Concerts, theater, ballet, symphonies, or get even more giftee-specific with impossible-to-get dinner reservations or tickets to special events. Focusing on the experiential is such a nice touch when gift-giving, even if the slightly selfish elf inside you is hoping you’ll be their +1… ; )
These days there are countless subscription boxes and services you can gift, the hard part isn’t even finding the right one, but rather finding the one they don’t have yet. Some of my favorites are style/beauty boxes like Box of Style, Birchbox or Ipsy, Rent the Runway, and Fab Fit Fun. There are lots of other fantastic options like Book Of The Month, Blue Apron or monthly subscriptions to flowers, coffee, or chocolate that’s a gift they can enjoy all year.
Think the new nice restaurant they’re dying to try, or a spa they love, even gift cards for airline travel are a thing—it’s really about gifting something that feels personal, but still leaves the giftee with customizable options. If giving a gift card feels flat, make sure it’s beautifully wrapped, with a super sweet note inside.
You’ve heard me talk about Daily Harvest before (or perhaps just watched me make breakfast via Instagram story), gifting someone tools they need to make healthy, convenient meals is really doing your giftee a solid. Get this one for the friend or coworker who is forever skipping breakfast, or the one who cooks so seldom her oven contains shoes.
Care for a wine advent calendar anyone? I WANT THIS. Vinebox will send 12 different glasses of wine from around the world to help you countdown to the holidays. Per their website, shipping and happiness are included. If you’re shopping for a whiskey, gin or tequila lover, check out more boozy advent calendars here.
This is another amazing idea sent in by a reader and I love the idea (and effort!) behind it. Whether it’s a significant other, a parent, a best friend, planning a year’s worth of dates, one per month, is so sweet. Allow me a sappy moment, but the actual best gift we can give each other is time together, and this epic gift ensures there’s at least one night per month that’s all about you two.
If you know someone who wants to brush up on their skills, or just expand their recipe repertoire, cooking classes are kind of the most fun ever. It’s one of those things we rarely buy for ourselves, but are so happy to participate in when they magically appear in gift boxes. If you live in NYC, consult this list for the best-of-the-best or try a cheese tasting class at Murray’s Cheese!
So this exists: You can purchase a map of the stars from a specific time and place that means something special to you or your giftee. Every map is printed, framed and comes with a time and place stamp. Your anniversary? Their birthdate? The moment they finally finished all nine seasons of The Office? Think of milestones they’ll want to remember forever.
More and more publications are becoming subscription-based, which is awesome when you consider we should all support reading things longer than tweets. Gift a year-long subscription to their favorite publication, such as the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, or something a little more off the beaten path like the cooking site 177 Milk Street.