Next Level Gift Giving Guide

| by Alla Shapiro. Owner - The Woodhouse Day Spa - Monclair & Red Bank, under Wellness

Regardless if it is a Birthday, Mother’s Day, Chanukah or Christmas, it is often hard to come up with meaningful gifts for our friends and family.  For many years, I was giving monetary gift cards to my hard to please pips.  The problem with that is that it is something they spend and forget about.  On the other hand, giving a present can also be problematic as many people already have similar things or have a different taste; that is hard to cater to.

My idea of next level gift giving is giving the people in my life meaningful experiences that they can enjoy and cherish for years to come.  We live in a time where businesses providing experiences are everywhere, and regardless of the budget, there is something for everyone.

Here is a very short list of examples of experiences I think are very enjoyable:

• For a little girl, the trip to the American Girl Store is a MUST if she loves the dolls.  Select from Doll Hair Salon, Spa Deluxe Day, Doll Ear Piercing, Design the outfit with Truly Me Signature Studio, Dine together at American Girl restaurant or Bring the guest for the Birthday Party.

• For a big girl, schedule a spa service or hair and makeup appointment.  Big girls would love to experience their first facial or have their hair and makeup done.

• For the man in your life, schedule a Deep Tissue Massage at a local spa where he can be pampered with a nice robe, slippers, tea and of course the massage.

• For the woman in your life, schedule a special treatment such as Hydrafacial or Vichy Body Treatment.  Many women experienced facials and massages, but not many upgraded to the above listed services.

There are variety of other experiences that are great if you have more $$$.

• Schedule a trip to a destination that the whole family will enjoy.  Our favorite is Disney World, Turks & Caicos resort or Cruise American Express offers many different experiences such as exclusive dinners with celebrity chefs or go behind the scenes in the Opera or Ballet theaters or find hard-to-get concert tickets.

I am constantly on the look out for these experience-driven opportunities, and I always pair them up with certain people in my life. I often take a mental note and when the occasion comes up; I always know what to give to them.

The Woodhouse Day Spa offers many different experiences in all prices ranges.  For the Holiday season,  we have incredible packages.  You can find more information on your location’s website.  Please consider adding a robe or candle to the gift package as those items allow your recipient to continue their spa experience at home.

Happy Holidays with Best Wishes!

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