Among other things, 2020 will go down as the Year of Zoom. As everything from work meetings to catching up with friends has gone online, why not make this holiday season a virtual one as well? Celebrating your loved ones won’t be canceled, but you can save yourself time and line ups at the mall by shopping for must-have gifts virtually

Get inspired to give the best gift from afar 

There’s nothing like sending a gift that means the world to your loved one. And who knows, you might just get a text come Christmas morning of a selfie featuring your hand-chosen gift. Here are five virtual gift ideas to inspire your shopping list this holiday season. 

1. Take a bite out of gift-giving 

Were you the one that always brought dessert? Well, you don’t have to bring it this year, but you can send one instead! Imagine your loved one opening a box of freshly baked cookies and chocolate, pecans, cinnamon, and vanilla filling the air. Sounds amazing, right? Colossal Cookie Co.’s Crowd Pleasure features delicious flavors like Fudged Up, Rise & Bind, and Maple Monster. Best of all, there’s no cleaning up after this special treat.

Colossal Cookie – $48 CAD

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2. Hand-delivered flowers

Flowers are always a hit – not just during Valentine’s Day. And nothing says thank you like a bouquet of the freshest flowers that could have been picked from a garden in the European countryside. Callia’s Sweet Surprise includes a bouquet of handpicked, seasonal flowers with a pop of colour presented in a classic glass vase, coupled with one of their current favourite sweet treats from a local market. What could be sweeter during the holidays?

Callia Flowers – Sweet Surprise – $65 CAD

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3. Gaming but make it retro

The holidays are a magical time for kids, but who says the adults can’t be part of the fun? Gift the gamer in your life this iconic miniature SEGA Genesis console, with two 3-button control pads. The system comes preloaded with 40 classic SEGA games, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Street Fighter 2 and Gunstar Heroes. It’s sure to bring back fond memories of hours spent fighting (or defending) legendary video game characters in the family basement. 

Sega Genesis Mini – The Source – $99.99 CAD

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4.  The gift of beauty

For anyone on your list who loves a touch of glamour (and who of us doesn’t?), surprise them with The James Charles Palette, delivered right to their door. The YouTube makeup guru collaborated with Morphe to create this eye-popping palate. It contains 39 dialed-up shades, from matte burnt orange to metallic avocado green to shimmering flamingo pink. They’ll be sister shook.  

The James Charles Palette  – Sephora – $50 CAD

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5.  Something for yourself

Why leave yourself off your holiday wish list? Holiday parties may be thin on the ground this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress to impress this season. What better way to update your wardrobe without spending a lot of cash than renting the latest trends? Dresst lets you choose any 3 pieces of clothing from your fav brands like Club Monaco, Free People, and Ted Baker, then keep them for a month. So go ahead and channel your inner David Rose with this Line Noelle Knit Sweater. As David Rose would say, “I haven’t BeDazzled anything since I was 22.” And with Dresst you won’t have to either this holiday season. – $99 CAD

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Looking for more gift ideas? Read our article on the best holiday gifts under $100.

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