Valentine's Day

8 Virtual Experiences To Share With Your Loved Ones This Valentines’s Day (Starting at $8)

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We can practically do just about anything online these days, and that includes sharing experiences with loved ones. Zoom coffee dates, virtual cocktail hours, or simply calling mom to get grandma’s sauce recipe keeps us together and connected even when we’re apart. So if you’re looking for a meaningful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day skip the fancy gifts, and instead surprise your loved ones with some quality screen time together. We searched the web and found a ton of actually fun virtual options that include everything from pasta-making to wine tasting to coffee tasting. There’s something for every kind of Valentine or Galentine on your list, so go ahead, click the “join a meeting” button and get ready to celebrate love, virtually!

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If you’re going to take a class, why not learn from the best? Kitchn staffers have cooked with Gordon Ramsey (without getting yelled at!) and turned into virtual happy hour mixologists, thanks to MasterClass partnerships with experts in food and drink. How about the ultimate romantic gesture of a French pastry-making lesson taught by famed pastry chef Dominique Ansel? Monthly subscriptions start at $15, so try your hand at the Cronut with Chef Ansel, and then move on to wine appreciation, bread baking and more!

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Sur La Table

Takeout is so unromantic! Why don’t you try an online sushi class for date night and get spicier than wasabi in the kitchen. Sur La Table has a ton of online cooking classes to choose from, and they give you a prep packet and shopping list so you are completely prepared. For just $29, you get a fully interactive, live class to learn your dish. And that’s $29 per household, so if your kids want to join in on the fun or you have a curious roommate, it’s no extra charge. Whoever you can squeeze in that kitchen is welcome!

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Driftaway Coffee

Coffee dates are the best catchall idea, whether you’re just getting to know someone or spilling tea with your closest friends. Now you can schedule a date without leaving your house, thanks to Driftaway, the sustainable coffee brand. Schedule a private virtual tasting party and learn all about what makes curated single-origin coffee so great. It starts at $100 for two, and price per person drops as you invite more people, so the more the merrier!

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Miss your grandma? Same! Travel virtually to Italy and get those warm family fuzzies by learning the art of pasta from those who know best, grandmas! Fettuccine, ravioli, gnocchi, something different every night of the week to learn, laugh and of course, eat. Thanks to Airbnb's online classes, you can say goodbye to jet lag and hello to some amazing virtual experiences at super affordable prices.

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The Chef & The Dish

Skype your way to a romantic dinner for two with a private cooking lesson from The Chef & The Dish. With cuisine options spanning the world, you can try your hand at Turkish, Spanish, Thai and more without leaving the comfort of your own kitchen. Starting at $299 for two, you pick the country, the dish and the time and you’re all set to learn from a live chef, cooking your way to an authentic meal in just hours. Want more info? Check out our review for more details!

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In Good Taste

Perfect for budding wine enthusiasts, In Good Taste offers private virtual tastings no matter the size of the group. The company specializes in tasting flights, making it easier to sample a variety of wines without having to invest in whole bottles. Each person purchases a flight and then they join in on the fun, learning the fundamentals of wine tasting, fun facts and trivia from a trained sommelier. Classes start at $75 with six or less kits purchased, with separate larger group rates available.

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Ethel M Chocolates

Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without chocolate, and Ethel M makes it even more romantic with a virtual chocolate tasting for two. It includes a custom assortment of their fresh, gourmet chocolates to sample while you learn, and chocolatier Mark will also suggest wines to pair if you really want to make it extra special.

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Got a kitchen newbie in your life? Learning how to cook is a gift that keeps on giving, and a Craftsy class is a great way to start. And with memberships starting at $7.99 per month, you can be a thoughtful gift giver without breaking the bank. Once the basics are down, they will be free to explore a wide variety of other cooking classes to continue to hone their skills and fill their stomachs.