The last-minute gift that no one will expect and everyone will love

Learn to sing with tips from Christina Aguilera. (Photo: MasterClass)
Learn to sing with tips from Christina Aguilera. (Photo: MasterClass)

Online learning doesn’t begin to describe the wonder that is MasterClass, a buffet of smart, inspiring, in-depth video sessions given by celebrity experts at the top of their field. An all-access pass will transform your 2019 and make it easy to give the greatest gift of the season — because right now MasterClass has a buy-one/gift-one-free deal.

Life-altering learning isn’t necessarily an easy thing to give — at least it wasn’t until recently, when MasterClass appeared on the scene. Now the gift of motivation and inspiration and expertise is easy to deliver.

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For the uninitiated, MasterClass is a vast series of beautifully produced, intimate online classes with notables and celebrities, covering everything from cooking to space exploration. Think tennis lessons from Serena Williamscomedy class with Steve MartinTV writing with Shonda Rhimescooking with Gordon Ramsay (minus the rage!), a country music course with Reba McEntire, basketball with Stephen Curry and creative writing with Judy friggin’ Blume.

Take cooking lessons from Gordon Ramsay. (Photo: MasterClass)
Take cooking lessons from Gordon Ramsay. (Photo: MasterClass)

Shop it: MasterClass All-Access Pass, Buy One Get One Free, $180/year for two, masterclass.com.

These are not one-shot quickie events; they’re layered, thorough, well-planned classes broken into multiple sessions. Case in point: Rhimes’s MasterClass is 30 parts (6 hours) and includes not only how to write and pitch your TV ideas but deep analyses of scripts from Rhimes’s shows, including Scandal.

MasterClass is a stellar gift for folks at a number of different stages of life. A young person just starting out. An empty-nester with newfound time on her hands. A retiree looking to begin a fresh chapter. A broken-hearted pal who needs a perspective shift. And anyone — no matter how busy — who has the urge to squeeze some creativity and motivation into his life. The all-access pass unlocks a tide of exciting options.

You can gift a single MasterClass for $90. Got a budding singer on your holiday list? How about singing lessons with Christina Aguilera? A hopeful actor? Check out classes by Samuel L. Jackson or Helen Mirren. A filmmaker? Director Ron Howard is here to help. A young naturalist? Dr. Jane Goodall offers a MasterClass too. For photographers, there’s Annie Leibowitz and for would-be fashion magnates, Marc Jacobs and Diane von Furstenberg. There’s even a course in the art of performance by Usher.

MasterClass is an ever-growing treasure trove of knowledge, advice, motivation and stimulation, and it has something to delight everyone. For $180 you can indulge in the entire array of 30-plus MasterClasses for a year and present the gift of MasterClass to someone you care about without spending a penny more. But the deal is good only through Dec. 26 at midnight, so act fast.

As Robert Louis Stevenson once wrote, “The world is so full of a number of things/I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.” MasterClass delivers these things in abundance to those you love.

Change someone else’s life in 2019 while you change your own. You’ll be so glad you did.

MasterClass All-Access Pass, Buy One Get One Free

Email or print out a gift card. (Photo: MasterClass)
Email or print out a gift card. (Photo: MasterClass)

Shop it: MasterClass All-Access Pass, Buy One Get One Free, $180/year for two, masterclass.com.

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