Procrastinated on your holiday shopping? Not to worry: These instant-gratification gifts will be on time, even if you aren’t.
Written By Jess Basser Sanders
What Andy Williams famously called “the most wonderful time of the year” also happens to be the most frenzied. And amid the endless stream of parties and end-of-quarter meetings, you may have forgotten more than one person on your gifting list. But fear not, you still have time to secure a winning gift with just a few swipes of the mouse or taps of the screen. Below, The Violet Files unveils the season’s choicest digital gifts, to give—and receive—with only a click.
FOR THE AB-OBSESSED...
She’s always on the road, and rarely in town for more than one barre class a month. Give her the gift of great abs (from the comfort of her hotel suite) with a subscription to Physique 57’s new on-demand virtual classes. The service streams the same hour-long, barre-inspired workouts that Physique offers in-studio, as well as shorter half-hour (or even ten-minute!) targeted options for the woman on the go.
FOR THE GOURMAND...
The digital companion to the stunningly beautiful food magazine Gather (see below) is as great a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate. Not only does the app feature every recipe the print journal has ever published, but it also has musician-curated playlists from the likes of Warpaint and Sharon Van Etten to complement the prep and meal.
FOR THE OPINIONATED...
Not sure whether she prefers French pharmacy staples or a Serge Lutens lip stain? Let her do the choosing with the VIOLET GREY gift card. Your giftee can purchase all the expert- recommended and -tested skincare, haircare, and makeup she desires, either on the VIOLET GREY site or, should she want to step out from behind the computer, at Melrose Place.
FOR THE FILM CURIOUS...
Consider this new program from AMC Networks the anti-Netflix—no algorithms in sight, just a whole score of documentaries to stream, picked by filmmakers and tastemakers alike. Alex Gibney, the auteur behind the buzzed-about Scientology doc Going Clear, recommends The Thin Blue Line, while This American Life’s Ira Glass has a soft spot for Bill Cunningham New York. With a changing roster of classic and new films, this is the club that keeps on giving.
FOR THE WANDERER...
If you know someone who prefers destinations to decorating, a gift certificate from boutique walking tour concierge Context is just the ticket. Giftees choose from a curation of small, expert-led tours that are tailored to specific interests—architecture buffs can check out Ottoman architecture in Istanbul, while foodies might prefer heading to the Night Markets in Bangkok. After all, the world is their oyster—or their Pad See Ew.
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