Last Minute Shopping

by Elysian Magazine

You’ve made your list, you’re checking it twice—and oh, no! There are names you haven’t checked off yet! LAST MINUTE shopping can be so stressful—but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some ideas to help you check off those boxes.


For half the cost of your own MasterClass membership, you can give the same plan to someone special for Christmas with the online classroom’s limited time, 2-for-1 offer. The monthly gift membership ranges from $15 to $23 a month, depending upon which of the three plans you yourself have.
Learn to cook restaurant recipes at home with English celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, trend-setting interior design with California lifestyle trailblazer Kelly Wearstler, conservation with renowned anthropologist and the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Dr. Jane Goodall. One of the music world’s most gifted singer songwriters, Alicia Keys, teaches songwriting and producing, Carlos Santana teaches “The Art and Soul of the Guitar,” and Ringo Starr teaches drumming and creative collaboration. Learn how to build a fashion brand from one of the world’s greatest designers, Diane von Furstenberg; U.S. presidential history and leadership from author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and photography from the great Annie Leibovitz. You can’t put a price on education. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.


The Harlem Candle Company is a luxury home fragrance brand that was founded in 2014 by travel and lifestyle expert Teri Johnson. Manifesting her love affair with fragrance, jazz, and Harlem, candles named “Speakeasy” and the “Savoy” luxury candle from the 22k Nightclub Map of Harlem Collection; “Lady Day,” after the great singer Billie Holiday from the Ceramic Gold Collection; and “Home,” “Dream,” and “Love” from the Harlem Botanical Collection, are among the many and various wonderful offerings. Check out the Harlem Icons Holiday Gift Box, $190, if you want to send a package or better yet, send a gift card immediately to the Email box to those on your list and let them choose for themselves. Gift cards are range from $25 to $200.


“If music be the food of love, play on.”

Give an on-demand music streaming service subscription. Your special someone can enjoy your gift when she’s working out at the gym, driving in the car, jogging, or simply wanting some easy listening music at home. Each service is different. One example, Pandora, offers three types of subscription: Pandora Plus costs $4.99 a month, Pandora Premium is $9.99 a month, and Premium Family is $14.99 a month. Through in a pair of really good earbuds, such as Wave Sound wireless, on sale from $100 to $49.99 online; Buddy Buds with its industry-leading noise cancelling technology, $49.99; or, if you’re giving an Apple streaming service, Apple’s own brand of wireless earbuds, which connects seamlessly and is iOS compatible, $219.


A digital gift card from is the perfect gift to a wine aficionado. They will love choosing their favorite wine from the world’s largest online wine selection and orders can be delivered directly to your doorstop or sent to a local store near you, depending upon the state in which you live. Gift cards range from $25 to $500. Or, give a gift baskets, such as the 90 Point Prosecco & Cheese Gift Basket, on sale for the holidays for $44.99, and tasting sets, such Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel X Rose with Baccarat Limited Edition Glassware, for $299.99. Shipping is free on orders over $49.00.


BloomsyBox is an online source of seasonal, sustainably sourced bouquets sent from their eco-friendly farms right to your front door. You can send one bouquet or a monthly, weekly, or bi-weekly subscription to ensure your favorite people receive fresh flowers—and remember you—throughout the year. Start with BloomsyBox’s Holiday Collection, with offers gorgeous bouquets, centerpieces, and potted plants starting at $39.99.

For those on your list who are true gardeners, you must look into Bloomsby’s collaboration with the New York Botanical Garden, founded in 1891, the most comprehensive botanical garden in the world. For a monthly subscription of $69.99, every month a seasonal, hand-crafted bouquet curated by the NYBG’s floral experts is delivered to that special person on your list, along with a collectable postcard featuring illustrations from the NYBG’s LuEsther T. Mertz Library and special recipe flower food to prolong the vase life of the bouquet.

“With their unique compositions and superb color, these gorgeous monthly arrangements extend the exquisite beauty of The New York Botanical Garden’s living collections into the home. We are thrilled to be able to share NYBG with flower enthusiasts year-round through this very special collaboration.”
— Richard Pickett, Vice President for Retail & Business Development, NYBG

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