BY NANCY McVICAR
Deciding what to give your uncle, who is a bit persnickety, or your sister-in-law, who eats a gluten-free diet, or your beloved, overworked spouse can be stressful as the holidays approach.
Bearing in mind that everyone else is stressed at this time of the year, why not go for things healthful and stress-relieving, such as a made-to-order fruit basket, a basketful of gluten-free goodies, or a gift certificate to a local spa.
If your significant other has been talking about joining a gym after the holidays, or taking a Pilates or yoga class, gift certificates are often available for those endeavors, too.
Some spas, such as the Eden Day Spa in Boca Raton, really get into the holiday spirit offering a variety of holiday packages. There’s the “Seasonal Sampler,” a two-hour treat that includes a “Knot Kneaded Massage,” a pick-me-up facial, a French manicure, and a relaxing spa CD, or go for the six-hour Spa-La-La-La-La: Oxygen botanicals facial, AromaFlex massage, lavender infusion scrub, aromatherapy body wrap, glycolic and paraffin pedi, and an aromatic candle. Find more at their web site: edendayspa.net.
Remède Spa at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort offers a variety of treatments perfect for holiday giving, says S. Michelle Payer, a spokeswoman for the hotel. They include the Bal Harbour Brilliance Massage, a 75-minute treatment that incorporates crystals, chakra balancing and botanical-rich oil; the Bal Harbour 90-minute body wrap that begins with a full-body exfoliation using a combination of sea salts and Hungarian Moor mud, and the 90-minute 24-Karat Designer Facial using a combination of 11 “age-defying remedies.” For more information: www.stregisbalharbour.com/remede-spa.
At Contour Day Spa in Plantation, owner Fanit Panofsky says giving a spa visit is a gift of good health.
“We live in a hectic, overstressed world. When you take the time to pamper and detox your mind and body, balance occurs,” Panofsky says. “Doesn’t everybody like a gift that makes them feel good?” Find out more at: www.contourdayspa.com.
At the Fontainebleau’s 40,000-square-foot oceanfront Lapis spa on Miami Beach, the possible gift offerings include both fun and serious guest lectures on such topics as detoxing with juices or finding your soul mate, mixed with yoga by the pool, tai chi, massage, facials and general pampering, says Ana Lanzas, a spokesperson for the famed hotel.
“It’s a great gift to give anyone,” Lanzas says. A list of options is at the hotel’s web site: www.Fontainebleau.com.
If you need to ship your gift to your uncle or sister-in-law, you have a lot of healthful choices.
If you know your uncle loves the pears from Harry & David, (www.harryanddavid.com) because he has raved about them in the past, just make sure everyone else in the family isn’t sending him exactly the same thing. You might also check out their variety of Hanukkah gift selections.
For your sister-in-law, several companies offer gluten-free baskets including Gourmet Gift Baskets (www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com). Marketing manager Brian Ratzker says they have become ever more popular since they were added about three years ago.
Another healthy option is Well Baskets, based in Connecticut, which ships all across the country.
The company (www.wellbaskets.com) was started by Tamara Doherty to cater to people with particular health concerns, including heart disease and diabetes.
“We have a huge selection of illness-specific gift baskets – our signature line – to address most major illnesses and offer baskets in many different price ranges,” Doherty says. “We have diet-specific gift baskets to accommodate low sodium, kosher, vegan, diabetic, low sodium, low carb, low fat, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, high protein, organic, and high fiber diets.”