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The Global Culture Girl's Guide to Last Minute Gifts

Posted: 12/19/2011 12:58 pm

"I love giving gifts and I love receiving them. I really like giving little kids extravagant gifts. You see their little faces light up and they get excited. If it's a really good gift, I love receiving it, like jewels, small islands." Gina Gershon

I'll admit that I enjoy giving gifts much more than receiving them, but only because I'm always disappointed at holiday time when my friends and loved ones do not come through with diamonds, mini convertibles and yes, even a private island all my own. Joking aside (am I really joking?) I recognize that it's sometimes hard to find just the right gift to match with the personality. What do you give the DIY dad who loves Home Depot, yet has every nifty tool the chain store has to sell? Or what to do when your bank account is in the double digits but you still want to take care of your best friend in a way he or she will remember?

Following are a few, very personal choices. It's a collection of things I've come across and just could not resist, or extensions of this global culture explorer's journey, through which I've been introduced to experiences beyond my wildest dreams.

The list includes an App at $1.99 and bespoke art at $800, with loads of little items in between. And remember, most can be purchased and delivered before December 24th, thanks to the modern wonder of "Second Day Air". Enjoy!

LashControl Mascara: When Inexpensive Does Not Mean Small
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Let me be totally honest, LashControl is the reason I even thought of doing a gift list this year. I tried its Volumizing formula, pictured above in the purple packaging, and was hooked. After years of short, flat and wimpy eyelashes, I now can show off the sexiest bedroom eyes thanks to this formidable mascara. Its secrets lie in both the formula -- chock full of great botanicals like Ginkgo Biloba, Chamomile Flower Extract, Aloe, Keratin and Amino Acids -- and the applicator, a patented tube with built-in squeeze control, which lets you decide whether you want to don a natural look or some full sexy lashes just in time for New Year's Eve. LashControl comes in Volumizing, Lengthening and Clear formulations and costs $20.
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