9 Creative Online Courses to Gift This Year

Want to gift learning experiences instead of things? From how to crochet to how to launch a podcast, we've rounded up craft, gardening and DIY online courses perfect for gifting. Plus, this option is perfect for procrastinators who missed shipping deadlines.

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December 18, 2019

Hand Lettering

If you know someone obsessed with calligraphy, gift a class in hand lettering. This course is perfect for beginners as it doesn’t require professional calligraphy equipment just “simple materials that you probably already have at home.”

Buy It: Bluprint, $20 (Originally $40)

Modern Embroidery

Seventies style had a big revival this year and boho-chic embroidery is everywhere in home design. If you’re shopping for a DIYer, Bluprint has tons of embroidery courses. You can give the gift of a Bluprint subscription for multiple classes, or, if you’re looking for a single course, we love this tropical floral wreath how-to.

Buy It: Bluprint, $20 (Originally $40)

How to Launch a Podcast

Do you have someone in your life who's addicted to podcasts? If so, they might love this online course on how to launch their own podcast from John & Sherry Petersik, the couple behind one of the original design blogs: Young, House, Love. In addition to learning all the ins and outs of how to launch your own podcast, there's a special private Q&A board for students to ask questions and interact with John and Sherry.

Buy It: A Beautiful Mess, $65

Watercolor Painting

Watercolor art is super trendy right now, but it’s one of the more temperamental paint mediums. In this class, you’ll learn the basics of watercolor painting and techniques for painting botanicals and flowers. Udemy has a lot of watercolor classes, but this botanicals course has tons of glowing 5-star reviews from beginner painters.

Buy It: Udemy, $12.09 (Originally $69.99)

Soap Making

If there's a DIYer or creative person on your list, a class to learn how to make all-natural, handmade soaps would be an ideal gift. The class takes you through the step-by-step process, providing info on what equipment and ingredients you will need, most of which you probably already have in your kitchen!

Buy It: Udemy, $15.39 (originally $124.99)

Bullet Journaling Basics

For the Type As, creatives and all-around go-getters in your life, this intro to bullet journaling class is sure to be a hit. The course covers “What the heck is bullet journaling?” in addition to creative ways to design your journal and positive journaling habits.

Buy It: Udemy, $10.44 (Originally $114.99)

Veggie Gardening 101

Shopping for a new homeowner or someone interested in gardening? Udemy has a course specifically in vegetable gardening in your backyard. In this class, you’ll learn where to plant, when to plant and what to plant.

Buy It: Udemy, $10.44 (Originally $29.99)

Crochet Basics & Beyond

This crafty online class will help you get started learning how to crochet. You get step-by-step, up-close video lessons that teach you how to work your needle, choose yarns and make a fun project along the way. By the time you're all done, you'll have your own chic granny square-crocheted blanket.

Buy It: Bluprint, $20 (Originally $40)

Cookie Decorating Season by Season

Cookie designer Ann York drops ALL of her cookie knowledge on you in this fun 6-part course. There are lessons broken down by season and holiday, to share different cookie-making techniques and ideas for different times of the year. Of course, all recipes for the cookies are also included.

Buy It: Bluprint, $20 (Originally $40)