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Whether you live across the world from your best friend, or you’re missing your sister’s 30th birthday because of the current pandemic, there’s never been a better time to give a virtual gift. The next time you need to buy a present for a loved one’s birthday, graduation or just because, consider one of these eight digital options.

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1. A Charity Donation

There have never been more causes worth donating to. And contributing in someone else’s name is a thoughtful way to show you care. In terms of where to donate, we’re fans of Charity Navigator, a trustworthy site that investigates nonprofits and where their money is going. Right now, we’d urge donating on behalf of yourself and your friends to anything on this list of civil rights charities that are protecting legal rights and promoting tolerance and understanding.

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2. A Wine Delivery

Having a surprise shipment of wine delivered to your doorstep would be amazing on any day, but it’s especially appreciated during quarantine. One of our go-to’s for memorable but affordable bottles is Winc. Before your brother-in-law starts sipping, Winc will have him fill out a six-question questionnaire that will determine his palate profile. From the results, the experts at Winc recommend four vinos he’s sure to love. From there, he can make swaps or additions based on the assortment. Plus, new wines are added to the site daily, so he can try new pairings every month. And, better yet, he can rate his wines after he sips them, to get the most accurate recommendations each month. (Plus, here are 15 other wine subscriptions to check out.)

Buy it (from $13/bottle)

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3. A Meditation Subscription

We’re living in a stressful time. To help your friends and family cope with everything that’s going on in their life and the world at large, give the gift of calm. Aka, a subscription to the meditation app, Headspace. Its easy-to-navigate program has hundreds of guided meditations for everything from stress and anxiety to sleep.

Buy it (from $13/month)

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4. A Masterclass

For your college roommate who loves becoming an expert in anything, there’s Masterclass. The star-studded lecture series has been offering a variety of courses taught by successful athletes, actors, scientists, mixologists and more since 2015. Each course is divided up into 12 to 20 ten-minute long sessions and cover a variety of topics as the instructor moves through the lessons. Whether your pal wants to learn some acting skills from Natalie Portman or take a beginner cooking lesson from famous Chef Gordon Ramsay, the gift of a one-year membership means they can take unlimited classes.

Buy it ($180)

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5. A Streaming Service Membership

Whether it’s Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ or the recently launched HBO Max, gifting a streaming service membership means your nearest and dearest will never be without a TV show, miniseries or movie to entertain them.

6. A Cameo

Cameo is an online service that allows you to buy personalized shout-outs from celebs and reality stars—ideal for your Bravo-obsessed coworker. The company has a roster of thousands of athletes, comedians and personalities to choose from, including Jerry Harris from Cheer, Debra Messing, Billy Porter and tons of Bravo-lebrities. Celebs set their own price per message, which can range from $10 to over $1,000, and you can request exactly what they say in their video.

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7. A Seamless Gift Card

Just because you can’t take them out to dinner IRL doesn’t mean you can’t treat them to a meal (and the opportunity to skip doing the dishes for one night). Seamless isn’t the only delivery service with gift cards: You can buy one from most food delivery services out there (UberEats, Postmates, etc.), or, if you know their favorite restaurant, you can usually go straight to the source. Bon appetit.

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8. An Audible Subscription

One of our favorite gifts to recieve is a good book. But our favorite gift to give is a book (or audiobook) subscription that allows grandma to choose what and when she wants to read. You have the option to gift a membership for one month, three months, six months or one year, and if she already has a membership, you can send her credits to use on future book purchases. (Just make sure to send over this list of audiobooks that are even better than the print version.)

Buy it (from $15/month)

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