Friday miscellany: last-minute gift ideas & more

Last-minute gift idea: Brian + MW virtual makeup lesson. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If you’re still looking for last-minute gift ideas, here are some suggestions that won’t require expedited shipping.

A personal makeup lesson

My friend Brian is a professional makeup artist who has worked with celebrities and loves to teach his techniques for using makeup to enhance natural beauty. From every day to evening and special occasion looks, he’ll teach you how to be your own makeup artist.

He’s now teaching via Zoom, so anyone can experience a Virtual Makeover at home! You can also purchase a gift card to give a personalized makeup lesson. The gift card recipient (individual or group) can schedule with Brian at their convenience.

Brian + MW Beauty sets. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

He offers a tailored set of products for each type of lesson. (Gift cards available for these too.)

Brian + MW "Smooth Operator" Trio. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

To jump start your skincare regimen for the New Year, he’s also put together my three favorite Brian + MW skincare products in a specially priced set! This set includes Firming Neck & Throat Creme, Re-Creation Lip Treatment, and Illuminate & Contour Eye Treatment. (All products are paraben-free and cruelty-free.)

And there’s a special offer for my readers! Use code virtualbeauty for 10% off on all products and makeovers!

A gift that keeps giving all year long…

My Stylish French Box subscription gift boxes. Details and more last-minute gifts at une femme d'un certain age

For that special person on your list, why not an annual subscription to My Stylish French Box? They’ll receive 4 gift boxes per year, with the first one in February.

Each box is filled with uniquely French items, personally selected by Sharon Santoni. (The February box theme is going to be My French Country Kitchen, can’t wait!) Read my recap of the November box HERE.

Susan B celebrates New Years Eve in a velvet top and pants from EILEEN FISHER. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

EILEEN FISHER is offering 25% off with code JOYFUL, but only until tomorrow.

So if there’s something you’ve had your eye on…

A gift in time…

Another way to get those last-minute gifts while staying safe is to order online with curbside pickup. Here are some retailers offering that option:

Chico’s – get 40% off purchase with code 64888

Nordstromorder online for curbside pickup…they’ll even wrap it for you! (or you can chose expedited shipping for $7 until noon on Dec. 20)

Macy’s – offering contactless curbside pickup and same day delivery in some areas

Everlane – not sure how long this will last, but they are currently offering free expedited shipping

J.Crew – still a couple of days to get guaranteed holiday delivery! Use code SHOPNOW for an extra 25% off purchase. Some stores also offer curbside pickup.

Madewell30-50% off with code BIGTIME. They still have guaranteed holiday delivery for orders placed by 11:59p ET Dec. 19.

Talbot’s60% off select styles, 50% off everything else. Order by 12/21 at 2pm ET for guaranteed holiday delivery

Target – you can find just about anything here from clothing to electronics to home decor, and they offer same-day pickup

Vincefree 2-day shipping

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  1. I’d like to add another sale option. Johnny Was is offering scarves, Buy one, Get One on Us (BOGOF). It has an amazing collection of silk scarves in a couple of sizes, price points and color ranges and pretty reasonably priced. I’m not a “Paid Spokesperson” and haven’t received any gifts.

    On another topic and not to be a ‘Debbie Downer” during this odd holiday season there are more people in need that perhaps ever before. I do hope as you are doing your shopping you’re are also thinking of how to contribute to those around us. Just a few dollars can make an incredible difference.

    Please have a holiday filled with peace.

  2. Are you aware that if you decide to unsubscribe to MSFB, you must specifically request a refund or you will receive the next box?

    1. I had a problem with a recent box and left a review detailing the problem. They never responded to me publicly or privately, which led me to cancel my subscription. They asked for feedback on why I was canceling, but when I gave it they never responded. And I found that they had removed my review from their site. For the most part the boxes are lovely, but I really find their customer service to be lacking.

  3. A make up lesson. What a great idea! I like the idea of giving a spa day as a gift too. One of my favorite ways of giving a gift is to fill a basket with 12 small gifts and one special gift. Give it 12 days before Christmas and tell them to open one a day unto Christmas and save the special one for Christmas Day. My MIL just absolutely loved this gift. Just scarves, jewelry. Perfume, bed and bath, things you can pick up during the year. Doesn’t have to be expensive. And that special one on Christmas. My idea of the 12 days of Christmas.

    1. Eve it is a great idea, right? A makeup lesson. And… we’re all quite stuck at home so anyone from anywhere can have a Private or Group Makeup Party with me through Zoom. Some laughs, some makeup, and tips and tricks! Happy Holidays!

  4. We have followed a family rule for some years now, no gifts for adults, just for nieces and nephews, “kids”. IF you feel you *must* give a gift then it has to be homemade (food, wine, etc.) It makes for a low-key, no stress holiday and this year makes more sense than ever. We also adopt a family (thru employer) and donate to various charities, with all donations matched 2 for 1 by my employer, which is amazingly generous.

  5. I have to say though your new outfits are nice and subject to whomever thinks they are correct
    You look wonderful in New colors but equally super in your black. I think black is very high end and classy. No matter the day
    Your longer hair is cute too. Just my opinion.
    And don’t sell yourself short. You might be the best judge of your color and style.