Looking for a unique gift to give loved ones this holiday season? How about the gift of knowledge? Udemy makes it easy to gift any of their 130,000+ online courses, which run the gamut from professional development classes like Python and Excel to lifestyle courses like yoga, musical lessons, and gardening.
One thing sheltering-in-place has given rise to is at-home bread making, and there’s no feat more rewarding (or frustrating) than baking the perfect sourdough loaf. This course breaks it down to limit your meltdowns, covering everything from how to make your own starter to how to work with wet, sticky dough.
Getting dogs into training classes can be a challenge during the pandemic, which makes this on-demand class led by animal behaviorist Dr. Ian Dunbar super convenient. It helps address problems such as destructive chewing, excessive barking, and separation anxiety through a combination of reward training and classical conditioning.
If Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit has sparked your loved one’s interest in chess, then they’re sure to appreciate this class. It teaches the fundamentals of the game through easy-to-understand diagrams and chess positions. Over the course of 16 lessons, players learn how to find tactics over the board, make a strategic plan, and set up their pieces.
Stress, anxiety, and lack of sleep can take a real toll on your health. This course aims to improve your overall well being through the practice of mindfulness. Whether you’re chatting with a friend, walking to work, or eating at your desk, you can use these everyday exercises to live in the moment and reframe negative thoughts.
Have a friend who doesn’t know their merlots from their cabs? This wine class should help. It’s designed to build students’ wine vocabulary and expand their palate to give them confidence in social situations. Bonus points if you also send them a bottle of wine to test out.
Have a friend that loves to travel? Help them communicate with locals by gifting them a language class. This online class is four courses in one, going over beginner, elementary, intermediate, and advanced Spanish through 109 hours of on-demand video and 168 downloadable resources.
No photography experience needed (but you do need a Nikon DSLR camera) for this beginner course on mastering digital photography. It’s perfect for those who haven’t gotten beyond the Automatic Mode, teaching everything from navigating camera settings to applying the rule of thirds to compose well-balanced photos.
Now that we’re all spending more time at home, it’s time to start enjoying that home by removing the clutter. For those unsure of where to start, this beginner course paves the way with a step-by-step method that efficiently organizes any room in your house. It also teaches you how to keep homes tidy by reinforcing productive habits.
This course helps budding musicians expand their skills through 7.5 hours of on-demand video. Through practical music theory, students learn how to use the notes of a scale to write a melody, how to implement extended chords in their playing, and how to play musical ideas using intervals.