unit comes equipped with two stainless-steel roasting forks and will get them a perfectly toasted marshmallow every single time.
An easy-to-use gardening kit because it’s not the banana bread that appealed to them this quarantine — it was the greenery. This will help them grow basil, cilantro, parsley, sage, and thyme with ease, aka their status as a proud plant parent will be solidified.
A TodayTix digital gift card because you take them to a Broadway show every single year — this helps keep that tradition alive, plus it’s delivered instantly. Raise your hand if you’re a last-minute kind of person.
A copy of 50 States, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do — the perfect alternative for the *actual* travel experience you had planned on gifting your wanderlust-y S/O. This is packed with fun ideas and inspo to help them get crackin’ on the itinerary for the domestic trip they’ll eventually get to take.
A travel-inspired Paint by Sticker book to unleash their inner artist (in a way that doesn’t require expensive canvases, messy paint, and — no offense — real artistic skill). This book contains foolproof templates that let them recreate Deco portraits inspired by Venice, Monaco, Moscow, and more. Add a bottle of wine and it’s the perfect booze-and-art class.
A delicious macaron available in variety packs *and* individual flavors, of which there are a ton: think colorful circles inspired by animal crackers, birthday cake, cookie butter, honey lavender, and more.
A Lego movie activity kit here to inspire the next generation of Spielbergs. This includes all the tools they need (plus access to the accompanying app) for creating their very own stop-animation film and excuse me, as someone who took an intro to film class in college, I conclude that this is a great gift for children and adults alike.
A heavy duty pizza stone for dough that looks like it was flipped several times by an expert wearing a white chef’s hat. This stone guarantees a delicious crust charred to perfection, which means the frozen pizza they’re eating for dinner (yet again) will taste gourmet. It’s like a trip to Italy with every single bite.
An at-home manicure class with Sundays Nail Studio, a nontoxic polish brand offering virtual courses that cover everything from basic upkeep and gel removal to nail art and hand care. *looks at cuticles* *signs up immediately*
A BroadwayHD subscription if they hum show-tunes more than any Gaga or Bieber song. This service allows them to stream a slew of musicals, dramas, and Broadway classics — including the original Cats.
An illustrated travel journal that makes for the ultimate time capsule. Filled with thought-provoking prompts in listicle form, they can jot down everything from world heritage sites and beaches to festivals and parades they’ve experienced firsthand — or would *eventually* like to experience.
A delectable gift from Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit to bring a piece of Charleston to their kitchen. Buttermilk biscuits, sharp cheddar biscuits, toasted maple biscuits, a biscuit of the month club — the list goes on, as does my drool.
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