It is that time of year again when we struggle to think of holiday gifts that loved ones will appreciate. In this stressful world any gift that brings relaxation, comfort, and beauty to our lives, is welcome to most everyone on your list. Here are some gift ideas, including stocking stuffers, to get you started.
For a gift with a unique scent, which transports you to the countryside of Tuscany, give the Carter + Jane Tuscan Orris Ultimate Collection. It includes The Everything Oil Body, Oil Butter, The Everything Soap, and a roll-on aroma with essences of grapefruit, orris, jasmine, and cedarwood. Orris is a rare ingredient found in fine perfume, which gives this collection its one-of-a-kind scent. Make no mistake, however, this collection provides the ultimate in hydration for the body. Just a small amount of the Oil Butter is enough to moisturize my dry heels in seconds, and it lasts all day. The Everything Oil is so luxurious and hydrates without feeling oily on my skin. The scent is a bonus that allows me to forego perfume and feel as if I am wearing a subtle scent. www.carterandjane.com.
U.S. Apothecary Juniper & Geranium scent diffuser is a restorative scent that stimulates the mind and alleviates stress. The diffuser set comes with the fragrance oil in an amber bottle that protects it from light. There is also a glass apothecary bottle you can use to pour the scented oil in, and thick bamboo reeds to place in the bottle. This relaxing scent is perfect for the bedroom to help unwind and feel more balanced at the end of the day. www.khalldesigns.com
The Guru Nanda Halo XL Cool Mist Humidifier and Essential Oil Diffuser is a game changing gift for anyone on your holiday gift list. It takes humidifiers and diffusers to another level. The Halo XL creates an aromatic heaven in any room, by just adding your favorite essential oils to the water. With just one press of a button, the Halo XL produces a cool mist that wafts throughout the air and instantly creates a serene and relaxing atmosphere. I love how powerful, yet quiet this humidifier is, and it really helps moisturize my skin and hydrate nasal passages. Give the gift of the Halo XL and treat yourself as well. www.gurunanda.com.
A facial by Saime Demirovic, a skincare expert, and co-founder of Glo Spa, is not just an indulgence, it is a necessity for great skin. Saime is a young Albanian woman with a love for skin care and a passion for doing it right. She has a wealth of skincare experience, not only as an esthetician, but through discovery of what worked on her own skin when she developed adult acne. www.glospany.com. When I visited this spa, Saime consulted with me regarding my skin, and problem areas, which included skin laxity and wrinkles in my lower face area. She decided to use a Radio Frequency treatment and a Jet Peel which took 10 years off my face in one session. Of course, I had an expert esthetician in Saime, who also happens to be the nicest person you could meet. You owe it yourself to visit this cozy, happy spa in lower Manhattan where you will leave with a glowing face and aura from the positive energy.
75 Maiden Lane, Suite 510
New York, NY 10038
The Modrn Sanctuary wellness treatments are perfect for any person on your holiday list. I visited Modrn Sanctuary and sampled some of the most relaxing treatments and experiences, one right after the other. First, I tried the 20-Minute Oxygen Bar Treatment, which is a natural method to inhale your way to nirvana. It involves selecting several types of aromatherapies that are infused through tubes placed in your nostrils, much the way oxygen is given. After the Oxygen Bar, I sat in the Himalayan Salt Room and meditated while deeply breathing to gain the most out of the healing salt air. Salt therapy, also called halotherapy, is a holistic method that reproduces the natural salt cave by dispersing saline aerosol in a high concentration in a room whose surfaces are covered with layers of salt. Then I experienced a 40-Minute BalancerPro Lymphatic Drainage, The BalancerPro Lymphatic Drainage involves a lower body suit that you wear while lying on a table. A machine inflates the suit and creates pulsating pressure on various parts of your lower body. The pressure helps with lymphatic drainage. After the treatment, it felt like I had a massage in my lower body, and it took me a few minutes to want to get up and walk. Following this with the Infrared Sault Sauna was a heavenly finale to a truly relaxing afternoon. www.modrnsanctuary.com.
12 West 27th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Skin Spirit Medical Spa is a new spa where you can have experts perform services, including, facials, injectables and lasers, on your face and body, with real, natural looking results. At Skin Spirit, after carefully listening to you and examining your skin, they create a custom treatment plan, designed for each person. If you want to give the gift of a refreshed look to anyone on your holiday list, a Skin Spirit gift certificate is the perfect choice. After a free consultation you are on your way to a more refreshed, natural version of yourself. https://www.skinspirit.com/current-specials/gift-certificates/
160 East 89th Street,
New York, NY 10128, 212-838-4800
Exhale Spa has some tempting spa treatments to lift the spirits of anyone on your holiday list. Try the Glow Body Scrub, a full body treatment with dry brushing to increase circulation and help to detoxify the body. The treatment includes body scrubbing to gently exfoliate the skin before application of a super-rich antioxidant body moisturizer. There is nothing like shedding dry winter skin to reveal a smooth and silky body prepared for holiday parties or a warm beach vacation. If you are not certain which treatment to give, there is always a gift certificate that allows your loved one to choose any treatment. www.exhalespa.com.
150 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019
Holiday Beauty Stocking Stuffers
Bio Oil Skincare Oil is amazing for hydrating sensitive skin in the winter and is formulated to help improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. It contains PurCellin Oil™, which is great for aging and dehydrated skin. It is also made with Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Rosehip Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil and Sunflower Oil. Bio-Oil® contains no preservatives and is good for all skin types. My skin is extremely sensitive and the Bio Oil Natural formulation with no fragrance is super hydrating after a shower or bath, and never irritates my skin. www.bio-oil.com/en, and Amazon.com.
Lumify Eye Drops make great stocking stuffers to help beautify eyes that get too little sleep or are stuck indoors in dry heat this winter. When it comes to making our faces look good, we often forget that brighter eyes can light up our face more than any makeup. Lumify Eye Drops act quickly and effectively to alleviate the red and dryness before you head out to the next holiday party. I am amazed at how quickly these eye drops work to make my eyes brighter and more comfortable. www.lumifydrops.com.
For anyone on your gift list who always wants her lashes on fleek, the BABE LASH Lush & Luster Kit is the perfect gift. This two-piece kit contains the cult favorite BABE LASH Essential Lash Serum and Enhancing Conditioner. The ultimate one-two punch power couple, the Essential Serum and Enhancing Conditioner work together to promote the appearance of longer, stronger, healthier lashes. Use the serum at night and conditioner in the morning for maximum results. This serum has made an enormous difference in my eyelashes, making them less prone to falling out. The conditioner is like the icing on the cake, that seals in the strength. Link to purchase: https://babelash.com/collections/sets/products/lush-luster-kit
Candles are a wonderful way to make your home feel warm and cozy. Simpatico Hobnail collection candles come in amazing, unique scents with colorful glass holders. Some of the scents include, Guava, Pumpkin & Clove, Spanish Lime, and a new scent which I love, called Espresso Martini. These candles are 100% natural soy and vegetable wax, and are long lasting, up to one hundred hours. They make a stylish gift that you can enjoy for a long time. https://shop.khallstudio.com.