Give your loved ones the gift of learning this holiday season!
Say goodbye to the mall, because Skillshare gift cards are here just in time for the holidays. And while unlimited access to over 10,000 classes is impressive by itself, a Skillshare Premium membership is even better when paired up with the right gifts. For instance, if your dad wants to up his coffee brewing game, you can include a french press with his Skillshare membership — the perfect chance for him to practice the skills he’ll learn in our top-notch coffee tutorials! Is Mom starting to get into letter writing? Pair a calligraphy set with a Skillshare Premium membership (which of course includes unlimited access to the best calligraphy and inking classes on the internet).
With so many classes available to Skillshare Premium members, the possibilities are pretty much endless. Everyone loves getting immersed in a new hobby, but most people just need a little nudge in the right direction. When you give that creative person in your life a Skillshare Premium membership, you’re showing them you believe in their ability to let their creativity flourish. More than that, you’re allowing their budding interest to transform into a passion, and possibly even a career.
We thought of 6 perfect Skillshare gift pairs that you can give to each person on your holiday wishlist. From the natural born artist to the budding Wolfgang Puck in your life, there’s a Skillshare class, and gift pairing, for everyone.
1) For that special person who’s always sketching away on their notepad
We all know someone like this: Your friend who’s happiest penciling a new floral design or uncovering an exciting Photoshop trick. The one in your group who’s never seen without a pen. The person in your life who discovers art everywhere they go — whether at a museum, on a billboard, or in the local coffee shop. No matter how much they draw, doodle, and scribble away, it seems like they’re always figuring out more ways to shine creatively. Hand them a piece of paper, a tablet, or even a napkin, and they’ll turn it into a masterpiece within seconds.
A true artist’s “final draft” is never really their “final draft.” In the same way, whether your friend’s just starting out or has been creating art for years, they’ll always want to learn new methods of self-expression. By giving them a Skillshare gift card, that artistic person in your life will have access to thousands of amazing design and art classes — classes that will teach them new techniques to incorporate into their art. While paint can dry, notebooks can tear, and computers can crash, learning never fades, and we can promise the artist in your life won’t forget a Skillshare membership anytime soon.
Artsy Gift Combos:
Skillshare Class: Hand Lettering Essential for Beginners
If you haven’t heard of it, hand lettering is making serious waves in the design community, with hand lettered pieces popping up on magazine covers, subway advertisements, and even the walls of people’s homes. Luckily, Skillshare leads the pack in top-notch hand lettering tutorials with Mary Kate McDevitt’s course, “Hand Lettering Essentials for Beginners;” her class serves as the definitive hand lettering class for 39,000 learners worldwide.
To complement the class, give your artistically inclined friend a set of fine point hand lettering pens (with nibs ranging from .20mm to .50mm), as well as Mary Kate’s “Hand Lettering Ledger” — the hand lettering practice bible. Armed with these tools, they’ll be hand lettering pros in no time.
Don’t feel like spending 12 hours at the mall this season? Give your loved ones the gift of learning.
2) For the photographer in your life who proves that Instagram isn’t just for brunch pics and photos of cats (though they still take really good brunch pics)
These days when there’s a high resolution camera and sophisticated photo-editing software just sitting in your pocket, every Joe Schmo snapping pics of a sunset fancies himself a “photographer.” The picture-taking fireball in your life is a bit more intense about the whole shooting pictures thing though. They understand lighting, framing, and proper angles, and they seem to just have a natural knack for capturing the wider world through the lens of their camera. Their Snapchat stories and Instagram feeds are highly curated works of art and they’re seldom down to just casually snap and save. Instead, they take the time to plan their shots, making sure the lighting is just right before capturing the moment.
While your paparazzo-in-training’s social media pics are the bomb, you know they’d be even better with a little guided training. Enter Skillshare, the perfect place to take someone from photography padawan learner to picture-snapping Jedi Knight. We have hundreds of hours of photography classes, reviewing everything from shutter speed tricks, to aperture tweaking, to photoshop hacks. Skillshare classes are where people who care about quality photography go to hone their craft. Get the photo hobbyist in your life a Skillshare Premium gift card and save money on hiring a photographer down the line!
Photography Gift Combos:
Skillshare Class: Learning To Look: An Intro to Taking Better Photos
What’s a photographer’s greatest tool? Most people would say it’s their camera, but professional photographers would probably say it’s their eye. While Skillshare has a whole library of intensive photo classes, “Learning to Look” is a great introductory course that turns people who take cool photos into real amateur photographers. It trains people how to think more broadly about capturing images, regardless of the type of camera they may currently own. It’s a perfect photography 101 course, focusing on looking before shooting.
Companion Gift: iPhone Photo Lenses and Tripod Kit
If the photo enthusiast in your life wants to take their photography to the next level, giving them these simple iPhone camera accessories is sure to inspire a burst of creative inspiration. After a couple of more Skillshare classes, they might even be ready for a DSLR.
3) For the kitchen commander in your life
Can you say “Yes chef?” What would barbeques, weekend getaways, or lazy Monday nights be like without your kitchen-happy friend/family member/generous roommate? When they’re not sauteeing, roasting, braising, or flambaying they’re watching Master Chef Junior with that slight twinkle of envy in their eye (yes, Master Chef Junior, the one where the 8 year old somehow understands how to create risotto). Yeah sure, their foodie tendencies can be a little much sometimes, but you’re not complaining when they emerge from the kitchen with some mind-blowing culinary concoction.
There’s nothing a Gordon Ramsay/Rachel Ray wannabe appreciates more than a good recipe. If cooking all-stars were wizards, their recipes would be their powerful array of spells and potions. When you give the amateur chef in your life a membership to Skillshare Premium, you’re giving them access to hundreds of hours of top-notch cooking classes — classes they can use to one up their culinary expertise. Whether they want to finally learn how to make the perfect grilled cheese, put their slow cooker to better use, or even master meatball craftery from the kind folks over at the Meatball Shop, Skillshare is the place where good cooking lives.
Cooking Gift Combos:
Skillshare Class: How to Make French Macarons
There’s no better example of the dedication to the edible arts than with Marie Asselin’s “How to Make French Macarons” class. Any confectionary hobbyist worth their weight in sugar knows macarons are one of the most difficult desserts to master. Marie makes it look easy while acknowledging the pitfalls many bakers might encounter. Bon appetite!
You see where this is going. What’s the point of knowing how to make mouth-watering macarons if you don’t have the necessary supplies? Hit your chef-to-be with the one/two punch: show them how to make the treats on Skillshare AND gift them the ingredients all at once. Best part of this gift is that it keeps on deliciously giving. Once they get the hang of the recipe, you’ll have tasty bite-sized dessert cakes for days. Worst part is that you’ll probably gain a few pounds after eating all those macarons.
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4) For that crafty person in your life who considers the phrase “do-it-yourself” a personal mantra
Paper mache masks strewn about the room, watercolor palettes affixed to the windows, tin can dream-catchers hanging from the ceiling. No, this isn’t the opening scene of a terrifying new horror flick, it’s your crafty-as-can-be friend’s room during an average weekend. Computer screens? No thanks. This DIY dynamo loves working with their hands, cutting, drawing, gluing, and, most of all, making stuff. What’s the fun of creating art if you’re not gonna get dirty?
Skillshare is the premier place to learn crafts online, short of facetiming with Michelangelo's ghost. We offer courses on watercoloring, ink printing, and even have a class on how to sew a stocking. If you’re looking to impress someone with a crafty streak, getting them a Skillshare membership is the way to go (though we’re not liable for when they transform their apartment into a studio).
Crafty Gift Combos:
Skillshare Class: Modern Watercolor Florals: 3 Ways
Watercoloring is a crafter’s favorite activity. It allows crafters to create eye-catching images using basic tools and resources — elegant, yet at the same time, a little unrefined. Best of all, artists don’t need to fiddle around with a computer to make watercolors come to life. That’s why you should recommend “Modern Watercolor Florals: 3 Ways,” a class that teaches students 3 different techniques to paint gorgeous florals in watercolor. Whether your giftee is a watercolor pro or has barely lifted a brush, this class is sure to inspire.
Companion Gift: Bianyo Watercolor Set
This premium watercolor set from Bianyo is the perfect complement to Skillshare’s Modern Watercolor course. The set includes 36 paint tins, 8 pieces of watercolor paper, and fine watercolor brushes that are perfect for tiny brush strokes. The only stipulation is you have to make your friend promise to hook you up with watercolor wall art in return.
5) For that person in your life who has everyone cracking up around the campfire
We all have that friend who’s an A+ storyteller. Ever since you’ve known them, they’ve just had this innate understanding of dramatic tension — knowing exactly when to pause, when to speed through the boring parts, and how to slowly build narrative momentum. Case in point, they could make avocado shopping at the grocery store seem like the Cuban Missile Crisis. You always think this person in your life would be an amazing writer, but unfortunately they have no idea where to start!
Experienced novelists say that in order for a new writer to really flourish, they need a community. By giving your Shakespeare-to-be a premium membership, you’re giving them access to one of the best writing communities on the internet. Skillshare’s the perfect place for anyone with the slightest interest in becoming a writer — a place where top-notch journalists, novelists, and poets come ready to share their wisdom. From famed New Yorker writer Susan Orlean, to New York Times best seller Daniel José Older, Skillshare has new lessons and interesting perspectives for wordsmiths young and old.
Writing Gift Combos:
Skillshare Class: Writing Character-Driven Short Stories
Yiyun Li is the perfect teacher to guide you through the process of writing short stories. Besides being a Skillshare teacher, she’s a super successful fiction writer. Her debut collection, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, Guardian First Book Award, and California Book Award for first fiction. Her class shows new writers how critical it is to put characters first, especially in a short story where a writer’s economy of words is everything.
A lot of good storytellers are so close to trying their hand at writing, but just need that little push of encouragement from someone they trust. By giving them the ability to hone their writing craft coupled with the tools of the trade, you’re showing this nascent writer in your life that you believe in their abilities. Plus, by reading Yiyun’s book they’ll have prime examples of how to craft compelling fiction — examples they can relate to when writing their first stories.
6) For that one person in your life who’s basically IMDB in human form
Everyone jokes that this person’s the next Quentin Tarantino, rattling off movie quotes, lead actors, and directors like they’re a contestant on Jeopardy. This is someone that can find subtle themes and profound parallels in your favorite movie even though they were barely even paying attention. They’ve got a movie recommendation for every mood, day of the week, and even alcohol type, and sometimes you wonder what their creative vision would be like if they wound up behind the camera.
From setting up the perfect lighting environment to adding special effects, Skillshare is every aspiring director’s one stop shop for innovative filmmaking techniques. It’s a training ground where new directors can learn from seasoned vets, and where everyone is dedicated to expressing compelling ideas through the language of film. Going from movie appreciator to film creator is an intimidating jump, and Skillshare’s premium classes help build the most sturdy of bridges.
Video Gift Combos:
Skillshare Class: Low Budget Filmmaking — Tips and Tricks for an Indie Look
This class is the perfect low effort intro to video production; your mini-auteur won’t even need a special camera and can take the class while just using their iphone. Filmmaker Matty Brown shows students they don’t need a degree in video production to actually make quality films, and he teaches a DIY approach to filmmaking that anyone can appreciate.
Companion Gift: Adobe Premiere
While our iPhones are technically high quality video cameras clinking around in our pockets, not many people have the proper video editing software. Adobe Premiere is the premiere (get it?) editing software on the market, allowing filmmakers all over the world to slice and dice their footage using an accessible timeline-based interface. With a Skillshare Premium Membership AND Adobe Premiere, you’ll be setting your friend up for guaranteed filmmaking success.