Spa

By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein

There’s no need to check this list twice! The holidays are a time of giving and splurging and what better way to indulge your holiday spirit than with a trip to the spa? This season, the city’s top spas are offering holiday gift packages for you and your loved ones that can be enjoyed either onsite or in the comfort of your own home. What a perfect way to get head to toe ready for 2007!

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On the first day of Christmas, get your glam on and extend those lashes. Take advantage of Manhattan’s Skintology Medical Spa’s years of experience and get fun, flirty eyelash extensions that will last well into the New Year. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Cut your prep time in half and avoid those mascara mishaps. Choose from human hair, synthetic, silk or mink for long lashes that’ll make your eyes twinkle more than the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree!

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The perfect thing to compliment those sparkling eyes is glowing skin. Find a gift certificate for a mini-facial from Sava Spa in your 2nd day stocking and rejuvenate from those late night holiday parties. Merging eastern medicines with western science, the Sava mini-facial contains the Cela face massage, the Orbe eye mask and the Kura deep hydrating treatment.

On the 3rd day, give your whole body the royal treatment with Cornelia Day Spa’s Detoxifying Algae Body Mask. The restorative wrap whisks away impurities, and the Romanian aloe algae locks in moisture to keep your skin hydrated during the harsh winter months.

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What better way to continue that euphoric feeling of relaxation than with a nice, hot bath. But the holidays aren’t over yet and you need a burst of energy. So grab that stocking and reach for Kneipp Classic Sparkling Herbal Bath Tablets. Available in assorted packs of Vetiver, Ginger, Lavender, Melissa, Orange & Linden Blossom and Juniper or in festive Spruce and Rosemary, these tablets are sure to get the blood flowing and your body invigorated, refreshed and energized. They’re also safe for young children.

Hopefully, the pruny hands you got from the bath will be gone in a matter of minutes, but what about those pesky little facial lines? Surgery is not the only answer! You can ‘restore’ that glow with an Electromagnetic Facial at Restore Spa. Mini-magnets are used to cultivate and balance the skin’s healthiest aspects by resetting the current program to repair those annoying little lines.

It’s the 6th day of Christmas and you and your true love can indulge all the senses with a gift set from Ling Skincare. Each set contains Bath Mitts filled with a cinnamon, clove and nutmeg rice soap for gentle exfoliation; a body scrub with honey, ginger, and walnuts for a revitalizing and hydrating experience that’ll leave your skin silky smooth; and a scented candle that’ll last much longer than that eggnog.
On the 7th day of Christmas, it’s time for that New Year’s Eve bash. So get ready with the Party Prep from Completely Bare. This quintessential pampering session includes waxing, a Techno face lift or exotic detox facial and the famous sculpted faux tan treatment that’ll make you feel and look as hot as any celebrity on the red-carpet! These Holiday Gift Indulgences are limited-time-only packages that will bring award-winning services right to your door, wherever you and your jet-setting true love may be this winter.

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Who doesn’t love eggnog, cinnamon buns and sugar cookies? Well, this year you can have all of it and without piling on the pounds. Philosophy gives you their “holiday house” complete with eggnog shower gel, cinnamon buns body soufflé and powdered sugar cookie lip shine, so you could enjoy these holiday treats without any guilt! You can also get their Happy Hanukkah set, featuring the holiday blues shower gel and bubble bath. 100% of the profit of holiday blues is donated to charities for the homeless.

You know you love that sexy scruff but your man is sure to appreciate the 3-pack gift set from John Allan, complete with a sport shampoo, matte pomade and a slick conditioning shave cream. Add that to his stocking and get that mistletoe ready!

The gift of a pedicure is always a sure-fire hit with any woman (or man) but to make sure your holidays aren’t ruined with nasty infections, get equipped with the SOS pedicure kit designed by California podiatrist Colleen Schwartz. This portable kit is complete with a professional quality toenail clipper, cuticle nipper, cuticle pusher, nail file, callus file, orange stick, sanitizing instructions/cleaning unit among other essentials as well as Sole Savior’s lavender and tea tree moisturizing oil to ensure your toes are in tip top shape.

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Now that your toes are pedicured to perfection, the last thing you want to do is smudge that shine on your Santa-sized boots! For the 11th day, replace that red felt stocking with an adorable (and oh so practical) Bootie Pie. These boots are warm enough for good ole Saint Nick, but they’re perfect for the Mrs. Claus who wants fabulous feet but has more important things to do to sit and watch them slowly dry. The front of the boot converts to a cushion for your toes to rest on as the polish dries completely. Meanwhile, the rest of your foot is kept cozy, warm and fashionable. So, they’re not just for pedicure days…these comfortable, trendy boots will get you through all your snow days too.

For the icing on the cake or rather the star on top of the tree or that last candle on the Menorah, turn to the Just Calm Down Spa. If you buy your true love a Just Calm Down Royal Currency Gift Certificate, they’ll give you a gift certificate of your very own for a manicure or pedicure (depending on your original purchase). Giving has never felt so good!

The twelve spa days of Christmas will no doubt pamper and indulge the holiday spirit. Not that we have anything against a partridge in a pear tree, but the 12 ‘spa’ days of Christmas is one song you’ll be singing well into the new year.

Originally published December 2006
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