Whether you’re someone that buys and wraps all your presents before All I Want for Christmas plagues every radio station, or are more of a last-minute Christmas Eve dash-er, we asked the Spa Spies for Christmas gift suggestions to take the pain out of (or put the joy into) present buying.
Best for… budget buys
OTO CBD Stars in a Star
£20.30 (was £25)
Not only does this gift come in a festive star-shaped gold box – meaning you don’t need to get the wrapping paper, scissors or tape out (again) – but it's under £25. Inside you’ll find two trial sized- bottles: CBD’s sleep drops and CBD power drops – the first to help you drift off gently; the latter will give you a natural boost to help you through the festive fun/frenetics*
(*delete as appropriate).
Best for… busy mums
Cosy Nights Scented Candle (3 wick)
From baking and school pantos to decorating, shopping and wrapping, Christmas is absolutely crackers for mums, with rarely a minute to spare. This particular Spa Spy likes nothing more than a relaxing bath with a candle and – crucially – a locked bathroom door. With its festive notes of sandalwood, frankincense and nutmeg, we recommend Neom’s Cosy Nights Scented Candle; three wicks guarantee 50 blissful hours of burn time.
Best for… men
Thalgomen Gift Set
£50 (worth £70)
Thalgo’s range for men – cleverly coined Thalgomen – now includes a Christmas gift set attractively packaged in an environmentally-friendly cardboard box designed to look like a Thalgo salon. Open the doors to reveal a Force Marine Regenerating Cream and a Force Marine After-Shave Balm - both containing Thalgo’s signature seaweed-based ingredient – as well as advice on how to get the best out of the products.
Best for… girls
Gellux Gel Colour Me Crazy Collection
Brighten up their Christmas with the new Colour Me Crazy autumn/winter Gellux nail shades from Salon System. The collection includes eight 8ml bottles of chip-proof/wear-resistant polish, each guaranteed to stay bright for 15 days. With names like Bitten Berry, Much Drama, All Fired Up, All the Rage, Wicked Green, Velvet Vixen, Cupids Kiss and How Bizarre, your girl(s) - and their pinkies - will be the talk of the town.
Best for… home-lovers
Aromatherapy Associates Scent of Christmas Home Fragrance Kit
£120 (was £145)
Aromatherapy Associates’ Scent of Christmas Home Fragrance Kit will fill your room of choice with seasonal notes of lemon, caramelised Orange and sweet Davana blended to be reminiscent of warm, dried fruit. Pour a drop of the 10ml Winter Wellbeing oil into the The Atomiser and let the magic happen. Will it inspire you to bake that Christmas cake? Perhaps. Will it make you feel cosy during the cold winter evenings? Absolutely.
Best for… the time poor
Give the gift of spa-ing without having to traipse to the shops… Several spas sell vouchers for you to purchase at the click of a button – and there’s anything from a tantalising treatment to full weekend treats on offer.
The Alchemist Spa at The Woolacombe Bay Hotel is selling £30 gift cards towards any of their new treatments created by Natural Spa Factory. Valid for 15 months after purchase, you can opt to write a personal message inside and have the voucher delivered in a gift envelope at no extra cost.
Baron’s Eden – the group behind Hoar Cross Hall Spa (pictured above) and Eden Hall Day Spa – are selling £50 gift cards this Christmas for money off spa days - or stays - at either of their fabulous properties. Each card comes with a 300-word personalised message and can be sent via email or through the post.
The Spa at Horwood House has several Christmas offers available, from a £35 afternoon tea or £50 voucher towards a treatment to a full £458 Rural Retreat including one night in a Deluxe Room, a glass of fizz on arrival, £30 toward dinner, a spa treatment, use of the spa facilities, afternoon tea, £10 towards spa products and a gift.
The new £299 Overnight Sleigh package at the Spa at Ramside includes an overnight stay in a premier room for two, a £25 voucher to use in either Fusion or the Rib Room, full use of spa facilities and a luxury mud ritual for two, and is valid for stays between Sunday and Thursday.
Sen Spa's new Siam Break for two includes an overnight stay in a stylish suite, a four-hour pass allowing full access to the facilities in the spa, a 30-minute treatment, dinner at any of the hotel's three restaurants and breakfast from £530 per couple.
30th November 2022
Minimalist lines; organic products; facial massage; tranquillity; interesting people-watching.
Discarded towels on loungers; steam rooms that aren't steamy; mobile phones.
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