We all know that the holidays can be *kind of* stressful – especially when it comes to finding the perfect gifts for your nearest and dearest. Luckily, some of the best gifts out there don’t even require getting up from the sofa to buy. Yep, we’re talking beauty and wellness gifts (let’s be real – is there anything better than the gift of relaxation and indulgence? We think not.)
We’ve compiled the ultimate guide to the best beauty & wellness gifts out there, so you can start crossing out names from your list and focus on what Christmas is *really* about – enjoying all the mulled wine you can handle. From massages to manicures, these gifts are guaranteed to get you on the nice list. Now, get gifting. ?
A massage is the ultimate in well-being gifting. It’s relaxing, indulgent, and luxurious – the perfect way to help your loved ones unwind after the intensity of the festive period. And, as we know, Christmas can pretty darn stressful. From the seemingly endless list of gifts to buy, to the back-to-back Christmas nights out (and the subsequent head-shattering hangovers), sometimes all you need is a little pampering to lighten the load. Find someone who won’t thank you for the light-as-a-feather, walking-on-air feeling of post-massage bliss – we’ll bet you can’t.
Seriously, what’s not to love about a good mani? Whether it’s for the nail lover in your life (we’ve all got ‘em), or just someone who you think deserves a bit of a pamper – a mani is actually a pretty versatile gift. If you know their fave nail place, or what they usually go for (think: acrylics, gel nails, nail art, etc.) – then this will be an easy one. If not, a classic mani is a safe bet for a lush bit of pampering, and a gel mani is great for those who love a more glam and long-lasting finish. Bonus? Book yourselves in together for the perfect bonding-pampering experience with your mum, sister, or best pal. Plus, it’s the ultimate excuse to treat yourself too. Win-win.
3 The Treatwell Gift Card
Everyone knows someone who’s impossible to buy for. They’re either super fussy, endlessly indecisive, or they have everything already. Enter: the Treatwell Gift Card. Whether they fancy treating themselves to something indulgent (hello, massage), or whether they’re more into the practical (time for their monthly haircut?) – there’s something for everyone. Plus, they can book any time, anywhere. The perfect christmas gift, sorted.
Excessive drinking, excessive food, and excessive cold – yep, the festive season is full of things that can mess with your skin. For anyone who has enjoyed the festive period a little *too* much (read: all of us), a post-party-season facial is the perfect gift to help rejuvenate and revitalise. Or, for an early Christmas present that will leave them glowing throughout party season, a facial around two weeks before the big day will do the trick. Plus, it’s another great way to combat the aforementioned December stress, which they’ll definitely thank you for.
A hair appointment might be one of those things that you probably wouldn’t think of gifting someone (unless you know their fave hairdresser and cut & colour choice – in which case, go for it). Actually, though, there are a tonne of hair treatments that would make really great gifts (and earn you the title of ‘best gift-giver ever’, probably). If there’s something they’ve wanted to try for a while – a brazilin blow dry or hair relaxer, for example – then now’s the perfect time to surprise them. If not – opt for a more universal gift, such as a conditioning treatment or hair mask. A wash & blow dry is always a good choice too – perfect for those who love getting glammed up, or just those who love the unbeatable feeling of the hair-wash-head-massage combo (which, let’s be honest, applies to us all).
Without being too dramatic – a good pedicure is *kind of* to die for. From the warming foot baths (a godsend in this weather) to the heavenly foot rubs, a pedi offers some serious pampering. Not to mention the amazingly soft, supple, and gorj-looking feet that come with it. And, given the marathon of christmas shopping and pub-hopping that December has in store for us all, what better gift for your loved ones than giving some love to their poor, worn-out tootsies. If you know someone who’s not yet been converted, then booking them a pedicure for Christmas might just make you their favourite person, like, ever. Of course, if they’re already a pedi-lover, then gifting them the joy of their fave pedi is a no brainer, really.
7 Brows & lashes
The past few years have been pretty weird. The dawn of era of WFH, paired with endless blurry video meetings have produced at least one good thing though: the joy of going makeup-free. For those who have loved the makeup-free life but aren’t quite ready to go au-naturel out in the real world, then booking them a brow and/or lash treatment is – if we say so ourselves – a pretty genius idea. For a more natural look, a brow tint and wax is a great go-to (and is usually inexpensive, so works great as a secret santa gift or stocking filler). A lash lift and tint is perfect for those who want to enhance their natural lashes, and eyelash extensions are ideal for a more glam look. The gift of ‘I woke up like this’ beauty? Dreamy.
8 Body Scrub
If you want to go down the more indulgent, ‘probably-wouldn’t-buy-for-themselves’ kind of route – a body scrub is a perfect choice. It’s super pampering – the massaging aspect assures that much – and results in silky smooth baby-soft skin. Essentially, you’re giving them a bit of indulgence, whilst helping to battle the skin woes that the festive season throws at us (cold weather, hot showers, and alcohol – it’s brutal out here). What’s not to love.