For the pickiest people on our holiday lists, we’ve found that the best gift is not a tangible present at all. Instead, we’re partial to bestowing indulgent experiences; specifically, spa treatments that will surprise and delight even your most particular pals. This year, we’re turning to Regi® — a beauty booking platform that curates and schedules spa services via text. (Get the full scoop on Regi here.) Simply hand your giftee a gift card and the Regi concierge team will do the rest. Below, the ritziest, coolest, and most downright intriguing services we’ve discovered on the platform. From a pampering pedi to a soothing sound bath, nine gifts that will have the recipient — and the gift-giver — breathing a sigh of relief.
Now, what were we saying about holiday stress?
Give the gift of fantastic feet with the Beautifying Pedi℠ at Nailing Wellness℠ at LifeSpa Colleyville℠ in Texas ($60 for 75 minutes). In addition to the typical pedicure pomp and circumstance, the treatment includes an exfoliating sugar scrub massage, a hot towel mask, and a reflexology massage for supreme relaxation.
Full-Face Makeup Application
For the friend who struggles to follow YouTube® makeup tutorials, consider gifting a makeup application at Blushington® in New York City or Los Angeles ($68 for 45 minutes). The full-service makeup application includes everything from foundation to lashes, and can be customized to the client’s liking. Better yet, the service can be redeemed whenever the giftee wishes — be it before a special occasion, or simply for fun on a Friday night. Lest we forget, the appointment also includes a glass of Champagne.
For the friend who’s taken to the glass skin trend, the Oxygen SparkLING Glow℠ treatment at LING Skincare℠ UWS ($150 for 60 minutes; New York City) is sure to please. Not only does this facial leave skin luminous, but it’s also deeply relaxing. An acupressure face massage leaves the body and mind at ease, while releasing tense facial muscles. A combination of an apple malic acid peel, followed by the spa’s proprietary nourishing mask, Oxygen Plasma Potion SerumTM, and Glow MoisturizerTM make for a youthful, dewy effect.
Perfect for the boss lady in your life, Skin CampTM offers fast, fuss-free facials aimed at targeting and toning the muscles in the face. The CEO Facial Workout℠ ($40 for 15 minutes; Los Angeles) includes exfoliation, a lift and contour facial massage, and a depuffing gemstone roller to ensure she looks her best — and actually makes it on time — for her morning meeting.
Another gift your time-strapped friends will thank you for: a time-conscious blowout from Glam+Go. The salon specializes in blowouts that are equal parts gorgeous and speedy. The Signature Blowout℠ ($49 for 30 minutes; New York City), for instance, includes washing and styling — in 30 minutes or less. Alternatively, consider gifting the Express Styling℠ option ($29 for 15 minutes). This service includes styling without the wash, but it’s sure to be well-received by anyone on your list.
Hair and Scalp Massage
Few treatments are as unabashadley luxurious as a fancy scalp massage. (That your recipient has probably never booked one for themselves adds to the treatment’s indulgent nature.) In addition to head-tingling bliss, the Intensive Hair and Scalp Massage℠ at Chuan Body + Soul Spa℠ at the Langham Hotel℠ ($168 for 30 minutes; New York City) also includes a nourishing deep conditioning mask. So, in addition to leaving the appointment feeling calm, your friend will have shinier, softer-looking strands as well.
A full body massage is a classic crowd-pleaser; it’ll delight people from those who work physically-taxing jobs to those who sit — hunched over! — at a desk all day. The Signature Massage℠ at the Hiatus Spa + Retreat℠ ($110 for 60 minutes; Fort Worth, Texas), incorporates a mix of Swedish techniques and aromatherapy. For those who prefer a bit of tough love, The Comeback Massage℠ ($120) implements deep-tissue techniques.
The Phyto-Aromatic Exfoliating Body Treatment℠ at the Sisley® Spa at the Ritz-Carlton®($60; New York City) will leave even the roughest winter skin feeling unseasonably smooth. The luxurious treatment combines aromatherapy with a head-to-toe scrubdown. The result: a state of smoothness and bliss.
Soothing Sound Bath
Offer peace of mind during the otherwise hectic holiday season with the Salvaje Sound Bath℠ at Salvaje Malibu℠ ($40 for 60 minutes). The vibrations are designed to stimulate the alpha and theta brain waves, which are said to promote a deep meditative state throughout the mind and body.
Regi® is an Allergan®-owned venture.
Prices may vary from the time this article was written.
Allergan® may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this article.