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For the mom who has everything (or for any mom, really), the best gifts are experiential. And while a trip to Machu Picchu may not be in the budget, MasterClass is — and it may be as epic, exciting and perspective-shifting as a global adventure.
If you're not familiar, MasterClass is a vast buffet of smart, inspiring, beautifully produced multi-session online courses taught by experts and celebs at the top of their field, covering everything from music to space exploration, cooking to skateboarding, mixology to make-up.
MasterClass knows how mom needs inspiration and entertainment, so it dropped a special sale to make it easier for you to treat her. Right now, you can get can save up to 35% off on a family account. That's a year of unlimited courses on six devices for $180 per year (a "Duo" account, with access on two devices, is also on sale for $180). Mom gets to decide if she wants to let you and sis access courses or if she wants to log in for herself on every device she can get her hands on.
What's in store? Think leadership skills with Bill Clinton, drum lessons with Ringo Starr, tennis instruction from Serena Williams, restaurant-caliber home cooking with Gordon Ramsay, a makeup course with Bobbi Brown, basketball with Steph Curry and creative writing with Margaret friggin' Atwood. If you got into chess over the pandemic, you can take your game to a new level studying with one of the all-time greatest players. And if you're pivoting to a new post-pandemic career, you can learn how to negotiate from a true master.
These are not one-shot quickie events; they’re layered, thorough, well-thought-out classes with many installments. Case in point: Hillary Clinton's MasterClass includes 16 installments, covering a vast array of topics, from discovering your mission to organizing your life; she even shares the never-before-heard speech she would have given had she been elected president in 2016.
Ringo's 12-part class covers technique, sure, but also drumming style (he brings in special guests, for illustration), creative collaboration and lyric-writing. Shonda Rhimes’s MasterClass on TV writing is 30 parts (6.5 hours) and includes not only how to write and pitch your TV ideas but deep analyses of scripts from Rhimes’s shows, including Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. Penn & Teller have a 17-part MasterClass; it teaches the fundamentals of coin and card magic, yes, but it also delves into the psychology of creating a sense of amazement and awe.
There are classes in photography, design, politics, filmmaking, ballet—all taught by elite experts. And this is the moment to sign up.
Imagine style lessons from Tan France. Acting class with Natalie Portman. How about Indian cooking with Madhur Jaffrey? Maybe you’re more of a naturalist. Dr. Jane Goodall offers a MasterClass in conservation. For photographers, there’s Annie Leibowitz. There’s even a course in authenticity and self-expression by Ru Paul. What better way to utilize the cold winter months?
is an ever-growing treasure trove of knowledge, advice, motivation and stimulation, with something to delight everyone. For $180 (which breaks down to $15 per month) Mom can indulge in the entire array of 100+ MasterClasses.
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. It lifts your mood, ignites your brain and sparks fresh energy and enthusiasm. It's a beautiful gift to give to the woman who gave those treasures to you.
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