5 Virtual Group Gift Ideas For When You Can’t Celebrate Together

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If you’re reading this on your laptop, in pajamas, curled up in bed at 3 in the afternoon, you are not alone. With work from home, eat from home, and shop from home all becoming the new normal, why not gift from home too? If we can hold graduation ceremonies over Zoom and birthday parties from our individual couches, we can make any special occasion memorable with a virtual group gift. Generic e-gift cards don’t always cut it, so keep scrolling to see what virtual gifts have to offer in 2020. With a sprinkle of technology (and in some cases, a dash of your local delivery service), you can bring together a group to collaborate on a single, special group gift — without sacrificing quality or sentimentality.

Ready to take your virtual gift to the next level? With Presently, pool funds with family and friends for a group gift and gather messages for a group card that shows your recipient the entire community of love and support behind them. It is the perfect alternative to an in-person celebration that’ll still feel like a huge hug from friends, family, and coworkers, all without leaving the comfort of your home.

Last-minute holiday gift ideas 🎁💡  If you’re scrambling for that perfect gift with zero shipping time, check out our bonus section at the end of this piece!


Online Learning

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School most definitely is cool, so give the gift of learning to students that need an extra activity on the weekends or adults whose college days are in the past. Nurture curiosity with Brilliant’s interactive STEM learning courses, perfect for anyone ages 10 and up. Through bite-sized courses, they will master a new topic in no time and have fun along the way. Though traveling isn’t recommended right now, if your friend has dreams to go to Italy someday soon, head to Rosetta Stone to give them access to real-life scenarios and pronunciation feedback so they can start practicing Italian. They can even explore Italian cuisine with a virtual cooking class from The Chef & The Dish. Give them the opportunity to work one on one with a chef from countries including Peru and Morocco. This gift will take any amateur chef to the next level. Choose one of these group gift ideas, head to Presently to organize a group gift, and let the learning begin!


Celebrity Message

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From birthday wishes to congratulations, get your friend’s idol to cheer them on this year. Book your loved one’s favorite celebrity for a personalized recording or video chat. Sites like Cameo will connect you with the famous actor, athlete, musician, comedian, or other celebrity of your choice. What better way to celebrate someone than a shoutout from Ne-Yo, or a virtual Q&A with Daymond John from Shark Tank? Your well wishes will mean a lot to them too, of course, but their favorite celebrity will make their day even more memorable. Get family and friends to pitch in on the celebrity message of a lifetime with a virtual group gift that is as personal as it gets!


Virtual Tasting

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Give the gift of a virtual tasting, even if you can’t be there to enjoy it with your loved one in-person. This is the perfect group gift for the people in your life (ages 21+) that prefer making memories to physical gifts, and want to add flavor and sophistication to a home-cooked meal. Browse Murray’s Cheese events for a virtual tasting where your loved one will try 4 different cheeses with the perfect pairing of meats, cocktails, spreads, and more. Everything they need will be shipped directly to their address, so all that’s left for them to do is sit back and enjoy the delicious experience heading their way. If cheese just isn’t for them, bring wine tasting home with Bottles Nation. Starting at $150, this is the perfect group gift to surprise your loved one with an adventure for their taste buds. Another option is contacting Single Malt Savvy to set up a virtual whiskey tasting. Keep your group gift fun, safe, and comfortable by going remote with a tasting that will be remembered long after the plates and glasses are empty.


Lifestyle Services

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Virtual lifestyle gifts are the perfect complement to your friend’s work, home, or work from home routine. An obé fitness annual membership connects your loved one with top NYC fitness instructors for both live and on demand classes. Their quick and effective 28 minute classes are sure to give anyone an extra boost in the morning. If a cardio kick isn’t your recipient’s speed, look into Stitch Fix, a virtual personal styling service. For your loved ones who hate shopping or want help finding clothes that work for them, you will save them time and effort by taking the hassle out of both online and in-person shopping experiences. Your stylish friends and family will also love Modsy, a virtual interior design service. Help turn your loved one’s guest room into an office or upgrade their living room online, making stay-at-home feel homier. Lastly, a Blue Apron or Hello Fresh meal kit subscription takes the hassle out of healthy home cooking and helps make every day a little easier with fresh ingredients delivered right to their door.


Donation to a Worthy Cause

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A virtual gift that also makes a difference is a donation to a nonprofit organization. Make an impact with Presently by allocating any excess group gift funds raised to support the community and planet. The World Wildlife fund gives the option to virtually adopt an animal from a list of endangered species. If your loved one’s favorite animal is pandas, use your contributions to protect them and the habitats in which they live. For a more timely donation, support the World Health Organization’s COVID-Solidarity Response Fund to track the spread of the coronavirus, care for patients, and help develop vaccines. This Time magazine article has other organizations that support the frontlines. Or, see what local charities are in your area, and use your collective funds for good.


Additional Considerations

When sending a virtual gift to your loved one, make sure you know when the gift will arrive. Gifts sent through email may be sent to the recipient instantly, or in other cases you can schedule the delivery. Finally, read through the terms carefully to make sure your recipient is not receiving any unwanted surprises!

As soon as you have the perfect gift in mind, head to Presently to organize your virtual group gift for friends and coworkers and make someone’s day from right where you are.


BONUS FEATURE: Holiday Season Sprint!

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For those in a last-minute pinch to find the perfect gift, these gift ideas will cut out the stressful and unreliable delivery times. While a traditional celebration is virtually impossible, there are plenty of great gifts that can be enjoyed together virtually, that can be delivered to the recipient the moment you click send.


The ultimate marathon

Is your family one for marathoning movies during the holidays? Subscriptions to the latest streaming services, like Disney+ and HBO Max, make for a great excuse to get cozy and start new shows together.


Self-care all day err day

Help your friend or loved one set the right intention for 2021 by sharing the gift of mindfulness this season. In the interest of unwinding at the end of this wild year, a subscription to Calm or Headspace might be just what’s needed to form a great new habit.


Handpicked clothes just for them

Fab Fit Fun is just what its name implies! A subscription box from them consists of 10 super high quality and full-sized items ranging from makeup to the coziest mittens you’ll ever wear. Each box is super personalized, giving the recipient a super tailored gift for every season.


Yum in a box

For the chef who wants to cook some comfort food, check out Thrive Market. Thrive carries all your organic cooking needs, from nonperishables to high-quality, fresh seafood and meats. They even have filters set to cater to over 70 diets and values!


Small business gift cards

And of course the tried and true last-minute classic: the gift card. A gift card to a site like Etsy will support small businesses and make for a customizable gift, making this option hardly feel like a quick purchase.


Although you decided this time to purchase last-minute, keep us in the back of your mind as we approach the new year, and set up a group gift to kick off 2021 the right way: by celebrating, together with Presently.

Whether you are setting up a group gift or shopping in a pinch, Presently wishes you a Happy Holiday, and a Happy New Year!


Presently is a group-gifting platform that gives people an easy way to contribute to a single gift, together. Designed for kids and adults alike, Presently enables communities to gift better, choosing quality over quantity.

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