36 Gifts That Give Them An Experience, But Don't Require Them To Leave The House
Including an unsolved mysteries game, virtual cooking classes, and a DIY candle kit.
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1. An Unsolved Case Files if their favorite weekend activity includes true crime podcasts and SVU reruns. This comes with all the clues you'll need to solve the three mysteries in this "who dunnit?" game: evidence photos, newspaper articles, crime scene photographs, police reports, town maps, secret letters, legal documents, suspect interrogations, witness statements, character photograph, and more!
2. A copy of Humans by Brandon Stanton, a tangible companion to the beloved Humans of New York Instagram account. This hardcover is chock-full of gorgeous imagery and everyday people from around the globe divulging their most personal stories.
3. A portable paint palette set for anyone who fancies themself a modern-day da Vinci (one with a stronger appreciation of eyebrows). Reviewers swear that the paint quality is fantastic for the price, plus the palette is refillable which means cha-ching! Money saved in the long run.
4. A candle-making kit that comes with everything they'll need to upcycle old tea cups and mason jars: 100 6-inch pre-waxed wicks, a 10-pound bag of natural soy wax, and two centering devices. *inhales at the thought of lemon and lavender*
5. A virtual experience via Amazon Explore, a way for them to stroll the streets of Prague, explore the mysteries and ~magic~ of a renowned Edinburg cemetery, take a Tokyo-based cooking class, and more — all while their tush remains firmly planted on a couch.
6. A Lego movie activity kit here to inspire the next generation of Spielbergs. This includes all the tools they need (plus access to the accompanying app) for creating their very own stop-animation film and excuse me, as someone who took an intro to film class in college, I conclude that this is a great gift for children and adults alike.
7. A mini cross-stitch kit for a hobby that *isn't* Netflix. This includes everything they need to start on one of four The Nightmare Before Christmas designs: a tiny 32-page book with instructions, three pieces of cotton cloth, an embroidery hoop, and embroidery thread.
8. A 12-pack canister of blooming tea so they can have caffeine and an Insta-worthy show every morrow. Each flower can be reused up to three times for up to 20 cups of tea, which means they'll get a *whole* lotta pretty tea from just this one gift.
9. A murder mystery book featuring 20 cases that need to be solved by the recipient, Sir Sherlock Holmes. They can brace themselves for gorgeous illustrations and spooky puzzles that are A: better than any crime show and B: a lovely addition to their coffee table collection.
10. A 3D jigsaw puzzle of Diagon Alley because both Olivanders and Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes have a terrible online presence and they'd prefer to browse in-person. Here's their chance.
11. The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook, aka an easy way to bring the magic of Dole Whip into their own kitchen. This treasure book features over 100 Disney-inspired recipes that are definitively better than a FastPass — think Mickey macaroons, the perfect churro, and (of course) DOLE WHIP.
12. A DIY miniature greenhouse for the folks who never *did* get that Barbie dream house growing up — same, but this is so much better anyway. They'll receive everything to flesh out nooks, crannies, and details (think flowers, doors, vines, shelves) plus an LED light fixture.
13. Modeling clay I'll probably purchase for my next weekend project because — not to brag — but my middle school art teacher told me I had promise. Over 19,000 reviewers (both full-fledged artists and newbies alike) swear that this air-hardening clay is easy to sculpt and wonderful for the price.
14. A National Geographic construction model kit so they can recreate Leonardo da Vinci’s second most famed work (temporarily scratch Mona Lisa from your memory), the catapult. Explain to your roommates in advance that the new spitball trajectory is 15 feet.
15. The Antiquarian Sticker Book rightfully described by one reviewer as mysterious and ooky. This features 1,000+ Victorian-inspired stickers that will make them feel as if you're flipping through a creepy carnival book — but like, in the best way possible. This is a great gift for friends who love scrapbooking and vision boards.
16. Finders Seekers that is perfect for the Robert Langdon-obsessed adventure ~seeker~, considering that every box contains mysterious codes and messages that need to be solved.
17. A National Geographic geode kit complete with 10 geodes and a 16-page learning guide to spark any child's interest in earth science (just typing that out gave me high school flashbacks... *shivers*). This STEM-approved activity is fun, educational, and totally interactive.
18. The Highlights Book of Things to Do, a hardcover companion that'll map out their entire weekend. This is chock-full of fun activities (think easy lasagna recipes and a how-to guide on making batteries out of a lemon) that are especially great for kiddos.
19. A wireless Bluetooth mic if they do not give a bleep about singing off-key. If they miss screaming in falsetto to "Bohemian Rhapsody" or belting out Celine Dion on karaoke night, this will definitely lessen their sorrows.
20. A challenging 1,000-piece puzzle so they can feel like an Emily in Paris cast-member sans complicated love life. For the pal who is used to shaving several trips off their travel bucket list every year, this thoughtful present will keep 'em occupied for several an afternoon.
21. An Airbnb virtual experiences so they can travel the 🌎 through their own laptops. Here's a small sampling of the available classes:
Immediate e-delivery available.