12 Creative Online Courses to Gift for the Holidays

Give the holiday gift that keeps on giving with these fun online classes you can buy and send in minutes.

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December 15, 2020

Material gifts are wonderful, but nothing quite compares to the magical gift of memories forged through new experiences. Give your loved ones a unique experience for the holidays with an online course. Choose a topic that explores their lifelong interests, or encourage them to tap into a new talent with something unexpected. Not sure where to start? Check out of favorite online classes to gift your friends and family in the links below.

$29 Per Seat

Give the gift of a glamorous New Year’s Eve spent at home with this online surf and turf cooking class. The indulgent menu includes a rubbed steak, lobster risotto, champagne chocolate truffles and a festive Kir Royale cocktail. Each class is held on Zoom and is fully interactive, so you can easily ask questions and chat while cooking. Best part? The $29 price tag is per household making this class a fun experience for couples and families alike.

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$29 Per Seat

Looking for the perfect gift for the sweet tooth in your life? This online tiramisu class will speak right to their chocolate-loving heart. The delicious class lasts between one and two hours on Zoom and offers instruction on how to create a mouth-watering tiramisu from scratch using homemade ladyfingers. The class is in session on December 19 at 10:00 a.m. ET, and the $29 household fee makes this the perfect way to gear up for holiday festivities with the entire family.

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Give your happy hour partner a bottle of vino and a seat in James Suckling’s 11-part wine appreciation class. The celebrated international wine critic puts his palette to use over the two-hour course where he tours Tuscan vineyards and instructs students on the history of wine. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the winemaking process and learn how to both order and pair wines with ease.

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Treat the interior-obsessed loved one on your list to a crash course on design instructed by celebrated American designer Kelly Wearstler. The two-hour course is broken down into 17 lesson plans exploring every aspect of interior design. Wearstler teaches students how to create a curated art collection and how to select materials to make spaces appear large, luxurious and distinct.

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Starting at $155

Encourage your creative sister, bestie or mom to explore their love of lettering with this calligraphy starter kit and video tutorial set. The curated gift comes with high-quality tools, including an oblique pen holder with removable flange, black calligraphy inks, nibs a practice journal and a 45-minute instructional video hosted by professional calligraphist Laura Hooper. This kit also comes with optional add-ons like gold foil, grid notebooks, white ink and more.

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Give the artist on your gift list this in-depth online watercolor course taught by professional watercolorist Kateri Ewing. The class spans over six hours with on-demand videos, various PDF instructional guides and access to experts for additional questions. Students will learn about basic tools and techniques and enjoy 14 video sessions with hands-on demonstrations from Kateri.

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Give them the gift of tech-free entertainment with this introductory hand embroidery course. Taught by artist Kat McTee, the 3.5-hour class will teach students the fundamentals of hand embroidery, including how to select materials, how to get started and 19 unique stitch techniques. Once students master the basics, they move on to learning how to create numbers and letters.

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Celebrated author and garden lecturer David Culp teaches students how to create a lush, thriving garden with a beauty that lingers all year in this two-hour online course. Students will learn how to plant layered gardens that tie in with the surrounding landscape and incorporate artful touches to reflect their personal style. David also explores how to weave varied color and texture into your garden to create a visually polished and successful design.

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Give them a head start on their backyard gardening with this instructional class about building raised-bed gardens. The two-hour course is led by married garden designers, Andy and Karen Chapman, and explores how to design and construct a custom raised-bed garden from start to finish. Students will also have access to a bonus PDF document full of pro tips and helpful gardening tricks.

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You can always teach old dogs new tricks. Sign up the fur mom or dad for this virtual dog-training course. The online course is nearly three hours long and includes 15 instructional videos led by Emmy-winning host and dog trainer Brandon McMillan. Students will learn basic commands and take away a better understanding of pooch behaviors like digging, chewing and barking.

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There’s no time like the present to learn a new language. Gift the avid traveler on your list with a lifetime of language school at their fingertips from Rosetta Stone. The lifetime membership is a one-time purchase and provides the recipient with virtual learning experiences for unlimited languages. Members enjoy tracking their progress on their accounts and learning languages on computers, tablets and smartphones.

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Starting at $100

Introducing: the FYT virtual personal training gift card. Otherwise known as the perfect gift for the friend or family member who missed their gym and fitness classes the most this year. There are thousands of personal trainers spanned across the country for the recipient to choose from, allowing them to cater their experience based on their personal needs and fitness goals.

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