Do you have nearest and dearest that are based elsewhere? No matter where your loved ones are in Australia, we have plenty of gift experiences for couples that will make their day a bit more special. Plus, while you may not be able to be there in person, there’s no reason why you can’t virtually take part in any of these couple gifts alongside them!
In fact, we’ve put together a list of lockdown activities that would make great presents for couples – whether it’s for an anniversary, birthday, the festive period, or if you just know a great pair who could do with some time out together.
1. Time to get building a terrarium… at home
Know a couple with green fingers? This nf!terrarium making at home workshop will top their list of couple gifts. A DIY terrarium kit will be delivered for this terrarium workshop, which will have participants learning about soil layering, composition and how to pick the best terrarium plants. They’ll get to personalise their glass terrarium according to their preferences, learning how best to care for their new plant friend.
2. Get mixing, muddling, and shaking with an online cocktail making class
If you are after gifts for couples that you can also join in, book this nf!virtual cocktail making class and trivia. You’ll learn the art of creating three delicious DIY cocktails from the comfort of your own kitchen, including how to make cocktails that will seriously impress at your next in-person dinner party. In between cocktails one and two, you’ll all have the chance to play a game of trivia and catch up as you sip on your beverages. As a result, this online cocktail making experience provides the ideal chance to have a laugh and make memories, even if you’re not together in person.
3. Grab some paint, wine and cheese – this class makes for perfect lockdown date ideas
If you know a couple who would benefit from some quality time spent together, this nf!painting with wine and cheese class will allow them to step back from their hectic schedule and bond with one another. Online paint and sip classes are particularly popular couple gifts as everyone can enjoy the chance to get creative with a glass of something delicious in-hand. A paint and sip kit will be delivered in advance ready for the lucky recipients of your gift to turn their kitchen or lounge into their very own art studio – they’ll just need to bring the snacks and drinks! Looking for more gourmet gift experiences? Check out these gift ideas for couples who love to cook.
4. Improve your portraiture skills
These online drawing classes will have your chosen couple studying faces in new ways. At Elinor Pickard’s nf!portrait drawing course, everyone will be introduced to the basics of portrait drawing before honing and developing their skills. By the end of these virtual drawing classes, couples will feel more confident in their techniques and how to best capture and convey different facial expressions with just a pencil and paper.
5. Learn how to make Chinese dumplings from scratch
During Otao Kitchen’s class on how to nf!make Chinese dumplings at home, couples will benefit from a live streamed course from an expert chef who will guide and instruct everyone through the process of how to make dumplings. The couple of your choice will master the art of making excellent dough, mixing ingredients to perfection, crafting perfect folds and, of course, eating the finished product. Everyone will finish up with confidence, knowledge, and a dumplings recipe to replicate in the future!
6. Demystify the art of lettering calligraphy with a live online class
Icy Icaro has made her nf!learn brush pen and pointed pen modern calligraphy class as comprehensive as possible, making this a unique addition to any list of Zoom date ideas. Icy will deliver a detailed lesson on the fundamentals of how to write in calligraphy, as couples learn the basic strokes through demonstration and practice alongside one another. Couples will leave the class with the skills and resources needed to continue their newfound calligraphy hobby in their own time - together or solo!
7. Repair and revive ceramics with Japanese Kintsugi
At this nf!beginner’s Kintsugi at home class, the couple of your choice will partake in the Japanese art of Kintsugi. Kintsugi is over 500 years old, and is a creative way of repairing and renewing broken ceramics using gold-powdered lacquer to breathe new life into old pottery. Couples will complete this online pottery class with a unique piece of Japanese pottery that they can display with pride. Kintsugi is a very meditative, calming practice, so this class is one of the best couple gifts for a duo in your life who love craft and would enjoy a mindful moment. It also is a creative representation that sometimes spending the time mending bonds can make something that is stronger and more beautiful, just like a relationship!
8. Catch up with each other at a virtual wine tasting
A wine tasting experience doesn’t need to be done in the flesh. In fact, this nf!guided wine tasting at home will have you catching up with your favourite couple from your own kitchens. Over the course of two hours at this online wine tasting, you’ll benefit from expert guidance over the wines sent in advance of the class, sipping and socialising over a glass or two of something delicious.
9. Create and cast resin art jewellery at home
Resin art requires serious skill – and these online art classes are designed to introduce new audiences to this unique creative practice. For Monika Pawsey’s class on nf!learning resin art casting at home, a DIY art kit will be delivered in advance full of the necessary equipment and materials needed to introduce your selected couple to resin art. Monika will take everyone through the process step-by-step, and by the end of these online art courses, every couple will have decorated a beautiful piece with resin, ready to expand their skills on their own.
10. Get snapping during this online photography course
If you know a couple who need a helping hand with their camera, a four-part nf!photography at home course will soon have them navigating their hardware with confidence. What’s more, as this is a four-week course, it makes for great anniversary gifts for couples celebrating a major milestone. By the month’s close, they’ll be composing, snapping and editing images to make those all-important memories with ease.
Now’s the time to expand your horizons and spend some quality time with your loved one as you learn new skills together. Get messy, make memories and create something magical together in lockdown!