Tuesday, December 2, 2008

5 Under $50 for the Holidays: Spa Gifts that are Great for the Wallet and Spirit

Forgive me as I state the obvious. Times are tough…and if you’re like me, you don’t expect for a personal bailout package to come your way any time soon. So does that mean you need to abandon your spa dreams this holiday season? Absolutely not! For the poor in the pocket, but wealthy at heart among us, here are five “can’t lose” gifts for the spa goers in your life….and, as always, feel free to chime in at the end with your own ideas at the end!

A spa gift certificate – Whether it’s to a specific spa (including any of the ones I link to at right) or a service like
Spa Finder or Spa Wish whose gift certificates can be redeemed at thousands of spas around the world, you can’t lose with a spa gift certificate. Depending on the spa, a gift of $25 or $50 can get your favorite spa enthusiast a manicure, pedicure or in some cases a short massage. At a higher end spa, it can provide the perfect add-on to a basic treatment. You can’t go wrong with this one, trust me!

A spa gift basket – You can buy a pre-made gift basket from sites such as the
NJ Spa Girl & Co. Company Store, Red Envelope, Spa Finder or Wine and Country Baskets for $25 - $50 (of course you can spend more if you want!). Or, if you’re more of a “bricks and mortar” type of shopper check out Sam’s Club, Costco (yes, you read both of those correctly!) for some lovely baskets for under $25 all year round. And, if you’re feeling really creative and want to make your own basket (or gift bag), have no fear! I’ve given you a head start by linking to the more than 1,000 spa-related products available from Amazon. Or, a quick trip to the dollar store and/or a health and beauty retailers like Bath & Body Works can lead you to wonderful spa related treasures for $1 - $10 to fill up your gift bag or basket. From bath oils, lotions and candles, to relaxation masks, bath pillows, spa journals and CDs, the only limits to a wonderfully personalized spa basket are your imagination and budget!

The gift of aromatherapy – Ahhhhh….treat your favorite spa goer to the scent-sational gift of aromatherapy with a scented candle, fragrant aromatherapy oil or home fragrance stick diffuser kit. For about $20 you can find a broad range of scented candles and home fragrance stick diffusers at Hallmark, Red Envelope, Yankee Candle Company, Bed Bath & Beyond and just about any other places where house wares are sold. For those on tighter budget, check your local dollar store or even the seasonal discount aisle of your local CVS, Wal-greens or drug store. You’ll be surprised at what you might find! For those more into aromatherapy and essential oils for the body and/or home, check out the “Fragrantly” section of
Stimuliart.com or the guest post below from my friend at YoungLiving.com for some inspiration.

A relaxation CD – The right sounds and music can truly soothe the body and soul. So consider a relaxing CD. The beauty of this gift is that for under $20 you can tailor the soothing sounds based on the recipient’s personal preferences. While there are a variety “spa sounds” out there, such as the ones covered in my earlier post, a relaxation CD is truly defined as anything that helps the listener to relax. So whether your favorite spa goer is into Coltrane or Kenny G, Motown or Mozart, the hypnotic chants of Tibeten Monks, the drizzle of a Brazilian Rainforest or the sounds of the sea, there’s a relaxation CD out there with their name on it!

Spa gear – What would a post like this be without a shameless plug for some comfortable gear to wear while relaxing at home or at the spa from the
NJ Spa Girl & Co. company store? From t-shirts and spa journals to tote bags and sweats, we carry a full line of one-of-a-kind merchandise, the majority of which can be purchased for under $50! Of course there are other places you could go to buy spa gear for your favorite spa goer, but why would you?

So, if you’re looking for a little wallet-friendly, spa gift inspiration this holiday season—or all year round—consider this post just for you. Or, the next time someone asks you, what’s on your gift wish list, feel free to pass this article along. You’ll be glad you did—and so will they! J

Wishing you good spa and the happiest and healthiest of holidays!
NJ Spa Girl

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