Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Those Spa-Going Friends

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Have a spa-lover in the family? Me too. A couple, in fact. The brilliance of having a few regular (or even semi-regular) spa-goers in the family (or in your wider circle of friends), is partly that gift-giving is so fantastically easy. Spa and wellness oriented gift certificates are particularly appreciated in a season in which most of us are over-stressed. I know few people who would turn down a massage or pedicure that has been gifted to them. So, the next time you find yourself short a holiday gift, consider the gift of wellness.

Below you’ll find a few options for every budget size:

Manicure or Pedicure – A simple manicure or pedicure falls well within gift-giving budgets for most of us. It’s also something you can do with the recipient. Try this note to accompany your gift certificate: Enjoy this certificate to spruce up your tired toes. Better yet, let’s make a date of it and catch up while we do!

Massage – I can think of exactly two people I know (in the entire world!) who wouldn’t use and enjoy a massage gift certificate. Seriously. What’s more, depending on your budget, massage can be a stocking-stuffer style mini-gift (lots of spas offer certificates for hand, foot, or neck massage) or a bigger gift with an hour or more full body massage.

Facials – Although, arguably, less of the public has experienced facials to recognize their many benefits, it’s hard for me to imagine many people turning the opportunity down. This, incidentally, is a fantastic gift for teens or for new moms whose skin was ravaged by pregnancy.
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Spa Days Galore – I know this isn’t in everyone’s budget, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t include it. A few years back, my mom bought me a spa day for my birthday. And let me tell you: It was fantastic. We got manicures and pedicures, massages and facials, and had our hair blown out. We sipped tea, had a lovely vegetarian lunch, and gossiped ourselves silly. If you are in the market for a big gift, spa days top my list (and I don’t think I’m alone here). If it seems completely out of budget, consider calling a few spas to see if they have package deals or discounts. In most cases, they do.

If you have a spa-lover in the family, spa gift certificates are a given. But even if you don’t—perhaps you just have a last-minute gift to buy—I strongly recommend them. Spa gift certificates are thoughtful: They say, I care about your health and wellness, and I think you deserve some relaxation. They say: I appreciate you.