Gifts that Nurture Body and Soul

Is it just us, or do you feel like you’re constantly on the lookout for the 'perfect' gift? Between holidays, birthdays and other celebrations, there always seems to be someone we’re hoping to awe with our gift-giving abilities.

Here’s a thought: If you truly want to give someone you care about a personal gift, a present they know you put some thought into, consider a spa experience. There’s something for everyone.

For your always-on-the-go-no-time-to-stop friend, consider a manicure or pedicure. Better yet, because many spas offer a package price, give her a gift certificate for both. Let’s face it, there is no way for her to receive a hand and foot makeover unless she slows down long enough for the treatment. The best part is that every time she looks down at her glamorous hands and feet, she’s going to remember how much you care about her. Now, if you can only take her phone away while you’re having lunch.

A massage is perfect for anyone who puts the needs of others before her own. From the moment your self-sacrificing loved one steps in the spa, she will know that she’s special. Depending upon her needs, there are a myriad of massage types to choose from. She can relax with a Swedish or aromatherapy massage, and work out the kinks with a hot stone, deep tissue or Shiatsu massage. There’s even a pregnancy massage for mothers-to-be. The great thing about the gift of massage is that it feels a lot like a warm hug, and who wouldn't appreciate that?

If the gift recipient has been going through a tough time and the stress is beginning to show, consider a facial from a well-trained esthetician. Few things feel more decadent – or leave a face with a fresher glow – than a deep cleansing, blood-stimulating facial. At the end of her appointment you can even surprise her with a small basket of professional cleansing and moisturizing products personally chosen for her skin type by her esthetician.

Do you know a teenage girl who is just beginning to become interested in grooming? Your salon and spa are great place to treat her to a new hairstyle and eyebrow shaping. Not only will a stylist work with her to find the perfect look, but will also share with her the basics of taking care of her new style at home. While you’re there, allow an esthetician to teach the special girl in your life how to properly shape her eyebrows. We wouldn’t want the next generation duplicating our eyebrow mishaps, would we?

Any college student would appreciate a spa gift certificate in order to pick up the shampoo, conditioner, and other hair supplies she needs to rock her look while studying. If you remember anything about those Ramen Noodles days, you may recall wishing that you had more than a few drops of conditioner left in the bottle. A spa gift would make her day.

Let’s face it, you can buy another sweater or coffee mug filled with sweets, but it’s tougher to personalize those gifts specifically to the recipient’s needs. We may be prejudice, but we’re confident that the gift of a spa experience trumps anything she can unwrap.

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