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The Best Virtual Gifts for Valentine’s Day

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If your valentine is the kind of valentine who prefers experiences — dinners at new restaurants, trips to far-flung places — to things, you’re probably pretty flummoxed this year. But there are more virtual experiences than ever, many of which may be even better than sitting through a five-hour tasting menu at a stuffy dining establishment. So we scoured the offerings and found a dozen actually fun virtual options, from pasta-making to wine tasting to couples painting, for every kind of valentine. But just a note: Not all of these classes are available on Valentine’s Day — a handful are on the day before, which happens to be a Saturday — and in some cases, you won’t have adequate time to ship any necessary products in time, so keep that in mind when planning the holiday.

For the valentine who would rather cook than go out

Instead of watching them make dinner all by themselves, why not take this class together? Your help in the kitchen — and interest in their hobbies — will be much appreciated. You can take classes for cuisine from all around the globe, from Brazilian to Japanese to Hungarian, and if you’re not sure which class they would like best, you can always get a gift card.

For the valentine who is already a master chef

Depending on your budget — some of these are in the thousands — Delicious Experiences has all sorts of very specific culinary classes that you and your partner can take together, like how to cook a full brunch and how to bake a Portuguese custard tart.

For the valentine who had to cancel their trip to Italy

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A virtual pasta-making class with an actual Italian grandmother will be a nice placeholder until travel becomes acceptable again.

For the pop-culture-obsessed valentine

This class is technically for “galentines,” but that doesn’t mean your valentine can’t enjoy it too. Inspired by Crazy Rich Asians, you’ll make two traditional Singaporean dishes and drinks. Cozymeal offers loads of other other options, too — everything from The Crown–themed tea parties to the essentials of sushi-rolling.

For the valentine who already has a wine fridge

Priority Wine sources bottles from vineyards all across the country to send you a curated box for your virtual tasting. They recommend you give them a lead time of ten to 20 days to make sure the wine gets to you on time, so you probably won’t be able to do it on Valentine’s Day at this point, but if your partner has a busy schedule, planning it together might be well received.

For the valentine who could eat a box of chocolates by themselves

While store-bought chocolate will surely do, making your own would be a touch more special (and just as delicious). You have to buy the ingredients for this class yourself, but you receive your recipe cards five days before the event, so you’ll have plenty of time to prepare.

For the valentine who prefers a cocktail

If they’re more interested in Manhattans than Merlot, Liquid Lab hosts a Valentine’s Day themed mixology class. You’ll learn to make three different drinks in this hour-long class meant to be shared with a partner.

For the valentine who’s really more of a morning person

While Valentine’s dates typically occur at night, nothing is normal this year — so if you’re more of a morning person, how about a coffee-tasting virtual event instead of, say, wine? Driftaway is already sold out for Valentine’s Day, but you can still sign up for the tasting on the day before — we think it would make an especially nice Saturday morning activity.

For the artistic valentine

Instead of painting two of the same picture, Painting to Gogh gives couples the option of painting a diptych that can hang together in your apartment. Even better, they’ll send you all of the necessary supplies ahead of time.

For the valentine who loves to try new things

In addition to IRL getaways, Airbnb offers tons of romantic experiences, from dance lessons to pasta-making — and with some costing as little as $1, you could do an entire day of virtual events, if you so choose.

For the valentine who loves to learn new skills

MasterClass has lots of experiences that couples can take together, like bread baking and mixology. They’re on demand, so if you can’t be together on Valentine’s Day, the two of you can take it when you’re reunited at a later date.

For the valentine who misses concerts

This is obviously not the same as going to an actual concert (remember those?), but these virtual live shows still make for a nice gift.

For the valentine who has always wanted to be serenaded

Similar to Cameo, HiNOTE delivers personalized videos from musicians to your loved ones. But instead of just a quick message, they’ll sing part of your favorite song and make it personal. It takes about a week to receive your message, so order as soon as possible to get it in time for Valentine’s Day.

For the valentine who loves flowers

A twofer gift: Give them flowers and a class to learn how to arrange them. All you have to do is buy a floral kit from their site, then sign up for their class held over Zoom. You can pick whatever size box you want, too, so this will fit within most budgets. You need about four days to get your box, so make sure to order this as soon as possible.

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The Best Virtual Gifts for Valentine’s Day